Philadelphia Bail Fund is Looking to Hire New Executive Director! (1/9/22)




Who We Are:

Founded in 2017, the Philadelphia Bail Fund (“PBF”) combats mass incarceration by working to end cash bail and pretrial punishment in Philadelphia. Until that day, we seek to prevent the harms of wealth-based detention by paying bail for our neighbors in need at the earliest possible moment after arrest. Every year, thousands of Philadelphians, overwhelmingly poor and Black, have a price set on their freedom. Our work stems from the belief that this practice is unjust, unnecessary, and inhumane. We are committed to creating a society where our work as an organization is no longer needed — a society that values people’s freedom and invests in equitable and transformative justice systems in which everyone feels safe and all communities have the resources they need to thrive.

The Opportunity: PBF is at an important juncture in its organizational history. Since 2020, the organization has grown rapidly from a staff of one to four full-time staff members. In response to COVID-19 and the uprisings against police violence in 2020, PBF greatly expanded its impact, helping free over 400 Philadelphians from the city’s jails – a 400% increase from the prior year. The organization has also increased its capacity to provide holistic post-release support and to engage in intentional organizing with directly impacted communities. With our Board, staff, leaders (our directly impacted organizers), and volunteers, PBF is undergoing substantial growth as we build the grassroots movement necessary to end cash bail and pretrial punishment in Philadelphia.

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

Responsibilities: Staff Management & Leadership

The Executive Director directs the staff team in carrying out the day-to-day operations that move us toward our goals.

  • Oversee the administration and operations of the organization; ensure smooth functioning of ongoing programmatic efforts and implement systems to track scaling progress; regularly evaluate program components.

  • Supervise staff members, including goal setting, development, evaluation, and coaching; maintain a work environment that fosters teamwork, open communications, and dedication to PBF’s vision and values.

  • Steward the ongoing organizational transformation that is needed to attain PBF’s goals, and nurture an inclusive, collaborative, team-orientated work environment.

  • Provide direction and visionary leadership for the organization and plan and implement strategies to further shared mission and goals.

  • Oversee the work of contingent staff, including external consultants and vendors; monitor achievement of goals relative to established service level agreements and contracts.

To read the full job posting or to apply, click here.