GPEP Job Opportunities

GPEP Coordinator of Planning and Special Projects

About Goucher College

Goucher College is a selective private liberal arts college dedicated to providing a multidisciplinary, international education. Goucher was recently ranked as one of U.S. News and World Reports ten most innovative colleges in the United States.

About the Goucher Prison Education Partnership

The Goucher Prison Education Partnership, a division of Goucher College, offers men and women incarcerated in Maryland state prisons the opportunity to pursue a Goucher College education. Goucher College's mission is to provide a liberal arts education that prepares students within a broad, humane perspective for a life of inquiry, creativity, and critical and analytical thinking. Through GPEP, we offer this transformative liberal arts education to students who might not otherwise have access to it. We offer college courses on site and also provide college preparatory courses for prospective Goucher students at the prisons who need additional support to be ready for college coursework. In classes at the prisons, students are held to the rigorous academic standards for which Goucher is known.  Courses are taught by Goucher College faculty as well as by outstanding professors from nearby colleges and universities. The entire Goucher academic community is enhanced and strengthened by the inclusion of these talented, dedicated students.

Goucher College, and the Goucher Prison Education Partnership, is also a leader in efforts to expand access to quality higher education. GPEP is a national model, seeking to transform the public conversation about the mutually reinforcing intergenerational cycles of poverty, incarceration, and limited educational opportunity. 

Job Description

The Goucher Prison Education Partnership (, based in Towson and Jessup, Maryland (just outside of Baltimore), is accepting applications for a coordinator of planning and special projects.  If you have a commitment to building a more equitable world and a belief that all people deserve access a quality education, we would like to hear from you. We're seeking candidates who possess strong project management skills and excel in relationship building. The ideal candidate is committed to getting results in a fast-paced environment while handling a significant workload. We are looking for candidates who are:

  • Highly organized with a meticulous attention to detail
  • Focused on results - you won't rest until you have achieved your goal
  • Resourceful - you find obstacles exciting because they give you an opportunity to develop a creative solution
  • Persistent - you are known for your follow through
  • Collaborative - you're excited to pitch in wherever you can help and eager to create strong working relationships
  • Communicative - you have strong written and verbal communication skills

The coordinator of planning and special projects will plan and manage much of the day-to-day operations of GPEP. The incumbent will:

  • Advance student participation in the Second Chance Pell Grant Pilot.  This person will identify and evaluate removable barriers preventing students from accessing Pell by researching options and communicating with stakeholders including the Department of Education's Office of Federal Aid, Loan Servicers, the Goucher Office of Financial Aid, etc.  They will develop and refine systems for students to navigate these barriers through proactive communication and will track student progress in this process while ensuring that all paperwork and reporting are accurate, complete, and submitted on time.
  • Compose acknowledgements and related communications from the division to GPEP donors.
  • Recruit, select, train, and supervise a small group of main campus student staff.
  • Coordinate visits to the prisons by key stakeholders.
  • Lead data collection and record keeping used for reporting and planning.
  • Oversee and refine a system to ensure that contact information for GPEP constituents is accurate and up to date, as well as facilitate changes to existing contacts and the addition of new contacts.
  • Cultivate and refine a system and culture of robust communication with stakeholders making inquiries.
  • Collaborate with other staff members on seasonal and special projects.
  • Reconcile GPEP income and expenses.
  • Ensure appropriate space, furniture, technology, etc. and support additional operational needs of the division.
  • Manage GPEP contracts and related paperwork.


Qualified candidates must have project management experience and completion of some college courses towards a bachelor's degree (bachelor's degree or above, preferred).  Qualified individuals directly impacted by the criminal justice system are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate must be able and willing to work evening and weekend hours, as needed. Qualified candidates must have reliable access to transportation. A criminal background check and driving records check are required as a condition of employment.  This is a one-year (grant funded) position with the possibility of renewal at the end of the term. 

Application Instructions

Goucher College is committed to increasing the diversity of our community and seeks applicants dedicated to applying principles of equity and inclusion in all areas of the campus community.  If this sounds like an interesting opportunity, we would love to hear from you!  

Review of applications will begin on June 12, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.  Please submit the following application materials online:

  • Cover letter, with salary requirement
  • Resume
  • Contact information for three professional references

Goucher College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Apply now!