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Program Assistant

Program Assistant

WANTED: Dedicated and motivated program assistant to spread healing and rehabilitation in the prison system.
Do you care about people and love the healing power of human connection and compassion? Does the sound of providing life skills in service of giving others a second chance sound like a dream? Then you may have stumbled upon the job opportunity of a lifetime. Here’s why.
We’re a fast-growing non-profit in California and we’re looking for an independent, like-minded, heart-centered superstar to add to our staff.
If you’ve ever dreamed about what it would be like to be a part of a movement that will change the way our country deals with incarceration, one individual at a time, then reach out now.
Note: we are an uber-committed organization. If you’re just looking for any odd job or a little extra cash, this isn’t right for you.
If you want to be a part of a creative, fast-paced environment that will bring out your best, you may be exactly who we’re looking for. Read on, send us your online application and tell us who you are and why you’re perfect to join us.


Position: Program Assistant
Hours: Full-time position (hourly)
Location: Santa Barbara, CA (this is an office position)
Reports To: Operations Manager


The Freedom to Choose Project (FTC) is dedicated to providing programs and self-study curriculum to the incarcerated community in California and throughout the United States. The Santa Barbara office is the central location where program logistics and self-study packets are prepared, delivered, received, tracked and processed. As the Program Assistant you are responsible for maintaining the in-bound and out-bound flow of our self-study prison programs which includes documenting and maintaining accurate records, data entry, communications, and coordinating materials for workshops and events. Utilizing our mission “To transform the lives of individuals impacted by incarceration through compassionate experiential education” you will help elevate our prison culture by playing an integral role in bringing healing and valuable life skills to those in the prison system.


What You’ll Do

  • Work in concert with other staff to assure that all logistics needed for each program/event are scheduled, prepared and/or delivered to the program/event site
  • Preparation, organization and shipping of supplies – Responsible for procuring, tracking, and packing physical materials for projects and events
  • Program administration such as managing workshop participant registration & communication and printing & preparing documents
  • Maintaining all databases with data entry and up to date records
  • Maintain physical and electronic file systems to support day-to-day operations and archiving of all documents
  • Compile and send program packets, packages and other communications
  • Preparation and formatting of all program materials such as curriculum, handouts and certificates
  • Responsible for collecting, scanning and processing of all incoming mail
  • Maintain an organized and professional office environment
  • Working with other staff members to support marketing efforts such as email and social media announcements
  • Run errands with own vehicle (mileage will be reimbursed)
  • Provide miscellaneous support to the overall team

Who You Are

  • Service Oriented – Deeply committed to personal growth and enriching our society
  • Organized
  • Meticulous and detail oriented – Very astute navigating technology and incredibly organized managing details and meeting deadlines
  • Flexible – Adaptable and able to work in a dynamic and ever-changing environment
  • Cooperative – works harmoniously with diverse team members
  • Have a positive attitude

Experience You Bring

  • Excellent administrative skills & experience
  • High school diploma required; bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Deep understanding of workflow systems and what is needed to support team members in carrying out their tasks
  • Ability to demonstrate flexibility on the job
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills. Proven ability to maintain schedules and meet deadlines and manage multiple projects to completion in a timely fashion
  • Must be highly motivated, able to multitask while maintaining high level of attention to detail, juggle multiple projects and set priorities
  • Tech Savvy. Excellent computer skills with Apple computers, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint required
  • Experience with Google Apps, Dropbox, WordPress, social media and web-based platforms preferred
  • Can type 65 words/minute minimum
  • Exceptional communication skills both verbal and written (including grammar)
  • Basic copywriting and/or editing experience preferred
  • Ability to speak/write Spanish a plus
  • Occasional lifting required – up to 25 pounds for setting up at conferences, workshops, or other events as needed
  • Valid US driver’s license. Occasional travel required – must have personal vehicle and excellent driving record (travel & mileage expenses at IRS rate will be reimbursed)
  • Occasional work on evenings and weekends
  • The Freedom to Choose Project is a drug-free workplace (including medical marijuana) and candidates must successfully pass drug screen


  • Competitive Compensation: $20-$23/hour (depending on experience)
  • Medical Insurance
  • PTO and paid holidays



The Freedom to Choose Project’s mission statement

To transform the lives of individuals impacted by incarceration through compassionate experiential education.


Our Reason for Being

The Freedom to Choose Project (FTC) is all about redemption and the power of second chances. We assist men and women in stepping free of past identifications as “criminals” and re-identifying themselves as valuable members of our society.


By incorporating shame reduction and other recent advances in neuroscience and experiential psychology, we aim to reduce recidivism by transforming prisons from the inside out.
The name of the organization, “Freedom to Choose,” was inspired by the work of Viktor Frankl and his well-known book “Man’s Search for Meaning.” Fundamental to his teaching was the lesson, hard-won as a survivor of the concentration camps, that every person always has the freedom to choose their response to the events of their life. This lesson serves as a cornerstone of what The Freedom to Choose Project teaches in prison.


From the first workshop in 2004, FTC has been steadily growing to provide programs throughout California. Through our self-study programming, FTC is now serving over 30 prisons.



To be considered, please send a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please summarize how your experience will meet the needs of this position. Thank you for your interest in the life-transforming work that we do!

Email your application to: and please include “Program Assistant” in the subject line.