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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 three opporunities: Assistant Director of Development for Corporations and College and Career Partnership Specialist as well as a Volunteer Opportunity for Counselors.

 

Assistant Director of Development for Corporations

Communities In Schools (CIS) of Chicago is a nonprofit organization dedicated to working in partnership with Chicago Public Schools and community organizations to help students stay in school and be successful. During the 2015-2016 school year, CIS of Chicago is partnering with 122 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and expects to connect 1,000 services and programs to more than 50,000 CPS students and their families. In addition CIS of Chicago places full-time staff – Student Support Managers – in five Chicago public schools. Our staff in these schools work directly with students at risk of dropping out as well as helping connect services to the whole school.

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

The mission of Communities In Schools 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. The organization’s core values are Impact, Integrity, Justice, and Relationships.

CIS of Chicago is seeking a full-time Assistant Director of Development for Corporations. The Assistant Director of Development for Corporations will implement fundraising strategies with corporate donors. This position will be responsible for: understanding the needs of corporate donors and identifying natural connections with the work of CIS of Chicago; managing a portfolio of corporate funders and prospects; working with the CIS of Chicago Board of Directors to leverage relationships in the corporate community; building an active corporate prospect pipeline; cultivating and soliciting corporate donors and prospects; writing and submitting grant applications and reports; and helping to plan and execute cultivation and fundraising events.
 
CIS of Chicago seeks a highly motivated and skilled professional in this role. The preferred candidate will have a significant skill set in fundraising, moves management, writing, and collaboration. Following are key responsibilities and qualifications for the position.

Primary position responsibilities

  • Manage portfolio of 75 to 100 corporate donors and prospects and serve as the primary driver and implementer for cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities;
  • Take the lead in corporate funder strategy development, identifying key tactics and metrics to achieve cumulative corporate funding goal;
  • Work with the CIS of Chicago Board of Directors to leverage and manage corporate relationships;
  • Partner with the Chief Resource Officer to support the work of the Ad Hoc Fundraising committee of the Board of Directors;
  • Support the Executive Director and Chief Resource Officer in assigned corporate donor outreach and fundraising activities;
  • Write and prepare letters of intent, proposals, case presentations, grant budgets, final reports and funding reports;
  • Identify and research corporate prospects (including giving histories and associations) and find alignment with CIS of Chicago to ensure a robust pipeline of potential new funders;
  • Lead and participate in the planning/implementation of development cultivation, solicitation and stewardship events;
  • Track and report on success indicators using donor database;
  • Ensure fulfillment of sponsorship benefits and compliance with terms of corporate grants; and
  • Other duties as assigned as part of a collaborative team.

Desired skills and attributes:

  • Enthusiasm for mission-driven work and an interest in education and human service issues;
  • Demonstrated ability to set and achieve goals;
  • Excellence in communicating professionally with diverse audiences including written/oral communication;
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently;
  • Skilled in donor databases and proficient in eTapestry as well as Excel and other Microsoft Office Suite programs;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail; and
  • Strong problem-solving and strategic thinking abilities.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of seven years of experience in a fundraising position with a proven track record of success in fundraising and nonprofit development;
  • Superior writing, organization and communication skills and function with ease around donors and Board Directors;
  • Be able to effectively communicate the mission, goals, strengths and potential of CIS of Chicago;
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with the local funding community; and
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality regarding sensitive donor information.

Reports to: Executive Director

Start Date: June/July 2016

Starting Salary: Commensurate with experience

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

jobs@chicagocis.org – please write your name and the position in the subject line of your email to ensure that your materials get directed appropriately (example: John Smith, Assistant Director of Development)

 

College and Career Partnership Specialist

Communities In Schools (CIS) of Chicago is a nonprofit organization dedicated to working in partnership with Chicago Public Schools and community organizations to help students stay in school and be successful.  During the 2015-2016 school year, CIS of Chicago is partnering with 122 Chicago public schools (CPS) and expects to connect 1,000 services and programs to more than 50,000 CPS students and their families.  In addition CIS of Chicago places full-time staff – Student Support Managers – in five Chicago public schools. Our staff in these schools work directly with students at-risk of dropping out, as well as help connect services to the whole school. 

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

The mission of Communities In Schools 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.  The organization’s core values are Impact, Integrity, Justice and Relationships.

CIS of Chicago is seeking a half-time College and Career Partnership Specialist. As an integral part of the Community Partnership Team, this specialist is responsible for cultivating and connecting community partners that provide career awareness, civic and social science, financial, literacy, or STEM programs to CIS of Chicago schools.
 
CIS of Chicago seeks a highly motivated and skilled professional in this role. The preferred candidate will have strong written and oral communication skills, experience working with or in urban school districts, and an understanding of quality teaching and program delivery practices.

KEY POSITION COMPONENTS:
College and Career Partnership Specialist Responsibilities

  • Manage Community Partners
    • Manage a portfolio of approximately 50 community partners offering programming in areas such as: career awareness, literacy education, social science education and STEM education. Managing this portfolio includes both cultivating relationships with established CIS of Chicago partners and developing new partnerships to address key needs of the CIS of Chicago school network.
  • Connect CIS of Chicago partner schools with a variety of college and career readiness experiences and education programs.
  • Communicate all existing program opportunities to CIS of Chicago’s School Partnership Team and School-Based Team with clear and actionable steps for facilitating connections to schools.
  • Provide support to college and career partners to increase student reach and build effective programs that meet the needs of CPS students.
  • Collect information about the extent of connections of college and career programming to schools as well as regularly monitor the quality of provider programs.
  • Analyze year-to-year trends in the programs and services that CIS of Chicago connects in the area of college and career readiness.
  • Monitor the quality of targeted college and career programs connected to schools.
  • Overall, increase the number of college and career programs accessed at CIS of Chicago partner schools.

Other Duties

  • Keep CIS of Chicago informed of the latest trends and research in college and career education.
  • Assist the Community Partnership Team in developing and implementing NAVIGATE; a training series that supports community partners.
  • Represent CIS of Chicago in relevant community or coalition groups.
  • Collaborate with the Community Partnership Team to generate reports and gather/analyze data as needed.
  • Support the work of the Community Partnership Team with positive and innovative solutions to challenges.
  • Take on necessary duties and tasks that may arise as a needed.

Desired skills and attributes:

  • Ability to work collaboratively as well as independently
  • Skilled at multi-tasking and meeting multiple deadlines
  • Adept at cultivating meaningful partnerships while setting clear expectations and achieving organizational outcomes
  • Strong problem-solving ability and strategic thinking
  • Motivated to create and implement innovative solutions to challenges
  • Excellence in communicating with diverse audiences
  • Detail-oriented, with a commitment to follow-up and follow-through
  • Skilled at thorough and organized record-keeping and data entry
  • Enthusiasm for mission-driven work
  • Sound written/oral communication

Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree with at least three years of relevant work experience
  • Experience working with urban public schools
  • Must have reliable daily access to a vehicle plus a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance 

Reports to: Senior Community Partnership Specialist

Start date: July 2016

Starting Salary: $18-20 per hour (depending on experience), plus benefits.

APPLICATION PROCESS

To apply for this position, please submit: (a) a current resume; (b) a cover letter, indicating why you are interested in being the College and Career Partnership Specialist 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 College and Career Partnership Specialist” in the subject line. All postings should be directed to jobs@cisofchicago.org.
Pre-Interview Questions:

  • What attracted you to the position?
  • How familiar are you with Chicago's public schools and its diverse communities?
  • 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?
  • The salary for this position is $18-$20 an hour, depending on qualifications. Is this acceptable to you?

 

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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