Federal Policy Manager

19 Apr, 2022


Federal Policy Manager

Center for Employment Opportunities
Washington, D.C.

The Opportunity

The Federal Policy Manager role manages CEO’s efforts to engage federal government officials, justice-impacted individuals, coalitions, and community-based organizations, advocating for federal legislation that improves employment for individuals returning home from incarceration and removes policy barriers that prevent an individual from success in the workforce and achieving economic mobility.

The Federal Policy Manager works closely with the CEO Investment and Power Building team, program teams, CEO participants and external stakeholders to develop and execute policy advocacy strategies. This person also supports CEO’s efforts to grow other organizations’ capacity to leverage public investment, and builds CEO’s understanding of how federal policy can reduce justice involvement and support economic mobility for people returning from incarceration.

As part of our mission, we strongly encourage individuals who have lived experience of incarceration or involvement in the justice system to apply for this role.

CEO’s Staff Vaccination Policy

CEO has implemented an org-wide vaccination requirement that requires all new staff to be fully vaccinated before their first day of work. We have made this decision for the safety of our participants and employees and to enhance our ability to continue to provide the vital services we offer to our participants. As part of the onboarding process, new hires will be asked to submit proof of vaccination status prior to their first day of employment.

If you are unable to get vaccinated against COVID19 for medical or religious reasons, you can request a reasonable accommodation.  An interactive meeting will be scheduled to discuss your request.

CEO does not discriminate against individuals with actual or perceived infection with COVID19 or based on an actual or perceived history of such infection nor based on any protected status.

Who We Are

The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) provides employment services to people with recent criminal convictions. Across the United States, over 6,000 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 You Are

  • You have at least 5 years of experience in policy or programming related to criminal justice and/or workforce development
  • You have the ability to be a self-starter and work well independently
  • You are able to manage relationships and engage with senior government leadership, policymakers and advocates at the local and state level
  • You can engage, influence and motivate diverse audiences (advocates, policymakers, and individuals impacted by the criminal legal system)
  • You have strong project management skills and ability to lead collaboration across cross-functional teams
  • You have the ability to frame policy recommendations and write and present compelling narratives
  • You are able to collaborate with and coach other team members successfully
  • You have strong research and analytical skills, proficiency in Google Suite and Salesforce (preferred)
  • You have extensive knowledge of criminal justice and workforce policy or employment social enterprise service delivery model
  • You have Knowledge of legislative, appropriations/budget and administrative processes that can drive policy change

The Nitty Gritty


  • Develop and fully implement a federal or state focused advocacy strategy in collaboration with CEO Policy and Program Team leadership and in accordance with CEO’s overall policy strategy.
  • Conduct timely analysis and maintain ongoing monitoring of relevant legislation and analysis with internal and external stakeholders
  • Manage government relations and other consultants  to execute policy strategies
  • Develop expertise in workforce policy and reentry, including identifying promising practices within the field for utilizing federal workforce programs, such as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, SNAP Employment & Training, and Second Chance Act, to better support justice-impacted individuals
  • Develop and maintain relationships in the executive and legislative branches to educate lawmakers about what works to increase employment and quality jobs for individuals impacted by the criminal legal system
  • Generate and manage generation of written content, including concept papers, legislation, memos, slide decks, and factsheets created by individuals and teams across CEO
  • Lead engagement with other policy organizations to understand and support current criminal justice/workforce development reform efforts
  • Collect, summarize and analyze government data and CEO program data to inform CEO’s policy strategy

Collaboration and Technical Assistance

  • Provide specialized training, technical assistance and peer mentorship to build capacity in the field to reach more individuals with high quality training, particularly for SNAP E&T and WIOA-funded partnerships
  • Develop new organizational capacities for CEO to provide customized training and technical assistance to external partners and other reentry community-based organizations
  • Engage national resources in message development and advocacy strategy in collaboration with CEO’s Communications team
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams such as Finance, Program Delivery, Fund Development and Strategy & Innovation to develop budgets, grant reports and narratives and support the organization’s goals
  • Serve as an in-house advocate and expert on criminal justice and workforce policy for CEO staff

Management and Administration

  • Contribute to Investment & Power Building department leadership by developing content for the organization’s strategic plan, including participating in implementation design;
  • Manage Policy staff, including associate(s) and/or VISTAs
  • Develop methods to improve coordination with program and central teams, particularly around government investment and participant engagement, including identifying project management processes, developing trainings, and coordinating with peer managers to achieve strategic goals across teams.
  • Provide coaching, guidance, and professional development opportunities for team members
  • Attend trainings, conferences and other meetings that help further inform CEO’s policy strategy

Compensation and Benefits  

The salary range for this position is $84,100-90,000 annually CEO’s compensation philosophy considers a variety of factors including experience, internal equity, and the labor market associated with the city in which the position is located. The labor markets associated with the cities in which CEO is based are variable, and the salary range included here reflects this. Our salary offer will fall within this range and will be reflective of the labor market of the city in which the position is based, as well the other factors named above.

We recognize that salary is a part of the overall compensation package and are happy to provide a comprehensive benefits package, including medical and dental coverage, and professional development opportunities to our staff.

We also offer paid parental leave, participation in a retirement plan, sick and vacation leave, paid holidays and more. We are a workplace that promotes continual learning and teamwork, offering lunch and learns, team outings, holiday gatherings and more for our staff.

More About Us

The Center for Employment Opportunities believes that everyone deserves the chance to shape a stronger future for themselves, their families, and their communities. Our commitment to being an anti-racism organization that is inclusive across all identities and experiences drives us forward every day. We exist to create greater opportunities for people who face multiple barriers to personal and professional success, and we’re passionate about being agents of change who promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and access to opportunities for all.

People who are justice involved, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ+ , and people with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.  We are 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.

Please note that due to the volume of resumes received, we are unable to contact each applicant regarding the status of each position or reply to candidates’ inquiries via phone or email.


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Job posted: 2022-04-19