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Working at Communities In Schools of Chicago is more than just a job. You will interact with a broad range of community-minded professionals in our schools and with our community partners, and impact Chicago public school children who need help the most. We are a close-knit team that collaborates and thrives when faced with big challenges. And we are looking for like-minded people to join us.

Current Opportunities
Communities In Schools of Chicago currently has five opporunities: Part-Time Development Associate, Part-Time Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Communications Intern, and School-Based Student Supports Manager as well as a Volunteer Opportunity for Counselors.

 

Development Associate

Communities In Schools of Chicago (CIS of Chicago) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to working in partnership with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and community organizations to improve student success. During the 2015-2016 school year, CIS of Chicago expects to connect 1,000 services and programs to more than 50,000 CPS students and their families. Connected services include health services and education, violence-prevention, and arts and academic enrichment programs. CIS of Chicago links existing health, human and other support services to 123 Chicago public schools. CIS of Chicago partners with more than 150 community organizations across the city that provide their programming in the schools at no cost to the student or school. CIS of Chicago is an affiliate of Communities In Schools, Inc., a national nonprofit organization with offices in more than 150 different cities and communities.

  • The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
  • The vision of CIS of Chicago is to ensure that every public school student in Chicago graduates from high school prepared to succeed.
  • Core Values: Impact, Integrity, Justice, and Relationships.

The Development Associate is a 10-hour per week position that reports to the Assistant Director of Development. The key responsibilities for this position include: database management, donor stewardship, acquisition and research, and grant writing.

Database Management and Donor Stewardship

  • Database Management: maintain the accuracy and integrity of the eTapestry donor-database including:
    • Overseeing all data entry.
    • Running cleanup projects as needed.
    • Running queries and reports as needed, including annual donor roll and mailing lists.
    • Prepare weekly Development Report for the Chief Resource Officer and Executive Director.
  • Gift Processing: manage all aspects of the gift processing and donor acknowledgement process including:
    • Booking gifts and pledges in eTapestry.
    • Processing and sending thank you-notes to donors within 48 hours of gift receipt.
    • Reconciling gifts received with the general ledger on a monthly basis.
    • Ensuring that both digital and paper donor files are up-to-date and accurate.

 

Moves Management

  • Research: assist in the development of a robust donor pipeline including:
    • Research and identify institutional and individual prospects on an ongoing basis.
    • Support the development and implementation of individualized moves management strategies for cultivating donors and prospects.
    • Assist in the preparation, writing, and submission of grants, as needed.

Other

  • Provide support for, attend, and participate in the planning and implementation of development events.
  • Support the Development Department and Executive Director as needed.

Desired skills and attributes:

  • Enthusiasm for mission-driven work;
  • An interest in education and human service issues;
  • Demonstrated ability to set and achieve goals;
  • Excellence in communicating professionally with diverse audiences;
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently; and
  • Ability to multi-task and meet multiple deadlines.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 2 years of professional experience where attention to detail and follow-through can be demonstrated.
  • Superior writing, organization and communication skills and ability to function with ease around donors and Board members.
  • Be able to effectively communicate the mission, goals, strengths and potential of CIS of Chicago.
  • Skilled in databases and proficient with Excel and Microsoft Office.
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality regarding sensitive donor information.

Reports to: Assistant Director of Development, Corporations and Grants
Start date: February 2016
Hours: 10 -20 hours per week, based out of CIS of Chicago’s Greektown-area office

APPLICATION PROCESS

To apply for this position, please submit: (a) a current resume; (b) a cover letter, indicating why you are interested in being a 10 hour per-week Development Associate at CIS of Chicago and what makes you a uniquely strong candidate for the position; and (c) in a document separate from the cover letter, brief responses to the pre-interview questions below (up to 300 words total). Applicants that do not submit all three elements of the requested materials will not receive consideration. Please attach all three documents in a single e-mail and put “2016 Development Associate” in the subject line. All postings should be directed to jobs@cisofchicago.org.
Pre-Interview Questions:

  • What attracted you to the position?
  • Please list and briefly describe your work experiences that you think make you the best candidate for this exact position.
  • Please list five adjectives that describe your work style.
  • This position requires a consistent schedule, of specific days and hours per-week. Is this acceptable to you?
  • This is a 10 hour per-week position with no benefits. Is this acceptable to you?
  • If we have follow-up questions, or would like to schedule an interview, how and when can we best reach you?

 

Part-Time Stakeholder Engagement Manager

Communities In Schools of Chicago (CIS of Chicago) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to working in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and community organizations to improve student success. During the 2015-2016 school year, CIS of Chicago expects to connect 1,000 services and programs to more than 50,000 CPS students and their families at 122 Chicago Public Schools. Connected services include health services and education, violence-prevention, and arts and academic enrichment programs. CIS of Chicago places full-time staff in five of our partner schools to provide integrated student services addressing both school-wide prevention as well as targeted and sustained support and interventions for individual students with high-need.

CIS of Chicago is an affiliate of Communities In Schools, Inc., a national nonprofit organization with offices in more than 150 different cities and communities.

  • The mission of CIS of Chicago is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
  • The vision of CIS of Chicago is to ensure that every public school student in Chicago graduates from high school prepared to succeed.
  • Core Values: Impact, Integrity, Justice, and Relationships.

The part-time Stakeholder Engagement Manager will play a lead role in developing a long-term strategy to guide the organization in raising awareness of the positive impact that CIS of Chicago has on helping the city’s public school students to stay in school and graduate from high school prepared to succeed in life. The strategy will focus on cultivating relationships with “influencers” within the city’s civic, education and governmental spheres.

Responsibilities:

The primary goal of the Stakeholder Engagement Manager will be to develop, in collaboration with the organization’s leadership team and board of directors, a multi-year stakeholder engagement plan to raise the profile of CIS of Chicago with key influencers. Successful implementation of this plan includes:

  • Assessment, prioritization and targeting of outreach to public and civic leaders;
  • Coordination of outreach efforts with fundraising and board development objectives;
  • Collaborating with the organizational leadership team and communications team to develop and hone core messaging about CIS of Chicago’s work;
  • Determining appropriate roles for CIS of Chicago’s staff and board of directors to support the execution of the engagement plan;
  • Developing measurable goals and objectives, and continuously measuring progress against those metrics;
  • Establishing and implementing an organizational stakeholder tracking and contact system that maintains multi-level contacts and relationships/outcomes with established and emerging partners;
  • Conducting necessary follow-up that results from interactions with stakeholders;
  • Revising/recalibrating of plan as needed to ensure it syncs with other strategic goals of the organization;
  • Regularly updating colleagues about progress and challenges in carrying out the engagement plan; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Desired skills and attributes:

  • Ability to drive to outcomes
  • Superior networking skills
  • Analytical thinking
  • Ability to run effective meetings
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Significant experience with external communications, including a blend of advocacy, public speaking and media relations
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate and manage high-stakes relationships
  • Substantial experience in relationship tracking/moves management
  • Ability to coach and support staff, as appropriate, as organizational spokespersons
  • Entrepreneurial work ethic and desire to ‘get the job done’
  • Strong collaboration
  • Problem-solving

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, preferably in marketing, communications or a related field.
  • Minimum of 10 years of related advocacy or communications experience.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Experience working with urban public schools and large-city governments a plus.
  • Daily driving is a significant portion of this position. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and reliable daily access to a vehicle.

Reports to: Director of Program

Start date: February 2016

Hours: 20-25 hours per week, based out of CIS of Chicago’s Greektown-area office

Application Process:

To apply for this position, please submit: (a) a current resume; (b) a cover letter, indicating why you are interested in being a part-time Stakeholder Engagement Manager and what makes you a uniquely strong candidate for the position; and (c) in a document separate from the cover letter, brief responses to the pre-interview questions below (up to 300 words total). Applicants who do not submit all three elements of the requested materials will not receive consideration. Please attach all three documents in a single e-mail and write “2016 Stakeholder Engagement Manager Position” in the subject line. All postings should be directed to jobs@cisofchicago.org.

Pre-Interview Questions:

  • What attracted you to the position?
  • Please list and briefly describe career experiences that would prepare you to succeed as CIS of Chicago’s Stakeholder Engagement Manager.
  • How closely have you worked with government leaders at the local, state or federal level?
  • Please list five adjectives that describe your work style.
  • Do you have reliable, daily access to a vehicle for work-related travel throughout the city, as needed?
  • If we have follow up questions, or would like to schedule an interview, how and when can we best reach you?

 

2015-2016 Communications Internship

Communities In Schools of Chicago (CIS of Chicago) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to working in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and community organizations to improve student success. During the 2015-2016 school year, CIS of Chicago expects to connect 1,000 services and programs to more than 50,000 CPS students and their families. Connected services include health services and education, violence-prevention, and arts and academic enrichment programs. CIS of Chicago links existing health, human and other support services to 123 Chicago public schools. CIS of Chicago partners with more than 150 community organizations across the city that provide their programming in the schools at no cost to the student or school. CIS of Chicago is an affiliate of Communities In Schools, Inc., a national nonprofit organization with offices in 164 different cities and communities.

  • Mission: Communities In Schools is to surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
  • Vision: CIS of Chicago’s vision is to ensure that every public school student in Chicago graduates from high school prepared to succeed.
  • Core Values: Impact, Integrity, Justice, and Relationships>

Key Position Components

Communities In Schools of Chicago is seeking candidates for a new communications internship. The successful candidate will support the communications manager and the internal communications team in gathering, producing and sharing the stories of the organization’s work with Chicago public school students, educators and community organizations.

This is a paid internship; the hourly rate is $15.00. The communications intern will be expected to work 15 hours each week through the 2015-2016 academic year (with the exception of a two-week period in late December), handling duties that include interviewing, writing, editing, managing social media, participating in team meetings, pitching media and developing presentations. All work must be conducted from the CIS of Chicago offices at 815 West Van Buren Street in Chicago; telecommuting is not a feature of this internship. Some local travel to Chicago public schools will be required via the use of public or personal transportation; documented transportation time and expenses will be paid/reimbursed upon manager’s review. Additional information is below.

Qualifications

Qualified candidates should be junior, senior or graduate-level students of journalism, public relations or communications. Relevant experience writing social-media content, press releases and public service announcements is preferred, along with experience working or volunteering with a nonprofit organization.

General Assignments

  • Conduct interviews with educators and students to write news and feature stories for external and internal use in our print and digital vehicles, including but not limited to newsletters, the annual report, our website, Facebook page, Twitter account and blog.
  • Prepare a weekly summary of education-related news for sharing with staff.
  • Create, contribute to and maintain print and digital marketing materials, including newsletters, fact sheets, staff biographies and voicemail scripts.
  • Develop a cataloguing system for our organization’s digital photographs.

Application Process

Two professional references are required. Email your resume (of no more than two pages) with a cover letter, references, and writing samples to: jobs@cisofchicago.org. Please include “2015-2016 Communications Internship” in the subject line.

 

School-Based Student Supports Manager

Communities In Schools of Chicago (CIS of Chicago) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to working in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and community organizations to improve student success. CIS of Chicago links existing health, human and other support services to 125 Chicago public schools. CIS of Chicago partners with more than 150 community organizations and agencies across the city that provide their programming in the schools at no cost to the student or school. Connected services include health services and education, violence-prevention, and arts and academic enrichment programs. CIS of Chicago is an affiliate of Communities In Schools, Inc., a national nonprofit organization with a presence in more than 150 cities and communities across 26 states.

CIS of Chicago places Student Supports Managers in CPS school sites to provide integrated student services addressing both school-wide prevention, education and enrichment priorities as well as targeted and sustained support and interventions for individual students with high need. Each school-based SSM will work in one school in Chicago to establish and maintain this school-based program. CIS of Chicago is seeking a Student Supports Manager (SSM) to implement our integrated student services program.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead and coordinate the delivery of evidence-based services based on best practice and risk-factor research.
    • Widely-accessible, school-wide services will be provided to help address identified needs or to build and reinforce student assets.
    • Targeted and sustained services will be coordinated and provided at the school site for specific students who are identified as having the greatest risk of eventually dropping out of school. This includes ongoing case management and direct supports for students, including goal setting and individual/group skill-building and support sessions.
  • Lead annual assessment process of needs for student and school community.
  • Lead the development and implementation of the site plan, including defining measurable objectives and procedures for delivering services.
  • Work closely with school administrators, staff, teachers and other school partners in the planning and implementation of CIS of Chicago’s integrated student supports model in coordination with broader school improvement strategies underway.
  • Research and cultivate potential service providers to meet identified needs at the school, guide the initial stages of those partnerships, and expand the relationship to other faculty.
  • Manage the consent/enrollment process and create individualized student plans for participating students.
  • Maintain detailed records of school and agency partnerships and student needs, interventions, and progress through the use of tailored database systems.
  • Regularly monitor and adjust services as needed, to maximize effectiveness and impact.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of services as measured by achievement of school benchmarks and student individualized goals.
  • Generate reports for CIS of Chicago, school and agency partners.
  • Assist with other organizational and project activities, as needed.

Desired skills and abilities:

  • Apply basic child and adolescent development principles utilizing a trauma-informed lens;
  • Experience with restorative practices, school-level attendance and behavior improvement strategies and student-centered supports;
  • Solution-oriented ability to navigate complex school environments;
  • Work both collaboratively and independently;
  • Innovate and take initiative;
  • Effectively manage multiple tasks and remain focused across a variety of priorities;
  • Think strategically and work toward practical goals and outcomes;
  • Flexibility to accommodate evolving and unanticipated needs of a start-up project;
  • Cultivate meaningful partnerships while setting clear expectations;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Excellence in communicating with diverse audiences;
  • Detail-orientation and commitment to follow-up and follow-through; and
  • Solid computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as database experience.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work preferred, Education, Counseling, or other youth development field may be also considered.
  • At least three years of experience working with adolescents, their families, and urban public schools is highly desired.
  • Bilingual candidates encouraged to apply.
  • Minority candidates strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, car, and insurance.
  • A criminal background check and verification of employment and degrees is required.

Reports to:

Director of Strategy and Planning, CIS of Chicago – primary
Principal, assigned school site – secondary

Work Environment: The position will be primarily located in Chicago public school site. Training, weekly organizational and team meetings and supervision will occur primarily at the CIS of Chicago office.

To apply or for further information, please write or email (no faxes or phone calls please):

Director of Strategy and Planning
Communities In Schools of Chicago
815 West Van Buren Street, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60607
jobs@chicagocis.org – please write “Student Supports” in the subject line to ensure that your materials get directed appropriately

 

CIS of Chicago Seeks Dedicated, Skilled Counselors Who Want to Help Students in Need

Communities in Schools (CIS) of Chicago is one of the largest child-serving non-profits helping to ensure Chicago Public School (CPS) students learn, stay in school and graduate prepared to succeed. One of the ways that we accomplish this is by working with a broad array of partners to support the social, emotional and physical health needs of students across the city.

CIS of Chicago developed the Mental Health Support Project (MHSP) in 2012 to meet a consistently high need of most our school partners: increased access to therapeutic support services for students. To help schools address this gap in school-based mental health services, CIS of Chicago is now recruiting dedicated mental health professionals to provide pro-bono individual and/or group counseling to CPS students during the 2015-2016 school year.

Interested in volunteering your time and talent to this great project? If so, CIS of Chicago will work with you to find a school that would be a good fit for:

  • Your interests and areas of expertise
  • Your schedule and availability
  • Any preferences you may have regarding geographic location

While you are providing counseling at the school, CIS of Chicago will:

  • Maintain ongoing communication with you and the school
  • Help remedy any potential challenges
  • Provide free supervision/case consultation with a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC)

To learn more about this project and how you can begin working with our team to identify a school that could benefit from your support, please contact:
Karen Roddie, LSW
312.829.2475 ext. 37
kroddie@cisofchicago.org

Melissa Richardson, MA, LCPC
312.829.2475 ext. 36
mrichardson@cisofchicago.org

About CIS of Chicago
Communities In Schools of Chicago (CIS of Chicago) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to working in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and community organizations to improve student success. During the 2015-16 school year, CIS of Chicago expects to connect 1,000 services and programs to more than 50,000 CPS students and their families. More than 85 percent of these students live in low-income households that earn less than twice the federal poverty level. Connected services include health services and education, violence-prevention and arts and academic enrichment programs.
CIS of Chicago links existing health, human and other support services to 125 Chicago public schools. CIS of Chicago partners with more than 150 community organizations across the city that provide their programming in the schools at no cost to the student or school. CIS of Chicago is an affiliate of Communities In Schools, Inc., a national nonprofit organization with offices in more than 150 different cities and communities.

  • The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
  • The vision of CIS of Chicago is to ensure that every public school student in Chicago graduates from high school prepared to succeed.

The core values of our organization are: Impact, Relationships, Justice and Integrity.

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