Quinnipiac University seeks applications for a Prison Project Coordinator to work with the QU Prison Project. This is a grant-funded, two year, benefits-eligible position paying a salary of up to $72,000.
Hosted in the Department of Cultural & Global Engagement, this position will expand and integrate the many services QU already provides with those of our community, higher education, and DOC partners to: strengthen student counseling, enable state-wide coordination, coordinate with and increase community reentry services, support a path to on-campus study, provide faculty training and development, expand programming, maintain student information and develop result measures, enable more sustained negotiation with DOC around better programming during COVID and beyond, improve messaging and outreach, and establish a consulting council of formerly incarcerated students.
|About the QU Prison Project Project:
||The Prison Project (Project) at Quinnipiac University (QU) began in 2011 with a belief in the transformational power of interactive classroom education to provide hope, community, voice, and healing to women at York Correctional, Connecticut (CT). The Project now operates nine programs in four of CT’s 20 state prisons, impacting 150+ persons in prison/year and over 60 on-campus students. The Project's creative collaborations also involve QU students and incarceration-impacted people in speaker series, classroom discussion, and original theater performances.
||Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 7,000 full-time undergraduate and 3,000 graduate and part-time students in 100 degree programs through its Schools of Business, Communications, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Law, Medicine, Nursing and College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s “Best Colleges” issue. Quinnipiac also is recognized in Princeton Review’s “The Best 380 Colleges.” Quinnipiac has been named a “Great College to Work For” as determined by a comprehensive industry survey. For more information, please visit www.qu.edu. An education at Quinnipiac embodies the University’s commitment to preparing graduates for 21st century careers and citizenship, creating an inclusive, excellence-driven community, nurturing and positively impacting internal, local and global communities and fostering lifelong connections and success. The University believes in educating a diverse student body to become valued and contributing members of their communities through vital and purposeful educational programs. Students engage with real-world issues through practice and considering different perspectives. The University’s innovative curriculum further prepares undergraduate and graduate students to understand their roles and responsibilities as members of the Quinnipiac community as well as the larger national and global communities.
- Coordinate Prison Project programming and messaging across the university, including managing the quprisonproject.org website and advertising special programs
- Keep track of educational program outcomes for both traditional and Inside/Out programming and work with faculty and partners to develop outcome measurements
- Meet regularly with DOC and university and community partners, including other colleges offering courses inside, to build strong relationships and advocate for better access, technology, and institutional supports for teaching inside
- Convene the Prison Project members and sub-committees regularly for coordination and future planning, including curriculum planning, degree planning, and creation of a path to on-campus study;
- Monitor grant compliance, disburse grant funds, work with development office to ensure continuity of grants, and work with/report to funders
- Organize training and recruitment of Prison Project Faculty; disperse funding for Inside/Out training
- Coordinate with students who have left prison to connect them to university resources, community partners, Pell Grant application aid and funding, and academic advising
- Build an advisory group of formerly incarcerated persons, including our program alumni, to help Prison Project direct future efforts around reentry support and curriculum development
- Work with DOC and faculty to ensure personal feedback to and from students, including individualized grade reports and course evaluations
- Work with faculty, partners, and DOC to develop better admissions processes
- Coordinate student registration, student record-keeping, course approvals, and oversee universal transcript development with university partners
- Troubleshoot with faculty and DOC as needed
- Develop relationships with wardens who want more HEP programming and work on expansion of our program to those facilities
- Develop training manuals and other institutional supports, with help from Prison Project faculty
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Extraordinary organizational, leadership, and team-building skills
- Relevant administrative experience in higher education, prison administration, and/or non-profit administration
- Preference given to those whose lives have been impacted by incarceration.
- Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations and a commitment to diversity and inclusion
|Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applications must be submitted electronically and include a resume, cover letter addressing how your experience supports the requirements of this position and Quinnipiac’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and contact information for three references on the application form.
Quinnipiac University has a strong commitment to the principles and practices of diversity and inclusion throughout the University community and welcomes candidates who enhance that diversity.
Quinnipiac University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.