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Senior Program Administrator - Tisch College
Tufts University

Date Posted Dec. 22, 2023
Title Senior Program Administrator - Tisch College
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Administrative Support/Services


The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life is a national leader in civic education, whose teaching, research and community partnerships are setting the standard for higher education’s role in civic engagement. As the only university-wide college of its kind, Tisch engages Tufts students in transformational learning opportunities via hands-on field-based experiences, community building, and public service. These engagements prepare them to become active citizens and community leaders. Tisch research centers conduct groundbreaking research on young people’s civic and political participation and forge innovative participatory action research partnerships with communities. 


Tisch College’s North Star—building robust, inclusive democracy for an increasingly multiracial society—seeks to cultivate knowledge, leaders and living experiments that expand possibilities for democratic development in the context of increasing risks to democracy worldwide. Our work supports the University’s efforts to become an anti-racist institution. Our programs and research centers focus on strengthening the political participation and voices of historically marginalized people, especially youth, and on addressing the challenges of building and reviving democratic institutions needed for multiracial/ethnic societies. 


The Tufts University Prison Initiative of Tisch College, TUPIT, runs a college degree program in 3 prisons in Massachusetts, providing incarcerated students the opportunity to earn an associate degree in the liberal arts and a bachelor’s degree in Civic Studies from Tufts. We run Tufts courses in multiple disciplinary fields; our degree is interdisciplinary and brings together courses in literature, history, philosophy, music, and sociology most integrally. After having had the experience of the transformational classroom inside prison, students return home (in some cases before completing the degree) and have a pathway to successful reentry through additional coursework that provides some the opportunity to complete their degree supported by the university. Students join the Tufts Education & Reentry Network, and specifically its 3 day a week program called MyTERN. This college and reentry program provides courses coupled with extensive reentry support and community building practices through restorative justice work. TUPIT also runs a national arts journal called ReSentencing for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people’s writing and visual art. 

What You'll Do

In collaboration with the Director, the Senior Program Administrator will partner in the development of goals and strategies for our TUPIT (Tufts University Prison Initiative of Tisch College) program. You will apply intermediate specialized subject matter, knowledge and experience to develop, implement, review and evaluate the program. You will be responsible for implementing timely, effective communications plans and strategies to promote the program. More specifically, this position will administer the TUPIT program inside 3 correctional facilities, MCI-Concord and NECC and SBCC, and on the Medford, main campus. The Senior Program Administrator will coordinate in-prison course materials, communicate with on-site MA DOC staff and Central DOC staff.  Because we partner with Bunker Hill CC, you will interact with their Administrative team. This position will hire and supervise student workers, coordinate events and meetings, and be responsible for the program budget. You will attend program and college wide staff meetings.

What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree 5-7 years’ experience in related work.
  • Experience developing and implementing institutional strategy.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, develop and support staff. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to racial, social, environmental, and educational justice.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality and to handle sensitive matters with judgment, tact, and diplomacy.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to relate well with students, staff, faculty, administrators, and community members.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a broad variety of stakeholders, units, and committees in academic settings.    

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree a plus.
  • Experience working with incarcerated/formally incarcerated populations.
  • Lived experience of incarceration.    

Special Work Schedule Requirements:
This job involves responsibilities that are performed in a hybrid working environment. Must be able to work occasional weekends and nights and travel between campuses.

Pay Range

Minimum $63,600.00, Midpoint $79,500.00, Maximum $95,400.00

Salary is based on related experience, expertise, and internal equity; generally, new hires can expect pay between the minimum and midpoint of the range.

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