Administrative Director, IL Coalition for Higher Education in Prison

  • Adler University
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Feb 15, 2021
Full time Business: Other Deans & Directors

Job Description





The Illinois Coalition for Higher Education in Prison (IL-CHEP) is a coalition of educators, students, activists, universities, and others committed to bringing quality higher education to Illinois prisons and jails and working toward a safer, more just society. Founded in 2016, we operate with the knowledge that higher education programs are among the best ways to offer opportunities to individuals who are incarcerated as well as fostering a community for people once they are free. Equally important, we encourage public dialogue and action to decarcerate and reduce our state's and country's reliance on punishment as a solution to social inequities. IL-CHEP is a project of Adler University's Institute of Public Safety and Social Justice.

Job Overview

Under the general guidance of the Executive Director of IPSSJ, the Administrative Director for the IL Coalition for Higher Education in Prison (IL-CHEP) will provide administrative support, project coordination and oversight to IL-CHEP committees. In collaboration with the committees, the Administrative Director will work on different initiatives to support educators and students in and outside of prisons in the state. In collaboration with IL-CHEP's Steering Committee, the Administrative Director will develop and implement systems and policies related to IL-CHEP's financial management, budgeting, reporting, etc.

The Administrative Director provides leadership to IL-CHEP and to the university while leveraging industry knowledge and best practices to promote the mission and vision of IL-CHEP, and of Adler's Institute of Public Safety and Social Justice Department. The Administrative Director also supports relevant culture, development and management efforts.




  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration required or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired.
  • Minimum two (2) years of supervisory and/ or mentor experience
  • Minimum two (2) years of progressive project coordination; developing and implementation of complex projects and strategic goals


  • Project Management Professional (PMP) preferred


  • Ability to build and sustain relationships with new community partners
  • Strong group facilitation skills
  • Ability to consistently identify opportunities for improvement and make recommendations based on observations
  • Strong demonstration of alignment with both IL-CHEP and Adler's social justice mission and vision
  • Strong critical thinking, problem-solving and visioning skills
  • Ability to proactively identify challenges and barriers to stated objective and employ assistance in addressing these
  • Strong collaboration abilities
  • Demonstration of professional maturity
  • Proficient knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook)
  • Strong leadership and research abilities
  • Strong written, oral, and listening skills

Supervision:  ILCHEP staff, including Communication Coordinator and Program Coordinator.


Principal Responsibilities

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop systems and policies related to financial management, budgeting, management of IL-CHEP interns, coordinating meetings, archives and record keeping.
  • Acts as Co-Chair in collaboration with the Program Coordinator during annual conference, committed to expanding higher education programs inside prisons throughout Illinois
  • Organize and facilitate information sessions with IL-CHEP members
  • Oversee the IL-CHEP grants to ensure objectives and reporting requirements are met according to scheduled deadline.
  • Provide administrative support such as scheduling and producing agendas for monthly and quarterly IL-CHEP meetings.
  • Provide administrative supports to individual IL-CHEP committee chairs in relation to committee objectives and reporting.
  • Recognize and identify opportunities for potential funding sources
  • Manage new grant applications and submittal processes
  • Attend meetings as required with IL-CHEP committees, and, as needed, with the Freedom to Learn Campaign Committee.
  • Monitor and update IL-CHEP membership and membership fees
  • Review and update IL-CHEP documents including committee documents and research.
  • Other duties as assigned



Applicants should electronically submit a complete application including a resume and cover letter addressing qualifications and interests. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 

Formerly incarcerated and/or people directly impacted by the criminal legal system are strongly encouraged to apply. 

This position is a full-time, two year-grant funded position with possibility of renewal. 


Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of Adler University that all persons are entitled to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) protection. The University does not discriminate against any individual for employment because of age, religion, race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status (including unfavorable discharge from the military), or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

As part of the Adler's equal employment opportunity policy, Adler will also take affirmative action to ensure that minority group individuals, females, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, Armed Forces service medal veterans, and qualified disabled persons are introduced into our workforce and considered for promotional opportunities.


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