Life Skills Educator

Job Type

Full Time


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




United States


Center for Employment Opportunities

Life Skills Educator – Memphis

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 supports 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 to cities in New York, California, Oklahoma, Colorado, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, and will continue to grow further in the next three years.

The Opportunity

CEO will be expanding to Memphis early this year and is in the midst of hiring a team of staff to replicate our proven program model there. The founding team will play a tremendous role in growing the Memphis program, ensuring its sustainability, and helping program participants successfully transition from incarceration to stable and productive lives. 


One of our core program positions is the Life Skills Educator (LSE) who is responsible for leading large group workshops for our program participants -- formerly incarcerated men and women -- that prepare them for success in temporary and permanent employment. The workshops are comprised of 7-10 participants and take place in our Memphis office. 

Key responsibilities of the LSE include but are not limited to:


Life Skills Education

  • Presenting well-prepared, organized, and clear content that follows CEO’s course syllabus to participants enthusiastically and with deep care
  • Guiding and coaching participants in key preparatory activities tied to employment, including writing professional resumes, networking, and mock interviewing
  • Helping participants become job-start ready by promoting their development and effective utilization of communication and self-presentation skills
  • Engaging participants in ongoing discussions about their employment goals
  • Offering support, encouragement. and constructive feedback to all participants
  • Keeping abreast of current practices and events that could impact participants; making suggestions about new material to incorporate into the curriculum
  • Ensuring that participants’ experiences are strong and adhere to best practices
  • Keeping Parole Officers in the loop regarding individual participant progress
  • Collaborating with other internal departments and the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to gather information and promote special projects


  • Inputting participants into our case management system (Salesforce)
  • Monitoring and recording class attendance
  • Consistently and accurately documenting all participant contact and progress in our case management system
  • Escorting participants to nearby agencies to apply for documents when needed
  • Performing other tasks and responsibilities that will be assigned from time to time


Qualifications and Competencies

  • Bachelor’s Degree and at least 2 years of experience teaching or leading group presentations OR 5 years of equivalent experience preferred
  • Computer savviness (demonstrated word processing skills, ability to use the Internet)
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; flexibility and ability to comfortably adapt content and/or style to meet the needs of participants
  • Strong prioritization and time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate or learn to navigate technological systems quickly
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and facilitate curricula quickly and with accuracy
  • Demonstrated customer service skills and consideration for others
  • Experience providing feedback to help clients strengthen knowledge and skills
  • Ability to inspire others to reach a goal and perform to the best of their ability
  • Ability to take into account and analyze various points of view and pieces of data to form a perspective appropriate to a particular context
  • Ability to identify problems early on and provide support as needed

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.


Salary will commensurate with demonstrated experience and abilities. 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


Minimum Education Required

High School

How To Apply

Please submit your application materials, including your cover letter and resume, at the link above. If you have trouble accessing the application please try using Google Chrome.