Development Manager - CEO

Organization Overview:

The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) provides immediate, effective and comprehensive employment services to men and women returning from incarceration. Our highly structured and tightly supervised program has been proven through random assignment evaluation to reduce recidivism. Today, CEO is the leading employment reentry organization in the country, serving 4,500 participants each year in 11 high-impact locations across California, Oklahoma, New York and Pennsylvania.

Since becoming an independent nonprofit in 1996, CEO has made over 19,000 permanent job placements for its participants. Within the past six years, the organization has expanded and refined its program with support from government, nonprofit and private organizations including the federal Social Innovation Fund, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, Robin Hood Foundation and REDF. Over the next five years, the organization is planning expansion to multiple new cities and states throughout the country and more than doubling the number served annually. CEO is building the necessary infrastructure and staffing capacity to achieve this ambitious growth plan and is hiring for several key positions across multiple locations. Learn more about the CEO model and impact at

Position Overview:

CEO is currently seeking an experienced and energetic Development Manager with highly refined communication and project management skills to support our Fund Development team. CEO has grown significantly over the past five years, from a $20M budget to $27M in FY 2016. The Fund Development team is charged with supporting fundraising efforts across all CEO program sites (currently in eleven cities, with more growth projected in the near future) and building the capacity of program staff to serve as partners in this work. The Manager will be adept at collaborating with entry- to senior-level staff on high-stakes projects, and comfortable in a deadline-driven work environment in which the highest standards of performance are expected.

Reporting to CEO’s Director of Development, the Manager will work on a range of priorities, including: developing and linking fund development strategies; building and enhancing development systems; advancing donor cultivation and communication practices, and other strategic development efforts. The Manager will be highly organized, motivated, and capable of working across functional and geographic bounds. Your job is to play a lead role in creating compelling fund development strategies and ensuring those strategies are effectively represented in concept papers, grant proposals, donor communications, etc. You will create the best systems and processes to advance CEO’s fundraising objectives; pilot new approaches to development and donor engagement, and create the resources needed to build internal capacity for grant writing and fundraising across the organization. You will also manage relationships with select CEO funders, producing grant reports and proposals as well as coordinating site visits in NYC.

We're looking for a:

Collaborative Partner, who can support and build the capacity of CEO’s national team to cultivate new and existing funding streams through sound project management, stellar organizational skills and consistent results.

Analytical Thinker, who is diligent and detail oriented, to leverage CEO’s performance management systems and technology infrastructure to develop the necessary systems, processes, and strategies to make CEO’s development function more efficient and productive.

Persuasive Marketer, who can communicate the values and practices that make CEO a leading organization in both the criminal justice and workforce development communities, and build the organization’s reputation among diverse individual and institutional stakeholders. You're thinking on a strategic/visionary level and can collaborate with our leadership to make it real.

Maintaining and curating a library of research materials/ literature, high-impact grant proposal content and marketing templates will be a focal point for this role.

Essential Functions:

These requirements are representative, but not all-inclusive, of the knowledge, skills and abilities required to lead in this role.

  • Manages two Planning and Development Associates and provides support in researching grant opportunities, developing proposals, managing project timelines and preparing submissions;
  • Coordinates campaigns for individual giving, including an annual appeal, a volunteer program, as well as other donor outreach and communication strategies;
  • Curates a central Fund Development knowledge management platform / content library to facilitate decentralized fundraising efforts across CEO’s 11 jurisdictions;
  • Coordinates quarterly Board meetings and manages Board documentation;
  • Manages relationships with, and deliverables to select sustaining funding partners;
  • Performs other development, strategic communication and business development project-related tasks as assigned by the Director of Development and senior staff.


Baseline Skills: Fluency in use of Microsoft Offices suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Excellent time management, organizational and follow-up skills. Must have superior writing and strategic communication skills and proficiency or experience using data and/or donor management platforms such as

Skills to be learned on the job: Delivering presentations/pitching to funders.

Education: Bachelor's Degree or higher, preferably with a concentration related to communications.

Experience: Minimum of 5 years experience in nonprofit fund development and/or strategic communications with a proven track record of success. Must have previous people management experience. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

CEO is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to a diverse workplace.


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