Outreach Specialist

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $40,000.00
Maximum: $42,000.00
Details: Salary is commensurate with demonstrated experience and abilities.




New York
New York
United States


Are you a strong communicator?  Can you “flip the script” to adapt to the styles, needs, and demands of different audiences?  Do you make friends out of strangers?  Do you love introducing new ideas and improvements?  

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you might be the ideal candidate for the Outreach Specialist position!


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 looking to hire an Outreach Specialist who will serve as the face of the organization within New York State’s Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, developing and deepening relationships with parole officers, providing them with information about our work, and building their commitment to referring a strong pipeline of participants for our programs.  


The Outreach Specialist meets with parole officers, facilitates program referral for prospective clients, leads presentations about our service offerings, and shares feedback with parole officers about client progress at CEO.  As an Outreach Specialist gains experience, insight, and knowledge, there is the opportunity to develop and pioneer new systems for strengthening and improving these relationships.  

What You’ll Bring:

  • Demonstrated commitment to CEO’s mission and interest in working in a fast-growing and results-oriented nonprofit environment
  • Bachelor’s degree (ideally with a focus in criminal justice, public administration, psychology, social work, or a related liberal arts field)
  • 1-3 years of relevant experience
  • Must be able to travel throughout the five (5) boroughs, stand for long periods of time, and walk up and down stairs
  • Experience providing feedback and guidance to help clients or constituents strengthen their knowledge and skills
  • Deep interest in re-entry or criminal justice reform preferred
  • Strong time management and prioritization skills
  • Ability to take into account and analyze various points of view and data to form a perspective appropriate to a particular context
  • Ability to ascertain the priorities of a particular individual or group and craft persuasive written or verbal communication given those priorities.

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.


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

Bilingual (Spanish) preferred

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


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