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Tennessee Higher Education Initiative

Transitional Programs Intern

Tennessee Higher Education Initiative

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Job Summary

The Tennessee Higher Education Initiative (THEI) is a non-profit organization working to disrupt systems of harm and create opportunities for autonomy and success by providing college access to people inside Tennessee prisons, preparing students for skillful re-entry, and reducing barriers to continued education and achievement. THEI is a grassroots, community organization committed to principles of harm reduction, healing, and centering the lived experiences of the people we serve. We engage in reimagining and building towards the world we want to see through systems work and direct service.

THEI seeks an intern to serve as the Transitional Programs Intern. The position will primarily be an in-person position in our Nashville Office.  Under the direction of the Transitional Programs Manager (TP), the Transitional Programs Intern will support members of the THEI Transitional Programs team and THEI alumni.

Job Responsibilities

The ideal candidate can start on August 1, 2022. 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 planning events, working with data, and developing workshops. Some 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.

Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

●      Bachelor’s degree with 1-2 years of experience in office management, social work, public health, college counseling, or a related field

●      Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Drive

●      The ability to collect, organize and manage data

●      Valid driver’s license and the ability to travel to and from prison if needed

●      Flexible schedule, including the ability to work some evenings and 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-car

Social Justice Requirements:

●      A strong commitment to providing service to at-risk populations and understanding the mission of THEI to be located within a larger social-justice movement

●      A strong commitment to breaking cycles of poverty and incarceration

●      A commitment to use Person First language because there is evidence that language can shape perceptions about an incarcerated person’s capacity to change

Internship Requirements:

●      15 hour a week time commitment

●      Must be enrolled or planning to attend graduate school beginning Fall 2022

●      One year commitment beginning August 1st thru June 30th

●      Pursuing a degree in the fields of Education, Social Justice, Human Services, Public Policy or Public Health

●      Support the work of the Transitional Programs portfolio

●      A strong commitment to providing service to at-risk populations and understanding  the mission of THEI to be located within a larger social-justice movement

●      A strong commitment to breaking cycles of poverty and incarceration

Some familiarity with the criminal justice system, the 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 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

Additional Information

Benefits

As this is an internship, there are no benefits.

How to Apply

Please visit Tennessee Higher Education In Prison Initiative – Current Openings (recooty.com) to apply.

Details

  • Date Posted: May 11, 2022
  • Type: Contract / Temp
  • Job Function: Educator
  • Service Area: Education
  • Salary Range: $18/hr