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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 one two open positions: Assistant Director of Development for Corporations and Grants; and School Partnership Specialist.

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ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
FOR CORPORATIONS AND GRANTS

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 Assistant Director of Development for Corporations and Grants responsibilities are focused on corporate donors, grant writing, and growing the donor base within Chicago. The Assistant Director of Development for Corporations and Grants will also invest significant time in collaboration with the development team to host events, track donor data, implement moves management, run reports, attend meetings, and contribute to the ambitious growth we are targeting.

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 of the position.

Primary position responsibilities

  • Strategically works with the Director of Development (DOD) to achieve fundraising goals and plan all aspects of corporate and grant funding solicitations;
  • Conducts prospect research to effectively identify prospects for corporate grants;
  • Prepares, submits and manages grant proposals and calendar, ensuring each proposal is targeted to its specific audience;
  • Works with program staff to track and collect the necessary information needed for all reports;
  • Actively engages in fostering and cultivating relationships to establish long-term partnerships and strengthen existing relations with corporate sector;
  • Expands corporate base to grow the pipeline, by giving special attention to garnering support from national, regional and local corporations;
  • Develops and manages a portfolio and pipeline of corporate prospects;
  • Meets with prospective and current corporate donors, and/or coordinates meetings for the DOD, Executive Director, or board members to meet with heads of corporations or businesses as appropriate;
  • Maintains current records in database and in paper files, including grant tracking, moves management and reporting;
  • Plans and implements donor cultivation and stewardship events;
  • Attends occasional evening and weekend donor meetings as needed;
  • Assists in assessing the need for creating and managing giving clubs and advisory boards, possibly serving as liaison for one or both;
  • Other duties as assigned as part of a collaborative team.

Desired skills and attributes:

  • Demonstrated moves management skills
  • Substantial experience in developing proposals and donor communications
  • 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
  • Strong and proven ability to work on a collaborative team

Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree with at least five years of relevant work experience
  • Experience working with corporate donors, from identification to stewardship

Reports to: Director of Development

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)

 

SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP SPECIALIST

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 2013-2014 school year, CIS of Chicago connected more than 1,100 services and programs to more than 60,000 students and 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 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 nearly 200 different cities and communities.

The school partnership specialist’s primary responsibility will focus on linking a variety of programs and services to support students at 33 Chicago public schools. The school partnership specialist will be expected to maintain regular, positive communication with key adult leaders at all schools in his or her portfolio. They do not, however, provide direct student services. This position requires a person who is detail-oriented, outcomes-focused, and highly skilled in relationship-building.

The school specialist will work closely with the organization’s Senior School Specialist and a team of colleagues to ensure that schools in the CIS of Chicago network access the programs and services students need to learn, stay in school and succeed in life.

Responsibilities:

Develop and implement strategies for creating partnerships between schools, neighborhood organizations, social service agencies, and community institutions;

  • Actively refer available student-focused programs and services to key liaisons at 33 Chicago public schools;
  • Follow up on these referrals regularly to ensure that connections are being made or that alternative services are being referred to meet need;
  • Train and provide ongoing assistance to key liaisons at 33 Chicago public schools related to needs assessments, program evaluation, partner appreciation, and building awareness about CIS of Chicago;
  • Research and identify potential service providers to meet key needs of all schools in the CIS of Chicago network, plus guide the initial stages of those partnerships;
  • Maintain detailed records of school and agency partnerships, including significant data entry responsibility for portfolio of schools;
  • Help plan and facilitate trainings and networking events for school and agency partners to build and deepen capacity;
  • Observe and monitor agency/school partnerships and services connected;
  • Assist with other organizational projects, as needed.

Desired skills and attributes:

  • Enthusiasm for mission-driven work
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently
  • Ability to multi-task and meet multiple deadlines
  • Ability to cultivate meaningful partnerships while setting clear expectations
  • Persuasive, appropriately assertive and empathic in professional communication
  • Solution-orientation and ability to problem-solve
  • Strong written and oral communication
  • Excellence in communicating with diverse audiences
  • Detail-orientation and commitment to follow-up and follow-through
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to the needs of urban public school environments

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or associate’s degree plus compensatory experience
  • Minimum of two years of work experience desired
  • Experience working with urban public schools preferred
  • 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: Senior School Specialist

Start date: September 2014

Starting Salary: $37,000

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

            Senior School Specialist
            Communities In Schools of Chicago
            815 W. Van Buren, Suite 300
            Chicago, IL 60607
            jobs@chicagocis.org – please write “School Partnership Specialist” in the             subject line to ensure that your materials get directed appropriately

 

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