GPEP Job Opportunities

Coordinator of Operations, Admissions, and Registration

Position Description and Responsibilities


 The Goucher Prison Education Partnership (http://www.goucher.edu/GPEP), based in Towson and Jessup, Maryland (just outside of Baltimore), is accepting applications for a Coordinator of Operations, Admissions, and Registration.

Are you known for your follow through?  Unable to rest until you have achieved your goal?  Eager to tackle obstacles because they give you an opportunity to develop a creative solution?  Highly organized with meticulous attention to detail?  Collaborative and excited to pitch in wherever you can help?  Committed to creating a more equitable world?

Then we want to hear from you!

The ideal candidate has a history of getting things done even in the face of obstacles.  This person gets results in a fast-paced environment while balancing a significant workload.  If you have a demonstrated commitment to meeting a high bar, excel in relationship building, and believe that all people deserve access to a quality education, you should apply!

The incumbent will:

  • Plan and manage key day-to-day operations of the college at the prisons, including the 2018 calendar year admissions cycle, orientation, and registration.  This includes
    • Maintaining accurate lists of interested applicants for each prison;
    • Directing communication with students and prospective students about classes and key admissions, orientation, and registration events;
    • Organizing key details of classes and events by reserving necessary spaces, clearing needed materials, and arranging volunteer support;
    • Informing prospective students of admissions results;
    • Ensuring all students are enrolled in appropriate courses according to their placements;
    • Tracking the academic status of enrolled students to determine registration priorities for future semesters; and
    • Strategizing to continually strengthen the relationship with the prisons and other partners including developing systems as needed and resolving challenges as they arise.
  • Collaborate on tasks related to the advancement of the division.  This includes
    • Directing outreach to and cultivating relationships with external partners and prospective partners to meet current goals, which include acquiring donations of at least 70% of needed textbooks.
    • Communicating with and advising students on their participation in the Second Chance Pell Grant Pilot, with the goal of quickly resolving any issues temporarily preventing them from accessing Pell.
  • Provide additional administrative and operational support for the needs of the division as needed.

Qualified candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree and have at least two years of professional experience that includes success:

  • Managing several ongoing projects simultaneously;
  • Reaching or exceeding desired outcomes with a sense of urgency;
  • Dynamically problem solving in the face of persistent obstacles;
  • Using systems of organization to ensure no details are lost; and
  • Developing and maintaining strong working relationships with and among a diverse group of stakeholders.

Candidates must have strong professional communication skills and should have proficiency using the Microsoft suite and googledrive.  To be considered for the position, candidates must also have at least two years of experience on a state issued driver’s license; the ability to lift and carry up to 35 pounds; and must have reliable access to transportation. The person hired to the position will complete a background and driving records checks.  Given the job responsibilities, the ability to obtain and maintain clearance at the prisons is a necessary condition of employment.  This position includes weekly on-site coordination and office hours to include some evenings as well as occasional weekend hours.

Goucher College is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and encourages applications from those who would contribute to this effort.  

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants must apply online at http://goucher.interviewexchange.com

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.

About the Goucher Prison Education Partnership:

The Goucher Prison Education Partnership, a division of Goucher College, offers individuals 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.

Administrator for Operations and Volunteer Management

Position Description and Responsibilities


 The Goucher Prison Education Partnership (http://www.goucher.edu/GPEP), based in Towson and Jessup, Maryland (just outside of Baltimore), is accepting applications for an Administrator for Operations and Volunteer Management (AOVM).  If you have a commitment to building a more equitable world and a belief that all people deserve access to a quality education, we would like to hear from you.  We are seeking candidates with a demonstrated commitment to meeting a high bar and a history of getting things done even in the face of obstacles.  The ideal candidate excels in relationship building, manages multiple ongoing complex projects, and gets results in a fast-paced environment while balancing a significant workload.

We are looking for candidates who are:

  • Persistent – you are known for your follow through
  • Results-oriented – 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
  • Highly organized with a meticulous attention to detail – you won’t settle for anything less than 100% accuracy
  • 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 incumbent will:

  • Ensure Goucher students enrolled through GPEP are set up for success by planning and managing the day-to-day operations of the division.
    • The AOVM coordinates logistics for the two additional locations of the college that GPEP serves.  This includes
      • Working with the prisons to reserve needed rooms and spaces; obtaining clearances for faculty, staff, volunteers, and guests; and clearing needed materials.
      • Working with faculty to ensure courses are running smoothly and GPEP students have the textbooks, supplies, and materials needed to excel in their courses.
      • Developing, refining, and managing systems for acquisition of all materials (textbooks, school supplies, office supplies, dvds, electronic equipment, etc.) needed by students, faculty, and tutors for courses and events offered through GPEP.
      • Developing systems for record keeping and supervising volunteers in maintaining up-to-date internal records and sharing relevant information with needed parties.
    • The AOVM also plans and manages communication with key GPEP partners.  This includes
      • Strategizing to continually strengthen the relationship with the prisons and other partners including developing systems as needed and resolving challenges as they arise.     
      • Outreach to and relationship cultivation with external partners and prospective partners to meet current goals, which include acquiring donations of at least 70% of needed textbooks.
      • Developing, refining, and managing practices for communication with GPEP students and prospective students, providing necessary information (such as grades, academic progress surveys, announcements) and instructions (for course evaluations, book sign outs, etc.).
  • Ensure a high quality of support to students by planning and supervising the engagement of 40-70 community members and main campus students, faculty, and staff, who provide service in support of GPEP students’ educations.
    • The AOVM recruits, screens, selects, and provides ongoing support and professional development to volunteers in the following roles:
      • Academic tutors who support Goucher students enrolled through GPEP using a sophisticated repertoire of tutoring strategies appropriate for a variety of student skill levels and needs;
      • Research assistants who help professors with the logistical details of providing a scholarly research experience within the prisons; and
      • Administrative assistants who maintain strict attention to detail as they aid GPEP staff in office with record keeping, data collection, copying, special projects, etc.
    • The AOVM also researches, creates, and refines curriculum for volunteers that is tailored to each role.  This includes
      • Pedagogical trainings in best practices for tutors; and
      • Trainings related to expectations within the prisons for all volunteers cleared to enter.
  • Serve as an academic advisor for a subset of Goucher students enrolled through GPEP.

Qualified candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree or higher is preferred) and have at least two years of professional experience with a demonstrated track record of:

  • Working proactively, independently, and resourcefully to resolve obstacles and achieve goals;
  • Managing several ongoing high stakes projects simultaneously;
  • Reaching or exceeding desired outcomes with a sense of urgency;
  • Meticulously organizing the details for each project to ensure that nothing slips through the cracks;
  • Producing strong professional communications (both written and verbal) that engages diverse constituents; and
  • Building buy-in from and strong working relationships with a variety of stakeholders.

Candidates who possess experience working in higher education are preferred, particularly those with strong pedagogy related to academic tutoring.  Candidates should have proficiency using the Microsoft suite and googledrive and must have at least two years of experience on a state issued driver’s license, the ability to lift and carry up to 35 pounds, and have reliable access to transportation. Given the job responsibilities, the ability to obtain and maintain clearance at the prisons will also be a necessary condition of employment.  The person hired to the position will complete criminal background and driving records checks.  This position includes weekly on-site coordination and office hours to include some evenings as well as occasional weekend hours.

Goucher College is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and encourages applications from those who would contribute to this effort.  To apply or to learn more about additional opportunities with GPEP, visit http://goucher.interviewexchange.com

Review of applications will begin on February 26, 2018 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.

About the Goucher Prison Education Partnership:

The Goucher Prison Education Partnership, a division of Goucher College, offers individuals 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.

About Goucher College:

Goucher College is a selective private liberal arts college dedicated to providing a multidisciplinary, international education. Goucher has been named Innovator of the Year by The Daily Record in both 2016 and 2017.