Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities

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

To post an opportunity, contact info@thejusticeartscoalition.org.

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

PEN America

Senior Manager, Editorial Projects Description

PEN America, a nonprofit organization that stands at the intersection of literature and human rights, seeks a senior manager with expertise in issues surrounding mass incarceration as well as exceptional editorial savviness to oversee all aspects of PEN America’s Prison and Justice Writing Program’s written content and writing fellowships. The senior manager will be critical in elevating and executing current initiatives as well as launching an important new program providing access to public platforms for incarcerated writers. The position is full-time and based in New York, and reports to the director of Prison and Justice Writing.

Responsibilities:

  • Research, develop, and manage the creation of the Incarcerated Writers Bureau and provide ongoing leadership for the project
  • Identify and engage with contributors to and users of the Bureau
  • Work closely with a web platform designer to build the digital platform and project branding
  • Build on or develop relationships with incarcerated writers and prison arts organizations to enable through-the-walls engagement with the platform
  • Identify, train, and manage a cohort of mentors to work closely with featured writers to develop their profiles
  • Identify future-facing goals, plans, and objectives for each year of the project, as well as evaluative methods and editorial content linked to the project’s success stories. Lead and support a cohort of Writing for Justice Fellows and develop next steps in that program’s evolution
  • Conceptualize, write, edit and design resource guides, newsletters, and other content for the Prison and Justice Writing Program
  • Prepare reporting to donors and develop new funding proposals
  • Act as an ambassador for the project with partners and the public

Qualifications:

  • Expert project management skills with the ability to toggle between multiple projects and keep strong archives and process files
  • Superior editorial and writing skills, with a proven publication track record and linkages to the literary community
  • Capacity to build and leverage wide contacts in the media and publishing industries who will promote and utilize the Incarcerated Writers Bureau
  • Expertise in issues surrounding mass incarceration and in prison-related programs, and a commitment to work at the intersection of these areas with free expression, literary culture, and social justice
  • Demonstrated capabilities in successfully delivering the full range of program management requirements, from blank slate startup to celebrated results
  • Ability to work quickly and creatively on multiple fronts, both collaboratively and taking independent responsibility
  • Digital skills, including in developing webpages, online applications, and social media outreach
  • Ability to develop strategic vision as well as drill down to ensure success at granular levels of implementation
  • Demonstrated ability to develop new project concepts and contribute to fundraising
  • Organized work style, with the ability to thrive in a fast-moving work environment
  • A reputation for innovation and the ability to crack the code to solve challenges
  • Excellent oral presentation skills

Salary and Benefits:

PEN America offers competitive compensation and benefits, commensurate with experience.

To apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, unedited writing sample, and the contact information for three references. Please submit the entire application to jobs@pen.org. Please use “Senior Manager PJW Editorial Projects” and your name as the subject of your email (for example, “Senior Manager PJW Editor Projects – Jane Doe”).

PEN America is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices, and in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

Senior Manager, The Freewrite Project Description

PEN America, seeks a creative, energetic, and results-oriented senior manager with expertise in issues surrounding mass incarceration to launch The Freewrite Project, an important new creative leadership program for incarcerated writers. The position also will seek to expand PEN America’s Prison and Justice Writing work by engaging new supporters and partners. This is a full-time position based in New York and reports to the director of Prison and Justice Writing.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and manage The Freewrite Project, building from the ground up
  • Manage research projects identifying stakeholders for direct and indirect project partnerships in the prison library and prison arts community, and build relationships with key stakeholders
  • Support the launch of The Sentences That Create Us and leverage research to actively develop and implement a significant and wide-reaching book distribution plan into prisons and beyond
  • Plan, execute, and facilitate a curriculum design working group to develop training and evaluative processes for the project
  • Build strong relationships with prison librarians and incarcerated leaders, and support the formation of independent writing collectives
  • Train and manage PEN America facilitation mentors and deliver trainings as needed
  • Prepare content for social media and the website related to the project
  • Prepare reporting to donors and develop new funding proposals
  • Act as an ambassador for the project with partners and the public

Qualifications:

  • Expertise in issues surrounding mass incarceration and in prison-related programs and a commitment to work at the intersection of these areas with free expression, literary culture, and social justice
  • Demonstrated capabilities in successfully delivering the full-range of program management requirements, from blank slate startup to celebrated results
  • Credentials and networks within the literary community, as well as the criminal justice reform/abolition space
  • Ability to work quickly and creatively on multiple fronts, both collaboratively and taking independent responsibility
  • Digital skills, including in developing webpages, online applications, and social media outreach
  • Ability to develop strategic vision as well as drill down to ensure success at granular levels of implementation
  • Demonstrated ability to develop new project concepts and contribute to fundraising
  • Organized work style, with the ability to thrive in a fast-moving work environment
  • A reputation for innovation and the ability to crack the code to solve challenges
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills

Salary and Benefits:

PEN America offers competitive compensation and benefits, commensurate with experience.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, unedited writing sample, and the contact information for three references. Please submit the entire application to jobs@pen.org. Please use “Senior Manager, The Freewrite Project” and your name as the subject of your email (for example, Senior Manager, The Freewrite Project – Jane Doe”).

PEN America is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices, and in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

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The Mural Arts Guild Program

The Guild 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.

The Guild is committed to creating an accessible educational experience through the new hybrid model which includes digital literacy training, giving participants skills to enter the technology-driven workforce.

Through mural making, carpentry, and other creative projects, members of The Guild are guided by artists and other skilled professionals to transform their neighborhoods and themselves. Job readiness, such as life skills, professional development, and mentorship is an essential element of the curriculum. Participants have also built personal and professional growth plans, which include professional communications, teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, digital etiquette, and essential job entry skills like résumé-building, and interview preparation to help participants secure future employment. A majority of Guild graduates find new employment or further educational opportunities following their successful completion of the program.

This program will run from November 15, 2021 through February 25, 2022

To Apply

All potential applicants must be between 18 and 26 years of age, and must either be on probation and/or have been released from incarceration within the past year. 

Apply HERE. Deadline: November 8, 2021

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.

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Pennsylvania Prison Society

Prison Monitoring Regional Organizer Job Description

As Pennsylvania’s independent prison monitor, we work to stop abuse and trauma. Every month, more than 300 incarcerated people and their families ask the Society for help with issues they face inside prison. Written into Pennsylvania law, Society staff and volunteers respond to these complaints by going into correctional facilities, meeting with incarcerated people, and providing real-time information on prison conditions. We are the only organization in the state that provides public witness to what happens behind prison walls.

We are hiring two Regional Organizers—one for Western Pennsylvania, and one for Eastern Pennsylvania—to support and grow this work. You will serve as the Prison Society’s primary liaison in the region, interfacing with volunteer chapters, prison administrations, local authorities, and allied organizations. This will require regular travel and excellent interpersonal skills. Working with the Prison Monitoring Director, you will assess the Prison Society’s regional capacity and develop and implement a strategic approach to improve the quality of our work and our impact.

Responsibilities

  • Expertly manage and help administer a large (125+) regional volunteer network. You will support, train, and recruit highly motivated volunteers who conduct prison monitoring visits.
  • Evaluate regional monitoring capacity and develop a strategy, in collaboration with the Prison Monitoring Director, for optimal volunteer coverage and prison outreach
  • Manage reporting, workflow, and data collection between the main office, regional chapters, and volunteers including weekly tracking of volunteer assignments, and quarterly compiling of performance metrics
  • Become an expert on prison conditions in your region. You will get yourself up to speed on what is happening in the 25+ correctional facilities and counties in your region, and have your finger on the pulse of local dynamics
  • Serve as the face of the Prison Society. You will act as a critical resource for public officials, volunteers, and Prison Society staff, on conditions and Prison Society activities in your region
  • Develop strategic relationships with allied organizations and grassroots groups, including faith communities, social service providers, and advocates, to increase regional presence, share information, and make and receive referrals for assistance

Qualifications (not all required but preferred)

  • At least two years of volunteer management or organizing experience (issue, electoral, or community).
  • Experience organizing both individuals and teams. Those with more than two years of experience are welcome to apply
  • Your warm and professional demeanor works for everyone
  • You masterfully juggle multiple balls
  • You are an excellent communicator
  • You inspire and lead others
  • You are the consummate team player
  • You are goal driven
  • Comfortable with Microsoft Office and Google apps. You have used a customer relations management (CRM), voter, or volunteer management database in a previous role.

Compensation

$47,000-$52,000.

To Apply

Read more HERE. Apply HERE.

At the Society, we don’t just accept difference—we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our staff, our mission, and our community. The Society is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. Individuals directly impacted by the criminal justice system are encouraged to apply.

Spring 2022 Internships

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.

General Internship Description

During your internship, you will be immersed in the history of the Prison Society, and learn about the organization’s unique positioning as the only organization with access under PA Statue to anyone incarcerated in state or county correctional facilities. Interns frequently engage in opportunities that arise outside the office such as visiting prisons, attending legislative events in Harrisburg, performing direct service with individuals who are returning from prison, and attending community events at Eastern State Penitentiary.

This internship is a good fit for you if you are flexible, passionate about criminal justice reform issues, and ready to engage with our staff on your interests, and lend your skills to help advance our organization’s mission of monitoring prison conditions, supporting people impacted by incarceration, and sharing information with the commonwealth

To Apply

All interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to frontdesk@prisonsociety.org

Journalism Internship Description

Journalism interns will work closely with the editors of our newsletter, Graterfriends, which is written, in large part, by incarcerated individuals and sent out to subscribers in Pennsylvania prisons. Graterfriends reaches over 1,000 subscribers and is sent out 6 times a year.

This internship is a good fit for you if you have strong writing and communication skills, are interested in the behind the scenes work of creating a publication, and are passionate about prison reform issues, and ‘passing the mic’ to incarcerated authors who are the experts on living while incarcerated.

To Apply

All interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to frontdesk@prisonsociety.org

Communications and Development Internship Description

Communications interns will have additional, communications specific tasks. These interns will leave the internship with practical understanding of how communications and outreach are used to support a non-profit through social media, fundraising, and event planning. Communications interns will have the opportunity to work with and report to not only the Pennsylvania Prison Society, but also our contracted communications support, VIM Collaborative.

This internship is a good fit for you if you’re interested in developing your communication skills, want experience using Customer Relationship Management and communications software (such as Kindful, Mailchimp, etc), have good writing and communication skills, and are passionate about increasing public awareness about prison issues and prison reform.

To Apply

All interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to frontdesk@prisonsociety.org

Prison Monitoring Internship Description

You will work with the Prison Monitoring Director to support our Prison Monitoring Program. Under Pennsylvania law, volunteer Prison Monitors with our organization can conduct a confidential visit with anyone incarcerated in a state or county correctional facility. During your internship, you will be immersed in the history of the Prison Society, and learn about the organization’s unique positioning and goals. Interns frequently engage in opportunities that arise outside the office, such as visiting prisons, attending legislative events in Harrisburg, performing direct service with individuals who are returning from prison, and attending community events at Eastern State Penitentiary.

This internship is a good fit for you if you are flexible, have good communication skills, are interested in learning more about the prison system in Pennsylvania, and are ready to sharpen your data management skills.

To Apply

All interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to frontdesk@prisonsociety.org

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Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project – Academic Administrator

Academic Administrator Job Description

The Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project is hiring 2 Academic Administrators to join our team. One will coordinate the credit program at Staton CF (men’s facility) and the other will coordinate at the new credit program at Tutwiler (Women’s facility). Both positions are based at Auburn University.

Responsibilities

  • Conducts day-to-day administrative duties as related to the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project (APAEP) college program at Staton Correctional Facility or Tutwiler Women’s Prison, including but not limited to Alabama Department of Corrections coordination and communication, course scheduling and registration, faculty and student recruitment, study hall scheduling and monitoring, technology maintenance and oversight, library services management, and coordinating other student success services, including tutoring sessions, transcript retrieval, financial aid assistance, and coordination of research projects. Pursues new initiatives as time and budget allows.
  • Ensures all college program activities follow relevant guidelines, specifications, policy and procedures set forth by Auburn University, APAEP, the Alabama Department of Corrections, and the U.S. Department of Education Second Chance Pell Experimental Sites Initiative.
  • Travels to off-site classrooms at least 2 or 3 days a week throughout spring, fall and summer semesters for class oversight and to meet with students to define needs. Travel will often take place outside of traditional work hours. Facilitates student research, publication and presentation submissions.
  • Recruits and trains instructors for work as program faculty and/or tutors and facilitates outside visiting writers, speakers, and performance events at host facility, in sync with University speakers and guests. Develops and maintains relationships with AU programs and academic departments. Gives presentations about APAEP on AU campus (classrooms, clubs, faculty meetings), at national meetings, and to the general public.
  • Assists APAEP Program Manager with administrative and professional responsibilities. May contribute to and support processes for the preparation of grant applications and fundraising efforts. Maintains relevant databases to ensure accurate and accessible records.
  • Teaches credit and noncredit classes (as availability allows).

Qualifications

  • Education level: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Field of study: Relevant field to position
  • Years of experience: 2
  • Area of experience: Experience in project management or program administration

Skills & Abilities

  • Strong communicator, comfortable with public speaking, compassionate relationship builder, organized, able to engage with students, able to work with minimal supervision
  • Knowledge of prison higher education programs
  • Ability to travel to correctional facilities in Alabama

Compensation

$39,300 – $75,100 salary range

To Apply

To learn more and to apply, go to https://www.auemployment.com/postings/25602

Application deadline: 11/18/2021

Auburn University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. 

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Pongo Poetry Project – Executive Director

Executive Director Job Description

The Executive Director (ED) reports to the board of directors and has overall responsibility for Pongo’s staff, operations, programs, expansion, and implementation of its mission.

Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership and Organizational Growth

  • Lead Pongo in its journey to become an anti-racist organization and promote and instill diversity, equity and inclusion in all we do
  • Implement national expansion
  • Present at national and regional conferences and organizations to promote Pongo
  • Begin to build partnerships in new markets, establishing relationships with practitioners and funders, and with political and community leaders at each expansion site
  • Serve as an external local and national spokesperson who communicates program results with an emphasis on the successes of the local program as a model for regional and national replication
  • Build board capacity and involvement with strategic direction for both ongoing local operations as well as for the national expansion

Fundraising & Communications

  • In collaboration with the Development Manager, expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and national expansion
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand
  • Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities for growth

Management & Operations

  • Work with staff to ensure ongoing programmatic excellence and consistent quality of finance and administration, programs, fundraising, communications, and systems
  • Create and maintain a collaborative environment in which all staff are valued and have opportunities for personal and professional growth
  • Actively engage and energize Pongo staff, volunteers, board members, committees, partnering organizations, and funders
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong and diverse Board of Directors; serve as ex- officio of select committees
  • Develop effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents
Qualifications

The ED must be thoroughly committed to Pongo’s mission. Candidates will be considered based on the range of their lived and learned experiences, professional background, and direct and transferable skills. Pongo seeks candidates with a compelling combination of demonstrated experience and skills.

Required Qualifications include:

  • At least 5 years of senior management experience; track record of effective leadership and growing a nonprofit organization regionally and/or nationally; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth and impact
  • Excellence in staff management with the ability to create and maintain a collaborative work environment in which everyone feels valued
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience including strategy, a track record of having achieved increased financial support, donor stewardship and retention, and major donor solicitation
  • Commitment to anti-racism and experience helping an organization move forward in its anti-racism journey
  • Experience working with diverse communities
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • Experience in providing financial administration including developing and monitoring a budget and providing relevant reports to board and staff

Preferred Qualifications include:

  • Appreciation for poetry and the role of expressive arts in healing
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
  • Strong marketing and public relations experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures

Our ideal candidate will be:

  • Action-oriented, collaborative, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative
  • Passionate, positive, mission-driven, and self-directed
Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time position. Salary range is $75,000 to $85,000 DOE plus benefits. The position starts on or around January 4, 2022.

Benefits include health insurance stipend, paid time off, 9 paid holidays, a one-week winter break and a flexible work schedule.

To Apply

The position will be open until filled. Applicant review will begin in late summer. Offer will be made in November.

Please submit a resume and cover letter addressed to: executivedirector@pongoteenwriting.org

Pongo Poetry Project is an equal opportunity employer. All people who add to our diverse community are encouraged to apply.

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Insight Garden Program – Executive Director

Insight Garden Program (IGP) is seeking an Executive Director. Our ideal candidate will be a visionary, adaptable, experienced leader who is passionate about criminal and environmental justice, and can guide IGP into its next phase of growth in California and nationally through our in-prison programs, re-entry model and community based-programs.

Who We Are

Founded in 2002, IGP is a nonprofit organization that facilitates an innovative 48-week curriculum that combines environmental education, permaculture gardening, “inner gardening” and re-entry skills.  Our core purpose is to reconnect people in prison and re-entry  to “self, community, and the natural world”. This “inner” and “outer” gardening approach transforms lives, ends ongoing cycles of incarceration, and creates safer communities. We currently run our program in ten adult prisons and one youth facility in the state of California, as well as one program in Indiana. We recently expanded our work to include reentry support for incarcerated IGP participants who are being released from prison through pre- and post- release referrals for housing, employment and educational opportunities; safe and compassionate transport; and emotional support.

Grounded in the belief that access to the natural world is a human right, our holistic program seeks to empower IGP participants and alumni to become food justice leaders, environmental stewards, urban gardeners, and criminal justice reform advocates both within prison and in the communities to which they return.

For more information, please see www.insightgardenprogram.org

What You’ll Do

The Executive Director’s major areas of responsibility include:

  • Lead the development of a vision for the future and a strategic plan for expansion of IGP’s programs that is aligned with the vision and values of the Board, staff and the community with whom we work.

  • Lead and oversee fundraising programs to ensure fiscal sustainability while financing organizational growth.

  • Build strong relationships with external partners in the criminal justice and environmental justice movements in California and nationally.

  • Be a respected external voice and advocate on criminal justice issues.

  • Work closely with a strong and experienced senior management team to foster and maintain an organizational culture and management system that ensures ongoing programmatic excellence.

  • Provide a consistent caliber of financial management and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems management; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve strategic goals.

Who You Are & Keys to Success (the must-haves)

To be successful in this job, you should be able to:

  • Speak from a place of authenticity and have content expertise in criminal justice issues; systems impacted persons encouraged to apply.

  • Have a commitment to racial equity and social justice: You recognize the role of race, income, age, immigration status, and other identities in shaping disparities. You amplify voices to advocate for more equitable policy solutions. You recognize how your own identities show up in the work, and welcome, reflect on, and act on feedback with an eye toward continuous learning about race, gender, ability, and other lines of difference.

  • Inspire and align the Board, staff and community around a common vision.

  • Cultivate relationships with funders and donors, and effectively communicate the vision and value of IGP’s programs.

  • Have experience working within the culture and operational parameters of state correctional systems.

  • Bring your passion for nature, criminal justice reform and environmental justice movements to the job.

  • Work with, develop, and expand the Board of Directors.

  • Practice inclusive and collaborative leadership and management; approach leadership with a mindset of “power with” rather than “power over” and regularly include others in decision-making. Be comfortable working in a team-based organizational culture with an experienced senior management team.

  • Develop and maintain strong, collaborative working relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders, and bring in allies and coalition partners. Know how to build alliances and find points of collaboration even when there are competing interests.

  • Appreciate holistic thinking and apply systems thinking to IGP’s work.

  • Comfortable with public speaking at conferences, events, etc.

  • Have an aptitude for, or a willingness to be trained on, budgets and financial oversight.

Bonus Points (the nice to haves)

  • Legislative and policy experience; connections to the broader criminal justice world and social justice advocacy organizations in California and nationally.

  • Nonprofit organizational management experience, including working with Board of directors.

  • Gardening experience.

  • Understanding and connections to re-entry organizations and models.

  • Ability to write Op-Eds or other thought pieces for newsletters, social media, websites, etc.

  • Familiarity with IGP’s programming.

  • Knowledge of restorative justice.

  • Connections to funders and individual donors.

What Else You Should Know

Insight Garden Program is an equal opportunity employer and we value having staff who come from communities that are most impacted by the issues we aim to address. We especially encourage people of color, LGBTQ people, systems impacted people, and people with disabilities to apply.

Reporting Relationships: The Executive Director will report directly to the Board of Directors and supervise a senior management team.

Salary & Benefits: This is a full-time position with a target start date of July 1, 2021. IGP offers a competitive salary (commensurate with experience) and benefits package which includes cell phone/internet stipend; medical, dental, and vision insurance; and vacation and sick time.

Location: The position is based in California. Since the onset of COVID19, we have been working virtually, but pre-COVID19 our office was in the Bay Area with staff working throughout the state. Travel will be required to visit program sites across California.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a resume and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position to the Executive Director Search Committee at EDsearch@insightgardenprogram.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until June 1, 2021.

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Art Editor

Iron City Magazine is currently seeking an art editor for Issue 6, with the possibility for renewal of the role in future issues.

Iron City Magazine is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and journal devoted entirely to writing and art from the prison world. It is our hope that through this creative platform, incarcerated artists and writers find value in their stories, fuel for personal growth, and pride in their accomplishments. Prisoners are, first and foremost, people. They own stories worthy of telling and sharing. Iron City Magazine aims to highlight these stories in a way more permanent than a private journal.

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Job Announcement: Director

The Prison Education Project at Washington University in St. Louis is seeking a full-time director. Please see the attached job description for more details about the position. Feel free to circulate this widely among your networks, and if you know anyone who may be interested in applying, please do not hesitate to forward this information to them. We welcome and encourage applications from people who are formerly incarcerated and system-impacted.

To request a copy of the full-length job description, please email prisonedproject@wustl.edu. For more information and to apply, visit https://jobs.wustl.edu and search for the position using Job ID 50398.

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Project Admin, Marketing, and Teaching Artist opportunities at the Mural Arts Program

Check the website for new opportunities.

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.

Annually, Mural Arts engages more than 25,000 people. This includes more than 2,000 who enroll in ongoing art and muralism workshops offered by our Art Education, Restorative Justice, and Porch Light programs; more than 8,000 who co-create our stunning works of public art; and more than 15,000 who tour our multi-neighborhood collection. Annually, we produce between 80 and 100 temporary and permanent pieces, which together tell an incredible story of Philadelphia’s beauty and resilience.

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Volunteers Wanted: The Messages Project

Ongoing

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).

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Call for Volunteers: Pongo Teen Writing

Ongoing

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.

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Volunteers and Facilitators Wanted: The Beat Within

Ongoing

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.

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2 thoughts on “Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities

  1. theprisonartscoalition

    Hi Julia, please reach out to me at pacoalitionadmin@gmail.com. We will need a signed consent form, which you can find here: https://theprisonartscoalition.com/consent-form/. 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.
    Best,
    Wendy

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