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Institutional Partnerships Manager

Mission
The Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) is a social enterprise non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that unites executives and inmates through entrepreneurial passion and servant leadership to transform lives, restore families and rebuild communities.

 About PEP
Since 2004, PEP has pioneered an innovative program that connects the nation’s top executives, entrepreneurs, and MBA students with inmates. Our in-prison entrepreneurship boot camp and re-entry programs are proven, metric-driven, holistic solutions for maximizing self-sufficiency, transforming broken lives, and reducing recidivism. 

Job Summary
Are you looking for an environment that allows you to be an influencer and a change agent? Would you thrive in a position where you can create new funding opportunities for one of the nation’s most transformational causes?

If so, PEP is a nonprofit like no other. We are looking for an experienced and highly-motivated professional seeking to transform lives in the criminal justice arena – both those of the participants we serve and our executive volunteers who are catalysts for change in our participants’ lives. We need a team member who is a self-starter and will own the responsibility of developing foundation, corporate, and community (institutional) fundraising partnerships to drive PEP’s mission. This is a significant position, and the right candidate will be motivated by the challenges to deepen existing relationships, cultivate strategies for growth, and create funding diversity. The right candidate will be great at telling the PEP story of transformational social impact, as well as being a data-driven communicator who can generate enthusiasm and action.
Key Responsibilities 
  • Sustain lasting and robust relationships with key stakeholders (Board of Directors/Executive Teams) of all PEP Institutional partners
  • Develop a comprehensive plan for the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of potential Institutional donors. Research, locate, evaluate and prioritize funding sources and be creative in overcoming funding barriers of grantors.
  • Manage, coordinate and direct grant writing and follow-up reporting efforts with the Development and grant writing teams.
  • Prioritize grant applications by expected ROI.
  • Execute a networking plan for PEP’s Chief Executive Officer and Development team to meet key foundation and corporate executives, board members, and influential stakeholders to provide leverage in growing year-over-year grants.
  • Conduct extensive research and preparation for meetings with key Institution executives.
  • Invite Institution partnership decision-makers and key influencers to PEP events; create bios on attendees; join in events with partners in attendance.
  • Collaborate with Marketing to ensure outreach to Institutional partners is consistent with the partner’s and PEP’s message/goals.
  • Track all activities in Salesforce and produce accurate and detailed reporting for partners, PEP’s management team, and Governing Board meetings.
  • Maintain donor database and pipeline as related to grants.
Required Skills and Experience 
  • Bachelor’s degree or ten years of equivalent marketplace experience with a proven track record in meeting and exceeding revenue and key performance indicators (KPIs). Master’s degree a plus.
  • Extensive experience working with Foundations, large corporate partners, Board of Directors, executive teams, or other major decision-makers for financial giving.
  • Minimum five years of experience in managing grant writing activities.
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills, with the ability to foster and maintain executive and Board-level relationships.
  • Strong verbal communication skills with a professional demeanor, and the ability to interact with diverse groups of people.
  • Excellent written communication skills with meticulous attention to detail required for accurate tracking and complex reporting.
  • Effectively, intelligently, credibly, and passionately grasp and articulate PEP’s mission, results, and story.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of grant administration and grant writing.
  • Experience with foundation research tools and methodology, CRM systems (Salesforce a solid plus), report generation, and proficiency with MS Office and G Suite applications.
  • Proficient in project management, with solid execution and follow-up. Excellent organizational and time management skills, with a proven ability to juggle and meet multiple deadlines.
  • Committed to living out PEP’s Ten Driving Values (click to view). 
Job Requirements 
  • Houston-based office position.
  • Regular Houston and Dallas travel, with occasional travel to other Texas cities and US states.
  • Occasional prison attendance and evening events.
  • Obtain TDCJ-approved volunteer status within three months of hire.

Organization Information

  • Competitive salary (dependent on experience), with company-paid medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, and SIMPLE IRA benefits. 

To Apply 

Please email resumé, cover letter with salary requirements, and a 2-page writing sample (required) to: hiring@pep.org

Controller

Mission
The Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) is a social enterprise non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that unites executives and inmates through entrepreneurial passion and servant leadership to transform lives, restore families and rebuild communities.

 About PEP
Since 2004, PEP has pioneered an innovative program that connects the nation’s top executives, entrepreneurs, and MBA students with inmates. Our in-prison entrepreneurship boot camp and re-entry programs are proven, metric-driven, holistic solutions for maximizing self-sufficiency, transforming broken lives, and reducing recidivism. 

Job Summary
 We have an extraordinary opportunity for an experienced Controller to oversee all accounting and reporting activities for PEP and multiple program participants’ small companies. Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the Controller will also be actively involved in gathering, evaluating, presenting, and reporting critical financial information to executive teams and external stakeholders.
Key Responsibilities

  • Manage day-to-day accounting operations, ensuring strict adherence to policies and procedures.
  • Oversee all financial, program, and grants accounting; ensure that expenditures are consistently aligned with grant and program budgets throughout the grant/fund period; provide financial reporting information for foundation and corporate grants.
  • Assist leadership in the annual budgeting and planning process; administer and review all financial plans and compare to actual results with a view to identify, explain, and correct variances as appropriate.
  • Maintain internal control and safeguards over revenue, costs, and program budgets/expenditures.
  • Prepare monthly consolidated financial statements in a timely manner including reporting of liquidity and projected activity to senior leadership.
  • Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements. Coordinate all audit activities.

Required Skills and Experience 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting is required.
  • Minimum of five years of relevant accounting experience. A proven track record in grants management as it relates to compliance and reporting of foundation and corporate grants.
  • Proven experience working with multiple small and start-up businesses.
  • A proactive, hands-on, strategic thinker who will own, in partnership with the CAO, the responsibility for accounting.
  • Solid experience managing reporting, budget development and analysis, accounts payable and receivable, and general ledger.
  • Understanding of CPA financial audit process and effective at managing the audit relationship.
  • Experience in accounting for commercial lending activities preferred.
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively communicate key data to senior management, Board, and other outside partners.
  • Keen analytic, organization, and problem-solving skills, which allows for strategic data interpretation versus simple reporting.
  • Ability and desire to translate financial concepts to individuals at all levels including finance and non-finance stakeholders.
  • Advanced knowledge of accounting software (QuickBooks Desktop and Online) and MS Excel. Proficient in MS Office applications.
  • Committed to living out PEP’s Ten Driving Values (click to view).

Job Requirements 

  • Houston-based office position.
  • Occasional Houston and Dallas travel.
  • Occasional prison attendance and evening events.
  • Obtain TDCJ-approved volunteer status within three months of hire.

Organization Information 

  • Competitive salary (dependent on experience), with company-paid medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and SIMPLE IRA benefits.

To Apply 
Please email your resumé and a cover letter providing salary requirements and detailing how your previous job experience meets the requirements for this position to: hiring@pep.org.