Planning and Development Associate

Organization Overview:

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 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 in New York City, has grown into the leading reentry employment organization in the country, where 18,000 formerly incarcerated individuals have secured full-time employment since 1996. Over the past five years, CEO has gained support to expand and refine its program through government, nonprofit, and private organizations including the Federal Social Innovation Fund, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, Robin Hood Foundation, and Rockefeller Foundation. The program now operates in eleven cities across four states.

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Position Overview:

CEO is currently seeking a motivated Planning and Development Associate with an analytical and customer service orientation and highly refined research and communication skills to support its Fund Development department. He or she will be adept at partnering with entry to senior-level executives on high-stakes projects and comfortable in a work environment in which the highest standards of performance outcomes are expected.

CEO's Planning and Development Associate will support grant writing, prospect research, development systems, and strategic outreach efforts. The Associate will be highly organized and motivated to help us continue to get better at what we do as we expand. The Associate will help us build the strategies, systems, and policies we need to attract, develop, and retain resources to sustain and grow the organization. Your job is to find the best opportunities for CEO to develop new partners, engage supporters and build our resource base, both nationally and in local jurisdictions. The Associate will adopt CEO’s results-driven culture internally to manage a range of deadline-driven projects, and promote our culture and achievements externally to attract diverse funding opportunities.

The Planning and Development Associate will report directly to the Director of Development.

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 strong project management, organizational skills and consistent follow-through.

Research Analyst, who is driven and results oriented with strong business acumen and quantitative analytical abilities, to leverage CEO’s performance management systems and processes and develop data-informed value propositions to prospective funders and partners.

Culture Leader, who can envision and communicate the philosophies and practices that make CEO a leading organization in both the criminal justice and workforce development communities. You're thinking on a strategic/visionary level and can collaborate with our leadership to make it real. You need to be a persuasive storyteller who can communicate CEO's vision and value proposition.

Maintaining a record of development opportunities and activities, and curating a library of high-impact grant proposal content 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.

  • Assists in developing and executing strategies for growing CEO’s governmental and foundation support, both enterprise-wide and by jurisdiction. 
  • Researches funding prospects in select jurisdictions with alignment to CEO’s mission and impact.
  • Assists in drafting, assembling, and submitting responses to government and foundation requests for proposals with alignment to CEO’s mission.
  • Drafts and submits grant reports for designated government and foundation grants.
  • Creates compelling informational and promotional content to organizational partners and funding prospects highlighting CEO’s impact at the intersection of criminal justice, workforce development and community/economic development.
  • Provides research and analytic support for funding or program ideas, as directed.
  • Coordinates meetings with relevant program staff to advance specific fund development campaigns and opportunities.
  • Contributes to development of volunteer engagement strategies and programming.
  • Produces donor acknowledgments and maintains follow-up correspondence to funders.
  • Performs other development, strategic communication and project-related tasks as assigned by the Director of Development and other 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 a moderate level of proficiency or experience using data and/or donor management platforms such as Experience producing government grant proposals highly valued.

Skills to be learned on the job: Composing project budgets; researching trends in criminal justice and workforce development domains; mining performance management data for relevant analytics, and delivering presentations/pitching to funders.

Education: Bachelor's Degree or higher in a field related to CEO’s area of practice, such as criminal justice, public policy, sociology, psychology, economics, political science or anthropology.

Experience: Minimum of 2 years experience in nonprofit fund development and/or strategic communications with a proven track record of success.

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




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