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Sr. Associate, Strategic Investments

Arlington, VA • Student Supports • Posted 01/29/2024


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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.” 


Throughout the United States, CIS annually serves 1.8M students at 3,270 schools and community sites with 15,500 community volunteers and 114 CIS affiliate organizations and licensed partners. Supports for students include providing needs assessments, support teams with corresponding plans to address academic and non-academic needs, delivery of multiple tiers of supports for both students and families, progress monitoring and evaluation and assessment with parents and student support systems. 



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 and licensed partner 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 provider of integrated student supports, 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 Associate, Strategic Investments, who will be responsible for coordinating the effective distribution of funding and supporting affiliate network growth through the Scaling for Success initiative. The role will support the coordination, documentation and tracking of CIS grant-funded activities out to the CIS network, including monitoring affiliate progress, consistent model delivery and sustaining national investments, working across teams to coordinate supports from our fundraising, advocacy, organizational performance and practice improvement teams. This role will report to the Senior Team Lead Strategic Investments.


  • With oversight from the Sr. Team lead, create and communicate with subgrantees timelines for network investments to include key monitoring events, data tracking, reporting and other deliverables. 
  • Plans for and participate in regular communications with subgrantees (via conference calls and/or site visits) and documents progress, challenges, and success stories. Provides updates and summaries as necessary in tracking documents and to other staff responsible for providing technical assistance to affiliates.
  • Reviews subgrantee progress and final reports to ensure programmatic requirements are tracking/being met and flags any concerns, including expenditures with the Sr. Team Lead 
  • With guidance from the Sr. Team Lead, drafts scopes of work for network investments  
  • Manages logistics for RFP process, including drafting content, managing submissions, and coordinating review process.



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, skill 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 exp) and minimum three (3) years of relevant professional experience including experience working in a grant making/program office capacity, program/grant monitoring, and/or youth development.
  • 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), Salesforce, Adobe software, and Zoom 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.


Travel up to 15% is required including travel in the domestic United States with overnight stay(s).


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
  • 10 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. 

Salary Description
$53,600 - $63,200


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