The mission of the Petey Greene Program (PGP) is to supplement education in jails, prisons, and detention centers, by preparing volunteers, primarily college students, to provide free, quality tutoring and related programming to support the academic achievement of incarcerated people. Founded over 11 years ago in 2008, the PGP is a growing national organization with 20+ employees in six states. The PGP envisions a brighter world where all incarcerated people have access to high-quality academic programs. We seek to inspire our volunteers and incarcerated students to participate in the movement for justice reform.
To accomplish these goals, the PGP builds strong and sustainable partnerships with universities and prisons, jails, and detention centers across the Northeast. In 2018, the PGP had nearly 1000 volunteers from 30 college campuses and the surrounding communities, working in 46 facilities, and provided 13,195 hours of tutoring. Our volunteers work in jail and prison classrooms, supporting students who are working toward their high school diplomas, high school equivalency, or college coursework. This supplemental educational service is provided to both the students and the state departments of correction free-of-charge.
The Chief Executive Officer reports to the Board and will be responsible for overseeing all Petey Greene programs, fundraising, marketing, branding, strategic planning, personnel, and administrative functions. In addition, the CEO will serve as the primary spokesperson of the organization. We are looking for a visionary entrepreneurial leader who will gradually and systematically grow the organization to a national level and expand strategically and carefully into other regions.
Lead the senior management team to assure that all functional areas of the PGP operate effectively and efficiently
Keep all functional areas of the organization focused on the PGP mission and vision
Plan and execute internal and external communications with all stakeholders as the chief spokesperson and brand ambassador for the PGP
Inspire employees and volunteers to develop innovative ways to spread the message of the organization and achieve the mission
Develop a connected and collaborative community among a geographically separated workforce.
Create a successful, rewarding, diverse, and inclusive organizational culture
Secure the financial support necessary to achieve PGP’s goals and objectives including new major gifts and increased giving from current supporters
Work in collaboration and coordination with the development team to establish a unified and effective strategy for the cultivation of major gifts from both foundations and individuals
Strengthen the regional advisory boards and develop strategies and relationships to attain sustainability in each region
Build and manage the development team so that it can effectively diversify, strengthen, and cultivate the relationships needed for financial sustainability and future growth
Work with the Strategic Planning Committee to develop and execute a new strategic plan
Over the next year, work with the Chief Program Officer to re-imagine PGP field management roles to assure that the program and organization is efficient and scalable
Over the next three years, explore plans and strategies to expand PGP locations in partnership with additional universities, jails, and prisons along with local donors and foundations who will support this expansion
Explore appropriate strategic partnerships with other programs serving similar constituencies
Work closely with the Chief Program Officer to ensure that all field personnel are well-trained, managed and motivated.
Lead and promote a culture of positivity, innovation and collaboration
Ensure successful recruitment and retention of PGP staff
Develop and oversee the innovative programs to boost recruitment and engagement at universities, jails and prisons
Operationalize the collection, analysis, and reporting of data as a tool to drive continuous improvement and organizational learning. PGP will collect both volunteer data and contact information as well as data tracking incarcerated student progress.
Develop infrastructure and systems to support a distributed geographic environment
Supervise accounting and finance to ensure that all financial operations are running effectively
Oversee the development of processes and controls for all accounting systems and practices
Work closely with the Board in establishing annual budgets to support strategic plans and objectives, and provide oversight of PGP’s finances
Work with consultants and/or a new Director of Communications/Marketing who will oversee internal and external communications
Accelerate growth opportunities via strategic media marketing campaigns designed to elevate PGP’s image
Lead branding efforts to reinvigorate and reimagine the website, vision statement, core values, testimonials, etc.
A commitment to issues related to mass incarceration, racial equity, and the rights of formerly incarcerated people
A proven track record of success in the cultivation, stewardship, and closing of gifts from major donors and foundations
Superior public speaking, written and verbal communication skills
Excellent relationship builder with all types of people
Demonstrated persistence and problem-solving skills; excellent group facilitation and team building skills
Proven management expertise including ability to build and manage a diverse workforce
Demonstrated leadership in marketing, communications, and branding for a mission-driven growing organization
Comfort in utilizing technology to work with a largely remote staff
Willingness to commit to a minimum of three years employment at PGP
Ability to travel regularly to monitor field operations, meet with donors and participate in conferences
College degree required; relevant masters degree preferred