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:

As a member of Learning and Practice, the Program Manager of Learning and Practice works to provide up-to-date professional development and continuous learning opportunities to the CIS network.


This role brings knowledge of instructional design, adult learning, learning technology and learning programs management competencies to independently develop learning resources and experiences. The Program Manager, Learning & Practice is a key position on the Learning & Practice team that will be responsible for having a strong grasp of national office resources, the elements of integrated student supports, evaluation, execution, and adaptive replication.


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 in related field.
  •  Five to seven years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.
  •  Strong understanding of adult learning strategies and training theories utilizing best practices required.



Preferred knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Experience with Instructional design and Curriculum design.
  • Learning Management System Experience.
  • Proficiency using key software including Microsoft Office, Sharepoint, and Outlook.
  • Strong communication and writing abilities with a keen attention to detail.
  • Team player with great communication skills that can collaborate and/or lead projects when necessary.
  • Should be a self-starter with the ability to problem solve when needed.
  • Learning and Instructional Design qualifications and certifications *preferred.


Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

 25% - Write, design, edit, and project-manage the development of new and existing learning resources, engagements and student programming. Learning strategies and programs can include, but are not limited to, virtual and in-person instructor-led trainings, web-based trainings, courses, and videos.

 15% - Work collaboratively with and manage potential contracts of network practitioners, contractors and subject matter experts to create learning programs, resources and engagements that advance organizational goals.

 10% - Manage data tracking and reporting processes to inform learning and practice agenda.

 10% - Informs and updates learning product life-cycle calendar.

 10% - Deliver, as needed, a core set of instructor-led trainings related to the CIS Model and the Learning and Practice Agenda.

 10% - Analyze and evaluate learning products and experiences based on methods and models approved by the CIS evaluation team.

 10% - Support as needed the execution of a network-wide, research-informed adoption strategy for CIS National Office learning and practice agenda.

 5% - Assist with meeting all requirements in order to maintain CIS credentialing with accrediting bodies.

 5% - Based on the priorities of the student supports department and learning and practice agenda, contribute to strategic initiatives as needed.



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.  



TRAVEL: 10-25% travel required.



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