Young Adult Mentoring Specialist

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $42,000
Details: Salary is commensurate with demonstrated experience and abilities.




New York
New York
United States


Who We Are

The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) provides employment services to people with recent criminal convictions.   Across the United States, over 5,000 people participate in CEO each year, transitioning to employment that supports themselves, their families, and their communities.

What began as a demonstration project of the Vera Institute of Justice in the 1970s to address employment barriers facing the formerly incarcerated following release in New York City has grown into the leading reentry employment organization in the country, where over 25,000 formerly incarcerated individuals have secured full-time employment since 1996.  Since 2009, CEO has gained support to expand its programs through government, nonprofit, and private organizations including the Federal Social Innovation Fund, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, Robin Hood Foundation, and Rockefeller Foundation.  In 2016, CEO embarked on a 5-year strategic plan to grow to serve 9,000 participants annually.

Who We’re Looking For

CEO’s Young Adult Mentoring Specialists are individuals with relevant life experiences who help young adults engage, focus, and succeed at CEO and in their lives. Mentors serve young adults (ages 18-26) whose needs go far beyond the traditional mentoring approach of companionship, confidence-building, and career guidance. They enhance CEO’s program model by working as a team to engage and support mentees from recruitment through completion of their 365-day milestone and beyond. Mentors work closely with other CEO teams to improve youth engagement and retention through evidence-informed and developmentally-attuned practices.  


Key responsibilities of the Mentoring Specialist include but are not limited to:

  • Working as part of a team to serve mentees over the course of a year
  • Maintaining weekly contact with assigned mentees, interacting 1:1 with mentees in person and by phone, including evenings and weekends, and conducting home visits to re-engage participants
  • Connecting young adults to resources and relationships that support their success
  • Promoting participation and community engagement
  • Identifying mentees' vocational and educational interests and needs; supporting mentees in clarifying and achieving their goals
  • Facilitating workshops for young adults
  • Facilitating intervention sessions for mentees who experience challenges
  • Collaborating with CEO staff to conduct outreach and build and maintain relationships with program partners to build a pipeline of young adult referrals
  • Deploying effective strategies to keep participants focused and engaged
  • Providing detailed reports describing daily activity and interactions with participants
  • Assisting mentees in staying engaged with their transitional jobs through work site visits and reminder calls that encourage good attendance

Required Qualifications and Competencies

  • Commitment to and deep passion for working with justice-involved young adults
  • 6+ months of experience working in a capacity to support young adults
  • Direct personal experience with the justice system and/or living in a high poverty urban setting highly desired
  • Experienced in identifying trainings needed by participants, developing workshop content, and facilitating workshops.
  • Experienced in team and relationship building; ability to foster high morale and results
  • Demonstrated aptitude for communicating effectively with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • Open to traveling over 60% of time
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish) preferred
  • Ability to effectively engage mentees and promote retention using a mix of personal persuasion and motivational techniques that respects their values and agency
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team to achieve goals with mentees
  • Ability to work effectively in situations requiring a high degree of trust and transparency
  • Ability to proactively create and/or follow through on new ideas and strategies

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.


CEO team members can receive health coverage, paid parental leave, access to a retirement plan, sick and vacation time, paid holidays, and more.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please submit your application materials, including a resume and cover letter, using the link provided. Please note: our application portal is optimized for use with Google Chrome.