Director, Prison Education Initiative

Jackson County, Michigan
$54,000 - $65,000 (depending on qualifications)
Mar 23, 2017
Institution Type
Community College


The Director of the Prison Education Initiative (PEI) has responsibility for the administration and oversight of all facets of the PEI operations. Current programs include the Prisoner Self-Pay Program, the Second Chance Pell Experiment and the Second Chance Tech Grant. This position will oversee all aspects of recruiting and enrolling incarcerated students at various prison sites and coordinate with other areas of the College to provide lateral support to PEI efforts, including: registration, scheduling, advising, billing, records and the Bookstore as needed. The Director is the primary connection between JC and corrections entities at the state and federal levels. The Director is the supervisor for all PEI staff members.

• Identifying students and interfacing with sponsors/families of incarcerated students; 
• Coordinating student/inmate transfers, communication and information with Corrections; 
• Evaluating students for placement and/or participation in program; 
• Direct PEI and lateral support staff for student assessment, registration and financial aid where appropriate; 
• Oversight for follow-up and regular communication from PEI staff as they convey information, secure payment and sponsorship for participating students; 
• Collaborate with the Faculty Lead for PEI, the JC Scheduling Office and appropriate Corrections personnel to project course scheduling needs by facility and creation of master schedule for each location; 
• Managing, with academic departments, appropriate staffing for courses;
• Ensuring availability of classroom materials and instructional equipment and transporting in/out of facility;
• Implementing plan to integrate course offerings with Corrections operations;
• Select, train, and supervise all PEI staff;
• Oversee preparation of all fiscal and technical reports and approve all budget expenditures and budget planning;
• Supply appropriate data upon request to stakeholders;
• Assure appropriate documentation of all key process required to provide for consistent and effective implementation of the PEI program;
• Responsible for understanding, supporting and actively demonstrating the College’s beliefs, values, mission and vision and being in agreement to be evaluated by same.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Master’s degree or higher 
• Minimum of two years’ experience in higher education or corrections 
• Minimum of two years personnel supervision and budget management


Capacity to work effectively within a prison setting and population. Must include the ability to obtain a Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN) clearance and maintain it annually, at all Michigan correctional facilities.

4 weeks paid vacation, medical, dental and vision, EAP, 16 paid holidays and more.