Retention Specialist/Job Developer

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Retention Specialist/Job Developer-Oklahoma City

The Opportunity

CEO is seeking to hire a strong communicator and resilient individual who thrives when engaging and supporting others to serve as a Retention Specialist/Developer (RS/JD) in our Oklahoma City office, providing services for our participants.  The RS/JD increases the range of employment opportunities available to our participants using participant interests, experiences, and ambitions as foundation for job placements and for the identification and cultivation of potential employers for portfolios.

The RS/JD also supports participants in retaining full-time employment once they become employed outside of CEO and is essential to ensuring participant longevity in the workforce which can drastically reduce the rate of recidivism. A successful RS/JD understands customer relationship management and works to build strong and trusting relationships with participants and employers. 

CEO's Staff Vaccination Policy

CEO has implemented an org-wide vaccination requirement that requires all new staff to be fully vaccinated before their first day of work. We have made this decision for the safety of our participants and employees and to enhance our ability to continue to provide the vital services we offer to our participants. As part of the onboarding process, new hires will be asked to submit proof of vaccination status prior to their first day of employment. 

If you are unable to get vaccinated against COVID19 for medical or religious reasons, you can request a reasonable accommodation.  An interactive meeting will be scheduled to discuss your request.  

CEO does not discriminate against individuals with actual or perceived infection with COVID19 or based on an actual or perceived history of such infection nor based on any protected status. 

Who We Are

The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) provides employment services to people with recent criminal convictions. Across the United States, over 6,000 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 You Are

  • You’re deeply dedicated to social justice and perhaps are already working in the re-entry space
  • You preferably come to CEO with experience in retention services, case management. workforce development, recruitment, or sales/account management
  • You enjoy networking and cultivating lasting relationships with people and businesses, helping them understand how our work helps them achieve their business goals 
  • 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 never give up, anticipating and addressing challenges along the way while keeping your eye on the end goal
  • You’re passionate about making an impact in people's lives and interested in guiding them to achieving their career goals through feedback, accountability and empathy 
  • You’re able to take into account and analyze various points of view and data to form a perspective appropriate to a particular context
  • You demonstrate consistent dedication in the face of adversity, adaptability and flexibility
  • You have strong time management, prioritization, and project management skills; you can identify the steps of a project, set deadlines, and hold self and others accountable 
  • You’ve demonstrated the ability to navigate technological systems quickly

Major Responsibilities

Key responsibilities of the RS/JD include but are not limited to: 


  • Achieving targeted participant retention outcomes of 90, 180, and 365 days of full-time employment through communication and relationship management 
  • Maintaining frequent contact with participants
  • Researching and connecting participants to educational and vocational opportunities related to their short- and long-term goals
  • Providing participants with relevant resources to keep them engaged in CEO’s program and the workforce for 12 months from the start of full-time job placement 
  • Advocating for participant needs with parole officers and other constituencies
  • Distributing retention incentives to participants  

Job Developing

  • Serving as the liaison among employers, participants, and our criminal justice partners
  • 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
  • Managing a caseload of participants, supporting and coaching them around applying for jobs, navigating the hiring process, and finding and securing right fit employment

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

The salary range for this position is $42,000 - 44,100 /annually CEO's compensation philosophy considers a variety of factors including experience, internal equity, and the labor market associated with the city in which the position is located. The labor markets associated with the cities in which CEO is based are variable, and the salary range included here reflects this. Our salary offer will fall within this range and will be reflective of the labor market of the city in which the position is based, as well the other factors named above. 

We recognize that salary is a part of the overall compensation package and are happy to provide a comprehensive benefits package, including medical and dental coverage, and professional development opportunities to our staff.

We also offer paid parental leave, participation in a retirement plan, sick and vacation leave, paid holidays and more. We are a workplace that promotes continual learning and teamwork, offering lunch and learns, team outings, holiday gatherings and more for our staff.

More About Us

The Center for Employment Opportunities believes that everyone deserves the chance to shape a stronger future for themselves, their families, and their communities. Our commitment to being an anti-racism organization that is inclusive across all identities and experiences drives us forward every day. We exist to create greater opportunities for people who face multiple barriers to personal and professional success, and we’re passionate about being agents of change who promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and access to opportunities for all.

People who are justice involved, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ+ , and people with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.  We are 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.

Please note that due to the volume of resumes received, we are unable to contact each applicant regarding the status of each position or reply to candidates' inquiries via phone or email.



Retention Specialist/Job Developer-Oklahoma City

The Opportunity

CEO is seeking to hire a strong communicator and resilient individual who thrives when engaging and supporting others to serve as a Retention Specialist/Developer (RS…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule


Oklahoma City, OK, USA

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