Advisory Board Member

Date Posted:
March 2019
Application Review:
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Position Description & How To Apply:

The Advisory Board of the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison continuously accepts applications from prospective new members. If you are interested in working to support the Alliance and its mission, please consider submitting a self-nomination to join the Advisory Board.  


The purpose of the Board is to provide oversight, to advise, assist, support and advocate for the Alliance in line with the Alliance’s stated mission: “To support the expansion of quality higher education in prison, empower students in prison and after release, and shape public discussion about education and incarceration.”

Board Members are volunteers who believe in the Alliance’s mission and agree to share their relevant expertise, skills, experience, resources, and networks to advance the organization by (in alphabetical order):

The role of the Advisory Board is to:

  • Acting as an ambassador of the Alliance
  • Engaging in strategic thinking and planning
  • Participating in fundraising efforts
  • Providing direction and support for the Director of the Alliance
  • Providing financial oversight
  • Providing sound governance and leadership

Individual Board Member ARE expected to:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the Alliance’s mission, vision, values, and strategic plan
  • Leverage networks, contacts, and resources to advance the Alliance’s mission
  • Give a meaningful personal financial contribution annually
  • Review materials in advance of Board meetings, including a thorough review of financial
  • statements and annual budgets
  • Attend Board and committee meetings
  • Participate on one or more standing committee(s)
  • Adhere to Board By-laws, policies, and resolutions
  • Disclose all actual and potential conflicts of interests through completion of an annual conflict of interest disclosure form and/or whenever a conflict arises
  • Maintain confidentiality about all internal matters related to the Alliance
  • Reasonably and timely respond to requests for action
  • Invest no fewer than five (5) hours per month in the Board

Board terms:

Members shall serve terms of one to three years, with term end dates staggered such that no more than 30% of the Board transitions off in a given calendar year (not including resignations or dismissals). No member shall serve more than six consecutive years without unanimous approval by the sitting Board. Term lengths shall be agreed upon in writing in the Board Member Agreement.


Board membership is an exciting opportunity for individuals who are passionate about the success of the Alliance and about the expansion of quality higher education opportunities in prisons across the country.

All candidates should have:

  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for delivering higher education to incarcerated students
  • Sufficient time, capacity, and energy to dedicate to Board membership and to adequately fulfill the duties outlined above

In addition, ideal candidates will have at least two of the following:

  • A deep understanding of and commitment to the Alliance’s mission, preferably based on first-hand experience with higher education in prison program
  • Substantial professional experience in academia/higher education, the nonprofit sector, business, government, and/or philanthropy, with significant executive leadership accomplishments
  • A professional network that supports the recruitment of other well-qualified, high-performing board members
  • Track record of building strong relationships in philanthropy that have resulted in major gifts to a nonprofit organization

Alliance for Higher Education in Prison Board Member Application

The first step to being considered for membership on the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison Advisory Board is to complete an application. The application process is for self-nominations only.

All applications will be reviewed by the Advisory Board’s Governance Committee. Applicants may be contacted for screening interviews. All qualified applicants will be presented to the full Board. Using applicant qualifications and the number of Board Member positions available, the Board will vote on which applicants will be invited to serve on the Board. The Advisory Board Chair will invite any applicant that receives a majority of the Board’s vote. Upon acceptance of the invitation to serve, new Board Members will be required to participate in the Board orientation and on-boarding process. The Advisory Board continuously engages with new members and maintains a goal of five to fifteen members at all times. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Service on the Alliance’s Advisory Board is without remuneration. However, expenses related to travel, accommodation and other reasonable costs related to board members’ duties will be reimbursed, as long as funds remain available.

Please contact if you have additional questions about the Alliance or the Board Member recruitment process.