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 Specialist, Licensed Partnerships, who will be responsible for all operational aspects of a growing team that provides training and technical assistance to school districts and new organizations.  Primary responsibilities include oversight of school district agreements and invoices, as well as coordination and facilitation of proposal and grant application efforts.  This role will also development and implement business processes, reports, and systems to support our growing team. This role will report directly to the VP, Learning and Practice.


PLEASE NOTE -- This is a remote position; however, it is preferred that the individual hired for this role, live in the DMV area.


Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Oversee and manage contract lifecycle for school district(s) and other licensed partnerships agreements, including monitoring and tracking contracts, grant expenditures, and data-sharing agreements information, to ensure successful completion and reporting on established contract terms.
  • Responsible for tracking and submitting all invoices to Finance and following up to ensure processes are completed within established timelines. Partner, as needed, with Finance staff to troubleshoot and resolve outstanding invoices.
  • Support and collaborate with Finance in responding to audits or financial/operational requirements from state and school district clients.
  • Co-develop, organize, and implement Licensed Partnership business systems and processes and standard operating procedures to promote effective operations and alignment across teams.
  • Collaborate with Finance to generate financial analysis (time and expense) for each Licensed Partner and support team to adjust/meet goals and commitments.
  • Will assist in applying for grants and securing funding and partnerships with new school districts. Manage the Licensed Partnerships grant applications and contract procurement processes.
  • Work with VP of Learning and Practice, Sr. Director of Licensed Partnerships, and other team members to develop and secure proposals for new funding opportunities.
  • Manage internal project timeline and interdepartmental teams to ensure required data, documents, forms, etc are submitted as requested.
  • Coordinate with school district and other government entities to ensure all grant/application requirements are met and proposals are completed and submitted within established timeframes.
  • Manage Licensed Partnerships’ learning events. including coordinating logistics and event planning as appropriate.
  • Manage technology portals related to licensed partners to fulfill grant and/or contract agreements.
  • Assist with other Student Supports Department projects or Licensed Partnership strategy needs as identified.



  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent years of experience) and minimum six (6) years of relevant professional experience including experience working with federal programs, (for example Title I, II and Title IV funding allowable-uses), school business administration, and/or local or state education agencies (strongly preferred).
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal, time management, decision-making, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to think critically and proven ability to handle multiple tasks and competing priorities.
  • Experience creating systems and processes and training others to use them.
  • Basic understanding of creating, managing, and tracking budgets.
  • Excellent Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) skills.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with appropriate discretion.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as both a team member and independent contributor.
  • 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 within established timeframe.
  • 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.


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