Eastern State Penitentiary Looking to Hire Supervisor of Education and Partnerships


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Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site (ESPHS) seeks an outgoing, engaging, and creative Returning Citizen to join its education department. This person will coordinate an expanded reentry fellowship program, lead guided tours of the historic site (virtually and in-person), and support education and outreach efforts for public programming.


A significant part of this position focuses on a reentry fellowship that builds on Eastern State’s commitment to fair chance hiring. The goals of this new fellowship are: supporting career pathways for formerly incarcerated people and involving people who have been personally impacted by mass incarceration into the historic site’s public program creation. This fellowship serves the historic site’s vision of deepening the public conversation about criminal justice in the United States.


The Supervisor will work at least one day per week as an Educator, leading virtual and in-person historic tours for diverse audiences and staffing frontline positions working directly with the public. At busy times, the Supervisor may work directly with the public more than once a week. The Supervisor, Education and Partnerships will also support the Director of Education and Tour Programs in coordinating trainings, research, meetings and evaluations for the reentry fellowship and other mission-related initiatives. This includes coordinating partnerships for public programs, and collaborating with the management team to hire, train, and supervise Educators.


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

• Previously incarcerated.

• A clear, confident, thoughtful, and open public speaker with the desire to speak with the public about personal experiences, including your connection to incarceration.

• Enthusiastic about engaging in open and respectful dialogue with people whose opinions are different than your own.

• A natural teacher and non-judgemental listener who asks thought-provoking questions.

• Willing and able to learn detailed information about history, public policy, and architecture.

• Passionate about learning and sharing knowledge.

• Flexible and adapt quickly.

• An innovative and independent worker who also has a commitment to team process and a collaborative working environment.

• A leader who has some supervisory and management experience.

• Excellent at multitasking, managing time, thinking strategically and solving problems.

• Fair, organized, outgoing, and thorough.

• Committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.

• Comfortable working and teaching remotely when necessary.


Hours, salary and benefits: One weekend day of work is required weekly; evening work is required but less frequently. Annual salary is $39,500 to $43,500 with competitive health and retirement benefits.


To Apply: Fill out an online application. The deadline for applications is July 30, 2021. No phone calls please.


Equal Opportunity Employer Statement: Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability or handicap, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, arrest record or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. Our management team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities and general treatment during employment.


Among other requirements, all individuals who accept a conditional offer of employment must complete a criminal background check. Eastern State will review any criminal record in accordance with applicable law and provide an individualized assessment where appropriate; ESPHS is committed to providing employment opportunities for qualified returning citizens.


About ESPHS: When Eastern State opened more than 180 years ago, it changed the world. The first prison of its kind – a penitentiary – it was designed to inspire true regret in the hearts of its inhabitants. The building itself was an architectural wonder; it had running water and central heat before the White House, and attracted visitors from around the globe. Although the prison now stands in ruin, its story remains relevant today. When Eastern State Penitentiary opened as a historic site in 1994, it attracted just over 10,000 daytime visitors – in 2019 it was visited by more than 300,000. The site’s staff and programming evolves by mounting original exhibits and artist installations, and engaging visitors in conversations about the history and legacy of the building. For more information please visit easternstate.org