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Career Opportunities with Communities In Schools (CIS)

Thank you for your interest in Communities In Schools. Below please see our current openings. If there are no openings posted below, please check back periodically to see new listings.

Intensive Case Manager - Reid Park Academy

Job Title: Intensive Case Manager

Status: Full Time

Work Location: Reid Park Academy 


Responsible for the overall planning and management of Communities In Schools’ (CIS) operations at the site and the implementation of CIS’ model of integrating student services. The ICM position serves the most serious levels of concern presented; assists students and the family in gaining access to the highest level of care, described as behavioral, social, and emotional to meet their needs.  ICM work is comprehensive, individualized, person-centered, empowering, strength-based, and outcome focused. This position would receive the initial referral for service and determine the appropriate level of care, making assignment to one of the three identified school-based providers. 


Implementation of the Communities In Schools model of integrated student services:

• Partner with school site teams to collaborate with school administrators, staff and teachers in the implementation of the Communities In Schools model. The site team may include other Communities In Schools employees, volunteers, school staff or faculty and/or other community partners. This process will include the building and nurturing of school staff relations, relationships to school and community, and the engagement of volunteers for the delivery of services.

• Lead and coordinate the delivery of evidence-based services based on best practice and risk factor research. Widely accessible school wide services will be provided to help address identified school-wide needs or to build and reinforce student assets.

• Case manage students through targeted and sustained services that will be coordinated and provided at the school site for specific students who are identified as having the greatest risk of eventually dropping out of school.

• Monitor and adjust services. The LEP ICM will work with the CIS site team to regularly monitor and adjust services, as needed, to maximize effectiveness and impact.

• Evaluate the effectiveness of achieving school and student individualized goals. The LEP ICM will work with the CIS site team(s)/school staff in implementing a systematic data collection plan to evaluate the effectiveness of services.

• Support annual reporting process. Annual end-of-year reports will be provided to school and affiliate leadership, which are instrumental in planning site services for the following year, as well as contributing to affiliate level reports for partners, the CIS State Office and the Communities In Schools National Office.

Provide the following specific support functions:

• Administer attendance, behavioral and academic monitoring/interventions in support of educational success to identified students.

• Compile and complete appropriate school documentation; as well as other appropriate services. Ensure accurate and timely data is entered in CIS Data Management System (CISDM).

• Complete regular home visits, transcript review/determination and data collection from tertiary sources to support students’ on time graduation.

• Work with parents/legal guardians of CIS students to assist and support students’ academic success.

• Assist in removing barriers to success through the coordination of health & critical needs, dental and optometric screening/treatment services to CIS students

• Attend site team meetings, weekly staff meetings, staff development activities and other relevant meetings to assist with student engagement as required.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required:

Aside from having experience in working with school-age children, effective written and verbal communication skills and familiarity with local health and human service agencies, this Intensive Case Manager must possess the knowledge, skills and personal attributes needed to support the critical features of positive youth development settings. These core competencies are as follows:

• Understand and apply basic child and adolescent development principles

• Communicate and develop positive relationships with youth

• Adapt, facilitate and evaluate age appropriate activities with and for the group

• Respect and honor cultural and human diversity

• Involve and empower youth

• Identify potential risk factors with students, families and communities and take measures to reduce those risks

• Care for, involve and work with families and community partners

• Work as part of a team and shows professionalism

• Demonstrate the attributes and qualities of a positive role model

• Interact with and relate to youth in ways that support asset building


Candidates must have at least a bachelor’s degree and 2 years of relevant equivalent experience in education, social work or related field; Master's Degree and/or Social Work licensure preferred. Must have a valid driver’s license, with an acceptable driving record.


Candidates must have:

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Spanish

• Ability to analyze and interpret business periodicals, professional journals, technical manuals, and governmental regulations

• Ability to write and edit reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals

• Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from managers, clients, and the general public, orally and in writing

• Ability to speak effectively to guests, candidates or employees of the organization one on one or in a group setting


The position is located within the Charlotte Mecklenburg area. Regular and satisfactory attendance and punctuality are required.

Criminal background and a driving record check required, must have a valid driver’s license.

SALARY: This position will pay $39,000. - $39,500. annually

To apply for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than January 11, 2017.

Major Gifts Officer

Position: Major Gifts Officer  Status: Full Time
Department: Advancement Location: Charlotte, NC

The Major Gifts Officer will report to the VP of Advancement and his/her primary responsibility will be to raise new funds/revenue for the organization by prospecting, cultivating and securing leadership level donations from Charlotte-Mecklenburg individual donors while managing ongoing a group of assigned new qualified donors so as to ensure new major gift donors are sustained (retention) and upgraded in their giving and involvement with the organization over time. The Major Gifts Officer is expected to be out of the office making calls for the majority of the work week.

The role includes, but is not limited to, the following ongoing primary fundraising responsibilities centered around Donor Identification, Cultivation, Solicitation, and Stewardship:

  • Donor Identification. Will require seasoned experience and resourcefulness to utilize various community resources, tools and his/her network of local contacts to prospect and qualify new potential donors for the organization. This includes reviewing and/or preparing an analysis of factors that assess a prospect’s ability to give to the organization (capacity) and willingness to do so (affinity) and developing individual goals and a development plan for each potential donor. The development plan will serve as the foundational solicitation, communication and marketing plan for each donor. Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for prioritizing leads/prospects for cultivation based upon this information.
  • Cultivation. Responsible for leading the cultivation effort, building valuable relationships with major gifts prospects/donors; may at times work with the VP of Advancement and Executive Director, as needed, depending on development plan for each case. Will have primary responsibility for executing each prospect/donor’s plan on a timely basis so individual gifts are secured and individual donors are retained and/or upgraded over time.
  • Solicitation. Responsible for moving prospects in the donor pipeline through the donor fundraising cycle; determining and making the right ask at the right time for the right prospect. Includes creating proposals and asks, incorporating an appropriate case for support to secure gifts.
  • Stewardship: Working with the CIS Advancement Team, will have the responsibility to continue the relationship after the first donation and steward the donor in order to retain and increase support and engagement.
  • In addition, Major Gifts Officer will prepare monthly reports as required by VP of Advancement that accurately reflect prospect/donor and cultivation activity as well as progress toward performance goals.
  • Must have proven track record, experience and ability to:

- Create reasonable financial goals for each donor based upon donor’s giving history and potential; create a personal contact and ask plan that takes into consideration the individual donor’s interests, motivations, giving patterns, and ask preferences; and execute plan in a cost-effective and timely manner.

- Secure project and organization information in order to create and write effective proposals and asks and/or provide donor with appropriate follow up information on impact.

- Manage process, deadlines and activity while adhering to the policies and procedures of the organization and maintaining a positive and constructive attitude.

- Represent the organization, its brand, mission, values and goals with the highest level of integrity when engaging with the community.

- Record notes, data and other relevant prospect/donor profile information into the donor database with accuracy and timeliness. (Some self-training required using Webinars, guides, etc. in the event Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge experience is limited.)

Working Relationships – This position will work to develop and maintain effective working relationships with the following:

  • Communities In Schools Advancement Team
  • Communities In Schools Leadership and Executive Teams
  • Communities In Schools Staff
  • Communities In Schools Board of Directors
  • Extended Charlotte-Mecklenburg community, particularly individuals with capacity for giving

The statements contained herein describe the scope of the responsibility and essential functions of this position, but should not be considered to be an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other areas to cover absences or relief to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload. Other duties may be assigned by Leadership as required.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to handle, feel and keyboard; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; stoop, kneel, or bend. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close and distance vision.

  • Bachelor's Degree in fields related to, readily adaptable to, or associated with Business and/or Project Management, Sales and/or Fundraising, Resource Development, Client/Donor Relationship Management, or other related area.
  • Extensive familiarity with fundraising - Minimum of five (5) years of proven major gifts fundraising experience; candidate will have encountered various fundraising situations and understands how to apply that experience for the benefit of this organization.
  • Exemplary communicator – Must have successful track record and excel as an intermediary between the organization and major gifts prospects via oral and written interactions including conducting solicitation presentations. Strong communication skills required, including a high-level skill in written as well as verbal communication.
  • Must possess strong project management and sales or fundraising cycle skills and be a self-starter, well organized, detail-oriented, and able to effectively work independently and within a team framework in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must be computer literate in using Microsoft Office, particularly PowerPoint and Excel, and Raiser’s Edge donor software proficiency a plus.
  • Must have exceptional interpersonal skills and an ability to build and maintain strong relationships while fostering a spirit of collaboration with internal colleagues within and across teams as well as external donors, Board members, and other community leaders.
  • This position does require a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.

Special Requirements:

Candidates well qualified for this role will possess the following skills:

  • Ability to be flexible in a work environment often filled with ambiguous situations, numerous projects running concurrently, and limited resources.
  • Ability to manage time, paperwork, and people effectively in a high multi-task environment while spending most of time embedded externally in the community.

The Major Gifts Officer, in conjunction with the Advancement Team and Executive Director, is responsible for raising new revenue and sustaining and upgrading donations for the purpose of fulfilling the organization’s mission in the community. By planning, developing, prospecting, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors, CIS and this position will seek to secure funds and resources to ensure that the annual fundraising goals, mission and values of the organization are realized. This position is critical to the success of the organization in meeting annual fundraising goals as well as the goals of its Strategic Plan 2020.

Starting Salary: $50,000. - $60,000.

If interested, please forward resume, cover letter, and references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax to: 888-428-6525

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