Puttkammer 2017-2019 Position Description
Position title: Volunteer Coordinator
Reporting to: Jessica Weis, Program Director, The Petey Greene Program
Fellowship tenure: 2 years (Summer 2017 – Summer 2019)
Fellowship placements: The Petey Greene Program has several coordinator positions open in the Northeast and new program sites in other parts of the country. Candidates’ preference will be taken into strong consideration and location will be assigned prior to commitment.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
• Facilitate tutor trainings, follow-up trainings and events for volunteers each semester.
• Work closely with campus leadership teams at universities with a Petey Greene presence to strengthen the volunteer experience.
• Evaluate volunteer applications and work with campus leaders and Petey Greene staff to interview and select volunteers.
• Act as the liaison between the prison/jail and the volunteers regarding scheduling, and clearances, as well as scheduling trainings, events, and debriefs.
• Distribute, collect, review, correct, and submit clearance applications for new and returning volunteers. Follow up with facilities on clearance approvals.
• Schedule and track attendance for volunteer training, custody training, and follow-up trainings.
• Coordinate tutoring schedules based on volunteer requests and communicate class cancellations to volunteers.
• Schedule and coordinate weekly transportation for volunteers.
• Review and compile expense reports and receipts for each volunteer for reimbursement.
• Communicate with volunteers to track weekly attendance.
• Plan end of semester volunteer appreciation dinner.
• Utilize Salesforce to log all program data including applications, schedules and attendance.
• Work and communicate closely with staff from other regions to ensure that the program is being run consistently.
• Attend meetings in your region and semi-annual meetings in New York City.
• Volunteer in a prison as a tutor for at least one semester to fully understand operations.
Interest in social justice, education, and criminal justice is essential. Experience as a volunteer tutor with the PeteyGreene Program is preferred, but not required. Successful candidates will possess the following:
• Strong interpersonal and communications skills
• Ability to work independently, and work as a member of a team
• Analytical thinking and rapid problem-solving skills
• Passion for social justice, prison education and/or criminal justice
• Willingness to travel within assigned state/territory
• Strong writing skills
• Demonstrated persistence
• Ability to effectively and efficiently manage work on multiple, parallel projects
• Ability to interact with different stakeholders, including, but not limited to prison administrators, professors, university administrators, incarcerated students, college students and professionals in other non-profit organizations.
Preferred Start Date: June 19, 2017 (start date to be negotiated directly with Petey Greene)
The first year of the fellowship will focus on the direct service work as outlined in the description above. In year two, the fellowship will broaden to include work outside the volunteer coordinator purview. The scope of this work will depend on the interests/background of the fellow but options include graphic design, measurement and evaluation, CRM (customer relations management) software support and website design. Finally, both fellowship years will provide access to experts and Princeton alumni working within the field of prison education. This access will help to further Petey Greene’s mission while also affording the opportunity to expand the fellow’s professional network.
Fellows will support the development of existing and new trainings and support the strategic planning process both within their designated region and nationally. Fellows will be encouraged to attend
conferences and meetings that will help improve their professional skills and become more educated on prison education. Fellows will interact regularly with Petey Greene Program staff, including current and former Puttkammer Fellows throughout their fellowship.
First-year stipend: $37,000/annual ($3,083.33/month in gross, pre-tax earnings
Health Benefits: Thanks to the generosity of the Charles W. Puttkammer '58 fund, the Pace Center will provide the selected fellow with additional funds to cover the purchase of basic individual health-care benefits.