Visiting Academic Manager - College of Education, Education Justice Project (141300)

Job description


Visiting Academic Manager
Education Justice Project (EPOL)
College of Education
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Education Justice Project (EJP) seeks a Visiting Academic Manager. This full-time position, which reports directly to the EJP director, is responsible for the administration of EJP’s academic programming at Danville Correctional Center (DCC). The position provides direct supervision, communication, and support to the Education Justice Project (EJP) program coordinators and instructors, and ensures that EJP maintains a stable, professional relationship with DCC and the IL Department of Corrections. The Visiting Academic Manager must exercise excellent independent judgement and discretion within an environment that is frequently fraught and volatile.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Supervisory Duties

  • Supervision – Supervise EJP’s Site Manager and Manager of Core Academic Programs;
  • Pedagogical Support – Provide pedagogical and strategic support to EJP managers, coordinators, instructors, academic advisers, and program members;
  • Training – Develop and administer regular training sessions and training materials for EJP staff and instructors based at DCC to orient them on protocols within the prison;

Program Management and Development Duties

  • Program Development – Enhance and support programmatic processes; lead the development of any new EJP programs at DCC or other facility;
  • Recruitment and Admissions – Design and implement admissions policies and procedures; oversee new student orientation;
  • Student Affairs – Implement programming that enhances student growth; develop and implement systems to resolve student inquiries, issues, and support conflict resolution.
  • Strategic Input – Serve as a member of the management team; assist in the development of EJP policy, strategies, and procedures;
  • Evaluation – Implement systems to ensure regular evaluations and observations of EJP’s 12 programs based at DCC;


  • Design and oversee systems of communication between EJP members based at Danville Correctional Center—i.e. EJP staff, coordinators, instructors, other on-site members, and EJP students;
  • Host regular meetings of program coordinators;
  • Ensure regular EJP all-student meetings at the prison.

Required Qualifications


  • Master’s degree


  • Minimum of two years’ experience working within a correctional setting or similar
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in a supervisory role in an educational setting


  • Demonstrable ability to exercise independent judgment and discretion within fast-moving contexts
  • Demonstrable excellent leadership skills
  • Demonstrable excellent listening, oral, and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to support incarcerated individuals and individuals of diverse backgrounds
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to drive

Preferred Qualifications


  • Graduate degree in counseling psychology, education, social work, social services, or related field


  • Prior participation in prison justice initiatives

Please note that the educational classrooms at Danville Correctional Center, which this role will have to access, are located on the second floor and that there is no elevator.

This is a full-time, visiting academic professional, grant supported, 12-month position subject to the continued availability of funding and programmatic need. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date.

To apply, please create your candidate profile at and upload a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three professional references by April 16, 2021. For full consideration, candidates must complete the HireTouch application process by the above date. For further information please contact Rebecca Ginsburg at [email protected].

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit “Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.” As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

College Name or Administrative Unit:College of Education Category:2-Administrative Title:Visiting Academic Manager - College of Education, Education Justice Project (141300) Open Date:04/01/2021 Close Date:04/16/2021 Organization Name:Education Justice Project




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Posted: 3/4/2021
Application Due: 4/16/2021
Work Type: Full Time