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Sr. Data Associate

Arlington, VA • Student Supports • Posted 04/05/2024


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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.” 

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.


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.


Under the direction of the Senior Team Lead, Data Quality, the Sr. Data Associate will be part of the team providing technical support to the CIS network in the adoption and ongoing use of the data management system (CISDM). The Sr. Data Associate will provide technical assistance to data system users, contribute to the development of training resources, be responsible for supporting the team in system testing, and conduct annual data verification that can include low-code solutions within the data management system.


End User Resources (30%):

  • Develop training materials, user manuals and other digital resources that promote the use of CISDM (e.g., tip sheets, training presentations, “how-to” videos). 
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders to best support the network with webinars and virtual training.  

Help Desk Support (25%):

  • Provide professional end-user support for the Communities In Schools Data Management System (CISDM), which includes handling routine user and/or technical issues that can be fixed during a phone/video call or email communication. 
  • Provide clear documentation of issues escalated to the team analysts and track trends with respect to common issues/challenges and fixes.

Annual Data Collection (25%): 

  • Communicate with end-users during the completion of the annual data collection process.
  • Verify data quality to ensure accurate analysis and reporting.

System Enhancement (15%):

  • Provide user-informed quality assurance testing and documentation. 
  • Conduct front-end and minimal back-end testing of new and existing production in CISDM in collaboration with team members.

Data Analysis (5%):

  • Prepare datasets for analysis and reporting (e.g., data cleaning, merging). 
  • Participate in network-facing webinars and other duties as needed. 
  • Support with internal dashboard reporting to various CIS departments.



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 desired in a candidate. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Required skills & qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with 3-5 years of experience in a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 2+ years’ experience of intermediate use of Excel to include organizing, filtering, sorting, aggregating, and data transformation.
  • Understanding of end user design and training/teaching methods.
  • Demonstrated experience working with both technical and non-technical stakeholders to deliver excellent results.
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Solid content writing capability along with excellent proofing and editing skills.
  • Strong attention to detail with the ability to call attention to inconsistencies and quickly identify solutions to problems.
  • Demonstrated strength and proven track record in developing and presenting training.
  • Exceptional problem solver with demonstrated logic and critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to cross collaborate with technical and non-technical stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate a user-first approach to product development, updates, and maintenance.
  • Willingness to learn new systems and tools. 
  • Experience with K-12 education data and familiarity with Tableau a plus.


15%. 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.


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 - $63,250


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