General Manager

California Prison Industry Authority
Folsom, CA

The California Prison Industry Authority is seeking an experienced General Manager to join our Executive team! This vital role, under the general policy direction of the Prison Industries Board (PIB), is responsible for overseeing more than 100 industrial, agricultural, and service enterprises located in the 35 prisons throughout California; if you have experience in manufacturing, with a history of producing profits, overseeing complex budgets, and leveraging your emotional intelligence and political savvy – and you have a desire to improve the lives of thousands while saving tax payers millions – then this is the job for you.  

The California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA) seeks a General Manager (GM) to lead development and operations of industries, agricultural, and service enterprises. This includes the operational oversight of over 100 manufacturing, service and consumable enterprises and providing life-changing opportunities for incarcerated individuals, under the jurisdiction of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), to learn relevant, marketable job skills. CALPIA is looking for an organizational leader who has an entrepreneurial spirit, strong fiscal experience, and brings a career background of product development and cost control excellence. The ideal candidate will be adept at working effectively with legislative leaders, Prison Industry Board members, and community stakeholders. The incumbent will be an exceptional leader who has a passion for changing the lives of those who have served their time, giving them a second chance to become a positive contributor to society.

The General Manager is appointed by and reports to the Prison Industry Board (PIB) and is an at-will position. The GM spends about 60% of their time working from CALPIA’s headquarters in Folsom, California. The GM acts as the Chief Administrative Officer for the PIB, regularly travels throughout the state of California to work and partner closely with the 35 CDCR adult institutions, and meets with major customers, supplies, internal and external stakeholders, members of the financial community, and the public. The GM provides leadership and policy oversight to the organization through the ongoing development of the organization’s vision and long-term strategic plan, defines the culture, provides people and team leadership, and ensures the organization operates as a growing, profitable business enterprise and social program that benefits inmates and constituents across California. The GM oversees a $250 million budget, leads nine direct reports who oversee a total staff of 1,100+, and supports over 8,000 offender assignments in manufacturing, agricultural, consumable, service and support functions, including warehouse and administration.

The core functions of the job are: fiscal management of complex funding streams; production; building business relationships; working with elected officials; providing excellent customer service; and meeting profit and budgets goals. The GM is responsible for overseeing 27 business lines, all running at the same time, and 125 cost accounting centers/business units. CALPIA does not receive State budget appropriations and has to remain profitable to pay for its programs. The position also requires strong decision-making, problem solving, management skills, a high level of emotional intelligence and political savvy.

Desirable Qualifications 

  • Master's degree in business, public administration, accounting, economics, criminal      justice or closely related field from an accredited college or university.
  • 5+ years of executive-level experience in the correctional manufacturing industry.
  • 5+ years of executive-level experience in the correctional field or related experience.
  • 5+ years of executive-level experience in the manufacturing business line.
  • Successful experience with a productive operation and have demonstrated appreciation of the challenges associated with prison management.

Employee Benefits

CALPIA offers robust benefit options for our employees, including health, dental, vision, retirement and savings plans, leave benefits, and flexible work schedule options. For more information about our benefits, check out our website!

Application Deadline: Apply by October 23, 2020 for first consideration.