Production & Program Coordinator - Freedom Reads

Applicants must apply for this position via the Yale STARS website.

The mission of Freedom Reads is to harness the power of literature to counter what prison does to the spirit, supporting the efforts of people in prison to deepen and envision their lives in new ways through expanding access to books, writers and performing artists.

We seek a highly motivated, team-oriented professional to join our small, dynamic staff. Primary responsibilities will be to coordinate with state prison officials to facilitate the installation of Freedom Libraries. The Production & Program Coordinator will also directly support Reginald Dwayne Betts, the founding Director, in touring his original solo theater piece through participating prisons nationwide.

This is a full-time, yearly renewable position based at Yale Law School, out of which Freedom Reads operates. Proximity to New Haven, Connecticut for infrequent in-person meetings, as well as the availability to travel 5-10 days a month, are essential.

The ideal candidate deeply values books and creative expression; and possesses an insight into the experience of incarceration.

Key Roles and Responsibilities:

Production Responsibilities

  • Assists in coordinating 20-state, 60-prison tour of Felon: An American Washi Tale.
  • Accompanies Reginald Dwayne Betts (performer/writer) on site to serve as touring stage manager for the show (5-10 days touring a month).
  • Interfaces with local prison contact, works with Dwayne to set up any tech/set elements, runs technical run-through, takes responsibility for set up of props/costumes before each performance, engages with audience.
  • In community venue, university, or theater, oversees the organization and design of the stage space, sets up props and costumes, instructs lighting, sound, and technical team, calls or runs the show as appropriate, engages with audiences. Addresses and resolves any technical difficulties during rehearsal and performances.

Program Responsibilities

  • Support the Project Manager in outreach and relationship building with Departments of Corrections at each step of the Freedom Library implementation process.
  • Manage a portfolio of four-six states and the partner institutions therein.
  • Coordinate and conduct meetings with high-level DOC officials.
  • Assist in the development and management of timelines and benchmarks as related to the installation of Freedom Libraries in each state.
  • Assist with management and execution of adjacent project areas, including but limited to the Book Circle Project, the production of the Freedom Takes Podcast, special events, and communications with our stakeholders.
  • Compose substantive correspondence and promotional/informational material.

Essential Duties

1. Assume primary responsibility for safety and support of designated undergraduate productions.

2. Participate in development and implementation of production policies that ensure safe working conditions and high organizational and artistic standards for undergraduate productions.

3. Provide students and faculty with day-to-day guidance regarding technical issues and compliance with safety regulations.

4. Coordinate with staff in safety offices at Yale, including Environmental Health and Safety and Fire Code Compliance.

5. Train, mentor, and supervise students during strikes, load-ins, and supervised tech rehearsals.

6. Hire, train, and oversee undergraduate and graduate student employees.

7. Maintain and improve designated theater equipment and facilities.

8. Lead several technical theater workshops per year.

9. Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience: Bachelor's degree in theater and a minimum of 3 years of related experience; or the equivalent combination of education or experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1: Experience with Microsoft Office Suite & basic project management software, QLab, Auto CAD, Vectorworks, Lightwright a plus.

Required Skill/Ability 2: Strong written and verbal communication skills and a proven ability to work within an organization emphasizing teamwork, accountability and excellence.

Required Skill/Ability 3: Highly organized with the ability to prioritize workload and meet deadlines.

Required Skill/Ability 4: Comfort and grace in communicating with the gamut of stakeholders from Department of Correction personnel to incarcerated program participants to book authors.

Required Skill/Ability 5: Flexibility, responsiveness to feedback; “growth-minded” with readiness to learn new things.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills: BA/BS in English/Literature, Theater, the Humanities otherwise, or a social science. 3 years non-profit or related professional experience, with strong references. Experience in theater production management, tech familiarity desirable. Low ego, more invested in outcomes and team success than individual credit. Passion for the mission of Freedom Reads.


Research Associate

The Justice Collaboratory is an interdisciplinary group of scholars at Yale University and beyond, led by Professors Tracey Meares and Tom Tyler. Our goal is to apply the latest ideas in the social sciences to inform policy and institutional design. Historically, much of our work has involved researching public trust in legal authorities and the popular legitimacy of the criminal justice system.

We are currently inviting applications for a Research Associate position. This position is intended for individuals who are interested in working in the intersection between academia and public policy, who are passionate about social justice and committed to impactful research.

Candidates should preferably hold a graduate degree (in Psychology, Criminology, Sociology, Urban Planning, or related field). Their expertise may encompass different elements of behavioral science, social science and the study of legal institutions. For example, their area of work may include or be related to: the perceived legitimacy of public institutions; community safety and well-being; or the evaluation of criminal justice policies, among other related topics.

The Research Associate will work on a range of tasks which may include but are not limited to:

  1. Research, data management and analysis:
  • Cleaning, coding, merging, and preparing data files for analysis using statistical or general programming software (e.g., Python, R, SAS, SPSS, STATA, or similar)
  • Conducting quantitative analysis, carrying out descriptive and/or multivariate statistical analysis, running diagnostic and/or sensitivity analyses, analyzing datasets, drafting research instruments, helping administer surveys, conducting case record reviews;
  • Conducting state-of-the-art literature reviews;
  • Synthesizing and interpreting findings.
  1. Using research analysis to inform recommendations of policy and practices:
  • Designing and creating reports, dashboards, and other types of data visualization and project deliverables for practitioners and larger audiences;
  • Working closely with government agencies, community partners and other project collaborators on all aspects of the work.

We would love to hear from you if:

  • You have familiarity with a range of research methods and strong quantitative skills (experience with survey research is a plus);
  • You have completed or are completing a graduate degree in public policy, criminal justice/criminology, psychology, political science, sociology, urban planning, or other related fields;
  • You have 2 or more years of research experience;
  • You are proficient with at least one statistical software package or language (e.g., Python, R, SAS, SPSS, STATA, or similar);
  • You have experience collecting and working with administrative data (experience with criminal justice data a plus);
  • You have experience translating analytical and research findings into policy and practice recommendations;
  • You are deadline driven, have excellent time management skills and are able to multitask;
  • You are committed to accuracy and pay attention to details;
  • You have excellent writing skills;
  • You are a team player and flexible collaborator.

What to expect:

The Research Associate will have the opportunity to participate in Yale’s vibrant academic community, receive mentoring from our senior faculty, gain research experience and author manuscripts for academic publications (if interested). They will be expected to be involved in and contribute to ongoing and upcoming research projects led by the Justice Collaboratory.

This is a full-time appointment located in New Haven, CT. We are currently working remote but expect to be back in the office in the Fall of 2021.

Salary is commensurate with experience and we offer top-tier employee benefits including comprehensive medical/dental/vision insurance; generous vacation and personal days, paid sick leave, pre-tax benefits for transit and healthcare costs, family/parental leave, life insurance, retirement plan with employer contribution, and positive work/life balance.

Applicants should submit a one-page cover letter describing their interest in this position, a CV, a writing sample (up to 10 pages) and full contact information for three references. Please collate all these documents into a single PDF file. Applications should be addressed to Prof. Tom Tyler and Prof. Tracey Meares and sent to the care of our project coordinator, Ms. Molly Aunger ( no later than August 31, 2021.