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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.

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

Volunteer and Community Engagement Associate

Position Available:   Volunteer and Community Engagement Assoc.

Department/Location:   Development/Central Office

Job Status:   Non-Exempt / Full Time


Primary Function:  Responsible for creating volunteer opportunities which support the needs of CIS students and leverages effectively the time and resources of individual, community and corporate groups. The Associate recruits, places, coordinates, manages and provides continuous cultivation of volunteers by working with other development team members and program staff.  The Associate will retain and prospect volunteers through partnerships with corporations, civic groups, communities of faith, local colleges and universities, and other local organizations.  The Associate is also responsible for cultivating other individual volunteers and volunteer groups in the community through the agency website, speaking engagements, United Way, Chamber, corporate fairs, and other opportunities.

Major Areas of Responsibility: 

• Oversee recruitment, application process, orientation, on-boarding and other continuing education training, support and retention and recognition of all CIS volunteers and the CIS Internship Program. 

• Regularly assess internal policies, procedures, tools, and other resources for volunteer recruitment, staff and volunteer training, data management, communication and support, volunteer-student matching, volunteer program evaluation, and recognition. 

• Identify, participate in and evaluate the effectiveness of various recruitment efforts, including representation at Volunteer/Community Fairs, postings on volunteer recruitment websites, and attendance at service initiative committee meetings in the community.

• Manage the volunteer pre-screening process, including volunteer interviews, background checks, and reference checks for those who may interact directly with children, working with CMS as needed and notifying program staff when volunteers have been approved. 

• Coordinate with CIS Programming Staff to assess needs for volunteers for each school site and/or program and tailor recruitment activities and volunteer  placement to match the program/school needs to the interests, skills, schedules, and location of individual volunteers.

• Maintain and build relationships with all CIS Site and Program Coordinators, CMS Office of Strategic Partnerships, CMS school site staff ,where appropriate, as well as the volunteer coordinators of corporate/civic/college organizations.

• Provide and monitor accurate information for Volunteer Database maintained in Raiser’s Edge

• Work with Director to develop and generate periodic reports of volunteer activity for site staff, board meetings, and any grants requesting this information. 

• Provide input and monitor expenditures for volunteer training and appreciation budget.

• Provide ongoing updates to Public Relations/Marketing Director for print and digital media, such as the CIS Website, CIS print and email newsletters, Facebook page, and Twitter to support volunteers and assist with growing the CIS community network and donor base.

• Represent CIS on community volunteer and mentoring platforms. 

• Assist Advancement Team with developing and launching a young professionals group.

• Serve as CIS liaison for established partner collaborations such as tutoring programs, SHARE Charlotte, etc.

• Accountability for process, documentation in Raiser’s Edge, acknowledgement and execution of in-kind donations of goods and services.

• Cultivate new in-kind donors and steward existing relationships.

Job Requirements: 

• Bachelor’s degree, preferably in public administration, social services, psychology or education; 

• Exceptional interpersonal skills and a proven ability to build and maintain strong relationships while fostering a spirit of collaboration with internal colleagues and external volunteers and partners; must be able to lead training sessions and represent CIS in community or other public forms;

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to write/edit reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals;

• Independent worker with strong project management skills;

Familiarity with local community and volunteer resources; and

• Experience working with Microsoft Office; Raiser’s Edge software experience a plus. 

Contact Information:  Please resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by February 28, 2017 



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