Volunteer Office Assistant

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 is looking for enthusiastic and well-organized Volunteer Office Assistants to join our team. The ideal candidate is passionate about supporting criminal legal system reform and has experience with administrative tasks. This is a perfect opportunity for someone who is retired or working part-time and is interested in volunteering for an impactful organization with a collaborative, positive office culture.

Volunteers are asked to work at least 5 hours per week (during regular 9am - 5pm business hours) for at least 3 months. We ask that volunteers work roughly the same days/times each week. Specific start and end dates are flexible. This position requires volunteers to work out of our IPP office, located at 53 West Jackson Blvd, Chicago IL 60604. This position is unpaid. IPP requires all team members to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination will be required.

Responsibilities include:

  • Regularly visit the IPP office located in downtown Chicago
  • Manage and track incoming mail, including scanning and uploading to our Google Drive
  • File the incoming mail into our organizational system
  • Prepare and send outgoing mail using Stamps.com
  • Other duties as needed

Desired Qualifications:

  • Has previous professional or volunteer experience in administrative office tasks
  • Is comfortable using a scanner and printer
  • Is comfortable using Google Drive and Stamps.com
  • Is organized
  • Exhibits independence and self-initiative
  • Has academic knowledge, professional experience, or lived experience in the criminal legal system space
  • Is passionate about supporting criminal legal system reform

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, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, military and veteran status, 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 retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

How to Apply:

  • Please submit a resume and brief cover letter via email to info@illinoisprisonproject.org with “Volunteer Office Assistant” in the subject line.
  • In your cover letter, please specify your approximate start/end dates and your approximate available hours.
  • Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Multiple positions for this role are available