Executive Director: Communities In Schools of the Nation’s Capital

  • Washington, DC

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors through the Chairman of the Board. The Executive Director is responsible for all aspects of the organization’s programming, data collection and evaluation, fundraising, finances and operations in accordance with the strategic goals and objectives of the organization as established by the Board. They are also responsible for compliance with the national organization’s Total Quality System and other criteria to ensure continued accreditation by the national organization. The Executive Director is responsible for securing funding for all components of CISNCAP’s operations from various sources: governmental agencies, private foundations and individual contributors. The Executive Director is also responsible for outreach to DC Public Schools (DCPS), various governmental agencies, foundations, individuals, community partners, volunteers, the national CIS organization, the Board and its committees.

Communities In Schools Overview

Communities in Schools (CIS) of the Nation’s Capital (CISNCAP) is the Washington, DC affiliate of the nation’s largest organization dedicated to empowering at-risk students to stay in school, graduate and continue on a path to achieve in life. CISNCAP is one of over one hundred accredited affiliates around the country that serve nearly 1.6 million children. The program connects students to caring adults and community resources designed to help them succeed. Our core principle is that relationships, not programs, change children’s lives.  


CISNCAP is a charitable organization recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code that has been operating in DC for fifteen years. CISNCAP currently partners with 13 DC public schools, from elementary through high school, and serves almost six thousand students with strong financial and programmatic support from the DC education community. The CISNCAP school-based staff works closely with school administrators to develop a plan to meet the needs of each school. The organization currently operates with an annual operating budget of over $2 million and has 20 staff housed in 14 different locations.


There are three levels of programming at each school: school-wide initiatives, small group resources and individual counseling (integrated student support). CISNCAP focuses on behavioral as well as academic student success. CISNCAP’s school-based staff capitalizes on the resources available within the community to obtain much needed support for students and their families. CISNCAP has relationships with over fifty community-based organizations that provide a variety of services.

Key Responsibilities

Strategic Goals & Objectives

  • Inform and implement the organization’s strategic plan as adopted by the Board of Directors.
  • Build on CISNCAP’s success and reputation within DCPS, with community leaders, community partners and funders.
  • Build relationships with other organizations whose missions support schools and at-risk students to maximize benefits to the students.
  • Serve as the liaison to grantors, funders and donors, ensuring that they are appropriately engaged, recognized and informed.
  • Ensure that CISNCAP strategy and vision are aligned for future growth by working with the Board of Directors to develop and implement the organization’s strategic and business plans.


Programs & Services

  • Maintain and grow effective and collaborative relationships with DCPS and other relevant parties by continuing to educate key stakeholders on the benefits of CISNCAP’s people, programs and services.
  • Provide leadership and support within the schools CISNCAP serves by deepening relationships and coordinating efforts with the appropriate school staff.
  • Ensure the effective delivery of CISNCAP programs and services in accordance with the school’s leadership’s expectations.
  • Ensure coordination and delivery of all student and family services.
  • Be visible to CISNCAP’s partner schools and make site visits.
  • Manage the collection and analysis of program data.


Development & Public Relations

  • Develop and implement a strategy to broaden and diversify the base of CISNCAP’s financial support and sustainability.
  • Maintain and build strong relationships with public and private donors, corporate sponsors, individual contributors and community partners.
  • Ensure CISNCAP has sustainable resources to carry out its mission.
  • Serve as the face and voice of CISNCAP with funders, schools, community organizations and the media.
  • Develop or oversee development of materials that can be used to attract funding.
  • Oversee process to recruit, train, manage and recognize volunteers to expand the scope of the program.
  • Generate annual and interim reports that demonstrate progress toward implementing the strategic plan.


Financial & Operational

  • Overall management of the staff; although each school is a unique entity, it is important that CISNCAP operates as a unified organization.
  • Exercise oversight of the accounting and financial functions of the organization, including audits, financial reporting, budgeting and cash flow projections.
  • Ensure that all employees are hired, managed, and evaluated in accordance with relevant laws, regulations, and CISNCAP’s policies.
  • Improve and maintain management information systems.
  • Ensure compliance with the organization’s Record Retention Policy and ensure security of relevant documents.
  • Maintain and revise as needed the organization’s policies and procedures.


Board of Directors & Board Committee Relations

  • Engage with the Board of Directors and committees to support CISNCAP’s tax-exempt purpose throughout the year.
  • Implement governance best practices, including the Conflict of Interest policy for Board members and key staff.
  • Track and report CISNCAP performance against objectives and advise the Board on strategic means to improve performance.


CIS Affiliate Core Functions

  • Providing and/or brokering quality youth programming and services
  • Developing and managing community partnerships
  • Resource development/fundraising
  • Managing, expanding and developing CISNCAP sites
  • Data collection, evaluation and reporting
  • Marketing and public relations

Essential Competencies of the Successful Candidate

  • A minimum of 15 years of progressive professional experience with at least 5 of those years in a senior managerial position
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to interact with individuals from various fields
  • Successful history of fundraising, primarily in the area of grants
  • Business experience with regard to the financial, human resources, technology, and other operational areas of an organization
  • Experience with marketing and social media to raise the profile of an organization
  • Commitment to helping the most vulnerable at-risk children in DC

Position Type:

Target Hire Date: Immediately