New York, NY

Development Director, Center for Employment Opportunities

The Organization

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 4,500 participants a year, giving them the opportunity to support themselves and their families, remain crime-free 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 6 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.

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.

EOE M/F/D Veterans, people of color highly encouraged to apply

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Position Overview

The hiring if a new Development Director comes at an exciting inflection point in CEO’s history. CEO is now recognized as the leading provider reentry employment services and is poised t expand its influence and impact in the year ahead. In 2016, CEO embarked on a 5-year strategic plan to serve 9,000 participants annually and open into 20 new national sites. The Development Director will lead CEO’s philanthropic and earned income generation and have primary responsibility for strengthening the infrastructure needed to support and grow our budget through government, foundation, earned income and other emerging revenue streams. Reporting to the Executive Directors of CEO New York State and CEO National, the Development Director will create and execute CEO’s national fundraising strategy an dbe a key cross-site team member. S/he will lead a 4-person team in writing proposals and reports, prospecting, and developing and implementing ideas to deepen CEO’s core employment program offerings. The Development Director will also support the expansion and diversification of CEO’s donor base and pipeline, working closely with other team members to secure funding for new and existing initiatives.

Key Responsibilities

  • In partnership with the executive team and County Directors, develop and implement a comprehensive development strategy to include foundation, government, earned income and new initiatives including major gifts and corporate philanthropy
  • Support and partner with the executive team, County Directors and board members on all major fundraising initiatives to help CEO sustain current capacity in four states and continue to grow the organization
  • Lead team in developing all proposals and reports, gathering research and analytic support, and ensuring all materials meet deadlines and are systematically tracked and archived
  • Lead the maintenance of CEO’s existing public and private sector stakeholders, including reporting to government and philanthropic supporters and also leading the efforts to ensure the sustainability of existing funding
  • Oversee research on funding sources and trends to position CEO ahead of major funding opportunities and changes
  • Provide coaching, guidance and feedback to the Development team on prospect research, proposal and report writing
  • Collaborate with County Directors, development team, and communications staff to cultivate, develop and mobilize the CEO network – volunteers, donors, champions, employers, etc. – as contributors
  • Work closely with the executive team to support board members in institutional and individual fundraising
  • Ensure the monitoring and acknowledgment of all individual donors
  • Champion the use of Salesforce as our donation system of record
  • Partner with program staff to manage and grow CEO’s network of volunteers who work directly with CEO participants
  • With program and executive team members, attend and represent CEO at key fundraising events, meetings, conferences, and speaking engagements
  • Collaborate with communications staff to implement CEO’s communications strategy, and ensure the development and use of print and digital collateral consistent with CEO’s brand
  • Monitor and report regularly on the progress of the Development programs
  • Travel approximately 25% to CEO offices, partner meetings and conferences; based out of CEO NYC or CA office

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Commitment to CEO’s mission and ability to speak persuasively to stakeholders about the CEO’s model and program achievements
  • Demonstrated success managing and developing people and teams
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to influence, engage and build relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives
  • High energy and commitment to CEO’s mission
  • Ability to construct, articulate, and implement annual strategic development plans
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Commitment to a diverse, inclusive and collegial workplace
  • A professional and resourceful style; the ability to work independently and as a team member, to take initiative, and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time
  • 8+ years of professional experience in nonprofit development functions, including team management and success in growing a national budget
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required; master’s degree or equivalent preferred in communications, public relations, business, nonprofit management, marketing or related field
  • Demonstrated success managing and forging relationships with both internal teams and multiple funding sources, and cultivating and expanding funder relationships over time

Candidates of color are highly encouraged to apply.

Salary: $150K – $180K

CEO offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental, PTO, flexible spending account and a 403b retirement plan.

How To Apply

Interested applicants should submit their cover letter and resume as a single document in either a word doc or PDF using this link:

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