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Tennessee Higher Education in Prison Initiative

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Re-Entry Coordinator

Tennessee Higher Education in Prison Initiative


Job Summary

Tennessee Higher Education in Prison Initiative (THEI) seeks a full-time Re-Entry Coordinator. The
position will be primarily based at the THEI office in Nashville with trips across the state to our program
sites. Under the direction of the Director of Student Success & Re-Entry Services (SSRS), the Re-Entry
Coordinator will work closely with the other members of the THEI Programs team, the administration
and staff at our partner prisons, and points of contact at collaborating re-entry service providers to
advocate for our students as they prepare to return to their home communities and transition to
continued college opportunity. The Re-Entry Coordinator will be at Turney Center (our Middle TN site) at
least one evening a week, with monthly visits to our East and West TN sites, and will meet regularly with
students on both sides of the bars.

The ideal candidate can start before April 15, 2020. Priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate
a strong commitment to providing service to at-risk populations and understand the mission of THEI to
be located within a larger social-justice movement. Further, we seek applicants who have experience
navigating college admissions, financial aid, student loans, and career counseling; flexibility with work
hours including the ability to work some nights and weekends; excellent organizational and time
management skills; and a strong commitment to breaking cycles of poverty and
incarceration. Familiarity with Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) practices and/or knowledge
of both the Tennessee public higher education system and the landscape of re-entry services/service
providers are a benefit. Finally, the ideal candidate must have a reliable car, and be comfortable working
in a prison and collaborating with incarcerated individuals. We encourage folks who have been
impacted by the criminal-justice system to consider applying.

THEI is an equal-opportunity employer; all applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status. 


Job Responsibilities

Key Responsibilities (organized by stakeholder group):

● Stakeholder Group #1: Students

  • Build relationships and rapport with all THEI students.
  • Meet with students on a regular basis; advocate on behalf of students.
  • Maintain THEI Release Calendar.
  • Provide well-researched re-entry advising and help students create strong, viable transition plans.
  • Ensure students have access to all materials necessary to succeed in their transitions, as well as ensure college partners have the information needed to ensure a seamless transition.
  • Manage student records (in hard copy and Salesforce).
  • Log contact notes.
  • Foster and grow THEI alumni network, and sustain alumni professional-development agenda.

● Stakeholder Group #2: Educational Partners (Prison and College)

  • Build and maintain rapport with prison administration and staff, particularly re-entry staff (including Re-Entry Counselor and IPOs).
  • Contribute to successful on-site implementation of college program.
  • Work with Academic Coordinators to manage volunteer relationships with prison facilities, including scheduling guest speakers and visiting experts.
  • Serve as liaison between students and college partners in preparation for transition.

● Stakeholder Group #3: Re-Entry and Workforce Partners

  • Maintain relationships with re-entry organizations across the state.
  • Build relationships with corporate partners to create a network of employment opportunities for THEI students returning to their communities


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with 1-3 years’ experience in program coordination, social work, public health, college counseling, or a related field.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Drive and social-media platforms such as Facebook/Twitter/Instagram.
  • The ability to collect, organize and manage data.
  • Valid driver’s license and the ability to travel to and from prison on a regular basis.
  • Flexible schedule including the ability to work in the evenings and some Saturdays.
  • Must be eligible to be a badged TDOC contractor.
  • Timeliness around email correspondence.
  • Investment in relationship-building and passion for creating partnerships.
  • Energy for creative problem solving.
  • Commitment to self-care.

Additional Information


Full medical & dental insurance, a monthly wellness stipend, and generous paid leave and holidays.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit cover letter and resume to with “Re-Entry Coordinator” in the subject line.


  • Date Posted: February 6, 2020
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Education
  • Start Date: 04/15/2020
  • Salary Range: $50,000 - $55,000