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

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.


The Orchard Project Lab Programs

Programs include the OP Performance Lab, Audio Lab, Episodic Lab, and Greenhouse Program.

Applications for all programs are due on March 10, 2021

The Orchard Project is proud to announce its 2021 lab programs, expanded and shifted in response to the ongoing challenges facing performing artists nationally and worldwide. During a time of industry transformation, reckoning, and instability, the Orchard Project is taking steps to do even more to support the most innovative artists and diverse voices, helping creators to explore, create, and share their work in new ways given the current absence of live collaboration.

This year, at least 30 projects will be selected to participate in the Orchard Project’s programs. Each will receive support in flexible, collaborative environments that put faith in artists to create new works. In 2021, our offerings will remain virtual.


CUNY Freedom Prep Matriculation and Advisement Specialist

CATEGORY: Managerial and Professional

Full Time

Salary Range $65,000-$75,000

Freedom Prep seeks a Matriculation and Advisement Specialist. The person in this role will meet with students throughout their participation in Freedom Prep and engage program alumni to help counsel future education decisions, collaborate with CUNY campus opportunity programs and supports, and refer students to resources that will help meet basic needs and establish stability. Freedom Prep provides participants with a path to long-term stability through reconnection to education and post-secondary opportunities. Freedom Prep is expanding our application and matriculation support for students through the new Matriculation and Advisement Specialist role. The ideal candidate will have appropriate social services training and a passion for helping some of NYC’s most vulnerable youth.

The Matriculation and Advisement Specialist will be responsible for connecting with over 120 Freedom Prep alumni and currently enrolled students, and will be their primary point of contact as they complete the semester and make decisions about next steps. The person in this role will also be responsible for communicating with Freedom Prep partner Community Based Organizations that refer and support students. The goal is to create an intensive, clear and structured set of steps so students can achieve their post-secondary goals.


Bachelor’s degree required in social work, education or related field, Master’s degree preferred. A minimum of five years of successful professional experience as a college advisor, youth development specialist, counselor or educator working directly with court-involved and/or extremely vulnerable students and young people. A demonstrated commitment to empowering court involved students to succeed in college. A demonstrated passion for working with court-involved students and understanding the systemic barriers that may have impeded their educational progress. Demonstrated experience creating and managing data and tracking systems. Outstanding organizational skills, strong attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines. Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Ability to prioritize tasks, manage time effectively and respond quickly to various requests. Ability to foster positive working relationships; creative, appreciative approach with a sense of humor. Proven ability to work effectively with others in order to achieve results. Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point & Outlook).

Position open until filled.

Please send resume and cover letter to:

For more details on the job description, click here.


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 For more information and to apply, visit and search for the position using Job ID 50398.


International Documentary Association — Pare Lorentz Application

A grant for documentary filmmakers working within the criminal justice system.
The Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund application is open February 16 – June 7, 2020. The deadline was extended to June 7. Please visit the FAQ here.
Watch a recorded live Q&A here with Program Officer Dana Merwin.
Contact with any questions pertaining to your project’s eligibility or the application process in general.
Check the website for more information on current grants.

LMCC’s Manhattan Arts Grants

LMCC’s Manhattan Arts Grants provide awards to Manhattan-based artists, arts groups, and organizations working across disciplines to connect local communities to rich artistic experiences – on stages, in exhibitions, classrooms, recreation rooms, and public spaces. From these grants, Creative Learning is designed to support and develop the capacity of Manhattan’s teaching artists and small arts organizations to provide in-depth, community-based arts education and enrichment projects and programming to participants of all ages including youth, adults, and/or seniors.

Check the website for new and upcoming opportunities!


Pongo Teen Writing Project Development Director

Posted 2/26/19

Location: Seattle

The Pongo Teen Writing Project is a 23-year-old, award-winning nonprofit that offers therapeutic poetry to youth (and others) who have suffered traumas, such as abuse, neglect, and exposure to violence. We work in the most sensitive institutions and agencies, such as detention centers, homeless shelters, and psychiatric hospitals. Our mission is to help our authors, through personal poetry, to understand their difficult feelings, find their strong voices, and address their life challenges and best hopes. Our goal is to work toward social justice by enabling our authors to address the personal impact of trauma, where trauma is often the product of historical inequities and oppression.

Pongo’s approach is based on its own specific methodology that has proved to be effective, safe, and replicable. We collect data and support pilot studies of our outcomes. Pongo also teaches its method nationally and internationally, as an important aspect of our future service and impact. There are “Pongo-inspired” projects around the country and the world. As an organization, Pongo believes in diversity and strives to be a sensitive and equitable workplace.


Girl Be Heard

Location: Brooklyn, New York

Girl Be Heard is currently looking to fill a full-time position. Keep an eye on the site for new opportunities.


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.


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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