Volunteer coordinator, THE PETEY GREENE PROGRAM IN providence, Rhode island


The Petey Greene Program supplements educational programming in prisons, jails, detention centers, and youth prisons by providing free, quality tutoring to incarcerated people. We work to promote academic achievement in prison classrooms to support the future success of people in prison and to build stronger communities.

To accomplish these goals, the Petey Greene Program builds partnerships between universities and prisons, jails, and youth prisons. The Program collaborates with university volunteering/civic engagement centers, academic departments, and student groups to recruit, train, and coordinate volunteers, typically undergraduate and graduate students. It then works with prisons, jails, and youth prisons to enable these volunteers to work as tutors in adult basic education, high school equivalency, and college programs.


The Volunteer Coordinator will work with the Rhode Island Petey Greene team to recruit, train, and manage all Petey Greene Program volunteers involved in prison education programs in Rhode Island. In particular, the Volunteer Coordinator will be primarily responsible for volunteer management. 

Over the course of a semester, the Volunteer Coordinator will have a number of responsibilities. They will recruit, schedule, and train volunteers. They will meet regularly with faculty and student groups and set up events at universities. The Volunteer Coordinator will work to support volunteers to develop a campus culture of criminal justice reform, including hosting events and building relationships with key community stakeholders. 

The Rhode Island Petey Greene Program team works out of donated space at Brown University.  Because we work with universities, our work has a seasonal element to it, and the most significant periods of work fall during the start of each semester, in September and late January through early February. The Volunteer Coordinator reports to and is supervised by the Rhode Island Regional Manager.

position type

Part-time staff (20 hours/week) 

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Recruits new volunteers by contacting relevant student groups and departments, attending community engagement fairs at partner universities, and managing relationships with faculty and staff at partner universities.

  • Manages the process of getting volunteers cleared to enter the prison or jail where they are assigned to tutor, which includes building tutoring schedules, collecting clearance paperwork, scheduling an orientation, and organizing transportation. 

  • Facilitates training of new volunteers. 

  • Schedules and coordinates weekly transportation for volunteers.  

  • Communicates regularly with volunteers, especially if an incident occurs or a volunteer misses a tutoring session.

  • Manages volunteer data, including schedules, attendance, and feedback, through Salesforce.

  • Supervises campus leadership teams and works with them to put on events that shine a spotlight on issues of mass incarceration or strengthen tutoring pedagogy.

  • Supervises work-study student

  • Responds promptly to emails from volunteers, university faculty and staff, and fellow staff.


  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

  • Proficiency in Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, and Google Calendar  

  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally in person and via email, text, and phone.  

  • Attention to detail and extremely organized.  

  • Group facilitation and pedagogy skills.

  • Ability to work independently and with a team.

  • Awareness of issues related to mass incarceration and broader social justice concerns.

Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Experience working in education.

  • Previous experience working with student organizations.  

  • Experience working with volunteers, particularly student volunteers.

  • A commitment to social justice, racial equity, and the rights of formerly incarcerated people.

  • An understanding of the US criminal justice system and local policies. 

  • A commitment to education in confined settings. 


Job Type: Part-time (20 hrs/week)

Salary: $20,000

Start date

September 2019

How to apply

Please email with the following documents: 

  • Resume

  • Cover letter (applications without a cover letter will not be considered).

  • A writing sample (this can be a college essay, a published piece of non-fiction writing of any length, or an example of professional writing such as a memo or business letter). 

Application deadline: 5 PM on September 9, 2019

The Petey Greene Program is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ people, women, formerly incarcerated people, and those directly impacted by mass incarceration, to apply.