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 Program Manager, Institutional Giving role is an exciting opportunity for a fundraising professional to work alongside a team committed to growing Communities In School’s private and corporate foundation giving portfolio. In collaboration with and under the direction of the Director, Institutional Giving (currently vacant), this role will be responsible for cultivating partner relationships, stewarding current funders, and securing foundation revenue in support of our organizational mission and newly launched 5-year strategic plan.

We are seeking a natural relationship-builder, with strong writing and communication skills, who has experience in managing philanthropic foundation relationships throughout the fundraising cycle. Core responsibilities include but are not limited to prospect research, relationship management and the development and execution of grant proposals and reports for multi-year grants. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in foundation fundraising and the ability to develop working relationships with teams across the organization to successfully steward CIS’ current and new philanthropic partners.

About You:

You’re an experienced fundraiser with a successful record of accomplishment in developing proposals for institutional donors that reflect an organization’s needs and funding priorities. You’re passionate, entrepreneurial, and motivated by 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 desired in a candidate. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Required skills & qualifications:

·         Bachelor’s Degree with 6-8 years of fundraising and/or grant writing experience.

·         Organization, efficiency, and timeliness in project management and delivery, meeting preparation and execution and producing deliverables.

·         Ability to translate complex organizational priorities into compelling funding proposals.

·         Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse staff across departments.

·         Experience utilizing a CRM to maintain prospect records.

·         Ability to prioritize and multi-task in a fast-paced environment.

·         Capable of working both independently and as a member of a team.

·         Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite

Preferred skills:

·         Experience using Salesforce, Monday Platform, and/or other collaboration tools.

·         Fundraising experience working with foundations in a development office and/or a comparable non-profit organization.

·         Familiarity with proposal development, grant writing and reporting.

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

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

·         40% - Outreach and partnership cultivation, including concept and proposal development.

·         30%- Stewardship efforts for existing partners, including managing grant cycles, renewal opportunities and grant reporting requirements.

·         30% - Assist in the further development of the institutional funder pipeline through prospect research.

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: 10 %

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.