Program Manager

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $45,000.00
Maximum: $50,000.00



Application Deadline:



United States


About the Organization

University Beyond Bars (UBB) a non-profit organization founded in 2005 that seeks to empower prisoners in Washington state to fulfill their potential through communities of higher learning that transcend prison walls. UBB strives to create a community of learning inside prison that embraces our differences, breaks down barriers, instills hope and leads to greater empowerment. UBB is unique in partnering with students to help guide and shape our programs. UBB currently provides classes to prisoners at the Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC) in Monroe, Washington at both the Minimum Security Unit (MSU) and Washington State Reformatory (WSR). Prisoners play an active role through five prisoner-led teams comprised of current and former students who work in collaboration with our UBB Board of Directors, faculty, volunteers and paid staff to operate the program. We also have prisoner advisory committees (PACs) comprised of dedicated students who have demonstrated a commitment to UBB and our work. They are instrumental in helping us stay true to those we serve. Our instructors and teachers volunteer over 1,000 hours per semester. Our staffing structure consists of a full time Program Director, a full time Program Manager, a full time Program Coordinator, and a full time Administrative Assistant. We also have a growing board of directors that currently has seven members. Our annual budget is about $400,000.

About the Position

UBB is seeking to hire a Program Manager (PM) who is well organized and detail oriented, with strong interpersonal and communication skills, and a commitment to the mission of the organization. The PM is responsible for sustaining and expanding the UBB educational programs at the Monroe Correctional Center (MCC) in Monroe, WA.

UBB serves approximately 300 students each semester and works with approximately 50 volunteers and 25-30 guests each semester. Planning includes recruitment and onboarding of teachers, instructor scheduling, curriculum/academic schedule planning, scholarships, delivery of course supplies and textbooks, course support as needed.

Key Responsibilities


  • Program management and student development for each UBB educational pathway (College, Certificate, and Arts and Lecture Series) at MCC. Main areas of focus include:  
  • Volunteer Management
  • Coordination and relationship building with the Department of Corrections (DOC),
  • Student Development
  • Building and maintaining relationships with our educational partners. 
  • Communication and collaboration with UBB students, board, education committee, and other interested stakeholders as it relates to programming. 
  • Educational Program Delivery - Lead and plan UBB’s educational services at both the Minimum Security Unit and Washington State Reformatory Unit programs. PM is responsible for the management of all students, volunteers, and guests.
  • Organization of inside academic events, including UBB enrollment & recruitment sessions, group advising sessions, and graduation ceremonies.
  • Maintain student records.
  • Responsible for all UBB-end partner school student services and academic advising for current and prospective students.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with appropriate partners to successfully support students from college readiness through degree completion or transfer upon release.
  • Coordinate and manage all DOC logistics related to program delivery.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationship with DOC staff and administration to further the mission of the program.


  • Create a cohesive, friendly and supportive team work environment
  • Provide leadership opportunities
  • Supervision of Program Coordinator
  • Supervision of 5-7 incarcerated Program Assistants


  • Support program teams with outreach efforts.
  • Support relationship-building with our students' communities of belonging and with Puget Sound area communities invested in creating opportunities for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students.


  • Staff the Education Advisory Team to recruit volunteers, organize teacher trainings, and support areas of program need (advising, etc.).
  • Facilitate the Prisoners Advisory Committee biweekly meetings in collaboration with program staff.
  • Attend meetings with DOC as needed to maintain positive working relationship and partnership.
  • Attend Board of Director meetings to report on programming developments.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Exceptional communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and conduct effective individual and/or group presentations.
  • Strong organizational, planning, and supervisory skills, including partnership-building.
  • Self-motivated and the ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse stakeholders, particularly students of color.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Access, Publisher, and Excel.
  • Ability to work evenings
  • Reliable transportation

Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum two years program manager experience in the nonprofit sector
  • Experience with student services  
  • Experience working in the correctional system


DOE plus benefits including health insurance, and paid time off 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Submit one-page cover letter and resume to Application deadline is Wednesday, March 28th.  Please write UBB PM Hiring Committee in the subject line of the email.