Sr. Program Manager, District & Community Engagement
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. 



Communities In Schools is seeking a Senior Program Manager, District and Community Engagement with experience working cross-functionally to build systems and processes to support of a growing team of training and technical assistance providers to school districts. This role will develop and implement business processes, reports, and systems to support effective implementation of strategic plan, our growth strategy and organize information to inform key decisions. This role will report directly to the Vice President of District and Community Engagement.

PLEASE NOTE -- This is a remote position; however, it is preferred that the individual hired for this role, live in the DMV area.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Co-develop, organize, and implement district and community engagement business systems, processes and standard operating procedures to promote effective operations and alignment across teams.
  • Collaborate with finance and to develop a system and tools to scope new engagements with school districts and other community partners. Develop and implement a system to track performance (time, effort and quality of work) on CIS engagements with school districts. Support team members to identify opportunities for improvement or alignment to help meet goals and commitments.
  • Lead development of resource management systems and strategies for engagements with new school districts, education agencies and community-based organizations. 
  • Analyze existing data and information collected in order to evolve the prospective school district and community engagement strategy.
  • Assist in applying for grants and securing public funding and partnerships with new school districts.
  • Work cross-functionally to develop and secure proposals for new funding opportunities.
  • Manage internal project timeline and interdepartmental teams to ensure required data, documents, forms, etc are submitted as requested.
  • Assist with other Student Supports Department projects or District and Community Engagement strategy needs as identified.


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 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 experience) and minimum six (6) years of relevant professional experience.
  • 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) 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.


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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
  • 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
$73,400 - $88,800