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Job Opportunities with Prison + Neighborhood Arts/Education Project

PNAP is currently accepting applications for Executive Director. For more information, see below.

Executive Director (updated 2/3/2023)

Position Overview:

Serves as The Prison + Neighborhood Arts/Education Project Executive Director to develop and oversee its current and emerging organizational programming, infrastructure, and development.

Primary Responsibilities:

Organizational Administration 30%

  • Develop Annual budgets with PNAP Program Directors and Board of Directors
  • Track annual expenditures and annual audit in coordination with PNAP accountants and PNAP Finance Committee; facilitate quarterly budget meetings with PNAP Finance Committee
  • Sign off on paychecks, major expenses or other budget related work
  • Ensure fiscal and legal compliance in coordination with PNAP accountants and consultants
  • Chair and participate in Board Committees, including Board Finance Committee and Board Human Resources Committee

Management 30%

  • Maintain clear organizational directives, political values and vision of PNAP alongside
  • staff and Board of Directors
  • Coordinate Board of Directors formation and governing procedures
  • Coordinate BoD meetings, communications and onboarding
  • Coordinate BoD meetings, communications and onboarding new staff and BoD members
  • Oversee hiring of staff positions alongside Program Directors in alignment with organizational needs
  • Supervise and support all staff with regular meeting-times, role assessments, and programming implementation in alignment with organizational vision and values
  • Supervise and oversee all volunteer and part-time PNAP positions, including interns
  • Facilitate all necessary communications between staff, Program Directors, and/or Board of Directors
  • Hold regular meetings with PNAP staff, Co-Directors, and BoD to maintain open communications, group processes, healthy work boundaries
  • Maintain and Update PNAP Operational materials including Operating procedures, Staff
  • Handbook, Mission and Principles, and other guiding documents for the organization; oversee updates of handbooks and necessary documents by PNAP staff

Development 30%

  • Identify grant opportunities
  • Develop and submit grant applications
  • Build and maintain relationships with funders and foundations
  • Develop and submit grant reporting requirements
  • Maintain and update individual Donor Base

Organizational Stewardship 10%

  • Maintain relationships and represent PNAP in institutional and grassroots partnerships, including (but not limited to) IDOC, as well as university-based, IL governmental, and community-based organizations
  • Represent PNAP at relevant local and national events and coalitions in alignment with PNAP vision and values
  • Liaise with Program Directors to ensure and implement all programming
  • Support PNAP cultural and thematic events alongside Program Directors and staff

Pay + Benefits

This is a full-time position. Salary range: $70,000-$80,000, commensurate with experience. In addition, the position includes a benefits package that includes health, dental, and vision.

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least five years experience as a lead organizer or program manager for grassroots,
    community-based organizations
  • Excellent strategic and comprehensive program management skills
  • Experience and familiarity with prison-industrial-complex-abolition, mass-incarceration, and criminal-justice-impacted movements for social change
  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in politically sensitive and high-pressure
  • Experience with trauma-informed practices for social change movement-building
  • Demonstrated commitment and experience working with Black, Indigenous and people
    of color communities
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Willingness to limited travel when it is safe to do so
  • Willingness to work remotely and in person
  • Effective time management skills, including prioritizing and managing multiple tasks, with
    light supervision
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Excellent team player

Work Environment

  • Position is based in Chicago
  • COVID Considerations: PNAP recognizes that we need to make shifts to address the ongoing challenges of the pandemic on our emotional and physical health. We are working remotely until it is safe to work in-person.
  • Limited travel in the Chicago metro area is required when conditions allow The Prison + Neighborhood Arts/Education Project is an equal-opportunity employer. Black, Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQIA+, and people formerly-incarcerated strongly encouraged to apply.

HOW TO APPLY: For consideration, send a resume, and cover letter to Please add “Executive Director” in the subject of your email. No calls, please. Position open until filled.

Application Deadline Date: Feb 20 or when position is filled 
Length of Contract: 12 Months with ability for renewal