WHO WE ARE

Rooted in community for more than 40 years, Communities In Schools (CIS) 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.” 


CIS programs are conducted annually throughout the United States, serving 2,900 schools; 1.61M students with over 11,000 community volunteers and 110 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. 


MISSION AND VALUES  

Communities In Schools (CIS), 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. 


ABOUT THE ROLE

Under the general supervision of the Chief Operating & Equity Officer, the Principal of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will collaborate with leadership within the National Office, staff, and across our network to support the execution of CIS’s vision and strategy to achieve educational equity objectives as outlined in our plan.  This work includes the continued development and deployment of tools and resources that create more equitable conditions for the CIS enterprise, providing consulting and technical assistance, advocating for educational equity across stakeholders groups, and ensuring policies and practices uphold equity principles.  The result of these efforts are that this work will bring and elevate diverse voices and perspectives throughout CIS initiatives; ensure equitable opportunities through reflective practice and continuous learning and improvement; and prioritize inclusion by facilitating consistent and equitable communication & collaboration.


PLEASE NOTE -- This is a remote position; however, it is preferred that the individual hired for this role reside in the DMV area to fulfill onsite responsibilities on an as needed basis.


PRIMARY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Partner with the Chief Operating & Equity Officer, other senior leaders, and members of the DEI Implementation Team to develop and execute the five-year plan to infuse DEI, family & community engagement, and systemic change concepts throughout the work of CIS.
  • Execute the strategy around DEI initiatives and serve as a thought leader in conversations about DEI to internal and external audiences, representing CIS as an innovative and inclusive organization at the forefront of DEI practice In conjunction with the Sr. Director, Technology Operations develop team skills and competencies to align with CIS core values.
  • Manage the work of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion journey that includes the design, planning and implementation teams as they:

o   Monitor progress against stated annual priorities, goals, & metrics.

o   Develop and execute on a train-the-trainer model to teach all members of the CIS network to implement core concepts and new iterations of diversity, equity, & inclusion work.

  • Actively advise departments at the CIS national office and network on infusing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into practice.
  • Partner with leadership, Advancement, and the CIS national board to create awareness of the urgency around DEI for the students and families we serve and prioritize partnerships and funding opportunities.
  • Manage the Sr. Project Associate, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, to execute on tasks related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • Provide day-to-day management of a team of consultants, facilitators, and coaches to achieve strategic plan objectives. 


SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE THE FOLLOWING SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field preferred; with a minimum of eight years of experience in K-12 education, human resources, non-profit management, or learning and development required. Experience working in a complex, federated network of non-profits is highly preferred.
  • Have a passion for social good, racial justice and building strong communities.
  • Ability to effectively manage projects or programs throughout their lifecycle, including ability to create detailed project plans; ability to work independently and coordinate multiple priorities and deadlines concurrently, resulting in the achievement of successful organizational initiatives.
  • Experience in managing staff and external consultants.
  • Ability to leverage insights through data analytics (assessment, analysis, and reporting) of DEI metrics.
  • Demonstrated experience applying adult learning theories and strategies in order to design and facilitate learning programs (trainings, facilitations, coaching, etc.) to build Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion acumen throughout the organization and network. 
  • Strong interpersonal and partnership skills with an ability to flex communication styles that are essential for interacting with key internal and external stakeholders to manage, inform and influence outcomes. 
  • Ability to influence others without direct authority to achieve solutions, resolve issues and overcome hurdles to meet organization’s objectives.
  • Experience with appropriate software, including Microsoft Office Suite, Visio, Zoom, and etc.
  • Excellent writing, verbal communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to pay close attention to detail, work independently and take initiative.


TRAVEL

10-25%

 

ABOUT US

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.

 

BENEFITS & PERKS

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 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. 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.

 

For more information on Communities In Schools please visit our website