Education and Information Director

Date Posted:
May 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:

Full time, exempt  

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 is working 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.

About the Education and Information Director Position

Under the direct supervision of the Alliance’s Executive and Assistant Directors, the Education and Information Director will be the lead researcher for the Alliance. This individual will be responsible for growing and overseeing all research-related activities for the Alliance, ensuring rigor, impact, and contributions to the field. This position will provide leadership and support for projects within the organization such as the Journal for Higher Education in Prison, the Landscape Project and Education in Action. In addition to these major projects, the Education and Information Director will have the ability to initiate additional research projects, as well as to support other previously established data collection and evaluation initiatives within the Alliance.

The Alliance for Higher Education in Prison strongly encourages applications from people who have been directly impacted by incarceration and/or the criminal-legal system.

The Alliance’s main office is located in Denver, CO, but staff work remotely throughout the country. Relocation is not required. The Education and Information Director position is full-time, exempt and requires 40 hours/week of work.

Primary Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership for all phases of research design and implementation, and ensure successful completion of qualitative and quantitative research projects. This includes developing data collection instruments and tools, collecting data, analyzing and interpreting quantitative and qualitative data, preparing written summaries of results for scholarly and policy/practice audiences, and disseminating and translating research in multiple venues. 
  • Provide editorial and/or writing leadership for all phases of research publication (internal and external to the Alliance) of manuscripts, reports and/or other publications for the field of higher education in prison. 
  • Facilitate data collection, including analyzing existing datasets and databases, writing protocols and conducting interviews and focus groups, and writing surveys and collecting survey data. 
  • Provide leadership support for project activities, including developing and maintaining research procedures and timelines, supporting data management, communicating with stakeholders, supporting technology needs, and ensuring appropriate IRB compliance. 
  • Supervising staff, consultants, graduate assistants and/or other research- and publication-related roles, at various levels within and external to the Alliance such as by providing training, conducting code-review, and consulting on research design for partners and programs. 
  • Collaborate with project partners, researchers, program associates, staff and others to facilitate appropriate communication and workflow to ensure project quality and completion. 
  • Support the broader mission of the Alliance and its work, and collaborate on other projects as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to and knowledge about educational equity and anti-racism work 
  • Demonstrated experience with quantitative and qualitative research methodologies
  • Experience conducting applied social science and/or educational research, including research methodology, research design, survey techniques, program evaluation, qualitative methods and analysis 
  • Demonstrated experience leading and/or managing large-scale research projects
  • Understanding of and experience with academic publishing and/or editing 
  • Proficiency with at least one quantitative analysis program, e.g., NVivo, STATA, SPSS 
  • Expertise with Microsoft Excel
  • Expertise with Qualtrics or another high-level survey design and distribution software
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Exceptional organizational, time management, interpersonal, oral communication skills
  • Excellent set of writing skills in a variety of genres and tones (social media, emails, informative materials, reports, etc.), combined with an ability to offer constructive editorial feedback. 
  • Ability to collaborate with multiple project partners of various levels of experience and expertise

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the field of higher education in prison 
  • Experience contributing to grant proposals, grant reporting and grant management 
  • Experience working in higher education and/or education and/or criminal justice reform 
  • Editorial/copywriting experience 
  • Master’s degree or equivalent work experience

Application and Deadlines:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, until the position is filled.

To apply for this position, please submit the following:

  1. Cover letter;
  2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae;
  3. Contact information (name, email and phone number) for three references.

Attach all materials in a single PDF document and submit it to: with “Education and Information 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 Education and Information Director is $65,000 – 75,000, commensurate with experience. All employees working more than 20 hours/week are eligible for health insurance, and life and long-term disability insurance. Employees working more than 30 hours/week are also eligible for dental and vision. All employees are eligible for vacation and holiday pay, and professional development support. In addition, the Alliance offers monthly reimbursements, including: ½ cellphone, ½ Internet, office supplies (up to $25.00) and wellness funding (up to $100.00). All employees may 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 at least 1,000 hours worked each year.

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.