At Communities In Schools® (CIS™), we believe that every student, regardless of race, gender, ability, zip code, or socioeconomic background has what they need to realize their full potential in school and beyond. We walk by their side, in their communities, to challenge the systems and barriers that stand between them and their success in life. We achieve this mission by hiring bright, creative, and innovative team members who have a passion for what we do. At the National Office we 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 cultivating a culture where each employee is recognized and valued for one’s unique contributions. We intentionally build experiences, provide space for individual and group voices across multiple dimensions and 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.


The Specialist, reporting to the Principal, Institutional Giving, provides core support to the institutional fundraising (corporate and private foundations) work of the Advancement team. This position serves as the backbone to the Institutional Giving team by researching funders, maintaining and developing our prospective funder pipeline, creating content to keep funders informed of our work, and helping the institutional giving team track and plan funder communication and grant-related activities.

This position is primarily internal-facing but participates in some front-line fundraising activities such as fielding inbound funder inquiries, and providing some grant reporting directly to funders. This person should be able to quickly uncover funder trends, identify mission alignment, have great research and writing skills, and stay organized while managing multiple tasks. The Specialist is energized by having a wide range of projects to work on and opportunities to support people across the team. This person should be able to receive coaching and direction and work well independently, be highly adaptable, systems oriented, and extremely organized.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with differing abilities to perform the essential functions.

• Grant & Partnership Reporting & Communication: Coordinating/composing grant reports and supporting proposal development including coordinating with members of the program, research/evaluation, and marketing/communications teams. Compose monthly funder email. 30%

• Funder research: including making recommendations on whether funders have giving capacity and mission alignment, composing research briefs, responding to research requests from Principles, Sr. Principals, Chiefs and board members. Support development of presentation decks and one sheets. 30%

• Maintaining Institutional Giving pipeline: Including task tracking, reports, data, and Salesforce integration. 20%

• Front-line fundraising: Working directly with funder including fielding inbound inquiries. 10%

• Event coordination support. Including, donor/sponsor recognition, funder site visits and similar experiences, in coordination with the Principal, Events. 10%

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 the supervisor as required.


Not Applicable. This position does not supervise any direct reports. REQUIRED


  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum three years of professional experience or the equivalent work experience in corporate/institutional/fundraising in a non-profit environment.
  • Fluency in areas of race equity and social justice as it relates to education and youth development .
  • Understanding of, or demonstrated ability to quickly learn, trends in the education sector and the Communities In Schools model of integrated student supports.
  • Knowledge of private foundation and corporate philanthropy landscape and trends.
  • Outstanding writing and copyediting skills • Prospect research strategies and tactics.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.
  • Prior use of Salesforce a plus.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and cross functionally and develop relationships with colleagues across departments.
  • Represent the organization well to external stakeholders.
  • Effective working in Diverse teams.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters.


Minimal travel required; less than 10%.


  • 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.