About Communities In Schools:

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 Associate Accreditation position will be critical in implementing the new accreditation process. In addition to project management and operational support to the Accreditation Sr. Program Manager and broader Organizational Health team; this position will support the network by helping develop and implement procedures and protocols around accreditation reviews.  Through these reviews, this position will be able to understand affiliate and state office non-profit business best practices and model implementation which will, in turn, provide broader support for Student Supports initiatives. 


About You:

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 in related field.
  • two to four years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.


Preferred knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Must be detail oriented, organized, and methodical.
  • Creative and nimble when it comes to job requirement changes.
  • Understanding of a federated network is a preferred, but not required.
  • Must exhibit exemplary communications skills both verbally and written.
  • Able to multitask and prioritize multiple tasks under competing and strict deadlines.
  • Strong analytical skills utilizing creativity and innovation are a must.
  • Flexible and able to pivot as processes and projects are completed or finalized. (I.e. Finalizing the new accreditation process while team wraps up several cohorts.)
  • Background in nonprofits and/or education is preferred


Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

30% - Oversee and facilitate the implementation of protocols for the accreditation and reaccreditation of CIS affiliates, state offices, and licensed partners.

25% - Manage communications with affiliate and state office network regarding compliance and model implementation requirements, processes, and procedures.

25% - Review, document, and evaluate affiliate demonstration of progress toward accreditation.

10% - Coordinate and facilitate working groups, special events, meetings, and presentations for national office strategic objectives.

10% - Conduct analysis on accreditation and reaccreditation outcomes to inform continuous improvement efforts.


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.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  


TRAVEL: 10-25% required



What We Offer:

·       Work that makes a difference—the opportunity to contribute to an important mission.

·       A culture recognized by the Non-Profit Times as the #1 Non-Profit Best Place to Work in the United States.

·       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.