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Program Manager (posted 11/19/2022)

Position Overview:

Serve as the Prison + Neighborhood Arts/Education Project’s Program Manager (PM) to provide faculty/class coordination for all PNAP initiatives taking place at Stateville Correctional Center. The Program Manager also provides administrative support to the organization and each area of PNAP’s work including arts/exhibitions, University Without Walls, and the Think Tank as well as other community-building initiatives, as it pertains to coordination with Stateville.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Schedule classes, think tanks, lecture series, UWW advisor visits, and mid-semester faculty meetings;
  • Recruit, onboard, and support faculty in conjunction with BoD teaching committee and director of university curriculum
  • Coordinate faculty placement and selection
  • Purchase materials and printing course books for classes;
  • Coordinate and secure clearances of faculty and guests with prison chaplains;
  • Coordinate and secure gate passes with prison chaplains;
  • Correspond with students around classwork at Stateville regarding student questions and requests;
  • Maintain and keep an updated a student database, faculty folder and other digital folders/documents related to class coordination (e.g. scanning student letters/agreements and organizing in PNAP digital folders);
  • Maintain and regularly update our faculty handbook and student forms such as student agreements, evaluations, release forms, etc
  • Coordinate curricular planning initiatives in conjunction with BoD teaching committee and director of university curriculum;
  • Schedule and provide support for PNAP faculty meetings and orientations, in conjunction with designated PNAP Board members and staff;
  • Participate in organizational and strategic planning;
  • Maintain relationships with chaplains, wardens, and prison administration as needed to ensure efficient class program operations;
  • Establish yearly academic schedule of classes in conjunction with teaching committee and Director of University Curriculum and coordinate annual PNAP faculty/course planning process
  • Develop new organizational structures and processes as needed to ensure efficient and effective programming As time permits, the Project Manager will work with PNAP Board members and staff to support PNAP events and fundraising initiatives.

Pay + Benefits

This is a full-time position. Compensation commensurate with experience. In addition, the position includes a benefits package that includes health, dental, and vision.

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least five years experience in program management for community-based organizations or higher-education administration
  • 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
  • Understanding of higher education, community or popular education and curricular goals
  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • 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 understanding of how issues such as poverty, immigration status, ability, queerness, and gender intersect with the prison-industrial-complex
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as in close relation to a small team working on closely connected projects
  • Owns a car with ability to travel to Stateville on a weekly basis
  • Willingness to work remotely and in person
  • Effective time management skills, including prioritizing and managing multiple tasks, with light supervision
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Excellent team player

Work Environment

  • Position is based in Chicago
  • COVID Considerations: PNAP recognizes that we need to make shifts to address the ongoing challenges of the pandemic on our emotional and physical health. We are working remotely until it is safe to work in-person.
  • 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 “Program Manager” in the subject of your email. No calls, please. Position open until filled.

Position Start Date: January 2nd
Length of Contract: 12 Months with ability for renewal