Heart-to-Heart Research Fellowship



Start Date


End Date


Times of day

Weekday Mornings

Time Commitment

Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


New Jersey
United States


Heart-to-Heart is seeking qualified candidates to assist the Performance and Evaluation Specialist in tracking demographic and incarceration data for inmates participating in Heart-to-Heart’s programs. This information will include, but not be limited to:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Type of offense
  • Sentencing date
  • Release date

Identifying subsets within the prison population will allow us to better tailor our curricula to the needs of each inmate, provide key information for grant writing, and hone our strategy according to our mission.

In addition, the Research Fellow will help define and track various outcome measurements regarding rates of recidivism for Heart-to-Heart learners. For example:

  • Desistance (How Many People Released from Prison Never Return?)
  • Time to Failure (How Long Do People Released from Prison Remain Crime Free?)
  • Severity (Are the Crimes of Those Who Reoffend Less or More Severe than Their Previous Offenses?)

Key responsibilities

  • Collecting and presenting data using Google sheets.
  • Assisting in the preparation of evaluation reports and grant proposals.
  • Assisting with general administrative tasks.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current or recent undergraduate or graduate student.
  • Strong written and oral English communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Google Suite (Sheets, Docs, Forms).
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team-based, project-oriented environment.
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills.
  • Intellectually curious, with a sense of humor.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong interest in criminal justice, public policy, and program research and evaluation.
  • Experience evaluating program or operational performance in a non-profit or government setting.
  • Strong experience in quantitative analysis and quantitative data processing and management.

About Us

Heart-to-Heart’s mission is to empower incarcerated people, those at risk of incarceration or who were incarcerated, their families, and others seeking freedom from destructive habits and patterns, both inside and outside of correctional facilities, to live increasingly free and fruitful lives.

Over the past eight years, Heart-to-Heart has sought to curb mass incarceration and intergenerational poverty by teaching the five "Core Skills", inspired by Marshall Rosenberg’s philosophy of Nonviolent Communication: Mindfulness, Empathy, Decision-making, Conflict Transformation, and Resiliency (MEDC-R). Classes are delivered by skilled practitioners at Camden County Correctional Facility (CCCF), Bayside State Prison, and the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia (FDC).

In addition to serving jails and prisons, Heart-to-Heart hosts workshops in halfway houses, recovery centers, schools, faith communities, nonprofits, and businesses. One group, held every Tuesday at Project H.O.P.E in Camden, is designed to help returning citizens and community members alike practice MEDC skills and mindfulness.

We envision a time when those released from jails and prisons are recognized as resources

for our communities and carriers of wisdom. We see our program participants as the next

generation of leaders, specially equipped to lead us in responding to our needs for safety,

justice, peace, compassion, and forgiveness.

We envision Heart-to-Heart communities in a growing number of jails and prisons

and in a growing number of communities that welcome those released.

Finally, we envision a growing partnership with correctional facilities, the justice system,

institutions of higher education and communities of faith, sparking a transformative impact

in each of these systems.



How To Apply


Please submit a resume and one relevant work sample to heart2heartincinfo@gmail.com. Cover letter is optional, but preferred.