College Preparatory English Program Coordinator

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $65,000
Maximum: $70,000
Details: Commensurate with skills and experience



Start Date



San Rafael
United States


Organizational Overview

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.

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Position Overview

Reporting to the Academic Program Director, this position is responsible for running the college preparatory English program of the organization. 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 CPEPC spends about a third of his/her time inside the prison and two-thirds in the Prison University Project (PUP) office in San Rafael.

The ideal candidate for this position is an experienced writing teacher; has experience training teachers and developing curriculum; is highly organized, detail-oriented, and self-motivated; has a strong commitment to providing 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 on a team. This job involves up to three miles of walking a day on uneven terrain and some lifting.

We are especially interested in candidates who have experience working with students with learning disabilities, head injuries, autism, ADHD, or trauma-related barriers to learning. People of color, specifically black and latinx are encouraged to apply. We hope to build a staff that increasingly reflects the diversity of the students we work with.

Job Responsibilities

Teacher Recruitment:

  • Recruit and screen prospective college prep instructors, designated college prep study hall tutors, and college prep student T.A.s.

Teacher Training:

  • Conduct teacher training workshops for college prep English instructors before and during each semester, three semesters per year (at least four sections per semester).
  • Observe teachers regularly and provide feedback; compile data and continually devise programmatic improvements

Teacher Support and Oversight:

  • Before as well as throughout the semester, support instructors in person, via email, and by phone with the development of their syllabi, course plans and lessons
  • Prepare and print course materials
  • Build and manage course websites
  • Train and supervise college prep student TAs throughout the semester

Curriculum Development and Refinement:

  • Expand and refine existing college prep English curriculum and bank of instructional resources.

Student Advising, Placement, Tracking, and Support:

  • Provide direct academic advising and support to college prep students
  • Oversee the design and administration of placement exams for new students, and course placement for continuing students
  • Oversee program evaluation activities related to student learning and student progress, including data management systems in Salesforce
  • Plan and conduct workshops for students in collaboration with program team

Program Development:

  • Collaborate with Academic Program Director, Learning Specialist, and Math Coordinator to recruit experts to conduct workshops, specialized trainings, and/or guest lectures for college prep students/teachers/staff in a variety of areas (learning disabilities, e.g.)
  • Work with Academic Program Director to ensure alignment of college prep English curriculum with college-level English courses.

 Other Administrative Duties:

  • Escort instructors into the prison three times a week, including some evenings and Sundays
  • Write letters confirming student enrollment/to the parole board as needed
  • Report on institutional, volunteer, and student issues in a daily debrief for each on-site visit, to be shared with fellow program team members
  • Participate in technical assistance training conferences for external practitioners, and/or provide materials and content for trainings
  • Support program team with the planning and execution of special events inside San Quentin as needed


Essential Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in education, English composition or a related field, or commensurate professional experience
  • Substantial teaching experience at the secondary level, with excellent teaching and teacher training skills
  • Extensive knowledge about best educational practices for developmental writing instruction
  • Strong commitment to inclusive educational practices
  • Passionate commitment to adult education
  • High level of organization and attention to detail, capacity for multi-tasking, and ability to prioritize
  • Commitment to professionalism and collaboration
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders, including students, teachers, staff colleagues, prison staff and administrators, donors, and others
  • 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 Word, Excel, Google Documents and Groups, Adobe Acrobat Pro, and Salesforce
  • Availability to work evenings, specifically Sunday evenings


Desired Qualifications

  • 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

Statement of Non-Discrimination

In keeping with our beliefs and goals, the Prison University Project strongly encourages applications from all qualified individuals including people of color, persons with disabilities, ethnic and religious minorities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender nonconforming individuals. 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.


Benefits package includes generous health, dental, and vision insurance plans, as well as paid time off. Employees may also choose to participate in a retirement plan.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

To apply, please send cover letter and resumes to:

Please include "College Preparatory English Program Coordinator" in the subject heading. We will start reviewing applications on October 8 and applications will be reviewed until the position is filled