Program Specialist 2 - Gateways for Incarcerated Youth

This is a project position that is grant funded through December 31, 2015 with continuation dependent on additional funding.

Bulletin number: 2014-033SM

Opens: August 28, 2014

Closing date: September 8, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. PST
Note: The College will be closed on September 1, 2014 in observance of Labor Day.

The Evergreen State College is committed to prohibiting discrimination and to building a diverse faculty and staff. We strongly encourage qualified persons of all races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations, people with disabilities, persons over forty, women, Vietnam Era and disabled veterans to apply.


There is a part time, overtime eligible, project position working .875 FTE (35 hours per week) with Gateways for Incarcerated Youth at The Evergreen State College. This project position is grant funded through December 31, 2015 with continuation dependent on additional funding.


The Evergreen State College is a progressive, public liberal arts and sciences college located in Olympia, Washington, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Since opening its doors in 1971, Evergreen has established a national reputation for leadership in developing innovative interdisciplinary, collaborative and team-taught academic programs. The college has a vibrant undergraduate program, graduate programs, and public service centers that constitute a unique academic setting. The college values a student-centered learning environment, a link between theory and practice, and a multicultural community of diverse faculty, students and staff working together. For more information about Evergreen, please visit our college catalog or our website: http://www.evergreen.edu     

  • Salary is $2,407.13 - $3,208.63 per month of .875 FTE work.
  • Experience and training may be considered in salary placement.
  • A full state benefits package which includes: paid sick and vacation leave; paid campus holidays; a generous medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts.  For more information about Evergreen's excellent employee benefits, please view http://www.evergreen.edu/payroll/employeebenefits.htm
  • Staff are eligible for a free local bus/transit pass.
  • Permanent status employees that work 0.5 FTE or more are eligible for the tuition waiver program.

This position is an advocate for the Gateways for Incarcerated Youth program model and is responsible for working with program staff and stakeholders to plan strategic expansion, publicize educational impacts on incarcerated young men of color, and generate additional funding support.


Gateways for Incarcerated Youth is committed to serving young men of color with asset-based, innovative strategies to transform health and education inequities, including under-representation of men of color in higher education.  Education has been identified as a key strategy to break the cycle of disproportionate minority confinement for young men of color and to reduce the recidivism rate for juvenile offenders.  Gateways offers on-site education programs at facilities for juvenile offenders in Washington State.

Under the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant, Gateways seeks to expand to the state juvenile incarceration system serving young men. Our unique model brings college students to the institutions to work as peer mentors, tutors, and co-learners with incarcerated youth.  The National Prison Studies Project describes Gateways as “one of the only organizations that works with youth and emphasizes the importance of culturally relevant education through a popular education/participatory research approach.”

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Program experience with Gateways for Incarcerated Youth.
  • Develop and implement communication strategies to promote Gateways including creating print materials, distributing traditional and social media, tabling, delivering presentations, facilitating workshops, and maintaining the program’s website.
  • In collaboration with the Gateways Manager and coordination with the Foundation at Evergreen, establish and implement a fundraising plan including events, identifying funding sources, soliciting donations, cultivating supporters, and maintaining contact with Gateways student alumni.
  • Lead public awareness campaigns including networking with local, state, and national partners, and follow policy changes that impact incarcerated youth.
  • Assist other Gateways staff in grant writing including researching funding sources and eligibility criteria.
  • Collect narrative and quantitative data, compile and input results, and prepare results/reports.
  • Gather testimonials, perform general data collection, and
  • Work with Gateways Youth Advisory Board members on research and advocacy projects; serve as a mentor for the Youth Advisory Board members.
  • Supplement current programs with specific content workshops at Green Hill School on topics such as youth transitions, telling your story, public speaking, etc.
  • Utilize existing documentation including curriculum, lesson plans, etc. to promote Gateways culturally relevant, popular education model.
  • Attend partnership meetings.
  • May perform field supervisor duties for interns with an outreach focus.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Working knowledge of the Washington State Juvenile Justice System specifically the Juvenile Justice and Rehabilitation Administration (JJRA).
  • Commitment to practice of multiculturalism and group dynamics.
  • Knowledge of academic issues pertaining to culturally diverse incarcerated student populations.
  • Ability to work effectively with and demonstrate passion for people, particularly youth, of diverse and underrepresented backgrounds.
  • Skill in networking and conducting extensive advocacy and outreach to advance program objectives.
  • Working knowledge of and commitment to the tenets of Community-based Participatory Research and Popular Education and an understanding of Disproportionate Minority Contact.
  • Strong interpersonal skills in one-on-one situations, small groups, public presentations, and workshops; ability to communicate complex information succinctly with internal and external constituents in a professional and respectful manner.
  • Ability to coordinate meetings, events, and fundraising efforts.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Outlook, Access; ability to use  desktop and online publishing programs; ability to update and maintain websites and utilize social media.
  • Skill in and ability to produce reports and outreach materials and respond to a variety of requests for information.
  • Ability to be a self-starter and work independently and collaboratively with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work with unexpected barriers.
  • Ability to foster and maintain outstandingly good working relationships on campus and in community partnerships including across institutional sectors including with other state agencies like JJRA.
  • Ability to problem-solve, analyze, and communicate synthesized information.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, prioritize, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Excellent written communications, proofreading, and editing skills.
  • Skill in and ability to mentor and lead the work of others.
  • Ability to travel to various work locations and work occasional evenings and/or weekends.
  • Must provide proof of identity and employment eligibility within three days of beginning work.
  • This position is assigned to part of the college that is covered by a union shop provision and a collective bargaining agreement.  Employees are required to pay an amount equal to the fees or dues required to be a member of the union to the Washington Federation of State Employees within thirty days of their date of hire.
  • Must obtain clearance from Green Hill School JJRA facility.
  • Must have the ability to travel and work in off-site locations.
  • Must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends.
  • May be required to pass a pre-employment background check



1.    Possess the skills and abilities required to perform the position;
2.    Complete the General Application form (Word | PDF); and
3.    Complete a Key Skills and Abilities Inventory form (Word | PDF) to indicate your ability to perform the essential functions of the position.
4.    An Affirmative Action Data Sheet (Word | PDF). Note: Submission of this statistical information is voluntary.

Please carefully read the job bulletin and submit all requested items by the closing date listed above. The committee in its screening of applicants will assume your abilities and experience include only those elements specifically documented within your application materials. By submitting a completed application for this position you are acknowledging that all of the information that you have submitted to apply for this job is true and complete to the best of your knowledge. You understand that The Evergreen State College may verify this information and that untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if you are hired. If invited for an on-campus interview, you may be required to pay your own travel expenses

Materials may be submitted using any one of the following options:
Email: jobline@evergreen.edu
Mail: The Evergreen State College
Human Resource Services, Library Bldg Room 3102
2700 Evergreen Parkway NW
Olympia, WA  98505
Fax: (360) 867-6823
Or in person to the Human Resource Services office, Library Building room 3102.

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