We are currently searching for a new College Preparatory English Program Director; please see the job description below or view the posting on our website by following this link: http://www.prisonuniversityproject.org/job-openings. Please share with any individuals or listservs you consider fitting, and/or let us know of any suggestions for reaching great prospective candidates.
Jody Lewen, Ph.D.
Prison University Project, Executive Director
Patten University at San Quentin, Director
Post Office Box 492
San Quentin, California 94964
415 455-8088, ext. 3
Prison University Project
(Marin County, CA)
Job Description – College Preparatory English Program Director
Permanent, salaried, full-time position. Possibility of making this a part-time position for the right candidate.
Desired Start Date: Summer/Fall 2013
Position Overview: Seeking enthusiastic, dedicated educator for unique academic program management opportunity
Reporting to the Director of Programs, the College Preparatory English Program Director oversees pre-college English courses taught by volunteer faculty to approximately 100 new students each semester in the College Program at San Quentin State Prison in Marin County. He/she provides training and support to the College Prep volunteer faculty, and is responsible for continuously developing the College Prep English curriculum to best meet students’ needs. The Program Director spends about one-quarter of his/her time inside the prison and three-quarters in the Prison University Project (PUP) office in San Rafael.
The ideal candidate for this position is an experienced English teacher; has experience training teachers and developing curriculum; is highly organized, detail-oriented, and self-motivated; has a strong commitment to providing academically rigorous educational opportunities to students with highly diverse academic backgrounds and learning styles; is capable of managing both programmatic and administrative responsibilities independently and efficiently; and enjoys working as a team.
About the Prison University Project
The mission of the Prison University Project to provide excellent higher education to people incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, and to stimulate public awareness about criminal justice and higher education access. PUP staff manage an all-volunteer faculty who provide college courses in the humanities, social sciences, math, and science leading to an Associate of Arts degree in liberal arts, as well as college preparatory courses in math and English, to over 300 students.
For more information, please see: www.prisonuniversityproject.org.
● Teacher Recruitment: Recruit and screen prospective volunteer instructors
● Teacher Training: Conduct teacher training workshops for College Prep English instructors before and during each semester, three semesters per year (four sections per semester), as well as on-going in-class observation and evaluation
● Curriculum Refinement: Expand and refine existing College Prep English curriculum
● Teacher Support: Support instructors in the development of their course plans and lessons, as well as throughout the semester, in person, via email and by phone
● Student Placement, Advising and Tracking: Provide direct academic advising to students; oversee the design and administration of pre-semester placement exams for new students, and course placement for continuing students; and track program effectiveness in student learning and student progress.
● Program Management: Ensure alignment of College Prep English curriculum with college-level English courses
● Program Development: Expand institutional relationships in order to develop special education student services and teacher training.
● Master’s degree in education, English composition or a closely related field
● Substantial teaching experience at the secondary level, with excellent teaching and teacher training skills
● Extensive knowledge about best educational practices for developmental English instruction
● Strong commitment to academic rigor and inclusive educational practices
● Passionate commitment to adult education
● High level of organization and attention to detail, capacity for multi-tasking, and ability to prioritize
● Exceptional professionalism, including excellent written and verbal communication skills, and commitment to collegiality and collaboration
● Ability to communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders, including students, teachers, staff colleagues, prison staff and administrators, donors, and others
● Exceptionally self-motivated, with strong sense of personal responsibility
● Ability to work independently and without extensive supervision
● Proficiency with, or willingness to be trained in: MS Office Suite including Excel, Google Documents and Groups, Outlook, Microsoft Access, and Salesforce
● Knowledge of the field of learning disabilities
● Experience in teacher education and professional development
● Experience working in an educational leadership capacity
● Experience working with culturally diverse populations with a broad range of educational backgrounds and learning styles
● Experience managing volunteers with a variety of experience and knowledge levels
Compensation and Benefits
Compensation is commensurate with skills and experience. Benefits package includes health, dental, and vision insurance, as well as paid time off. Employees may also choose to participate in a retirement plan.
Statement of Non-Discrimination
In keeping with our beliefs and goals, no employee or applicant will face discrimination/ harassment based on: race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital/ domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, or veteran status.
To apply, please send cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include "College Preparatory English Program Director" in the subject heading. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.
Allyson West, Executive Director California Reentry Program P.O. Box 483 San Quentin, CA 94964 www.ca-reentry.org 415-599-6586
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