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As the nation's leading dropout prevention organization, CIS is changing the picture of education for our students and participants. Our team of diverse, positive leaders help keep kids in school, eliminate barriers to success and open doors of opportunity. We are the most effective dropout-prevention organization embedded in schools serving students everyday. We are All In for Kids!

Communities In Schools (CIS) received a Top Workplace Award in Charlotte in 2017, recognizing CIS for its positive work life and culture, as well as receiving the 2017 Neighborhood Leadership Award for Community Service by the City of Charlotte. 

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Any CIS job opportunities will be listed below. If there are no openings posted below, please check back periodically to see new openings.


Youth Development Coordinator - Ranson

Position Available: Youth Development Coordinator (YDC)
Job Status: Exempt / Full Time / 12-Month Position
Department/Location: Ranson

Primary Function: Responsible for the planning and management of Communities In Schools operations at the site and the implementation of the Communities In Schools model of integrating student services. The Youth Development Coordinator position will identify and assess the needs of enrolled students. This position will work directly with students and families to improve attendance, academics, and behavior: Connecting school content to real world experiences, reinforcing positive patterns, character development, and discovering intrinsic motivation

Major Areas of Responsibility:
 Collaborates 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, schools 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 volunteer for the delivery of services.
 Member of the school support team that develops the annual school needs assessment. This process will be based on such sources as data collected by school districts and schools as part of overall school improvement initiatives, surveys and discussions with staff, parents and students, and evaluation results from the previous year.
 Lead the development and implementation of the school support plan. The plan will include measurable objectives, as well as procedures for delivering school-wide services, targeted and sustained services, monitoring and adjusting services, and evaluating and reporting effectiveness.
 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.
 Monitoring and adjust services. The Youth Development Coordinator will lead the CIS site team in regularly monitoring and adjusting services as needed to maximize effectiveness and impact.
 Evaluate the effectiveness at achieving school and student individualized goals. The Youth Development Coordinator will lead the CIS site team in implementing a systematic data collection plan to evaluate the effectiveness of services in achieving school-wide goals and addressing the needs of individual students.
 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 state office and the Communities In Schools National Office.
 Lead and coordinate the delivery of evidence-based services based on best practice and risk factor research. Services provided should fall within the framework of Academic, Behavior Coursework and Parent Engagement (ABC+P).
 Complete appropriate documents relative to capturing services provided to students within seven days of service delivery. Ensure accurate and timely data is entered in CIS Student Database System (CISDM).

Specific Functions:
 Identify students to administer attendance, behavioral and academic monitoring/interventions in support of educational success.
 Plan and organize student-training opportunities to observe, teach and reinforce pro-social behaviors and life skills using community resources/support.
 Work with parents of CIS students to assist and support students’ academic success, as well as career planning and training.
 Assist in removing academic barriers through coordination of health & critical needs, dental and optometric screening/treatment services to CIS students.
 Communicate regularly with teachers and/or counselors seeking their support and advice, so as to create a cooperative relationship to support students.
 Conduct school support team meetings, attend weekly school staff meetings, staff development activities and other relevant meetings to assist with student engagement as required.

Job Requirements:
 Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or related field, Master’s preferred, Social Work Licensure preferred.
 Minimum of 2 years of successful experience working in social work and/or counseling required, experience working with school-age children and in school environment preferred.
 Previous case management; experience screening, triaging, and the referral process; familiarity with local health and human service agencies.
 Capacity for creative problem solving, conflict resolution, and violence prevention, with experience conducting presentations/workshops for groups.
 Exceptional interpersonal skills and an ability to build and maintain strong relationships while fostering a spirit of collaboration with internal colleagues and external partners; with students, parents, and school personnel.
 Possess strong time and project management skills; have specific examples of such work: self-starter, well- organized, detail-oriented, the ability to effectively work independently and within a team framework in a fast-paced environment.
 Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to write/edit reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
 Experience working with Microsoft office.
 Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds.
 Self-motivated with the ability to work independently.
 A valid NC driver’s license and an acceptable driving record.

Contact Information: Please submit a resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Volunteer and Community Engagement Associate
Job Title: Volunteer & Community Engagement Associate
Status: Full Time / Exempt/12 Month
Department: Advancement
Reports To: Director, Resource Development
 
SUMMARY
The Volunteer and Community Engagement Associate is responsible for creating volunteer and community engagement opportunities which support the needs of CIS students and leverages effectively the time and resources of individuals and community and corporate groups. The Associate recruits, places, coordinates, manages and provides continuous cultivation of volunteers by working with the CIS Social Capital Coordinators and 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, volunteer web portals, speaking engagements, United Way and other work place campaigns, Chamber, corporate fairs, and other opportunities.
 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
 Oversee and enhance the entire CIS volunteer platform including the CIS Success Coach mentoring program.
 Oversee recruitment, application process, orientation, on-boarding and other continuing education training, support and retention and recognition of all CIS volunteers. Incorporate the “Developmental Relationships Framework” in community connections and relationships with our students.
 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 relevant community initiative meetings.
 Manage the volunteer pre-screening process, including volunteer interviews and background checks and 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. Ensure opportunities are tailored to meet the needs of students enrolled in the respective CIS differentiated service role.
 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.
 Actively share and coordinate community engagement and connection opportunities for students with the team.
 Develop and generate periodic reports of volunteer activity for site staff, board meetings, and any grants requesting this information.
 Manage budget 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 electronic newsletters and social media platforms to support volunteers and assist with growing the CIS community network and donor base.
 Represent CIS on community volunteer and mentoring platforms.
 Serve as CIS liaison for established partner collaborations such as tutoring programs, SHARE Charlotte, etc.
Cultivation and Management of Partner In-Kind Resources
 Accountability for process, documentation in Raiser’s Edge, appropriate distribution and acknowledgement of in-kind donations of goods and services.
 Cultivate new in-kind donors and steward existing relationships.
 Support of Total CIS Program
 
This position will work to create and maintain working relationships with the:
 Communities In Schools Leadership Team
 Communities In Schools Site Coordinators and other school team personnel
 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Volunteer Coordinator and Partnership Office
 Volunteer Coordinators from local colleges, agencies and corporations
 Communities In Schools Board of Directors
 
This job description reflects essential functions and does not limit the tasks which may be assigned.
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 from time to time to cover absences or relief to equalize peak work periods. Other duties may be assigned by Advancement/Development Team 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. Employee will be expected to drive a vehicle including a 15 passenger van.
Employee must have the ability to work before/after hours and/or weekend, as needed.
 
QUALIFICATIONS
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.
These core competencies are as follows:
 Strong interpersonal communication skills (written and verbal) with ability to establish relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders.
 Ability to develop and lead training sessions for volunteers including mentors.
 Ability to motivate and influence others.
 Strong judgement skills.
 Independent worker with strong organizational skills and project management skills.
 Adept at relating to the corporate, faith and civic community with ability to contextualize various stakeholder situations.
 Awareness of cultural competency.
 Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point office software with ability to build/utilize a database. Raiser’s Edge software experience a plus.
 Ability to analyze and synthesize data.
 
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Candidates must have at least a bachelor’s degree and one year of relevant experience in public administration, social services, psychology or education or related field and demonstrated success in building community partnerships. Must have a valid driver’s license and automobile insurance, with an acceptable driving record.
 
If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Youth Development Coordinator - Ashley Park

Position Available: Youth Development Coordinator (YDC)
Job Status: Exempt / Full Time / 12-Month Position
Department/Location: Ashley Park School

Primary Function: Responsible for the planning and management of Communities In Schools operations at the site and the implementation of the Communities In Schools model of integrating student services. The Youth Development Coordinator position will identify and assess the needs of enrolled students. This position will work directly with students and families to improve attendance, academics, and behavior: Connecting school content to real world experiences, reinforcing positive patterns, character development, and discovering intrinsic motivation

Major Areas of Responsibility:
 Collaborates 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, schools 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 volunteer for the delivery of services.
 Member of the school support team that develops the annual school needs assessment. This process will be based on such sources as data collected by school districts and schools as part of overall school improvement initiatives, surveys and discussions with staff, parents and students, and evaluation results from the previous year.
 Lead the development and implementation of the school support plan. The plan will include measurable objectives, as well as procedures for delivering school-wide services, targeted and sustained services, monitoring and adjusting services, and evaluating and reporting effectiveness.
 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.
 Monitoring and adjust services. The Youth Development Coordinator will lead the CIS site team in regularly monitoring and adjusting services as needed to maximize effectiveness and impact.
 Evaluate the effectiveness at achieving school and student individualized goals. The Youth Development Coordinator will lead the CIS site team in implementing a systematic data collection plan to evaluate the effectiveness of services in achieving school-wide goals and addressing the needs of individual students.
 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 state office and the Communities In Schools National Office.
 Lead and coordinate the delivery of evidence-based services based on best practice and risk factor research. Services provided should fall within the framework of Academic, Behavior Coursework and Parent Engagement (ABC+P).
 Complete appropriate documents relative to capturing services provided to students within seven days of service delivery. Ensure accurate and timely data is entered in CIS Student Database System (CISDM).

Specific Functions:
 Identify students to administer attendance, behavioral and academic monitoring/interventions in support of educational success.
 Plan and organize student-training opportunities to observe, teach and reinforce pro-social behaviors and life skills using community resources/support.
 Work with parents of CIS students to assist and support students’ academic success, as well as career planning and training.
 Assist in removing academic barriers through coordination of health & critical needs, dental and optometric screening/treatment services to CIS students.
 Communicate regularly with teachers and/or counselors seeking their support and advice, so as to create a cooperative relationship to support students.
 Conduct school support team meetings, attend weekly school staff meetings, staff development activities and other relevant meetings to assist with student engagement as required.

Job Requirements:
 Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or related field, Master’s preferred, Social Work Licensure preferred.
 Minimum of 2 years of successful experience working in social work and/or counseling required, experience working with school-age children and in school environment preferred.
 Previous case management; experience screening, triaging, and the referral process; familiarity with local health and human service agencies.
 Capacity for creative problem solving, conflict resolution, and violence prevention, with experience conducting presentations/workshops for groups.
 Exceptional interpersonal skills and an ability to build and maintain strong relationships while fostering a spirit of collaboration with internal colleagues and external partners; with students, parents, and school personnel.
 Possess strong time and project management skills; have specific examples of such work: self-starter, well- organized, detail-oriented, the ability to effectively work independently and within a team framework in a fast-paced environment.
 Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to write/edit reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
 Experience working with Microsoft office.
 Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds.
 Self-motivated with the ability to work independently.
 A valid NC driver’s license and an acceptable driving record.

Contact Information: Please submit a resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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