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Center for Employment Opportunities

Executive Director, National

Center for Employment Opportunities

The Center for Employment Opportunities is seeking an Executive Director (ED) for its National Division to be based in New York City. The ED will serve as the enterprise leader CEO National and is responsible for overseeing all key programmatic and financial outcomes of the existing portfolio. The ED will also assist in drafting a strategic direction for CEO National and be responsible for the business development, government relations, and funding necessary to carry out that plan.

CEO is an Equal Opportunity Employer, with a strong commitment to diversity in the workplace.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS Reasonable Accommodations Statement

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Functions Statements

These requirements are representative, but not all-inclusive, of the knowledge, skills and abilities required in this role.

Serve as enterprise leader for CEO National, directing all programmatic, operational, financial and strategic aspects across nine cities in three states, as well as future sites that may be opened.

Maintain responsibility for managing expense and revenue budgets for all CEO National sites in order to ensure a sustainable and growing enterprise.

Work with Deputy Executive Director of CEO National, and County Directors to achieve all key transitional jobs and vocational outcomes through oversight, advice, strategy, and initiation of mid-course corrections.

Execute fund development strategy to sustain and grow existing sites through securing government grants and revenue-generating customers (transitional jobs crews) and by building relationships with philanthropic and other supporters drawing on the expertise and assistance of the Chief Executive Officer when necessary.

Guide CEO National site directors on local government relations efforts that supports CEO’s individual sites and the organizations overall reentry employment mission.

Recruit, hire, train, and assist in the management of County Directors in replication offices, helping them experience job satisfaction and develop as community leaders and organizational managers, in an engaging, dynamic, and fair work environment.

Assist CEO/ED with completing organization’s new strategic plan that will: scale CEO’s impact in existing and new jurisdictions through growth in the number of individuals served; build on existing revenue model of national operations in order to ensure long-term sustainability; create road map for CEO to engage in systems change in the fields of criminal justice and workforce development; and promote best practices and program improvements throughout organization.

Engage in business development in new jurisdictions through securing local criminal justice and transitional work partners as well as other key stakeholders that will lead to the successful launch and operation of new CEO offices.

Develop and nurture relationships with key Board members in order to both seek counsel for CEO National activities and also further the operational and growth goals of CEO National.


Baseline Skills: Excellent communication skills (written and oral). Ability to analyze and adjust a budget to achieve structural balance. Comfortable using technology in developing presentations and managing job initiatives.

Skills to be Learned on the Job: Salesforce database navigation.


Education: Bachelor’s Degree required. MPA, MPP and MBA degree holders encouraged to apply.

Experience: 8+ years of project and/or program leadership, relationship building, and fundraising required.

To Apply: Please click on or copy and paste this link to your browser and follow the directions. Also please upload a copy of your cover letter and resume as a SINGLE .doc or .pdf file.

About Organization:
The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), is a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing immediate, effective and comprehensive employment services to men and women with recent criminal convictions. CEO is widely viewed as a leader in workforce reentry solutions and nonprofit performance management. In less than five years, the organization has grown from a single office in New York City to ten sites across three states. CEO is now poised for further expansion and is seeking to amplify its business development efforts and to broaden its influence on a national scale.



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