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Eastern State is Hiring!

Eastern State’s new mission-centered project Hidden Lives Illuminated culminates at the end of the summer. Two years in the making, this is a free month long event featuring animated films made by incarcerated artists projected on to the façade of ESPHS nightly.

Hidden Lives Illuminated Program Ambassadors (Temporary, Part-Time) Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site (ESPHS) seeks outgoing, engaging and passionate people for the position of Program Ambassador. Program Ambassadors serve as the face of Hidden Lives Illuminated, a month long summer event featuring animated films made by incarcerated artists projected on to the façade of ESPHS nightly. A detailed description for the position appears below; please follow specific instructions to apply.

Program Ambassadors will support free nightly programming happening inside and outside of OCF Coffee House, located across from ESPHS and serving as the hub for Hidden Lives Illuminated. In addition to film screenings, programming will include hands-on activities, art making, guest speakers and more.

Other responsibilities include welcoming guests, tidying activity stations, leading small group discussions, and setting up and breaking down the event each evening. Please note that Program Ambassadors will spend their workday in outdoor conditions.

You are a great fit for this job if you are:

• A natural at leading conversations and making people feel comfortable.

• A clear, confident, thoughtful, and open conversationalist who can foster space for diverse opinions that may differ from your own.

• Willing to learn and share knowledge with people from a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and interests. This includes politically and culturally sensitive subject matter such as crime, race and prison stereotypes.

• Flexible and adapt quickly.

• Exceptional in providing customer service.

• Able to work well on your own, but also enjoy collaboration.

• Willing to work outdoors in all types of weather.

• Able to work evenings and weekends.

We especially encourage you to apply if you:

• Speak more than one language.

• Live in a neighborhood close by ESPHS.

• Have a basic knowledge of the criminal justice system and prisons. This includes personal and/or professional experience with the criminal justice system.

• Have ever been told that you ask thought-provoking questions.

• Consider yourself a creative and/or artistic person.

• Have an interest in film and storytelling.

To apply: Click here to apply. Paper applications are also available at ESPHS, located on Fairmount Avenue between 21st and 22nd Streets, between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm. The deadline for applications is Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 5:00PM. If ESP chooses to move forward with your application, a member of their staff will contact you to schedule an interview. All applicants will be contacted, even if not selected for an interview. No phone calls please.

Download the flier with more details here!

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