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:

Reporting to the Director, Institutional Giving (currently vacant), the Program Manager, Institutional Giving, is responsible for stewarding CIS’ portfolio of highest-value corporate and foundation funders – the backbone of our national-level support. This role will manage the full grant function beginning with proposal kick off meetings, organizing deadlines with program staff to writing and submission and grant reporting of multi-year grants.

The ideal candidate is someone who has worked with large-scale grants and partnerships and has demonstrated effectiveness in managing the funding cycle from start to finish. We are seeking a natural relationship-builder, with strong writing skills, and an ability to communicate with teams across the organization to create a streamlined and successful grant management program. Core responsibilities include proposal development and writing, reporting tracking and creation, and management of current grants to ensure fulfillment aligns with both funder and CIS priorities.


About You:

You’re a seasoned fundraiser with a strong track record in developing proposals for institutional donors that reflect an organization’s needs and priorities. You’re passionate, entrepreneurial, and motivated by data and results. 


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 with 3-5 years of grant writing experience.
  • Organization, efficiency, and timeliness in project management and delivery, meeting preparation, and facilitation.
  • Ability to translate complex organizational priorities into compelling funding opportunities with donors, and relay information to a variety of stakeholders. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse staff across departments.
  • Significant experience in grant writing and editing.
  • Experience utilizing CRM record tracking. *Salesforce experience a plus.

Preferred skills:

Salesforce, Monday Platform, and/or other collaboration tools are a plus


Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • 50% - Grants calendar management (track stewardship activities, grant cycles and renewal process, reporting).
  • 25% - Proposal Development –Collaborate with Principal, Institutional Giving and Program Team in the development of funder proposals for new and existing funders.
  • 25% - Prospect Research – conduct targeted research to identify new institutional funders and help grow the existing portfolio of funders.


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.


TRAVEL: 5%


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.