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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 two job openings: School-Based Student Supports Manager; and Part-Time Volunteer Manager.


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 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 offices in 180 different cities and communities.

During 2013-2014, CIS of Chicago placed Student Supports Managers in five 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. CIS of Chicago has a long-term vision of expanding this work to 20 schools in the next five years. Each school-based SSM will work in one public 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 at a high school for the 2014-2015 school year.


  • 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;
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • 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 a public high school. 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 – please write “Student Supports” in the subject line to ensure that your materials get directed appropriately


Part-Time Volunteer Manager

Communities In Schools of Chicago (CIS of Chicago) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to working in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools and community organizations to improve student success. During the 2014-2015 school year, CIS of Chicago expects to connect more than 1,100 support services and programs to as many as 50,000 students and families. Connected services include health services and education, violence-prevention and arts, and academic college and career education programs. CIS of Chicago links existing support programs and services to 125 Chicago public schools. CIS of Chicago also partners with more than 150 community organizations and agencies across the city that provide their programming, at no cost, to schools and their students. CIS of Chicago is an affiliate of Communities In Schools, Inc., a national nonprofit organization with offices in more than 180 different cities and communities.

The Part-Time Volunteer Manager’s responsibilities are focused on developing and managing relationships with a number of Chicagoland businesses and corporations, as well as with one or more Chicago public schools participating in CIS of Chicago’s Inspire-U Program in 2014-2015. The Part-Time Volunteer Manager will also invest significant time in exploring other avenues for engaging volunteers from businesses or other economic sectors to support our city’s public school students in meaningful mentoring and learning activities.

The keystone of CIS of Chicago’s volunteer program, Inspire-U, provides CIS of Chicago’s corporate partners regular opportunities to engage targeted Chicago public school students in a variety of interactive learning activities. Inspire-U has three main purposes: (1) to increase students’ enthusiasm and commitment to graduate from college and pursue a meaningful career; (2) to help students develop a range of interpersonal and other ‘soft skills’ to help them succeed in school and the workplace; and (3) to provide students with opportunities to interact in meaningful ways with caring adults. Other new volunteer programming developed by the Part-Time Volunteer Manager would be expected to address each of these purposes as well.

CIS of Chicago seeks a highly motivated and skilled professional to serve as our Part-Time Volunteer Manager and help develop and manage this growing segment of our programmatic work. The preferred candidate will have significant project management experience, an in-depth knowledge of curriculum development, and strong familiarity with volunteer management procedures and best practices. Following are key responsibilities and qualifications of the position.

Primary Position Responsibilities:

  • Manage CIS of Chicago’s initial Inspire-U program with one local Chicago corporation and one local school.
    • Work with a point person at participating company to recruit and train interested volunteers to work with students.
    • Assist volunteers in completing a formal application process, including processing criminal background checks.
    • Maintain an accurate and up-to-date volunteer database.
    • Adapt and further develop an existing Inspire-U curriculum to address the needs of the host corporation and participating school’s students
    • Attend and facilitate each of the eight Inspire-U sessions at the host corporation.
    • Develop strategies for retaining volunteers after the 2014-2015 academic year to ensure program continuity.
    • Obtain and analyze regular feedback from volunteers and students to maintain or improve the Inspire-U experience.
    • Troubleshoot any logistical or programmatic challenges that arise between the host corporation and/or the participating school.
    • Work with school and corporate point people to coordinate scheduling of 8+ student visits throughout the 2014-2015 academic year to the host corporation’s downtown office. This includes arranging any necessary transportation and meals.
    • Maintain detailed records of the number of students participating in various volunteer opportunities.
  • Explore opportunities for other area corporations or businesses to host Inspire-U or participate in a related volunteer program to benefit Chicago public school children.
    • Prepare and deliver presentations to corporations and other organizations potentially interested in becoming an Inspire-U partner site for CIS of Chicago and its school partners.
    • In collaboration with key point people at each participating business, adapt existing Inspire-U activities, or develop a series of new lessons/activities related to college and career preparation; STEM education; or other topics relevant to the host business and CIS of Chicago’s school partners.
    • Create a schedule of school-focused volunteer activities, occurring throughout the school year, for corporate associates to participate in.
  • Market CIS of Chicago’s Volunteer Program to external audiences.
    • Collect written and video testimonies from students and volunteers about the impact of the volunteer experience.
    • Assist CIS of Chicago development staff in preparing a variety of proposals and reports on the organization’s Volunteer Program.
    • Assist CIS of Chicago staff, as needed, in other efforts that broadly support the Volunteer Program.

Desired skills and attributes:

  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Substantial experience in developing curriculum
  • Excellent written/oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task and meet multiple deadlines
  • Strong problem-solving ability and strategic thinking
  • Comfort in working with diverse stakeholders, including corporate partners, school staff, CIS of Chicago board directors, and Chicago public school students
  • Detail-oriented, with a demonstrated commitment to follow-up and follow-through
  • Skilled at thorough and organized record-keeping and data entry
  • Knowledge and skills for working with web-based database systems


  • Bachelors Degree with at least five years of relevant work experience
  • Candidates with 2+ years of volunteer management AND curriculum development strongly preferred
  • Experience working with corporate clients and urban youth
  • Must have reliable daily access to a vehicle plus a valid drivers license and proof of insurance

Reports to: Director of Program

Target Start date: The week of August 25

Starting Salary: $20-$22 an hour for 15 hours a week, depending on qualifications.

Project Duration: Nine-month project, with possibility for renewal starting in July 2015.

Project Terms:

  • Week of August 25 through week of December 15, 2014
  • Week of January 5, 2015 through the week of May 25, 2015

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

Part-Time Volunteer Manager
Communities In Schools of Chicago
815 West Van Buren Street, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60607 – please write “Part-Time Volunteer Manager” in the subject line of your email to ensure that your materials get directed appropriately.


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