Associate, Foundation Giving
Arlington, VA • External Engagement • Posted 04/21/2023
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 3,270 schools; 1.8M students with over 15,000 community volunteers and 114 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. 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
Communities In Schools is seeking an Associate, Foundation Giving, who will be a critical member of the Advancement Team to support Foundation Giving fundraising efforts. Reporting to the Director, Foundation Giving, this position will help cultivate the Foundation pipeline. The Associate will support the team through donor identification, research and cultivation.
The right candidate will be energized by having a wide range of responsibilities to work on to support colleagues across the Advancement team. The person should be able to receive coaching and direction, work well independently, and be highly adaptable, systems-oriented, and extremely organized.
PRIMARY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Support the Foundation Giving team in coordinating outreach to prospects, donors, and partners. Ability to use reports, tools, and analyses to enable the team to make informed decisions.
- Conduct prospect research, prepare briefings, and assist with drafting letters and proposals.
- Assist in producing fundraising and stewardship communications in print and online.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements below represent the required knowledge, skills and/or ability. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Required skills & qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree in business or related field and 3 - 5 years of professional experience in a non-profit setting in aligned fundraising.
- Understanding of Foundation fundraising, corporate marketing, corporate social responsibility, and philanthropy trends.
- Strong organizational and time-management skills to work effectively in a virtual environment to meet deadlines on several projects simultaneously.
- Ability to quickly learn trends in the education sector and the Communities In Schools model of integrated student supports.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to write grant proposals, reports, and business correspondence.
- Ability to gather, understand and synthesize information from various sources and analyze and interpret documents such as grant proposals and presentations.
- The capacity to work well with a diverse range of individuals and give exceptional attention to relationship management and collaboration. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from various groups.
- An ability to quickly adapt to shifting needs within the department and stay organized while managing multiple tasks is necessary.
- Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters.
- Proficiency with MS Office, including Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint required.
- Proficiency with Salesforce and foundation software packages.
10%. This includes CIS national meetings, training, and retreats.
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. CIS 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.
$48,200 - $56,400
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