The Alliance for Higher Education in Prison (the Alliance) is a national network dedicated to expanding quality higher education in prison. The Alliance believes that all people, regardless of their location or circumstance, should have access to quality higher education. The Alliance is committed to embedding equity and access in our work. As a newly formed organization, we are striving to do this in a variety of ways, including but not limited to: increasing educational access for all students, including people in prison who have traditionally been excluded from such opportunities; challenging the existing equity gaps in educational access, primarily ones based on race/ethnicity and/or class status; centering our work around collaboration, co-learning and community building.
The Communication Director is responsible for the implementation of strategic communication for the Alliance both internally and externally. The Communication Director develops and oversees the Alliance’s Communication Plan, which involves strategies and tactics that aim to help the Alliance meet its communication and organizational goals. These strategies reach all stakeholders, including: program directors and program staff, current and former students, teachers, media, funders and the broader/general public. The Communication Director is also responsible for overseeing brand management, content development, media relations and social media.
We’re looking for someone with deep enthusiasm for and commitment to our mission to expand quality higher education in prison, empower students in prison and after release, and shape public discussion about education and incarceration. Applicants should have experience in communications, public affairs or community relations and be able to effectively create and deliver compelling messages/content that drives interest in and support for our work. Applicants should have strong leadership skills and be committed to fostering a creative, thoughtful and collaborative team and work environment.
This is a full-time position that can either be remote or based out of the Alliance’s Denver Office (when it is safe to return to the office). Relocation is not required. The Communication Director reports to the Alliance’s Director.
The Alliance strongly encourages applications from people who have been directly impacted by incarceration.
Review of applications will begin on March 22, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, until the position is filled.
To apply for this position, please submit the following:
Attach all materials in a single PDF document and submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org with “Communication Director application” in the subject line.
The Alliance for Higher Education in Prison provides a competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with our size and budget. Starting salary range for the Director of Communication is $70,000-$75,000 annually, depending on skills and experience. Relocation support will be offered to candidates outside of the Denver Metro area (if the candidate chooses to relocate). Annual Benefits include: health, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance, vacation and holiday pay and staff wellness and professional development programs. All employees (full-time, part-time and on-call) may also participate in a 403b retirement plan (commencing on the first day of employment) with an employer contribution (3%) and match (up to 3%) after two years of 1,000 hours worked each year.
The Alliance for Higher Education in Prison and its fiscal sponsor, Community Partners, is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. In keeping with our mission and values, no employee or applicant will face discrimination or harassment based on: race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital/domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity or presentation, disability status, veteran status or former incarceration status.The Alliance encourages for employment applicants who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system and engages in review in a manner consistent with the guidelines of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring, a "ban the box" law that significantly restricts employers when conducting a criminal background check or taking adverse employment action merely because of an applicant's criminal history.