Post-Release Program Manager

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $60,000
Maximum: $70,000
Details: Commensurate with experience.



Start Date



San Francisco
United States


Defy of Northern California is a nonprofit organization that provides entrepreneurship training, employment readiness, and personal development to currently and formerly incarcerated individuals. In Northern California, over 400 incarcerated individuals have completed Defy’s program in prison and more than 60 individuals have participated in programming outside of prison. With the support of hundreds of entrepreneurs, business leaders and volunteers, Defy’s graduates have created 19 businesses in the region and fewer than 5% have recidivated.

Reporting to the Defy of Northern California’s Executive Director and working within a small regional team, the Post-Release Program Manager will have an integral role in the effective planning, implementation, and oversight of the post-release program initiatives and activities in Northern California. In this role, the Post-Release Program Manager will ensure exemplary execution of all Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EIT) activities and is responsible for thoughtful curricular and program planning that prepares EITs to succeed in Defy and in their communities and equips the organization to meet its mission and goals.


Program Management

  • Work collaboratively with NorCal team to continue to develop the post-release program to best meet the needs of EITs in the region
  • Manage the programmatic implementation of training curriculum, operations, and logistics including performance tracking, information management, and scheduling
  • Assess ongoing training needs and create solutions to address those needs
  • Design and execute post-release program-related events including business plan competitions, skills-based workshops, business coaching nights, graduations, and others
  • Develop and implement program and curricular calendars
  • Ensure that EIT performance data is tracked efficiently and accurately including enrollment, attendance, homework submission, and disciplinary issues
  • Design and implement EIT feedback mechanisms, analyze data, communicate results to team, and propose program innovations
  • Connect with Bay Area businesses to build a pipeline of organizations that will hire Defy EITs
  • Facilitate post-release curriculum to EIT groups
  • Build bridges with parole, probation and law enforcement for program awareness
  • Establish relationships with community partners to provide referral contacts for EITs in need of wrap-around services

EIT Support

  • Foster a supportive, professional relationship with each individual EIT that caters to their current needs and reentry situation
  • Create individualized achievement plans for each EIT in order to track reentry progress
  • Promote a foundational community for EITs to connect with each other during their reentry
  • Assist EITs in securing employment and other reentry resources through partnerships, referrals, and navigational support

Required Skills, Experience, and Strengths

  • Minimum of 2 years of successful nonprofit leadership experience, preferably in reentry
  • Experience working with currently and/or formerly incarcerated individuals and familiarity with the reentry landscape in Northern California, especially the Bay Area
  • Deep empathy for EIT needs and goals; an ability to intuit and/or extract EIT needs and apply that information strategically toward program innovations
  • Ability to maintain solid, productive boundaries while being able to enforce program policies at the same time
  • Experience facilitating groups
  • Comfortable with technology and various applications including Google Suite, Skype, Zoom, Slack. Comfortable guiding EITs with technological tools as well.
  • Organized, detail-oriented, and a team-player
  • Belief in human capacity for growth and change
  • Capacity to ensure culturally appropriate services
  • Demonstrated ability to accept constructive feedback
  • Experience tracking and analyzing quantitative data
  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills
  • Flexible disposition that would thrive in a growing nonprofit with a shifting post-release program
  • Strong sense of responsibility and accountability

Defy of Northern California provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. People with diverse personal experiences are urged to apply, especially people that have been formerly incarcerated and/or impacted by incarceration.

In addition to federal law requirements, Defy of Northern California complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Defy of Northern California expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Defy of Northern California’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.


Generous benefits include healthcare, dental, vision and paid vacation.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please email your resume and a cover letter explaining what will make you successful in this role to, subject “PRPM application”.