We’re hiring — Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator position open for application!

Edit: The application period is now closed! Thank you for your interest.

The Durland Alternatives Library and Prisoner Express welcomes applications for the part-time position of Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator.

Please see the job description below for more information; the position is 15 hours per week, with a wage of $23 per hour. Start date for the position will be January 15, 2023.

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Library Director Gary Fine at gmf5@cornell.edu. Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2023.


About the Durland Alternatives Library:

The Durland Alternatives Library is a small non-profit library that serves the Ithaca, Cornell, and Tompkins County communities. We work to provide literary resources and library services to these communities, with a particular focus on alternative, educational, and liberatory viewpoints, and with an overall mission to provide resources for social change. Since our establishment in 1974, the library collection has focused on alternatives. The first books were about alternative communities & lifestyles in the 70’s. Our collection has since grown to include a variety of topics, all with themes of social justice, ecology, and transformative action; here at the library, we continue to work towards providing the greater community access to resources for liberatory work.

You can learn more on our websites: Alternatives Library and Prisoner Express.

The Durland Alternatives Library is a project of the Center for Transformative Action (CTA).


Position Overview:

15 hours per week

$23 per hour

The Durland Alternatives Library [DAL] is looking for a motivated Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator to promote new volunteer opportunities and provide guidance to the many existing volunteers of Prisoner Express [PE], and to the patrons of the DAL. Duties of the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator include communicating with volunteers, the general public and the media to highlight the work of PE and DAL using press releases, brochures, social media and email campaigns. The coordinator will promote community events that provide service opportunities for students and community members. The coordinator will assist the project director in fund raising campaigns.

The ideal candidate should be able to communicate with volunteers, staff, and the community, and assist in dealing with volunteer issues and concerns.

Candidate will need to be good at event planning.

Candidate must be able to write clearly, concisely, and persuasively and to communicate the organization's needs to potential volunteers and donors.

Candidate should have the ability to speak in front of a group of people.

Candidate must be able to produce accurate and timely reports of volunteer and outreach activity.

If you have previous experience in demonstrating the above skills, we’d like to meet you.

The Durland Alternatives Library is a project of the Center for Transformative Action (CTA) - a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. If hired, the successful applicant will be an employee of CTA.


  • Create writing emails, letters, and other communications to keep volunteers informed and engaged
  • Organize volunteer events at the Alternatives Library and other locations.
  • Maintain active lists of all volunteers and regularly communicate with them through social media and other electronic communication.
  • Monitor and encourage online volunteer opportunities.
  • Highlight the work of Prisoner Express volunteers in blog posts and other social media
  • Oversee circulation desk responsibilities on shifts when scheduled at the Alternatives Library.
  • Assist Library Director in creating an annual outreach plan and calendar of events focused on PE volunteers and the general public to learn more about the Alternative Library and Prisoner Express.


  • Experience in volunteering and recruitment.
  • Working knowledge of databases.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organization and team-building skills

How to Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to Gary Fine at gmf5@cornell.edu

Applications accepted until 11/15/23

Start date for position is 1/15/24

CTA is an equal opportunity employer. Employees are hired based on their merit, ability, experience, and training without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, familial status, marital status, age, mental or physical disability, size, religious affiliation, genetic make-up, military/veteran status, domestic violence victim/survivor status, sexual and other reproductive health decisions, or past participation in the discrimination complaint process. We are committed to being an inclusive organization and encourage people from diverse communities to apply.

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Gary Fine

Gary Fine founded Prisoner Express as a project of the Durland Alternatives Library 15 years ago when he was the assistant librarian. Since then PE has grown to over 4,000 members participating in the exchange of letters, writing, poetry, and art.