Candidates with lived experience in the criminal legal system are encouraged to apply.
Reporting to the University Studies Executive Director, the HEP Director is responsible for leading the Higher Education in Prison (HEP) program. The HEP program provides a Bachelor’s Degree pathway for people experiencing incarceration, and post-release support at PSU. The Director implements strategies to effectively offer rigorous high quality higher education to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students. Primary responsibilities include:
The Higher Education in Prison program is housed in University Studies, the largest general education program for Portland State. It is required of all undergraduates with the exception of students in the honors program and certain pre-professional health programs. University Studies collaborates widely across academic units at Portland State University, working with 40 academic departments and programs to deliver over 150 UNST-specific and almost 200 affiliated courses per term. As our mission statement explains, University Studies’ inclusive, interdisciplinary, and inquiry-based pedagogy:
The mission of Portland State University’s Higher Education in Prison (HEP) program is to expand rigorous, quality higher education at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility and to support justice-impacted students post-release.
Key Cultural Competencies
Contributes to a culture of environmental stewardship, practices resource conservation, and actively works toward achieving long-term sustainability goals.
Work Days/HoursTotal Compensation Range & Benefits Statement
Salary is dependent on several factors, and new employees will typically start around the Q1 level to allow for later growth within the salary band. PSU has a structured process for determining starting compensation, taking into account years of related experience, applicable skills, knowledge and abilities, market parity, and internal equity. The starting annual salary for this position will be $78,708, but may be negotiated above this rate dependent upon the factors above, the budget of the hiring department, and approval from HR.
An excellent benefits package includes 95% premium paid healthcare; a generous retirement and vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or dependent at any of the Oregon University System schools. Please visit our total compensation calculator to see the full value of our benefits package.