Community Educator


Illinois Prison Project (IPP) is a young nonprofit organization in Chicago that seeks to reduce mass incarceration by providing legal services to individuals incarcerated in the Illinois Department of Corrections. We focus on novel and creative approaches to prison reduction including mass commutation campaigns, sentence restructuring, public education, and advocacy. 

IPP seeks a Community Educator to lead the Community Navigator Network among incarcerated communities. The Community Navigator Network establishes a community of support through which we will disseminate information to incarcerated individuals about their rights, including clarifying changes in policy, and assisting in navigating Illinois Department of Corrections systems. The Community Educator will identify, train, and manage Community Navigators to work with incarcerated communities within seven IDOC facilities on topics critical to life as an incarcerated person (i.e. individual rights, sentencing credit, electronic detention, medical furlough, commutation, first thirty days after release). Formerly incarcerated people are highly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain guidelines around institutional communication 
  • Establish and maintain a working relationship with IDOC administration to enable the Community Navigator Network to succeed throughout facilities across the state
  • Conduct Know Your Rights trainings at prison facilities throughout the state 
  • Correspond with incarcerated people and their families by mail, email, and phone to share legal information

Qualifications:

  • Excellent commutation skills
  • A familiarity with IDOC systems, including some or all of the following topics: sentencing credit, electronic detention, medical furlough, commutation, first thirty days after release
  • Paralegal training is strongly preferred, but not a requirement
  • Bachelor’s Degree or two years experience in a field related to the criminal legal system (this can include formal or informal work within a prison setting, such as serving as a law clerk in the prison library)
  • Detail oriented
  • Basic proficiency with Google Suite, Word Processing, Zoom, and Excel
  • The ability to reach prison facilities throughout the state (i.e., driver’s license and ability to travel for long day trips as needed)

Compensation:

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package. 

  • Salary range $45-50k depending on experience and funding
  • Comprehensive benefits package, including medical/dental/vision plan and 401(k)


Illinois Prison Project is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion or belief, sex, pregnancy, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, martial or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, military and veteran status, criminal record, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Illinois Prison Project believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as an organization, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retrain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. 

How to Apply

Please Submit:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter


Please email all materials to info@illinoisprisonproject.org with “Community Educator” in the subject line.  Please note: applications that do not include all of the required materials will not be considered. 

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.