Buddhist Pathways Prison Project is a California nonprofit corporation, comprised mostly of volunteers, whose mission is to bring the core teachings of the historical Buddha of non-harming, meditation, and wisdom into prisons and jails as well as federal penal institutions. Through mindful awareness, incarcerated sangha (community) members gain the wisdom that fosters durable self-transformation and insight into the inner conditions that led to incarceration.
Organization – Buddhist Pathways Prison Project (BP3) was founded in 2011 as a religious 501c3 nonprofit. Its main function is to maintain and support volunteers who offer Buddhist services, meditation instructions and mindful movement on a regular basis to people inside prisons and jails throughout California. BP3 hosts a training retreat for volunteers every summer. It also provides mileage reimbursement for volunteers and materials such as Buddhist books, meditation cushions and yoga mats for its prison programs.
Vision Statement – Our vision is to give the incarcerated people we meet the meditative practices and insights that allow them to live more peaceful, less stressful lives both inside the prison walls and once they are released.
Job Title: Executive Director
Reports to: Board of Directors
The Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the organization. This includes working with the board and board committees to develop and implement business and strategic plans, policies, procedures, and best practices. Other key duties include: fundraising, fund development and donor outreach.
Leadership – We are looking for a self-starter with a passion for our mission. They will be able to see the big picture but implement plans in bite-sized pieces. They will know how to actively receive input, listen to other viewpoints and collaborate.
- Works with the Board of Directors in order to fulfill the organization mission.
- Responsible for leading Buddhist Pathways Prison Project in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board.
- Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
- Develops sufficient resources to ensure the financial health of the organization.
- Monitors activities, identifies and corrects problems related to funding, expenditures and related matters.
- Works in collaboration with the Board Treasurer to produce the proposed annual budget for submission to the Board.
- Works with the Treasurer and the Board to ensure sound fiscal management that anticipates operating within the approved budget and maintaining the organization in a positive financial position.
- Responsible for fundraising and developing other funding sources necessary to support Buddhist Pathways Prison Project’s mission.
- Serves as Program Administrator to oversee current grant expenditures and the filing of regular updates/reports to grant makers as required.
- Leadership & Management
- Works with Board and others to develop effective systems to evaluate programs and methods to measure and demonstrate successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other community organizations.
- Actively engage volunteers and funders.
- Attend Board meetings and serve as ex-officio of committees as assigned.
- Overall responsibility for the annual Buddhist Pathways Prison Project Training Retreat, including procuring adequate facilities at a reasonable rate.
- Fundraising and Communications
- Identify and cultivate donor and other funder relationships.
- Have an awareness of grant opportunities, timelines for submission, and other requirements. Keep Board aware of these opportunities.
- Ensure that any grant opportunities identified, and supported by the Board, are followed up on, and that grant submissions are completed in a timely way.
- Deepen and refine all aspects of communications – from web presence to external relations, with the goal of creating a stronger brand or image.
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
- Strong organizational skills, including planning the annual retreat and spearheading fundraising efforts
- Experience in Buddhist teachings and meditation highly preferable
- Prior experience working in some capacity (whether as a professional or a volunteer) with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) system or an equivalent from another state preferred
- Successful fundraising track record and skills, including donor cultivation and grant writing (or working with grant writers in an effective way)
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills required
- Ability to work well in a collaborative environment
- Solid personnel management skills, especially ability to motivate and manage volunteers and staff
- Experience managing complex calendars
- Experience in organizational budgeting
- Familiarity with standard office equipment, common office software, and computer proficiency and experience with QuickBooks and donor/ticketing software