Program Manager, Accreditation
Fully Remote Arlington, VA Student Supports
Job Type


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 2,900 schools; 1.61M students with over 11,000 community volunteers and 117 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 and we do this by building a diverse workforce, fostering a climate of inclusion, and shaping business practices and policies that promote equity.


The Program Manager of Accreditation is 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 works closely with the network leaders around Annual Risk Management Assessment and accreditation reviews.


  • Facilitate the implementation of protocols for ARMA, the accreditation and reaccreditation of CIS affiliates, state offices, and licensed partners and provide or create support resources, tools, and training to facilitate implementation.
  • Clearly communicate (written and verbal) with affiliate and state office network regarding business compliance and model implementation requirements, processes, and procedures.
  • Review, document, and evaluate affiliate demonstration of progress toward accreditation and provide reports of outcome of review.
  • Conduct data analysis on accreditation and reaccreditation outcomes to inform continuous improvement efforts.
  • Coordinate and facilitate working groups, special events, meetings, and presentations for national office strategic objectives.


  • Bachelor's Degree in related field and a minimum 6 years of experience or combination of equivalent education and work experience.
  • Must have knowledge in accreditation systems and process.
  • The position requires excel/data analysis skills.
  • Must be detail oriented, organized, and methodical as well as creative and nimble when it comes to job requirement changes.
  • Understanding of a federated network.
  • Must have exemplary communications skills both verbally (in person and phone) and written (email and documents).
  • An understanding in nonprofits business practices.
  • Must be able to manage a variety of projects at one time in an organized fashion.
  • Must have strong analytical skills utilizing creativity and innovation.
  • Knowledge of CIS Community/AMS systems preferred.



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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
  • 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.