NYC Civic Corps: Prison Writing Program Volunteer Coordinator

NOTE: Applications must be made through NYC Civic Corps

PEN America, a nonprofit organization that stands at the intersection of literature and human rights, seeks a dynamic and detail-oriented prison writing volunteer coordinator. This role offers the opportunity to sustain and grow a community of over 300 volunteers who support incarcerated people in their journey as writers. This role is made possible through the NYC Civic Corps, an AmeriCorps program, and will be based at PEN America’s headquarters in New York City.

Volunteers are a critical component of PEN America’s mission to bring the voices of incarcerated people directly to the public consciousness in order to foster dialogue that transcends barriers; challenge the concept of irredeemability; and expose the impact of mass incarceration on individuals, communities, and society. 

The coordinator will play a central role in thoughtfully interfacing with our mentor community, 50-person Prison Writing Committee, seasonal interns, and various program participants who sustain our programming. As a Civic Corps member, the coordinator will gain valuable experience in volunteer and community engagement on a national scale, including data management and communication strategies and evaluative and training processes. The role offers the opportunity to be a hands-on contributor in scaling the program in new and innovative directions that uplift the agency and self-determination of incarcerated writers.

The program offers a living allowance for the term of 10.5 months, an unlimited MetroCard, and health insurance, among other benefits that can be found on the Civic Corps website.

To Apply: Please read the full job description here, and apply via the Civic Corps website by June 25, 2020.


PEN America is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices, and in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

No phone calls, please.