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Prison Education Program Coordinator

Metropolitan State University (MN)
St Paul, Minnesota, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
May 20, 2024

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Position Details

Position Information

Classification Title

Working Title
Prison Education Program Coordinator

Hire Types

Academic Affairs 2

Individualized Studies

Individualized and Interdisciplinary Studies

Saint Paul


Full/Part Time
Full Time


Employment Condition

Work Shift
8:00 AM - 4:30PM

Work Schedule/Hours/Days


Posting Details

Metro State University, Minnesota’s public, urban university, and four-time recipient of the Insight Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity ( HEED ) Award is seeking to hire up to two (2) Program Coordinators. These are full/-time probationary positions within the Transformation and Reentry through Education and Community ( TREC ) department in the College of Individualized Studies.

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Job Description

  • Contribute to recruitment, preparation, and coordination of instructors and volunteers to ensure a highly qualified, ready and effective body of program contributors.
  • Provide student-facing services and maintain student-facing materials to ensure a high-quality, inclusive, and effective learning environment.
  • Guide and support program constituents’ interactions with DOC facilities and maintain positive relationships with DOC leaderships to smooth operations and ensure program sustainability.
  • Contribute to partnerships and relationships with community members to ensure the integration and alignment of the university’s program with multiple educational and other non-profit organizations.
Required Qualifications

The following qualifications are required of all applicants seeking consideration for this position. Only applicants whose resumes clearly demonstrate fulfillment of each of these minimum qualifications will be considered for the position:

  1. One of the following:

  • Master’s degree plus one year of professional experience in prison education programs.
  • Bachelor’s degree plus two years of professional experience in prison education programs.
  • Three years of professional experience in prison education programs.
  • An equivalent combination of post-secondary training, education and/or professional experience relevant to prison education programs
2.. Knowledge of the practices and procedures specific to higher education in prisons.

3. Demonstrated ability to accomplish objectives by integrating knowledge of multiple, complex systems, standards, or rules

4. Demonstrated ability to connect day-to-day functions to program and university goals.

Preferred Qualifications
  1. A terminal degree plus two years of professional experience in prison education programs.
  2. Knowledge of Minnesota Department of Corrections policies, procedures, and strategic goals pertaining to higher education.
  3. Knowledge of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities policies and procedures.
  4. Demonstrated history of collaboration with multiple state agencies and public and private higher education institutions, such as the Minnesota Department of Corrections, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, Minnesota State 2-year and 4-year institutions, the University of Minnesota, and regional private 4-year colleges.

Other Requirements

Working Conditions:
The position requires the incumbent to travel frequently to Minnesota Correctional Facilities (MCFs), providing their own transportation to do so. The incumbent must be able to clear a Department of Corrections ( DOC ) background check, allowing them to entire a correctional facility, and maintain DOC permission to work at MCF sites. Incumbent will be expected to comply with the requirements of each facility and will regularly work full and partial days inside security perimeter with limited telecommunications.

Physical Requirements of the Job: Light: Requires occasionally transporting such articles as file boxes and heavy hand tools or heavier materials with help from others and/or transporting light objects frequently. The position may require movement throughout building(s) to a significant degree.

Notice : In accordance with the Minnesota State Vehicle Fleet Safety Program, employees driving on university business who use a rental or state vehicle shall be required to conform to Minnesota State’s vehicle use criteria and consent to a motor vehicle records check.


The University:
We are the urban, public, comprehensive university in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area where the faculty, staff, and students of Metro State will reflect the area’s rich diversity, build a culturally competent and anti-racist learning community, and demonstrate an unwavering commitment to civic engagement.

Metro State University provides an excellent, inclusive, and engaging education to eliminate opportunity gaps and empower our students to lead our communities to a prosperous and equitable future. The university offers programs leading to baccalaureate, masters, and applied doctoral degrees. We provide accessible, high quality liberal arts, professional, and graduate education with continued emphasis on marginalized groups, including adult learners. Metro State is a five-time recipient of the Insight into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity ( HEED ) Award, most recently in 2023. Federally recognized as a Minority Serving Institution, its employees serve more than 9,000 post-traditional learners, two-thirds of whom identify as belonging to communities of color or American Indian nations, are first in their family to attend college, and/or are eligible for Pell Grants. Since we do not operate residential facilities, Metro State University students all commute to class locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, or take their courses wherever they are through our many distance-learning and hybrid course offerings, allowing Metro State to truly be “where learning meets living.” Metropolitan State is recognized by CollegeNet as a leading higher education promoter of social mobility for students (Ranked # 67 out of 1550 in 2021). Recognized in 2008 and 2016 by the Carnegie Foundation for Community Engagement, the university is committed to academic excellence and community engagement through curriculum, teaching, scholarship, and services designed to support an urban mission. As a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, Metro State University actively works to achieve the Equity 2030 goal of the system, with initiatives to close disparities among student groups that focus on academic programs, policies and procedures, and effective student support. In addition, equity and anti-racism strategies are focused on building an inclusive and welcoming campus climate, hiring and retaining a diverse workforce, and developing our capacity to serve students in a culturally responsive manner. The university is guided by a strategic plan with a theme of “Building a Resilient, Student Ready University.”
Visit the Metro State University website to learn more about the university, our programs, and our students. Learn more about Minnesota State Colleges and Universities at their website .

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The School/Academic Department: TREC : Transformation and Reentry through Education and Community is a cutting-edge college in prison program currently present in three Minnesota correctional facilities. TREC offers the university’s flagship Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) degree in which students design their own majors. The program’s mission is to create an authentic higher education learning experience, with in-person classes and robust co-curricular programming. TREC partners with both the Department of Corrections and Minneapolis College to create 2-within-4 degree pathways building from associate’s to bachelor’s degrees.

Benefits Info

Salary: This is a Minnesota State University Association of Administrative and Service Faculty ( MSUAASF ) Range X position with a salary range of $45,352 to $91,288. Salary is commensurate with education and experience, and is determined by the collective bargaining agreement between Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (Minnesota State) and the MSUAASF organization.
* Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the MSUAASF which can be found: MSUAASF -Contract.pdf

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Special Instructions Summary

Application: To apply, go to
*To comply with privacy and data practices requirements, please refrain from including personal information or photographs in your application materials.
Applications must be received by 11:59 PM on Closing Date: 06/14/24
Qualified applicants are required to attach the following documents to their online application:
· Cover letter of interest addressing how your qualifications align with the requirements of this position.
· Current curriculum vita or resume.
  • Names of four (4) references with addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers.
  • Transcripts – Valid unofficial copies of your transcript showing conferred/awarded date, your name and the academic institution’s name/logo are required. We do not accept copy/paste word documents with a list of courses/grades or DARS reports. If selected for hire, official original transcripts will be required.

If you have other questions related to this position announcement, please contact Human Resources, at 651.793.1275 or email at

For TTY, call Minnesota Telecommunications Relay Service ( TRS ) at 7-1-1 or 1-800-627-3529.

Accept Applications

Posting Contact
Kab Chu Yang Heu

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Metro State University is an Equal Opportunity employer/educator committed to the principles of diversity. We prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or membership in a local commission as defined by law. As an affirmative action employer, we actively seek and encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status.

The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.
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  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcripts
  4. Names of four (4) references with addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers
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