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PNAP is currently accepting applications for Development + Communications Coordinator. For more information, see below.

Development + Communications Coordinator

Position Summary

The Prison + Neighborhood Arts/Education Project (PNAP) seeks a Development + Communications Coordinator to grow and maintain PNAP’s fundraising and communications-related initiatives.

The Prison and Neighborhood Arts/Education Project is a visual arts and education project that connects teaching artists and scholars to incarcerated students at Logan Correctional Facility and Stateville Maximum Security Prison through classes, workshops, a policy think tank, and guest lectures. 

Classes cover subjects ranging from poetry, visual arts, and creative writing to political theory, social studies, and history. PNAP also offers a tuition-free degree-granting program at Stateville in partnership with the University Without Walls at Northeastern Illinois University. Our classes serve as an indispensable opportunity for our students to connect with artists, scholars, and writers from the region, expand their cultural and political education, and communicate complex ideas. PNAP courses develop projects—visual art, creative writing, and critical essays—which are the basis for exhibitions, events, and publications that are shared both within and across the walls of the prison. 

This position will work to maintain and grow PNAP’s fundraising efforts through a combination of grassroots donations and grant-based funding. The position will also oversee and coordinate key organizational communications efforts.

Pay + Benefits

This is a full-time position with compensation $65,000/year. In addition, the position includes a benefits package that includes health, dental, and vision.

Length of Contract

This is a two-year, grant-funded contract. PNAP leadership will conduct a review/assessment with all new staff at 3 months of employment.

Position Responsibilities

Fundraising and Development 70%

  • Maintain current donor relationships
  • Foster and develop new donor relationships
  • Write grants to support PNAP programming
  • Coordinate and develop all necessary grant-related reporting requirements with PNAP Directors and Board.
  • Coordinate one grassroots annual fundraiser per year with assistance from PNAP Board 
  • Develop and carry out grassroots and divers forms of funding 

Communications 30%

  • Develop a PNAP monthly newsletter
  • Coordinate Weekly Dispatches to PNAP allies and community on relevant programming and advocacy updates
  • Maintain and regularly update the PNAP website with (
  • Maintain PNAP’s online presence through social media
  • Develop the PNAP Annual Report in collaboration with the PNAP leadership 
  • Prepare press releases and communicate with media outlets as needed for special announcements

Supervision and Points of Contact

  • Supervised by PNAP Executive Director
  • Other Regular Points of Contact:
    • PNAP Leadership and Finance Committees 

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least three years experience in non-for-profit development and/or non-for-profit communications (or a combination of both)
  • Excellent strategic and comprehensive program management skills
  • Experience and familiarity with prison-industrial-complex-abolition, mass-incarceration, and criminal-justice-impacted movements for social change
  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Demonstrated ability to prospect, write and report grants
  • Demonstrated ability to organize fundraising campaigns or events
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in politically sensitive and high-pressure environments
  • Experience with trauma-informed practices for social change movement-building
  • Demonstrated commitment and experience working with Black, Indigenous and people of color communities
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Willingness to limited travel when it is safe to so
  • Willingness to work remotely
  • Effective time management skills, including prioritizing and managing multiple tasks, with light supervision
  • Excellent communication and writing skills

Work Environment

  • Position is based in Chicago
  • Limited travel in the Chicago metro area is required when conditions allow

The Prison + Neighborhood Arts/Education Project is an equal-opportunity employer. Black, Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQIA+, and people formerly-incarcerated strongly encouraged to apply.

For consideration, send a resume, and cover letter to Please add “Dev/Comms Coordinator” in the subject of your email. No calls, please. 

Deadline for applications is October 11, 2023