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.

At CIS we are committed to cultivating an engaged culture where all are recognized and valued for their contributions. We intentionally build experiences, provide space for individual and group voices across multiple dimensions.  We also hold the following talent beliefs: 

       Every staff member is passionate and committed to our mission. Our work is grounded in the success of our students.

       Our decisions and priorities are guided by how we can fulfill our mission and serve kids with quality.

       As a National Office, we have a duty to live our values and integrate principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion across our organization and lead by example.

In turn, we are committed to continuously improving decision making, incentivizing creativity, and building engagement. We do this by building a diverse workforce, fostering a climate of inclusion and shaping business practices and policies that promote equity.


About the Role: (*The position is on hold through July 1. Still accepting applications.)

The Program Manager of Learning and Practice works to provide up-to-date professional development and continuous learning opportunities to the CIS network. Reporting to the Director, Learning and Practice, this key position is responsible for having a strong grasp of national office resources, management of the CIS national resource center, the elements of integrated student supports, partnership cultivation, evaluation, execution, and adaptive replication.

Responsibilities include providing project management oversight for strategic initiatives, support in operationalizing virtual learning opportunities for the CIS network and partners, support the execution of a network-facing communication strategy, and lead core planning elements of an annual conference for 250+ participants, including content curation, logistics, and communications support.

*This position is expected to work on-site, at our National office, and is not eligible for remote accommodations outside of our standard benefits.

About You:

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, skills and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Required skills & qualifications:

       Bachelor’s degree required

       Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience

       User-centered design thinking

       Project Management

       Demonstrate collaborative practices

       Proficient with Microsoft Office

      Experience in designing, managing and executing project management planning 

       Knowledge Management experience/skills

        Coordinate change management strategies

       Cultural competencies/humility

       Communication skills – written and verbal

       Proficient writing skills

       High emotional intelligence


Preferred skills:

       Adult learning theory (preferred)



Primary Duties & Responsibilities:


20% - Lead in the re-design, re-launch, and maintenance of user-experience of the CIS National Office National Resource Center as integrated into an Association Management System (AMS).


20% - Lead core planning elements of annual program directors conference for 250+ participants, including content curation, logistics planning, communications support, and experience design.


15% - Provide project management oversight for strategic initiatives.


15% - Support the execution of a network-facing communication strategy related to resource promotion and adoption.


10% - Collaborate on the design of and manage the Learning & Practice adoption tracking metrics dashboard.


10% - Lead portions of the creation and execution of a network-wide, research-informed adoption strategy for CIS National Office learning and practice agenda.


10% - Support in operationalizing virtual learning opportunities for the CIS network and partners through collective impact initiatives, network support offerings, and other projects as they develop.



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 regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  




 10-25% travel


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