Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities

 See posts below to find a job or volunteer opportunity in our field.

To post an opportunity, contact

Please Note: Justice Arts Coalition does not currently have any paid positions available, but we are always looking for support from volunteers! To complete our volunteer survey, please follow this link. To support our efforts to be able to hire and compensate staff, click here!

Story Catchers Theatre

There are currently 2 job openings: Director of Arts Education Programs and Artistic Manager for Changing Voices. 

Director of Arts Education Programs

The Director of Arts Education Programs oversees the artistic direction and program quality of our residential and workforce development programs. The Director is – first and foremost – a great collaborative leader and a teaching artist, who nurtures the talent and growth of the Storycatchers program staff and brings strong vision and expertise in the applied theater space, particularly for young people. They are the artistic leader and visionary of the organization, establishing and maintaining expectations of quality for all performances, and serving as the primary programmatic voice for the company.

If this role speaks to you or reminds you of individuals in your network, please pass along this information. Please review the job posting in its entirety here – 

To apply, please send a PDF cover letter and resume to with your name (Last, First) and the position title in the subject line. Use this email for questions as well. Initial interviews for this position are expected to begin in mid-April, with the goal of having our new Director of Arts Education Programs on board by early summer. 

Artistic Manager for Changing Voices

The Artistic Manager guides and mentors young people as they write their real-life stories and share their voices through musicalized pieces of theatre. They will manage five part-time teaching artists of differing disciplines, work closely with a full-time case manager and full-time program manager, and establish a safe, caring, and enriching program experience. 

If this role speaks to you or reminds you of individuals in your network, please pass along this information. Applicants can review the job posting in its entirety here – 

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to with the position title in the subject line. Use this email for questions as well.



Mural Arts Philadelphia

RJ Project Manager/Admin Support

The project manager is a full-time position and manages a portfolio of community-based public art projects on a wide range of themes. In addition, the Project Manager provides administrative support to the RJ Department, including but not limited to contracts, timesheets, invoices and budgeting needs. Building strong, meaningful and lasting relationships with community members is a key responsibility of the Project Manager. They serve as an ambassador of Mural Arts in project communities at all times, while accompanying the artist through their creative process. The Project Manager will be expected to work some nights and weekends as project work demands.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Communication with the full range of stakeholders including community members, funders, internal staff, site partners, faculty, Guild Coordinators and Guild participants; Engaging the public and negotiating community concerns
  • Managing artists, assistant artists and other contractor
  • Collaborating on project-specific marketing and public relations efforts
  • Planning and implementation of project-specific public meetings, events and programs
  • Budget development, monitoring and compliance in conjunction with the RJ Director
  • Negotiating and managing fees, timelines, contracts (including wall and lot authorizations for mural installations), and performance expectations
  • Utilizing internal project management protocols, including regular meetings with the Mural Arts Project Management Officer and RJ Director to update project portfolios
  • Working with RJ Director and Mural Artists on implementation of project-based programming
  • Regular meetings with RJ Director to prioritize project tasks
  • Ongoing site visits to program and workshop sites
  • Collaboration with the Restorative Justice team on development of projects and strategic planning 
  • Administrative support including, but not limited to, invoices and contracts for projects, budget creation, submission and monitoring, and program compliance with grants 
  • Credit card allocations
  • Monitoring grants as directed by Director

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have at least three years’ experience in project management and must be highly organized. A background in the visual arts or other creative processes is helpful, and knowledge of public or contemporary art or muralism is a plus. Requires a BA or BS in related fields, or equivalent experience and knowledge. At least three years of experience in small- and large-scale project development and management. Previous experience with budgets, purchasing, inventory, staffing and short- and long-range planning preferred. Valid driver’s license.

Salary: This is a full-time, exempt salaried position. Mural Arts offer a competitive and comprehensive benefits and holiday package. The salary is up to $50K, commensurate with experience. 

To Apply: Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and list of up to three (3) professional references at with “Project Manager” in the subject line. No phone calls or recruiters please.  For more information, call 215-685-0750 or visit Follow us on social media: @muralarts, on Twitter and Instagram, MuralArtsPhiladelphia on Facebook, and phillymuralarts on YouTube.



Analyst – Justice Initiatives, Ithaka S+R 

ITHAKA’s mission is to expand access to knowledge and education around the world. Our services—Artstor, JSTOR, Portico, and Ithaka S+R—enable people everywhere to learn, to grow, and to overcome historical barriers to education. In carrying out our mission, we feel a deep responsibility to each other and our well-being, and are committed to building and sustaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.

We are looking for an Analyst to contribute to our projects on technology, censorshipand educational space in prisons. This is an entry level role with significant opportunity to grow and learn on the job. We are especially interested in candidates impacted by the criminal legal system. Please feel free to reach out to me directly with any questions of referrals! The position can be in person or remote and the full post can be found here.

The deadline to submit application requirements is April 22, 2022. Applications submitted after this date may still be considered on an as needed basis.


The Cornell Prison Education Program  

Outreach and Information Services Librarian – Olin & Uris Libraries

Cornell University is seeking an Outreach and Information Services Librarian to support incarcerated college students; we are looking for someone who will collaborate within and outside of Cornell University to improve academic scholarship opportunities of incarcerated students.

We welcome candidates from a variety of backgrounds, including if you are new to the library profession or bring non-library instructional experience. We want you to have some familiarity with information services, but more importantly enthusiasm for building more experience on the job.

How to Apply: Click here.

Submission prior to April 15, 2022 is strongly encouraged. We ask that you include the following information in your application:

  1. A Curriculum Vitae
  2. A cover letter
  3. Incorporated into your cover letter or in a separate diversity statement, please explain your experiences and/or education in meeting this qualification: Knowledge of how racism, sexism, and poverty affect learning and success in education and the ways in which power affects the human experience.


Designing Justice + Designing Spaces (DJDS)

Studio Director Description

Job Summary 

The main objectives for the Studio Director role are to provide strong project management support to each project team, direct project staffing, and ensure project budgets and schedules remain on track. In addition to the overall studio direction and overseeing project teams, this role will serve as lead project manager on at least two to three projects at any given time. DJDS is a design studio; we take projects from concept development through design development and transition to outside contractors for construction drawings and construction management. However, we remain nimble and responsive to our partners’ needs, which often results in new project typologies such as product development, game design, and regional planning and mapping. This role will provide direction and guidance around the processes and systems for bringing these new project types to fruition. This key role will help set the organizational and project culture and work directly with the executive team to help set organizational priorities. The Studio Director will report to our main office in Oakland, California; however, the role may include travel time for up to 20% of the job.

To Apply

Please send a digital portfolio, following the directions below. If you have a website that includes your portfolio, you may send a PDF of your cover letter and resume, and the appropriate link(s) for the rest.

Subject Line: Studio Director Application
Attachment: One multipage PDF not to exceed 3MB


Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA)

Part-Time Institutional Giving Manager Description

RTA helps people in prison develop critical life skills through the arts, modeling an approach to the justice system based on human dignity rather than punishment. RTA is a fast-paced organization led by a passionate staff who value teamwork and a service leadership philosophy. A new position created to increase institutional gifts, RTA seeks an experienced and skilled Institutional Giving Manager to manage giving and secure new foundations, corporations, and government funders. This role reports to the Director of Development & Communications and works closely with the Deputy Director who is also the Senior Grant Writer.

To apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to Jack Kunhardt, Director of Development & Communications at


Mural Arts Philadelphia

Current Openings: Restorative Justice Director, Chief Operating Officer, Artist Relations Director, Job Developer

For more information on each available position, click here.

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Mural Arts Philadelphia is a public private partnership dedicated to the belief that art ignites change.

We create art with others to transform places, individuals, communities and institutions. Through this work, we establish new standards of excellence in the practice of public and contemporary art. Our process empowers artists to be change agents, stimulates dialogue about critical issues, and builds bridges of connection and understanding. Our work is created in service of a larger movement that values equity, fairness and progress across all of society. We listen with empathetic ears to understand the aspirations of our partners and participants. And through beautiful collaborative art, we provide people with the inspiration and tools to seize their own future.

The Mural Arts Guild Program

The Guild Summer 2022 Apprenticeship Description

The Guild is a paid apprenticeship that gives justice-impacted people the opportunity to develop marketable job skills and reconnect with their community. The Guild furthers individual development by incorporating important restorative justice concepts of healing, community, and individual restoration throughout the program. The guild offers two tracks: a Co-ed track open to any returning citizens, and the Women’s Guild, open to justice-impacted women.

This program will run from July 5th, 2022 through August 13th, 2022.

To apply:

Students aged 18-21 who have successfully completed a Mural Arts class can apply for a paid, for-credit summer apprenticeship in mural-making, art education, and business development. 

Apply HERE. Deadline: May 14, 2022

All applicants will be considered for employment with The Guild without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.


PEN America

PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.

PEN America Career Opportunities

There are currently 14 positions open! These include:


  • Assistant, Special Events (Nonprofit Development)
  • Deputy Director, Special Events (Gala)
  • Director, Foundations and Grants

Free Expression Programs:

  • Advocacy Coordinator, Washington, D.C.
  • Director, U.S. Free Expression Programs
  • Program Manager, Digital Safety and Free Expression
  • Trainer, Free Expression & Digital Safety (Consultancy)

Finance and Administration:

  • Chief of Staff
  • Coordinator, Finance
  • Office Manager

Literary Programs:

  • Assistant, Literary Awards
  • Assistant, Literary Programs and Emerging Voices

PEN America Los Angeles:

  • Assistant, PEN America Los Angeles
  • Director, Los Angeles

For more information on each available position, click here.

PEN America Internship and Fellowship Opportunities

Internships and fellowships at PEN America offer opportunities to gain meaningful experience at a dynamic, growing nonprofit organization working at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide.

Internship Application Periods

Be sure to include the dates of your availability with your application.

  • Fall Internships: Please submit your application between July 1 and October 15.
  • Winter/Spring Internships: Please submit your application between November 1 and January 15.
  • Summer Internships: Please submit your application between April 1 and June 15.

PEN America Fellowships

Fellowships offered by PEN America are available in the areas specified in the postings below. Each has unique commitment levels and program specifications to which applicants should review prior to submitting their applications. Fellowships are virtual, but some in-person participation may exist for those residing locally. Application to one fellowship is preferred; if you apply to more than one, please indicate that at the top of your cover letter.

For more information on each available position, click here.


Pennsylvania Prison Society

Summer 2022 Internships (Philadelphia)

The Prison Society is no longer accepting applications for internships for the Spring 2022 semester. Check back in February 2022 for new postings, or email for more information. The next cohort of internships will be for Summer 2022.

Typical positions offered are:

  • General Internship
  • Journalism Internship
  • Communications & Development Internship
  • Prison Monitoring Internship​

As an intern at the Pennsylvania Prison Society, you will learn about the issues surrounding prison conditions and the ways in which the criminal justice system and advocacy organizations respond to them. You will also learn about how incarceration affects families and loved ones on the outside. Interns will help us meet the complex needs of incarcerated individuals and their families by participating in the daily operations of our office.


Prison Education Project (PEP)

PEP Intern Description

The Washington University Prison Education Project (PEP) cultivates a rigorous college-in-prison environment that encourages and supports life-long curiosity, dialogue, and collaboration. By offering courses, degrees, and other opportunities for intellectual engagement in the liberal arts, PEP strives to  nurture thinkers and social change agents who positively impact their communities, families, and each other. 



Volunteers Wanted: The Messages Project


Location: Norfolk, Virginia

The Messages Project is looking for volunteers to assist in filming personalized messages from incarcerated parents, which are then sent home to their children. This is a great opportunity for college students (especially those studying film production, criminal justice, or social work).


Call for Volunteers: Pongo Teen Writing


Location: Seattle

Pongo volunteers are well trained, and they work in teams under an experienced leader. We have two sites currently, inside juvenile detention and inside the state psychiatric hospital for children.


Volunteers and Facilitators Wanted: The Beat Within


Locations: California, DC, and New Mexico

The Beat Within’s mission is to provide incarcerated youth with consistent opportunity to share their ideas and life experiences in a safe space that encourages literacy, self-expression, some critical thinking skills, and healthy, supportive relationships with adults and their community.



2 thoughts on “Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities

  1. theprisonartscoalition

    Hi Julia, please reach out to me at We will need a signed consent form, which you can find here: Once your son has received and signed it, he can either mail it to me, or send it back to you and you can email me a scanned copy or photo of it. Then, you can email me photos of his artwork, or if he’d rather send his work directly to PAC, that’s an option too. Let’s chat more over email. Thanks so much for visiting the site. I’m sure your support means the world to your son.

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