Careers

Working at CIS is not just a job. You’ll be helping to fulfill the vision of an engaged community where every child fulfills his or her promise. If you are passionate about student success, join the CIS team today!

Director of Development – Full-Time

Position Summary:

The CIS Director of Development develops and executes strategies to successfully create and grow a major gifts program.  This position builds and sustains meaningful relationships with donors and potential donors, deepening their engagement with the organization and leading to increased philanthropic support to help realize both donors’ and the organization’s goals.  The Director of Development will manage a portfolio of donors and potential donors, serving as the primary relationship manager.  This position creates and implements plans to engage donors and potential donors in their passion and interests in relation to CIS’ mission and also assures a well-defined system to track activities.

Position Qualifications:

  • Five years in development, sales, relationship management or related area. Prior successful experience with major gifts strongly preferred. Prior experience with planned giving a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, sales, public relations, or related field.
  • Superior ability to develop and sustain positive relationships with others.
  • Strong customer service orientation and the ability to form trusting, productive relationships with a wide range of constituents.
  • Exceptional communicator and ability to be an articulate, passionate, and credible presence for CIS within the community
  • Strong project management skills with ability to work independently with limited supervision, meet deadlines, anticipate quickly changing needs, and exercise good judgment. Able to function independently in a setting where other staff is not always immediately available.
  • Exceptional organizational abilities including prioritizing among multiple tasks, maintaining an effective work-flow across a week, month or other period.
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills. Excellent command of the English language, including speaking, writing, grammar, spelling, etc.
  • Demonstrated teamwork knowledge and behavior.
  • Previous experience with database management or CRM software a plus.
  • Strong computer skills and software knowledge including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends, and/or early mornings to cover work responsibilities
  • Valid driver’s license and the availability of an insured vehicle

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.

If you are all in for kids and would like to be considered for an interview, please submit your cover letter and resumé to Colleen Loc, Human Resources Manager (cloc@ciskalamazoo.org).   

Please identify the name of the position in the subject line of your submission.  To help ensure your submission is received, please either email your materials as a PDF and/or do not include the word “resumé” in your email subject line.

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Development Coordinator – Full-Time

Position Summary:

The CIS Development Coordinator provides diverse development and marketing/community relations support for Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo (CIS) in an independent setting to assure the long-term sustainability of the organization.

The Development Coordinator will primarily provide support for all functions of a comprehensive development program, including, but not limited to, maintenance of donor database, preparation of assigned communications, planning and execution of assigned internal and external events, and support for other staff and Board with development-related needs.  This position will also support marketing/community relations efforts, including regular updates to the organization’s website and social media

Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, creative writing, English, marketing, or related area. Previous experience in development, marketing, community relations, customer service, or related area strongly preferred
  • Strong project management skills with ability to work independently with limited supervision, meet deadlines, anticipate quickly changing needs, and exercise good judgment. Able to function independently in a setting where other staff is not always immediately available
  • Exceptional organizational abilities, including prioritizing among multiple tasks, maintaining an effective work-flow across a week, month or other period.
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills. Excellent command of the English language, including speaking, writing, grammar, spelling, etc.
  • Strong customer service orientation and the ability to form trusting, productive relationships with a wide range of constituents
  • Demonstrated teamwork knowledge and behavior
  • Strong computer skills and software knowledge including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook
  • Previous experience with database management or CRM software strongly preferred
  • Previous experience with website and/or social media management strongly preferred
  • Previous experience producing information for public consumption (print and/or digital) strongly preferred
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite applications a plus
  • Ability to work occasional evenings, weekends, and/or early mornings to cover work responsibilities
  • Valid driver’s license and the availability of an insured vehicle

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.

If you are all in for kids and would like to be considered for an interview, please submit your cover letter and resumé to Colleen Loc, Human Resources Manager (cloc@ciskalamazoo.org).   

Please identify the name of the position in the subject line of your submission.  To help ensure your submission is received, please either email your materials as a PDF and/or do not include the word “resumé” in your email subject line.

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After School Coordinator (Elementary School) – Full-Time

Position Summary:

The CIS After School Coordinator is responsible for implementing the CIS After School Program funded by Michigan Department of Education (21st Century Community Learning Centers) and assures that the program is delivered in accordance with the expectations and requirements of the grant, child care licensing, school district policies and procedures and agreements with the Michigan Department of Education. The position oversees and manages program strategies designed to improve student success in school as measured by proficiency in academics, behavior and school day attendance.

The position manages and supervises youth development workers, enrichment and ancillary community resource providers, interns and volunteers to achieve the program’s purpose and individual student goals and objectives, and is responsible for assuring the integration of school day learning objectives and strategies within the after school program.

The CIS After School Coordinator is among the primary representatives of Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo within their building and is responsible for assuring effective relationships with all building stakeholders—principal, teachers, support staff, parents, etc. The CIS After School Coordinator collaborates with other CIS staff, the CIS Site Coordinator, their site team and school staff to ensure students receive appropriate Tier I (school-wide) and Tier II & III (individual student) services. The CIS After School Coordinator provides case management for the students in the CIS After School Program and fulfills all requirements associated with that role.

This position is 40 hours per week for 43 weeks of the year and is benefits-eligible.

Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in child development, human services, public administration, education or related area plus a minimum of two years of experience working with children, adolescents and families and a well-developed knowledge base on the needs/issues of children and families. Master’s degree helpful.
  • Valid Michigan driver’s license, availability of a vehicle and vehicle insurance.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as interpersonal skills, to interact effectively with school staff, parents, students, volunteers, service providers and other team members. Ability to establish credibility with school personnel.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, discretion, integrity, and knowledge of organizational policies and procedures and to effectively convey such information to others.
  • Must possess the necessary education, experience, or acceptable combination of the two to meet the School-age Program Director qualifications as defined in by the Licensing Rules for Child Care Centers of the State of Michigan Department of Human Services Office of Children and Adult Licensing (R 400.5302) or the capacity and willingness to meet this qualification within one year.
  • Supervisory and/or management experience highly desirable.
  • Appreciation and embracement of diversity and inclusiveness.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.

If you are all in for kids and would like to be considered for an interview, please submit your cover letter and resumé to Colleen Loc, Human Resources Manager (cloc@ciskalamazoo.org).   We are looking to fill this position quickly.

Please identify the name of the position in the subject line of your submission.  To help ensure your submission is received, please either email your materials as a PDF and/or do not include the word “resumé” in your email subject line.

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After School Coordinator (Middle School) – Full-Time

Position Summary:

The CIS After School Coordinator is responsible for implementing the CIS After School Program funded by Michigan Department of Education (21st Century Community Learning Centers) and assures that the program is delivered in accordance with the expectations and requirements of the grant, child care licensing, school district policies and procedures and agreements with the Michigan Department of Education. The position oversees and manages program strategies designed to improve student success in school as measured by proficiency in academics, behavior and school day attendance.

The position manages and supervises youth development workers, enrichment and ancillary community resource providers, interns and volunteers to achieve the program’s purpose and individual student goals and objectives, and is responsible for assuring the integration of school day learning objectives and strategies within the after school program.

The CIS After School Coordinator is among the primary representatives of Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo within their building and is responsible for assuring effective relationships with all building stakeholders—principal, teachers, support staff, parents, etc. The CIS After School Coordinator collaborates with other CIS staff, the CIS Site Coordinator, their site team and school staff to ensure students receive appropriate Tier I (school-wide) and Tier II & III (individual student) services. The CIS After School Coordinator provides case management for the students in the CIS After School Program and fulfills all requirements associated with that role.

This position works 40 hours per week, 43 weeks per year and is benefits eligible.

Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in child development, human services, public administration, education or related area plus a minimum of two years of experience working with children, adolescents and families and a well-developed knowledge base on the needs/issues of children and families. Master’s degree helpful.
  • Valid Michigan driver’s license, availability of a vehicle and vehicle insurance.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as interpersonal skills, to interact effectively with school staff, parents, students, volunteers, service providers and other team members. Ability to establish credibility with school personnel.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, discretion, integrity, and knowledge of organizational policies and procedures and to effectively convey such information to others.
  • Must possess the necessary education, experience, or acceptable combination of the two to meet the School-age Program Director qualifications as defined in by the Licensing Rules for Child Care Centers of the State of Michigan Department of Human Services Office of Children and Adult Licensing (R 400.5302) or the capacity and willingness to meet this qualification within one year.
  • Supervisory and/or management experience highly desirable.
  • Appreciation and embracement of diversity and inclusiveness.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.

If you are all in for kids and would like to be considered for an interview, please submit your cover letter and resumé to Colleen Loc, Human Resources Manager (cloc@ciskalamazoo.org).   We are looking to fill this position quickly.

Please identify the name of the position in the subject line of your submission.  To help ensure your submission is received, please either email your materials as a PDF and/or do not include the word “resumé” in your email subject line.

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Youth Development Workers – Part Time

Position Summary:

Communities In Schools is looking for individuals to serve as positive role models for youth, support the college-going culture and assist youth in attaining and excelling in the areas of academics, attendance and behavior.

A Youth Development Worker is responsible for developing and facilitating academic and enrichment programming for students. S/he works closely with other youth development workers and the After School Coordinator to ensure that the program runs smoothly and is delivered in an effective manner.

Are you…Accepting and Non-Judgmental, Coachable and Reflective, Collaborative, Consistent and Reliable, A Continuous Learner, Customer Focused, Detail Oriented, Flexible, Open to New Things, Planned and Organized and Self-Directed?

Do you have…A high school diploma or equivalent, demonstrated experience working in youth development program(s), excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills and an appreciation and embracement of diversity and inclusiveness?

Work Days: Mon-Thur, with occasional Fridays
Base Pay: $12.00 per hour
Weekly Work Hours: 17 hours

  • Elementary Work Schedule (Early Start): 2:30-6:45 pm, 4.25 hours per day (approximately)
  • Elementary Work Schedule (Late Start): 1:45-6 pm, 4.25 hours per day (approximately)
  • Middle School Work Schedule (Regular Start): 1:25-5:45 pm, 4.25 hours per day (approximately)
  • Middle School Work Schedule (Late Start): 2-6:15 pm, 4.25 hours per day (approximately)

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.

If interested in being considered, please submit resumé and cover letter to Colleen Loc (cloc@ciskalamazoo.org).  Please identify the name of the position in the subject line of your submission.  To help ensure your submission is received, please either email your materials as a PDF and/or do not include the word “resumé” in your email subject line.

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Executive Assistant —Full-Time

 Position Summary:

Full-time year-round position that is shared among members of the senior leadership team of CIS, working approximately half-time to support the Board of CIS and its Executive Director and the remaining time in support of the senior leadership team comprised of five senior directors in site services, development and business engagement, finance, hr and facilities, community engagement and student investment and quality and evaluation.  This position provides high-level, organizational support to the leadership of a complex organization and is responsible for maximizing productivity, continuity and capacity-building for the governance and leadership activities of the organization.  Develops and implements systems to assure organization and access to information.  Able to represent the Executive Director and other senior leaders in preliminary requests, able to solve basic problems and convey information to internal and external audiences, such as staff, Board members and community partners.

Working Conditions: 

Typical office working conditions, where there is no physical discomfort due to temperature, dust, noise, and the like. Some lifting required for obtaining, transporting, and storing office supplies and equipment, 15 pounds. The ability to work independently and perform word-processing, data input, compiling reports, generating correspondence, and the operation of other office equipment required. Requires driving between locations—school settings, agency settings, businesses; Michigan driver’s license and the availability of a vehicle required with the capacity to obtain automobile insurance and adequate coverage.  Must be able to work occasional evenings, weekends, and/or early mornings in order to cover work responsibilities. Must complete requirements for a criminal background check.  Must be able to regularly observe students and other staff, as well as the ability to hear questions and comments from a variety of stakeholders giving and seeking information.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provides comprehensive administrative and organizational support for the leadership of Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo, including the governing board, the Executive Director and up to five senior directors, with responsibility for developing, managing and storing systems of information, such as student records, board governance, legal documents, historical records of the organizations, correspondence, reports, etc.
  • Maximizes the productivity of the Executive Director and Senior Directors by handling routine communication and problem-solving, scheduling and internal/external coordination of activities. Able to sustain organizational routines in the absence of the leadership and work independently.
  • Supports all Board governance functions including Board meetings, Committee meetings and special events, providing scheduling, room and food arrangements, agendas and other advance information, meeting summaries, etc.
  • Coordinates the specialized needs for support with other staff, including assistance with special projects in marketing, accounts payable/receivable, events management, mailings, reporting, etc.
  • Develops and maintains an advanced understanding of how the organization works, including relevant history, procedures, work cultures and work styles. Makes recommendations for continuous improvements in supporting the management, communication, coordination and maintenance of information. Uses up-to-date technology (hardware and software) to maximize effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Able to maintain a very brisk work pace, managing multiple tasks and projects simultaneously with advanced capacity to work in an open environment with frequent interruptions.
  • Effectively utilizes standard office technology, both hardware and software including word processing, data bases, electronic mail and other software supporting presentations and publications.
  • Consistently demonstrates significantly above average communication abilities in listening, speaking, writing, understanding and transmitting complex information. Able to accurately and completely summarize, report, interpret and convey information from a variety of media, including meetings, telephone calls, written documents, etc.
  • Understands the sensitivity and need for confidentiality and discretion and consistently demonstrates the capacity to maintain privacy and mature judgment.
  • Exceptional interpersonal relationship skills and a strong customer service orientation, inspiring confidence in his/her capabilities, judgment and work ethic.
  • Consistently demonstrates the value of diversity in word, thought and deed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

Seasoned executive office professional with several years of progressively more responsible administrative support for individuals in leadership positions. Previous experience in a not-for-profit or service or education setting desirable, with brisk work pace and multiple, complex demands.  At least some college or the equivalent required; Associates or Bachelor’s degree preferred.

  • Requires experience with Microsoft Windows or similar operating system, including use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Microsoft Publisher: knowledge of Microsoft Access highly desirable. Experience with other data base software and demonstrated capacity to use the software for data entry, data analysis and reporting.
  • Sound math skills and experience with office-based computation functions. Experience with databases and with the ability to produce tracking reports in an understandable manner—graphs, charts, analyses, etc.
  • Excellent communication skills required, including oral, written, and interpersonal skills to interact with leadership, public, co-workers, volunteers, clients, and others. Ability to independently develop routine reports and correspondence.
  • Mature judgment, integrity and reliability and the ability to manage shifting demands and priorities in a calm, effective manner. Ability to take initiative to complete tasks independently and/or to seek direction or clarification when needed.
  • Ability to read, comprehend, and transmit written or verbal detailed and complex instructions in order to plan and perform job responsibilities according to deadlines and other requirements.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.

Position will remain open until filled.  Please submit a letter of introduction and a current resumé to Colleen Loc (cloc@ciskalamazoo.org).  To help ensure your submission is received, please either email your materials as a PDF and/or do not include the word “resumé” in your email subject line.

 

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