Rooted in community for more than 40 years, Communities In SchoolsÒ (CISÒ) strives to bring community resources inside public schools, where they are accessible, coordinated, and accountable. Founder Bill Milliken said, “It’s relationships, not programs, that change children. A great program simply creates the environment for healthy relationships to form between adults and children. Young people thrive when adults care about them on a one-to-one level, and when they also have a sense of belonging to a caring community.” 

CISÒ programs are conducted annually throughout the United States, serving 2,900 schools; 1.61M students with over 11,000 community volunteers and 117 CIS affiliate organizations across the country. Their programs for students include providing needs assessments, support teams with corresponding plans to address academic and non-academic needs, delivery of multiple tiers of support for both students and families, progress monitoring and evaluation and assessment with parents and student support systems. 


Communities In SchoolsÒ (CISÒ), is “all-in” for kids. It is our passion—it is our mission. At the National Office, CIS collaborates 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, and we achieve our mission by hiring bright, creative, and innovative team members who demonstrate a passion for what they do. 

CIS also holds the following talent beliefs:

·       Every staff member is passionate and committed to the mission.

·       As a National Office, CIS employees have a responsibility to live our values and integrate principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion across the organization and lead by example.

·       In turn, CIS is committed to continuously improving decision making, incentivizing creativity, and building engagement and we do this by building a diverse workforce, fostering a climate of inclusion, and shaping business practices and policies that promote equity. 



Communities In Schools is seeking a Sr. Team Lead who will serve as a critical member of the Organization Health team. The Sr. Team Lead manages a team of Data Associates to support the network in use of the data system, annual reporting, and data analysis, including providing written and video training resources to support affiliate use of the data system. Additionally, the position supports the creation of data visualization to effectively communicate CIS outcomes and provide expert guidance and assistance to inform cross-departmental objectives and projects. This role will report directly to the Director, Data Quality in the Organization Health Office.

PLEASE NOTE -- This is a remote position; however, the individual hired for this role must live in the DMV area to be onsite as needed for team meetings.


Primary Duties & Responsibilities

·       Manage a team of data associates as they provide ongoing support to the CIS network of affiliates in their use of the online data management system (CISDM). Also responsible for ensuring the team successfully completes the annual End of Year verification process as well as ensuring the accuracy of the annual data book.

·       Organize and direct the completion of tasks and projects.

·       Train and coach staff on how to navigate the custom data system, execute system enhancements, and provide testing support in collaboration with the vendor.

·       Communicate system requirements to the vendor/report developer and manage the execution of requested enhancements.

·       Develop requirements for/create SQL queries to create stored procedures/views as needed.

·       Provide troubleshooting and support for database instances in dedicated SQL Server environments.

·       Manage the completion of system development internally using a defined process for tracking the timeline, resources, progress, and completion across multiple instances.

·       Run routine and ad-hoc queries as requested by the client.

·       Lead improvements to the front-end design of the data system to improve user experience and functionality.

·       Coordinate and perform QA tests to ensure data integrity and quality of system changes and report development.

·       Facilitate the formal annual performance review process for direct reports.

·       Coordinate with supervisor to create tableau dashboards for grant reporting and network support for clear visualization.

·       Conduct monthly meetings with network to inform them of recent system developments and to provide training where needed.



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 (or equivalent years of experience) and 6-8 years of relevant professional experience including a minimum of two years in a supervisory/managerial role.

·       Ability to train and coach staff to execute Q&A and enhancements to system products.

·       Understanding of SQL Server Studio Management including experience with SQL, SQL Server, TSQL software and systems.

·       Experience with project management frameworks, such as AGILE management.

·       Knowledge of general data visualization best practices.

·       Knowledge of more advanced Excel functions such as VBA scripting, formulas and pivots.

·       Knowledge of the education field, specifically around issues of equity.

·       Plan, organize, and execute multiple projects deliverables with overlapping deadlines.

·       Communicate technical requirements and easily identify the nuances/caveats within a project.

·       Strong attention to detail to be able to call attention to inconsistencies, identify the frequency/depth of an issue, quickly identify solutions to problems in a timely manner.

·       Ability to communicate difficult concepts to engage a non-technical audience in decision-making around system changes/enhancements.

·       A willingness to learn and a flexibility to shift as priorities shift.

·       Teamwork, you are able to build positive relationships with your colleagues and are willing to help others.

·       Inclusive, you’re excited to work with people who have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives from your own.



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CIS staff continue to work in a virtual environment; however, the national office is open and available for staff to use as appropriate.

To ensure the health and safety of staff and job applicants, all interviews will be conducted by phone and/or video conference.



  • Work that makes a difference—the opportunity to contribute to an important mission!
  • Competitive and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, including:
    • Five weeks of Paid Time Off;
    • Generous 403b Retirement Savings Plan contribution;
    • 9 Paid Holidays;
    • 90% of employee health care premiums paid by the organization;
    • Summer Work Schedule and Winter Break;
    • Employer-paid short-term and long-term income replacement programs, and much, much more!


Communities In SchoolsÒ 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. CISÒ prohibits harassment of applicants or employees based on any of these protected categories. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.