Communications Associate

Date Posted:
October 2023
Application Review:
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, until the position is filled.
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Position Description & How To Apply:

About the Alliance for Higher Education

The Alliance for Higher Education in Prison (the Alliance) is a national network working to support the growing field of higher education in prison. The Alliance believes that all people, including those who are currently or formerly incarcerated, should have access to quality higher education. The Alliance works collaboratively to advance the field of higher education in prison by creating collaboration and co-learning opportunities for the higher education in prison community, producing reliable data and research, and communicating the need, importance, and value of quality and equitable higher education in prison.



The part-time Communications Associate will be supervised by the Community Engagement Director and will be primarily responsible for implementing the organization's digital media strategy. Applicants should have some experience working with various forms of digital media (e.g., web, audio/video, photography, social media), preferably on behalf of a non-profit organization, and have enthusiasm for working on criminal justice and social justice related issues.  

Primary Roles and Responsibilities

  • Design graphics and draft messaging for various platforms: website, social media, newsletters and other digital formats
  • Support the organization of the National Conference for Higher Education in Prison, including organizing and maintaining the digital conference platform
  • Implement the day-to-day activities of the Communications Team
  • Collect and analyze communications data from digital communications, including social media, website, and newsletter
  • Work as a collaborative and supportive member of a team
  • Stay abreast of changing technologies and best practices, propose the integration of new social media and digital engagement tools as appropriate, and learn and share new tools with other staff


  • Excellent verbal, written and visual communication skills
  • Graphic design experience
  • Strong commitment to the mission and values of the organization
  • Strong understanding of social media platforms
  • Highly organized with the ability to multi-task and deliver commitments in a timely manner
  • Strong computer proficiency with expertise in Canva, MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and Content Management Systems strongly preferred

Application and Deadlines:

To apply for this position, please submit a resume, cover letter, and samples of graphic design work. Attach all materials in a single PDF document and submit it to: with “Communications Associate” in the subject line.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed, and interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis beginning after October 17, 2023. Applications will be accepted through November 20, 2023 or until the position is filled.

Hours and Compensation:

$20-$28 per hour

Part-time or contract


Statement of Non-Discrimination:

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.