PTI is a college-in-prison program serving 300 incarcerated students per semester in seven state and federal prisons throughout New Jersey. PTI is a national leader in STEM education in prisons with a historical focus on offering developmental and college-level math and lab-based sciences. The Administrative Associate will report to both the PTI Director and STEM-OPS PI.
Job ID: 2021-12389
# of Openings: 1
Category: Academic Administration
The Princeton University Prison Teaching Initiative Program Coordinator will work both as part of a nationwide NSF-funded INCLUDES Alliance STEM-OPS and on the ground in New Jersey to expand access to STEM education and careers among currently and formerly incarcerated people. Day-to-day, the Administrative Associate will liaise with our NSF Alliance partner organizations and affiliates to promote STEM education in prison and reentry settings nationwide; coordinate graduate student instructors and collaborate with our partners to continuously improve PTI’s STEM offerings; and support research internships for formerly incarcerated students on Princeton’s campus.
- Liaise between PTI and NSF-INCLUDES STEM-OPS partners, including coordinating and leading meetings; representing PTI on the Alliance steering committee and at other committee meetings; and supporting the growth of STEM programming throughout STEM-OPS network, especially among Working Group member organizations.
- Facilitate PTI STEM materials development to align with the STEM-OPS vision, including building replicable funding models for prison education programming, and overseeing the continuous improvement of PTI courses and instructor professional development with the aim of fostering student success.
- Support REU summer programming at Princeton and facilitate implementation of REU programming at partner sites. Assist the STEM-OPS co-PI in selecting sites for grant-funded REU programs among partner institutions and organizations; actively guide the foundation of new programs, including the establishment of supportive mentorship structures and professional development programming, and facilitate the recruitment of mentors and internship participants. At Princeton, implement professional development and social programming for formerly incarcerated summer research internship programming.
- Bachelor's degree
- Strong foundational knowledge of introductory college-level mathematics and sciences;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills;
- Exceptional diplomatic and interpersonal skills for navigating large bureaucracies and academic institutions;
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
- Proactive and creative problem-solving skills;
- High degree of professionalism, flexibility, and patience;
- Excellent organizational and time-management skills, with ability to multitask and prioritize projects;
- Ability to work with, and between, a variety of constituencies from diverse backgrounds; and
- willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends.
- Master's degree
- Experience with the carceral system or prison education, including those directly impacted;
- Mentorship experience, especially in an academic setting;
- Experience working with administrative and departmental units at 2- and 4-year institutions of higher education; and
- Experience with curriculum development and pedagogy training.