Life Skills Educator/Job Coach

Job Type

Full Time




New York
United States


Center for Employment Opportunities

Life Skills Educator/Job Coach – Albany

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.

Who We’re Looking For

CEO is seeking a Life Skills Educator/Job Coach (LSE/JC) who will be responsible for leading large group sessions for our program participants -- formerly incarcerated men and women -- that prepare them for success in temporary and permanent employment and ensuring participants stay focused and motivated while working on transitional job sites and in their efforts to obtain permanent employment. 

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

Life Skills Education

  • Present well-prepared, organized, and clear content that follows CEO’s course syllabus to participants enthusiastically and with deep care
  • Provide encouragement and constructive feedback to all participants while engaging participants in discussions about their employment goals
  • Help participants become job-start ready by promoting their development and effective utilization of communication and self-presentation skills
  • Keep abreast of current practices and events that could impact participants; make suggestions about new material to incorporate into the curriculum
  • Keep parole and probation in the loop regarding individual participant progress

Job Coaching

  • Guide and coach participants in key preparatory activities tied to employment, including writing professional resumes, networking, and mock interviewing
  • Use motivational interviewing techniques as appropriate to help guide participants to goal achievement
  • Maintain weekly contact with participants to track their progress to interview readiness
  • Facilitate group sessions and workshops to build employment readiness skills
  • Build positive relationships with criminal justice partners in various settings, including parole bureaus and correctional facilities


  • Input participants into our case management system (Salesforce)
  • Monitor and record class attendance
  • Maintain contact with worksite supervisors regarding participant daily performance and record status in Salesforce
  • Produce monthly progress summaries for each participant
  • Perform other tasks and responsibilities that will be assigned from time to time

Qualifications and Competencies

  • Bachelor’s Degree (focus in behavioral psychology preferred) and at least 2-3 years of experience teaching or leading group presentations
  • Computer savviness (demonstrated word processing skills, ability to use the Internet)
  • Strong prioritization and time management skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; flexibility and ability to comfortably adapt content and/or style to meet the needs of participants
  • Demonstrated customer service skills and consideration for others
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and facilitate curricula quickly and with accuracy
  • 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
  • Bilingual (Spanish) preferred

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 is commensurate with demonstrated experience and abilities. In addition, 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

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.