Center for Employment Opportunities
Job Developer-Young Adult
New York, NY
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.
Who We’re Looking For
CEO is seeking a Job Developer to help us achieve our annual job placement outcomes for our Young Adult participants. The Job Developer has two overarching responsibilities: 1) establishing new business relationships with prospective employers who will employ our participants, specifically, CEO’s young adult participants ages 18-25; 2) effectively matching program participants to meet the talent needs of employers and right fit employment opportunities.
Why this work is important...
Our Job Developer role is 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 ambition, 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.
What You’ll Be Responsible For:
Key responsibilities of the Job Developer include but are not limited to:
Business Strategy and Analysis
- Developing and implementing a strategic plan for job placement services with a strong focus on young adults; ages 18-25 that ensures CEO meets its participant placement metrics
- Evaluating labor market data to determine 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 program participants, particularly young adults, 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
- 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
- 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
What You’ll Bring
- Deep commitment to and passion for the mission of CEO
- Desire to impact young individuals and connect them to the workforce
- Bachelor’s Degree preferred
- Minimum 2 years of sales and account management experience; proven success in prospecting, building pipelines, and moving opportunities through the sales cycle to meet quotas on a regular basis
- Proven ability to effectively network with others, build and manage client relationships, and influence key decision-makers
- Ability to analyze data and market research, using findings to inform strategy
- Time management and prioritization skills
- Comfort with learning and using software applications required for the role
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Self-motivated, resilient, disciplined, and goal-oriented, particularly in the face of adversity
- Ability to anticipate problems and problem solve both individually and collaboratively
- Stamina and vigor for the work
- Bilingual English/Spanish preferred (not required)
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 ceoworks.org.
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.
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). In addition, team members can receive health coverage, paid parental leave, access to a retirement plan, sick and vacation leave, paid holidays and more.
Level of Language Proficiency
Bilingual English/Spanish preferred (not required)
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please submit your application materials, including your cover letter and resume, at the link above.
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