Urbana-Champaign, IL
Hybrid: Remote and/or In-Person
November 30, 2023

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: RGI Research and Writing Coordinator

The Education Justice Project is looking for a passionate individual committed to social justice to oversee research and writing of our prison reentry and deportation guides. EJP produces Illinois’ only comprehensive reentry guide, the only national reentry guide in the US, and the only national guide for people facing deportation. We distribute 20,000copies a year to individuals returning home from prison. We currently seek apart-time (50%) coordinator for our Reentry Guide Initiative (RGI). This leadership position will oversee research, writing, editing of EJP’s reentry publications, currently three books each year. The position works closely with graphic designers and RGI’s production team. The coordinator provides direct supervision and support to EJP volunteer team members (including interns) and reports to the RGI Director. We are looking for someone who can make a year-long commitment.


Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee research, writing, and editing of EJP reentry guides, which are updated annually (50%)
  • Maintain records and archives related to the above (5%);
  • Lead meetings of relevant team members (10%);
  • Provide supervision to writers, editors, graphic designers, translators (10%);
  • Build our reentry curriculum and lead study sessions with interns on subjects related to incarceration, immigration/deportation and reentry in the US (10%);
  • With other RGI coordinators, Advisory Council members, and the RGI Director, lead the development of RGI policies, strategies, initiatives, and procedures (5%);
  • Support on-boarding and training of new members as required (5%);
  • Assist in ongoing evaluation of the guides and RGI operating procedures (5%).

Required Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in English, Communications, Journalism, or related discipline.
  • Minimum 1 years’ writing/publishing experience, whether as an editor, writer, or other role;
  • Experience with collaborative writing projects, including facilitating meetings.
  • Demonstrable excellent listening, oral, and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrable commitment to social justice including supporting individuals of diverse backgrounds;
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Excellent knowledge of Google and Microsoft programs (Word, Excel).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in a related field, e.g. English, Communications, Social Services.
  • Experience in an organization or agency that is concerned with incarceration, reentry, or immigration, e.g. a reentry organization, refugee aid organization, or similar;
  • Prior participation in prison or immigration justice initiatives.
  • Fluent in written and spoken Spanish;
  • Graphic design experience (preferably with Adobe InDesign);
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the conditions of incarceration, deportation and/or reentry in the US.
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