Advisory Board Member

Date Posted:
March 2021
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.  


TheAdvisory Board of the Alliance for Higher Education is always searching for new members and accepts applications from those interested on a rolling basis. If you are interested in helping to shape the work of the Alliance, while advancing its mission as an Advisory Board member and ambassador, please consider submitting a self-nomination form. If there are members of your organization or people in your networks who you think would be a great fit for the Advisory Board, please encourage them to apply or email the names to so we can reach out to them. Previous Board experience is not a requirement. We want a diverse Board that represents the array of experience that exists among the various stakeholders in our community.

The Purpose of the Advisory Board is to:

The purpose of the Advisory Board is to provide oversight, 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.” Although the members of the Board wear many hats, much of our work is focused on a collaborative relationship with the Alliance Director as thought partners. A dedicated Board member is one who is willing to share their time, expertise, skills, experience, resources, and networks. Our ideal Board includes those who are enthusiastic about community engagement, strategic thinking and planning, fundraising/financial oversight, and leadership.

Individual Board Member ARE expected to:

  • Minimum 1 year term of service
  • 5 hours per month (including regular attendance at general Board meetings and committee meetings)
  • Engage with the Alliance’s mission, vision, values, and strategic plan
  • Leverage networks, contacts, and resources to advance the Alliance’s Mission

What We're Looking For

Board membership is an exciting opportunity for individuals who are passionate about the expansion of quality higher education opportunities in prisons across the country, rather you are new to the field or one with years of experience.

We're looking for candidates with any or all of the following:

  • First-hand experience with incarceration and/or higher education in prison programs
  • Professional experience in related fields such as academia, the nonprofit sector, development/fundraising, social justice/organizing, etc.
  • A passion for confronting the continuing challenge of equity (particularly as it relates to relationship to incarceration, race, gender, and sexuality) in the field among students, scholars, and other stakeholders
  • A deep understanding and commitment to the Alliance’s mission

Alliance for Higher Education in Prison Board Member Application

The first step in being considered for membership on the Board is to fill out an application. Applicants may be contacted for an informal interview in order to assist the Board in making an informed decision. All current Board members will be involved in the application review process. Once an applicant is invited to join the Board and accepts the invitation, they will then participate in an orientation and on-boarding process.

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.