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16 May 2023

Full-Time Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Center for Work Education and Employment – Posted by careers@cwee.org Denver, Colorado, United States

Job Description

Center for Work Education and Employment CEO Position Guide

Title: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Reports To: Board of Directors
Location: Denver, Colorado


CWEE fosters personal and professional transformation for low-income families through confidence building, customized skills training, and career advancement.

What is the Center for Work Education and Employment?

Founded in 1982, the Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE) is one of Denver’s leading workforce and anti-poverty organizations. CWEE provides personal and professional support to address each career seeker’s unique challenges and to facilitate a supportive path to long-term employment success. CWEE’s mission is to foster personal and professional transformation for low-income families through confidence building, customized skills training, and career advancement. CWEE believes that regardless of personal situations and other barriers to employment, when an appropriate level of education and support is provided, individuals can and will succeed.

The values that drive CWEE’s mission of helping individuals succeed also drive CWEE’s approach to organizational management and employee development, which is informed by a motivation-driven coaching model. CWEE embraces a culture of organizational learning and continuous quality improvement while centering trauma informed care and wellness at all levels of the organization.

CWEE serves a large and diverse group of low-income families, most of whom receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and are referred to CWEE by the county offices that administer public assistance programs. CWEE provides digital skills training, job readiness and employment support that is personalized to the needs of each career seeker. CWEE works with participants to overcome the barriers they face to succeed at work, including supporting people to complete their high school equivalency, gain professional skills, and access resources such as transportation, childcare, mental health counseling and much more.

The Opportunity

The CEO, guided by CWEE’s mission, provides strategic direction and leadership, ensures financial sustainability via contract management and philanthropy, and supports the Board of Directors in fulfilling their governance functions. This role provides organizational oversight for a growing nonprofit organization with a $5 million annual budget and 40+ employees. Leading an executive management team and working closely with the Board of Directors, the CEO articulates and embodies the mission of the organization and defines and adapts the strategy so that CWEE can continue to guide career seekers toward a fulfilling career and stable economic future.

Candidate Profile

The CEO is accountable to the Board of Directors and reports to the Board of Directors Chair. This role oversees the Executive Management Team, the Development Team and various contractors, including an accountant and grant writing firm.

CWEE is seeking an experienced leader with strong business acumen, high emotional intelligence and a desire to lead a learning organization committed to informed decision making that engages structured input from across a variety of CWEE stakeholders.

Key Skills and Attributes:

Executive Leadership

Provide strategic and visionary leadership to support the Board, staff, participants, volunteers, donors, stakeholders, and other constituents in fostering personal and professional transformation for low-income families. Provide consistent, meaningful executive presence at all levels of the organization. Lead, manage and communicate activities to implement strategic and annual plans in a manner that is inclusive and empowering. Initiate a planning process designed to codify CWEE’s emerging hybrid program model.


Organizational Management

Champion CWEE’s culture as a learning organization grounded in the principles of institutional wellness and the practice of motivation driven coaching. Oversee, evaluate and make modifications to an evolving model of hybrid program service delivery. Ensure that program structure, service delivery methods and staff development efforts are continually updated and guided by evolving best practice. Drive robust performance monitoring and reporting systems to inform service delivery and contract compliance. Develop a dashboard to be utilized across the organization to regularly monitor key performance indicators.


Financial and Contract Management

Run a fiscally strong organization, ensuring resources are well-managed and efficiently deployed. Work closely with and supervise the accountant, leading annual budget process and regular budget updates to the Board of Directors and other key stakeholders. Serve as the main point of contact for government contracts and manage annual contract negotiations. Oversee the work of the grants contractor, including reviewing and contributing to grant proposals and assisting regularly in grant reporting. Identify and secure funding opportunities that are aligned with program goals.


Board Governance

Understand nonprofit governance and support the Board’s development and growth. Maintain regular and ongoing communication to build strong relationships with all board members, providing leadership to individuals and committees. Guide meetings, planning and project timelines, ensuring organizational progress. Understand motivation of Board members and seek opportunities to connect the Board to the mission through volunteering and engagement with CWEE staff and participants.


Fundraising and Relationship Development

Drives fundraising efforts in collaboration with the Development Team, leverages the Board of Directors and key partners. Builds effective and lasting relationships that translate into successful collaborations, impactful partnerships and fundraising results. Understands the dynamics of public/private partnerships and skilled at influencing policy with implications for CWEE services.


This individual will demonstrate a career path of progressive leadership which includes some experience with the nonprofit sector and a background that includes strategic thinking and planning. This individual will bring a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and willingness to engage and empower staff. The successful candidate is skilled at leading effectively within a fluid and dynamic environment and brings experience building durable relationships with partners, policymakers, donors, stakeholders and other constituencies. Experience working with active governing boards that are responsible for setting policies and working collaboratively with senior leadership is important.


Position Status: Full-time, Exempt

Hiring Range: $170,000 – $190,000/annually

Work Environment: This is an onsite position in Denver, Colorado

Benefits: Full benefits including three weeks of vacation, every other Friday off, paid health days, paid family and medical leave, retirement match, health, dental and vision insurance, healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts, life insurance, disability benefits, comprehensive parenting benefits through Maven and a CWEE issued laptop

How to apply

Send cover letter and resume to ca*****@cw**.org. Please indicate ‘Chief Executive Officer’ in the subject line no later than Monday, June 5th at 8:00am. Materials will be reviewed and interviews scheduled as qualified applications are received.

CWEE is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of non discrimination and equal opportunity for all qualified applicants. Applicants of any and all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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How to Apply

Send cover letter and resume to careers@cwee.org. Please indicate ‘Chief Executive Officer’ in the subject line no later than Monday, June 5th at 8:00am. Materials will be reviewed and interviews scheduled as qualified applications are received.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

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