Pennsylvania State Director, Center for Employment Opportunities

Posted by Center for Employment Opportunities on January 12, 2015

The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) is dedicated to providing immediate, effective and comprehensive employment services to men and women with recent criminal convictions. Our highly structured and tightly supervised programs help participants regain the skills and confidence needed for successful transitions to stable, productive lives. CEO serves 4,000 participants a year, giving them the opportunity to support themselves and their families, remain crime­free and to contribute positively to 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 17,000 formerly incarcerated individuals have secured full-­time employment since 1996. Over the past 5 years, 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 this time CEO has expanded to nine cities outside of New York, and anticipates further growth in the next three years.

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Position Overview:
CEO is currently seeking an innovative leader with extensive performance management experience to lead its expansion and operation in Pennsylvania, starting with Philadelphia. The State Director is responsible for all aspects of the implementation of the CEO model in Pennsylvania, including driving the statewide growth strategy; ensuring effective operational performance for all sites within the state; hiring and developing a high­ performing team; as well as developing and ensuring achievement of program performance goals. The State Director is also responsible for the development and cultivation of external relationships including government partners, philanthropic funders, a local advisory board, social enterprise customers and other community partners. The Director will lead fund raising activities to help integrate CEO into the community, expand business opportunities for the operation, and ensure the operation is funded and sustainable. Initially, operations will focus on CEO’s Philadelphia office with the potential for additional offices throughout the state.

This is an exciting opportunity for a mission ­driven, strategic thinker who wants lead CEO’s organizational presence in a new state. This individual must be passionate about making a positive, scalable impact on the lives of the underserved, and the decisive role she or he can play in achieving this mission. The State Director will supervise a team of 5­-7 individuals to ­start and will report to the Executive Director of CEO National

To Apply:
Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity, both in Word format, at the following link:

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