Program Manager, Marketing
Fully Remote Arlington, VA External Engagement
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, Marketing, will support the development and delivery of integrated marketing strategies for the CIS licensed partnership strategy. The CIS licensed partnership strategy seeks to expand to new communities in states where CIS does not have a presence in order to support with training and technical assistance and invite them into the CIS network. This position will play an integral role in executing a branding and marketing strategy to connect and engage with new school districts and other state and local education entities. This position will also ensure the licensed partnerships branding and marketing strategy is aligned with the national/local CIS brand voice and visual identity in a consistent, recognizable, and memorable way. This position will also provide direct communications support/guidance to licensed partners.


  • Support the development and execution of integrated marketing campaigns for licensed partnerships including advertising campaigns, storytelling, events, and digital fundraising activities.
  • Develop internal and external communications, including press releases, org. statements, reports, key messages, and other promotional content.
  • Execute a B2C and B2B marketing campaigns with goals, audiences, strategies, tactics, and metrics for success.
  • Support the fulfillment process of the CIS National Office Ramp Up professional development strategy to include management of trainer cadre.
  • Work across functions within Marketing and Communications in order to integrate overall campaign and program objectives
  • Design and organize school district learning and engagement opportunities to generate and track relationships new school districts, e.g., webinars, etc.


  • Bachelor's Degree in related field and a minimum of 6-8 years of relevant experience.
  • Knowledge and background in full suite of marketing tactics to include digital, advertising creation and placement, creative development.
  • Basic understanding of the core issue areas in K-12 education.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills with a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated success in media placements and executing integrated marketing campaigns
  • Demonstrated strength and proven track record in project management.
  • A willingness to learn and a flexibility to shift as priorities shift.
  • Able to build positive relationships with your colleagues and are willing to help others.
  • Excited to work with people who have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives from your own.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple assignments.
  • Understanding of the principles of fundraising and communications for nonprofits highly desired.
  • Proven success in campaign strategy, framework, development, and execution across multichannel campaigns.
  • Proven client leader with ability to guide a team of performance marketers.
  • Ability to synthesize business objectives, create a well-aligned Integrated Campaign strategy and execution plans with clearly defined metrics and KPIs.
  • Strong analytical mindset, combined with a creative and strategic framework to design and optimize engaging and empathetic campaigns that resonate with nonprofit constituents.
  • Strong knowledge of implementation in digital marketing channels both earned and paid.
  • Strong presentation, problem-solving, and budget management skills.
  • Advanced PC skills including Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)



Up to 25%



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.

Salary Description
$65k -- $70,800k