Classification Description

TITLE: Family Preservation Project Coordinator

CLASS: Academic Professional





The Family Preservation Project Coordinator provides leadership, coordination and oversight of the day-to-day activities in the Family Preservation Project and the Family Resource Center housed within the Coffee Creek Correctional Institution.  The Project and Center provide a variety of education, social services, workshops and intensive case management designed to help incarcerated mothers, their children and caregivers to break intergenerational cycles of poverty, addiction and criminal justice involvement. 

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES (Includes some or all of the following)

  1. Lead, coordinate and provide oversight regarding the day-to-day activities and training of the Family Preservation Project and staff. Direct student, work study, casual and volunteer staff. Hire and train student workers to carryout programs, tutoring/instructional support and other activities to promote learning and development. Participate in performance evaluations and corrective action with staff.
  2. Coordinate the delivery of information and assistance to inmates and their families seeking support through the Family Preservation Project and the Family Resource Center, (for example, referrals to community resources information, crisis intervention, case management, and community organizations).
  3. Coordinate recruitment, enrollment and retention of inmate mothers seeking assistance from the Family Resource Center, and provide case management for program participants.
  4. Provide transition and re-entry services, information, and assistance to women returning to the community from prison, including intervening in multiple systems to ensure a successful transition out of incarceration.   
  5. Plan and monitor budget for the Family Preservation Project and Family Resource Center located within the correctional institution, in collaboration with the Director.
  6. Initiate and coordinate the development of grant proposals and solicit donations that advance program goals.  Oversee implementation of grants and donations awarded to the project to ensure grant guidelines are being followed. Works with local government and state agencies to advocate for legislation and secure on-going funding for the program. 
  7. Acts as a liaison to community partners and relevant government agencies to ensure that that the goals of the Family Preservation Project are being met.
  8. Participate in program planning and development to include oversight of annual evaluation of program, gathering and analyzing data to inform partners regarding program design and service delivery and represents the program to workgroups and conferences for internal and external partners.
  9. Perform other related duties as assigned.


Work is performed in a correctional facility and in multiple office settings.  Incumbent may regularly drive to office sites or other state facilities.  Occasional extended periods of time sitting at a computer.


Ability to travel to various sites and transport materials may be required. 


Bachelor’s degree in Counseling, Social Work, or Psychology required. Experience performing the duties of this job may substitute for the degree requirement on a year for year basis.

Demonstrated clinical experience mediating, coordinating and facilitating services for disenfranchised populations.  Experience working with women and families in a case management and clinical setting. 


  • Knowledge of working within the criminal justice system at the local, state and federal level
  • Knowledge of state legislative processes
  • Knowledge of  advocacy resources for women and children
  • Knowledge of current and emerging mental health and counseling issues
  • Knowledge of family and parenting reconciliation programs and techniques
  • Knowledge of state and College budget guidelines
  • Knowledge of staff leadership and program development principles
  • Skill in operating a computer and various software techniques
  • Skill in defining and conducting case management for at risk populations
  • Skill in managing multiple case loads
  • Ability to work with ethnically and culturally diverse populations within a correctional setting
  • Ability to conduct needs assessments for inmates and determine best treatment and transition options for mothers and their families
  • Ability to effectively communicate in oral and written form

NEW: 12/12