Chief Executive Officer



Chief Executive Officer


SALARY: $144,000 – 180,000 annually


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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 Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead development and operations of industries, agricultural, and service enterprises.  This includes the production of over 100 manufacturing, service and consumable enterprises and providing work opportunities for offenders under the jurisdiction of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).  CALPIA is looking for an organizational leader who has an entrepreneurial spirit, strong fiscal background, and brings a career background of product development and cost control excellence. The ideal candidate will be adept at working effectively with legislative leaders, 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 our society.


For more information please see the complete recruitment brochure:



The CEO is appointed by and reports to the PIB and is an at-will position.  The CEO spends approximately 60% of their time working from CALPIA’s headquarters in Folsom, California.  The CEO also acts as the Chief Administrator for the PIB, regularly travels throughout the state of California to work with the 35 adult institutions, and meets with major customers, suppliers, internal and external stakeholders, members of the financial community, and the public. The CEO 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 CEO oversees an approximate budget of $250 million, leads eight direct reports who oversee a total staff of 1,269, 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 relationships, working with elected officials, providing excellent customer service, and meeting profit and budgets goals. The CEO will be responsible for overseeing 27 business lines, all running at the same time, and 125 cost accounting centers/business units.  CALPIA receives no budget appropriations and thus must maintain solvency to sustain its programs.  The position requires strong decision-making, problem-solving, and management skills, a high level of emotional intelligence, and political savvy.



Employment Standards:

  • Graduated from an accredited college or university with a degree in business, public administration, accounting, economics or related field.
  • Several years of management level experience that includes responsibility for fiscal, personnel, administrative, and/or analytical programs, and oversight of major program planning, budgeting, and implementation.
  • California state or local government experience



The salary range for this position is $144,000 – 180,000 annually. In addition to base salary, CALPIA offers a great benefits package, see brochure link above for more details.


HOW TO APPLY:    This position is open until filled. Apply by February 4th for first consideration.

Apply At:

  • Questions: Call 541-664-0376 / 866-929-WBCP, or e-mail Wendi Brown at
  • Save the Date: Interviews will take place on March 11th and 12th, candidates selected for interview must be available both days.





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