Job Developer / Employment Specialist

Job Type

Full Time




New York
United States


Who We Are

The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) provides employment services to people with recent criminal convictions. Our programs help participants successfully transition from incarceration to stable and productive lives. Across the United States, over 5,000 people participate in CEO each year, transitioning to employment that support themselves, their families, and their communities.

What began as a demonstration project of the Vera Institute of Justice in the 1970s has grown into the leading national reentry employment organization in the country. Through CEO, over 17,000 formerly incarcerated individuals have secured full-time employment since 1996. Over the past 5 years, CEO expanded nationally into thirteen cities in New York, California, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania, and will continue to grow further in the next three years.

The Opportunity

CEO is currently seeking to hire Job Developers, a role that’s crucial to CEO’s work to help individuals coming out of incarceration regain the skills and confidence needed for a successful transition to stable and productive lives. Job Developers increase the range of employment opportunities available to our participants using participant interests, experiences, and most importantly, their ambitions, as foundation for the identification and cultivation of potential employers. The most rewarding part of being a Job Developer is the joy you feel upon making the “right fit” match between participant and employer. Your expertise and insight lead not only to successful matches in the now, but to participant longevity in the workforce which often drastically reduces the rate of recidivism.


Who You Are

You’re deeply dedicated to social justice and perhaps are already working in the re-entry space. You come to CEO with at least 2 years of experience in workforce development, recruitment, or sales/account management in which you needed to meet quotas on a regular basis. You are passionate about making an impact in the lives of others and guiding them to achieving their career goals through a balance of accountability with empathy. You enjoy networking and cultivating lasting relationships with people and businesses, helping them understand how our work can benefit them. You have excellent interpersonal and written communication skills with the ability to adjust to particular personalities and interaction styles on the spot. You’re resilient and don’t give up, anticipating and addressing challenges along the way while keeping your eye on the end goal. You’re comfortable working under pressure and meeting deadlines despite opposition or setbacks. You’re able to look at a set of data or market research and use it to guide your practice. You have a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, social work or a related field and demonstrate fluency in Spanish (not required, but preferred).


What You’ll Be Responsible For:

Key responsibilities of the Job Developer include but are not limited to:

Business Strategy and Analysis

  • Envisioning, developing, and implementing a strategic plan for job placement services that ensures CEO meets its participant placement metrics
  • Conducting reviews of existing CEO business partnerships regularly, evaluating employer demand and usage of CEO services and determining improvements and ways to leverage relationships with employers to meet CEO’s placement metrics
  • Achieving weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual job placement goals in accordance with CEO’s contractual obligations

Relationship Cultivation and Maintenance

  • Serving as the face of CEO to prospective employers
  • Researching, conducting outreach to, and building relationships with prospective employers willing to hire CEO participants and who have hiring needs that match the skills, experience, and interests of our overall participant cohort
  • Maintaining relationships with existing employer partners 
  • Scheduling and conducting daily prospecting, cold calls, and face-to-face meetings
  • Serving as the liaison among employers, participants, and our criminal justice partners

Job Placement

  • Screening participants to ensure readiness to enter job market
  • Matching program participants with employment opportunities, taking into consideration each participant’s skills, work experience, interests, and goals and aspirations
  • Customizing participants’ resumes to fit identified opportunities

Administrative Support

  • Documenting all participant and employer contact, activities, and outcomes in our case management system (Salesforce)
  • Performing other job-related duties and responsibilities assigned from time to time

More About Us

CEO is a diverse team working to advance economic opportunity for people returning home from incarceration. We welcome diversity, and highly encourage applications from people of color and people with convictions. Learn more at


CEO is an equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, color, citizenship, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran or reservist status or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.


Perks and Benefits  

The starting compensation for this position is $45,000 (your annual salary can increase as a result of strong demonstration of your ability to meet monthly placement goals). We also offer a comprehensive benefits package, including medical and dental coverage, paid parental leave, participation in a retirement plan, sick and vacation leave, paid holidays and more. We're a workplace that promotes continual learning and teamwork, offering lunch and learns, team outings, holiday gatherings and more for our staff.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply