About Communities In Schools:

At Communities In Schools, we are “all-in” for kids. It is our passion—it is our mission. At the National Office, we collaborate with local affiliate organizations, to provide resources and create communities of caring adults who work hand-in-hand with educators to make sure young people have the tools they need to stay in school and achieve in life. We are the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization, serving 1.5 million students in 2,400 sites across the country. We achieve this mission by hiring bright, creative, and innovative team members who have a passion for what we do.


About the Role:

Under the general supervision of the Vice President of Business Development, the Principal of External Professional Development and Training will lead our efforts to provide training and advisory services. This position will be responsible for adapting our best in class professional development products and resources to help P-16 educators and youth-serving organizations address their student support challenges. 

Strategy Development/Client Engagement (50%)

  • Design, develop, pursue and execute strategies for business development in key markets across the U.S. by refining a business plan and implementing strategy to engage P-16 education agencies and community-based organizations (CBOs) through new professional development opportunities.
  • Meet annual sales goals by managing external relationships with P-16 education and nonprofit leader associations that generates new business and builds a pipeline of external professional development clients. 
  • Develop a process for identifying and coaching appropriate external professional development clients.
  • Partner with the Insights and Innovation Department to evaluate the effectiveness of the work.
  • Maintain business acumen and budgetary responsibilities for the external professional development and training function.

Product Development (50%)

  • Partners with the Branding and Communications team to refine and implement a marketing strategy.  
  • Works to develop products and services that provide value to P-16 education agencies or CBO implementors of integrated student supports.
  • Coordinates with Learning and Practice to effectively deploy trainers/coaches to clients to deliver the professional development services and experience.
  • Reviews client feedback and oversee the continuous development of external professional development products and the creation of new products and services for school districts and CBOs.
  • Partner with CIS’ Technology office to innovate and develop new digital tools and platforms to support effective implementation and on-going engagement of school district learners.

About You:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The successful candidate will have experience working in or with school districts and understand the current trends and objectives of professional development.  Specifically, the candidate will have the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:


  • BS required in Education, School Administration, Business Administration, or Curriculum Development. (Masters degree preferred) 
  • Minimum 6 years of experience in Education.
  • Experience in the areas of organizational development, instructional design, community planning, and/or program development. 
  • Experience in developing and implementing organizational business plans and strategies.
  • Assess professional development needs.
  • Review, select and adapt course materials for a variety of professional development sessions.
  • Coach adult facilitators.
  • Establish and nurture long-term relationships with partners.
  • Ability to lead and work within a cross-functional team environment.
  • Ability to manage against measurable goals; strong track record of delivering measurable results.

Other required skills include but are not limited to:  

  • Deep knowledge and experience with state and local education systems and charter management organizations, community-based organizations.
  • Strong understanding of b2b sales cycles, strategies, and tactics; Experience with outside and inside sales.
  • Advanced PC skills including Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Strong time management and prioritization skills.
  • Proven strength in communication skills (written, verbal, and use of other technologies).
  • Demonstrated strength and proven track record in project management.

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.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  There is the potential for eyestrain from reading detailed printouts and computer screen. The employee frequently is required to sit and use hands and/or fingers to type.  The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk.  Work may include occasional pushing, pulling or carrying objects weighing up to 20 pounds such as files, documents, and computer printouts.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.



What we offer:

Work that makes a difference—the opportunity to contribute to an important mission.

  • A culture recognized by the Non-Profit Times as the #1 Non-Profit Best Place to Work in the United States.
  • Competitive and comprehensive compensation and benefits package.
  • Generous paid time off benefits.
  • Commuter subsidy benefits.


Communities In Schools is committed to a workforce that is representative of the varied communities we are privileged to serve. We provide a work environment that does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, mental or physical disability, genetic information or any other basis protected by applicable law. Communities In Schools prohibits harassment of applicants or employees based on any of these protected categories

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