Life Skills Educator

Job Type

Full Time


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




United States


Who We Are

The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) provides employment services to people with recent criminal convictions.  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 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. In 2016, CEO embarked on a 5-year strategic plan to grow to serve 9,000 participants annually.

Who We’re Looking For

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


CEO is seeking a Life Skills Educator (LSE) who will be 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 5-10 participants and take place in our Detroit office four days a week.

What You'll Be Responsible For

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

Who You Are

You are deeply dedicated to social justice and perhaps are already working in the re-entry field. You come to CEO with at least 2 years of experience teaching or leading group presentations. You consider yourself to be a people person with the ability to lift morale and present content in a way that’s exciting and engaging to participants. You’re inspirational and passionate about helping individuals become the best version of themselves. You’re able to learn and convey curricula quickly and accurately using your excellent communication skills and flexibility to change up your style to ensure participant understanding. You’re comfortable with providing the feedback and support necessary to facilitate the development of participant knowledge and skills. You are considerate and often take other perspectives into account when identifying and analyzing problems. Your success is driven by your resilience, deep care, and adaptability. 

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.


CEO also offers 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

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please submit your application materials, including a resume and cover letter, using the link above. Please use Google Chrome if you experience difficulties when accessing the application.