Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities

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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

Prison Creative Arts Project – Arts Programming Coordinator

How to Apply (closing in 10 days, apply quickly if interested, as of 7/13/2021)

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. (Note that the system only allows for one single file attachment).

What You’ll Do

You will have two primary responsibilities. The first is arts programming at Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP), a program of the Residential College (RC). You will serve on a curatorial team for PCAP’s Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners and manage publicity and audience engagement for the exhibit. You will also manage all aspects of other PCAP exhibits, artwork licensing, and PCAP’s annual art auction fundraiser. The second function is administering CEAL-Ride, a transportation program for engaged learning courses and programs in LSA. You will work with faculty to identify transportation needs and manage a rented vehicle fleet for their students. You will also train drivers, troubleshoot transportation issues, and manage the reservation system. Reporting to PCAP’s Associate Director, you will perform responsibilities that require creativity, organization, independence, thoughtfulness, and customer service.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

Who We Are

The Residential College is a four-year interdisciplinary liberal arts program within the College of Literature, Science and Arts (LSA). We seek to foster a genuine appreciation and lifelong passion for learning; not merely individual quests for knowledge, but preparation and encouragement that lead to effective and responsible engagement in the real world. The Prison Creative Arts Project brings those impacted by the justice system together with the University of Michigan community for artistic collaboration, mutual learning, and growth. PCAP’s Annual Exhibition, now in its 26th year, draws over 3,000 visits annually to view 800 pieces created by people incarcerated in Michigan.

Why Work at Michigan?

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off.
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting.
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance.
  • Life insurance.
  • Long-term disability coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses.
  • Maternity and parental leave.


50% PCAP Arts Programming

  • Manage all aspects of PCAP exhibits outside the Annual Exhibition (e.g., traveling or one-time exhibits).
  • Manage requests for artwork licensing.
  • Serve on the curation team for PCAP’s Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners.
  • Manage public engagement for Annual Exhibition.
  • Coordinate publicity for the Annual Exhibition.
  • Manage PCAP annual art auction fundraiser.
  • Manage student staff, temporary staff, and volunteers.
  • Other responsibilities to support the PCAP team and the RC.

50% CEAL-Ride Transportation Coordination

  • Coordinate transportation for LSA engaged learning courses and programs
  • Work directly with instructors offering LSA engaged learning courses to develop transportation support plans
  • Manage a fleet of rented vehicles, including scheduling and maintenance.
  • Conduct driver eligibility checks and training.
  • Maintain online training and reservation systems and identify improvements; work with LSA Tech Services to enhance systems.
  • Be the point person for all transportation issues.
  • Drive vehicles to perform other responsibilities.

Required Qualifications*

  • Experience leading projects in arts management, community program management, or a related field.
  • Success working with a diverse group of team members and collaborators in an inclusive and trust-inspiring manner.
  • Experience promoting events and designing audience engagement activities.
  • Experience curating and installing exhibits.
  • Experience conducting and organizing training.
  • Comfortable managing multiple complex projects at once.
  • High level of customer service.
  • Working knowledge of Google and Microsoft Office Suite products.
  • A valid driver’s license according to the laws of the State of Michigan and meet the requirements of the Fleet Services Vehicle Operator Policy.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience with the justice system.
  • Experience with arts programs for underserved communities.
  • Experience working in higher education.

Additional Information

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit

To learn more about LSA’s Guiding Principles visit

  • This position is based on the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus. Opportunities for working remote during part of the week may be available.
  • Some evening and weekend work may be required.
  • You can see a more detailed job description here.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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

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 Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until June 1, 2021.


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.


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.


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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