Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities


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Creative Justice

Creative Justice is seeking nominations and applications for two Co-Executive Directors. These new Co-Executive Directors will serve concurrently and collaboratively in separate but overlapping capacities. One ED will focus on Finance and Operations. The other ED will focus on Education & Programs. This search is designed to fill both roles. Creative Justice uses art-making as a vehicle to prepare young people to be leaders in community. The ideal candidates will be servant, facilitative leaders who respect the expertise of young people and the Creative Justice team – especially those who have been directly impacted by carceral systems.

Learn more about the positions here

American Prison Writing Archive

Associate Manager

The American Prison Writing Archive is the first fully searchable digital archive of non-fiction essays and poetry by incarcerated people writing about their experience inside U.S. prisons and jails today.    

The APWA seeks an Associate Manager in proximity to the Baltimore area. This full-time position is responsible for coordinating growth and dissemination efforts and raising the public profile of the Archive.  Working closely with Program Executive Doran Larson, Project Director Vesla Weaver, program assistants, and the Sheridan Libraries team working to incorporate the APWA digital holdings, the Associate Manager will, among other evolving responsibilities, serve as the lead coordinator of team members in transitioning, developing, and expanding the American Prison Writing Archive.



Insight Garden Program

Development Manager

Insight Garden Program (IGP) is seeking a full-time Development Manager. Our ideal candidate is someone who is excited to join a dynamic team that will support the management and growth of diverse funding streams for IGP. They are passionate about special, criminal, and environmental justice and excited to support IGP’s sustainability and strategic growth in California and nationally. 

The Development Manager is a key staff person in IGP’s efforts to grow and sustain our government and philanthropic funding for programs in prisons, reentry, and the community. Read more about the position here

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit a resume and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position to the Hiring Committee at

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


PEN America

PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open 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.

To view a full list of employment opportunities currently available at PEN America, click here

Internship and Fellowship Opportunities

Internship Application Periods

  • 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.


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.


Die Jim Crow Records

Executive Development Assistant

Die Jim Crow Records is the first non-profit record label in the United States for formerly and currently incarcerated musicians. We are a young organization that is looking to grow with committed and passionate team members for years to come. This position is a great opportunity for a development/arts admin professional who wants to help steer DJC from a lean and nimble organization to a more robust, blue chip non-profit that has great impact for decades to come.

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


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

Current Openings: Mural Arts Institute Co-Senior Managers (2 Full Time Positions), Development Associate, Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer/Office Manager, Financial Administrative Coordinator, Human Resources Director, Southeast by Southeast and Northeast Passage Program Manager, Project Manager (1099 Contractor), Temporary Part-Time Events Coordinator 

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.


Pennsylvania Prison Society

Prison Monitoring Regional Organizer (Eastern Pennsylvania)

The Pennsylvania Prison Society is excited to hire our first-ever Regional Organizer for Eastern Pennsylvania to help lead our crucial work keeping people in prison safe, healthy, and treated with dignity. From Scranton to Philadelphia, this person will make a difference in countless lives and work for systemic change.  If you have two or more years of volunteer management,  organizing, or similar experience, this may be the position for you.  We are looking for a superstar champion for human rights! We look forward to hearing from you!
Click here for more information and to apply until filled.

Fall 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.



3 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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