Philadelphia Generocity Bond Fund | Executive director



The opportunity:

The PBF is at an important turning point in its organizational history. Since 2020, the organization has grown rapidly, growing from a workforce of one to four full-time employees. In response to COVID-19 and the uprisings against police violence in 2020, PBF has dramatically expanded its impact, helping to free more than 400 Philadelphians from the city’s jails – a 400% increase from the previous year. The organization has also increased its ability to provide holistic post-release support and engage in intentional organizing with directly affected communities. With our Board of Directors, staff, leaders (our directly affected organizers) and volunteers, PBF is experiencing substantial growth as we build the grassroots movement needed to end the cash bond and pre-trial sentence. in Philadelphia.

We are recruiting a dynamic and experienced Executive Director (DE) to oversee the continuation of this important work and lead PBF into this exciting new chapter. The CEO will have primary responsibility for the management of the organization, with an emphasis on strategic planning, administration, fundraising and board relations. The CEO reports to the Board of Directors and oversees a team of three.


Staff management and leadership

The General Manager leads the staff team in carrying out the day-to-day operations that allow us to achieve our goals.

  • Oversee the administration and operations of the organization; ensure the smooth functioning of ongoing programmatic efforts and implement systems to monitor progress of scale-up; regularly evaluate the components of the program.
  • Supervise staff members, including goal setting, development, evaluation and coaching; maintain a work environment that fosters teamwork, open communications and dedication to the vision and values ​​of PBF.
  • Manage the ongoing organizational transformation that is necessary to achieve PBF goals, and nurture an inclusive, collaborative and team-oriented work environment.
  • Provide visionary direction and leadership to the organization and plan and implement strategies to advance the common mission and goals.
  • Supervise the work of contingent staff, including external consultants and suppliers; monitor the achievement of objectives relating to service level agreements and established contracts.

Board of directors and governance

The Executive Director works with the Board of Directors to develop and execute the strategic vision and direction of PBF.

  • Cultivate an ongoing collaborative relationship with a committed board of directors, providing it with the necessary information on organizational developments.
  • Serve as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors and seek and strengthen the Board’s involvement in strategic planning and direction.
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors to guide the organization to achieve the goals in accordance with the mission.

Fundraising and financing

The Executive Director ensures that the PBF is fiscally sound and financially sound.

  • Ensure a strong fundraising program that includes basic strategies, major donors and foundations in addition to grant writing.
  • Develop, nurture and maintain key funding relationships, especially between foundations and major donors.
  • Work with the Board of Directors and the Controller to develop, adopt and monitor the annual budget, as well as to ensure the financial health and long-term stability of the organization.


The Executive Director maintains effective communications with internal and external stakeholders, ensuring that messages are aligned with the mission, principles and objectives of the PBF.

  • Support the communications team to deepen and refine all aspects of communications, from web presence to external relations with the goal of significantly expanding our advertising.
  • Where appropriate and strategic, serve as the voice and spokesperson for the PBF to the press, coalitions, donors and the community at large.
  • Cultivate key relationships, partnerships and alliances within and beyond the city limits of Philadelphia.
  • Respond to unforeseen opportunities and challenges as they arise.


Successful applicants will have the following qualifications. (We’re less interested in titles and more interested in who you are and what you’ve actually accomplished.)

  • Demonstrated record of work to dismantle mass incarceration and prison systems.
  • Prior experience in supervising staff and managing a cohesive staff team, and ability to overcome conflicts.
  • Effective experience in strategic planning, organizational development, organizational transformation.
  • A history of successful fundraising through grants, events and solicitations from individual donors.
  • In-depth knowledge of the cash deposit system. Knowledge can be demonstrated by having experience with the cash surety imposed on you, by having posted / paid a cash surety on behalf of another person and / or by having experience of legal representation of a person subject to a cash deposit. Priority will be given to applicants who have been directly affected by bail and / or the criminal justice system.
  • Dedication to center the experiences and beliefs of those involved in justice in the design and development of programs and experience of working with those involved in justice.
  • High degree of cultural awareness; experience navigating and challenging white supremacy, classism, racism and other systems of oppression.
  • Visionary and strategic; the ability to anticipate and create possibility during challenges and to see the big picture while paying attention to detail.
  • Strong facilitator; Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; adept at resolving conflicts.
  • A collaborative leader; ability to lead through collaborative partnerships and involve others in planned change.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Roots in Philadelphia; knowledge of different communities and neighborhoods.
  • Applicants who have been directly affected by bail and / or the criminal justice system.

Salary & Benefits

Compensation includes a competitive salary and generous benefits.

About Us

Founded in 2017, the Philadelphia Bail Fund (“PBF”) fights mass incarceration by working to end cash bail and interim sentences in Philadelphia. To this day, we seek to prevent the harms of wealth-based detention by posting bail for our neighbors in need as soon as possible after arrest. Each year, thousands of Philadelphians, mostly poor and black, have a price to pay for their freedom. Our work stems from the belief that this practice is unfair, unnecessary and inhumane. We are committed to creating a society where our work as an organization is no longer necessary – a society that values ​​people’s freedom and invests in fair and transformative justice systems in which everyone and all communities feel safe and secure. have the resources they need to thrive.

Apply for this job

Please send your CV and a detailed cover letter explaining your interest in the position to [email protected] Applications will be accepted and reviewed as they arise, but applicants are encouraged to apply by Monday, November 15 for priority review. This position will remain open until filled. We hope that the new Executive Director will take office in January 2022, with a transition period with the outgoing Executive Director. PBF is an equal opportunity employer. Blacks, Indigenous people, Latinx and other people of color, women, LGBTQI-GNC, formerly incarcerated people, and others directly affected by criminalization are strongly encouraged to apply.

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