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

Communities In Schools is seeking an Associate, Individual Giving who will serve as a critical member of the External Engagement team in support of Advancement’s donor engagement efforts. The Associate oversees all aspects of the gift management cycle and ensures organizational data in the Salesforce CRM is up to date. Reporting to the Director, Individual Giving, this position will help cultivate a major and mid-level gift pipeline through donor identification, research, and the preparation of briefings and reports for senior leadership. The Associate also assists in the coordination of regular outreach to supporters and monthly donors and serves as primary point of contact for general inquiries.

An ability to quickly adapt to shifting needs within the department and stay organized while managing multiple tasks is necessary. The right candidate will be energized by having a wide range of projects to work on to support colleagues across the Advancement team. This person should be able to receive coaching and direction, work well independently, be highly adaptable, systems oriented, and extremely organized.

NOTE:  ONLY Applicants in the DMV area will be considered due to in-office responsibilities.

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

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

·         Perform gift entry for all gifts by individual donors, including coding checks, batching donations, and processing acknowledgments within established timeframes.

·         Maintain compliance with defined procedures to ensure security of check and credit card information.

·         Ensure data integrity within the Salesforce CRM/related applications by reviewing data, creating campaigns, deduping records, and generating reports.

·         Support the Individual Giving team in the coordination of outreach to supporters, monthly donors, and prospects. Assist in the production of fundraising and stewardship communications, both in print and online.

·         Conduct donor/prospect research, prepare briefings, and assist with drafting letters and proposals.

·         Formulate, design, and develop reports, tools, and analyses to enable informed decision making in fundraising and the donor experience.

·         Serve as primary point of contact for general constituent inquiries.


Minimal travel required.

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 and 2-3 years of professional experience or the equivalent work experience in a non-profit setting in fundraising.

         Understanding of, or demonstrated ability to quickly learn, trends in the education sector and the Communities In Schools model of integrated student supports.

         Excellent verbal and written communications skills with meticulous attention to detail and accuracy. Ability to write reports and business correspondence.

         Ability to gather, understand and synthesize information from a variety of sources, and analyze and interpret documents such as grant proposals and presentations.

         The capacity to work well with a diverse range of individuals and give exceptional attention to relationship management and collaboration. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from various groups.

         Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters.

         Proficiency with MS Office, including Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint required.

         Proficiency with CRMs (Salesforce experience preferred) and experience maintaining a constituent database and related systems.

         Ability to take a strategic approach to problem-solving.

         Strong organizational and time - management skills; close attention to deadlines and the capacity to work on several projects simultaneously.

What We Offer:

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

·         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.