Communities In Schools Programming Support Fellow

Organization Description

Communities In Schools (CIS) is part of the national Communities in Schools network, which is the leading dropout prevention organization in the country, and the only such organization that is proven to decrease the dropout rate and increase on-time graduation rates. Communities in Schools works to surround students identified as being at risk (at risk of falling through the cracks or falling behind their peers, or even dropping out of school altogether) with a community of support. They do this by matching student need with existing supports and resources in the community at the site of the school—where students can access them with greatest ease. Schools alone, can't keep all students on track and in school, but together, communities can; and that's the work of CIS: to bring students and families what they need through partnerships with agencies, both public and private to assist in the services and resources so desperately needed by those we serve. CIS works in 44 schools and two jail facilities across Charlotte-Mecklenburg, providing a host of case management services to Pre-k-12 grade students.


Under the direction of the VP Program Operations, this incumbent assists in creating, developing, and supporting in various program functions of the organization and performs a variety of tasks associated with CIS. The work in the program area includes planning, coordination, and support within Communities in School Program areas (Elementary, Middle School, High School, Project Lift, and Safe Journey). Implements, and maintains electronic system for data support; as well as, supporting particular needs of school staff.  

Programming Support

  • Works within various program teams to support initiatives and broaden CIS knowledge

  • Manages and coordinates CIS transportation needs utilized by CIS participants and students

  • Driving 15 passenger bus and providing support to students on educational field trips 

  • Sets up school site visits; accompanying Program Directors on certain visitations shadowing to provide a broad understanding and experience and provides input, as needed

  • Review and coordinate Site Coordinator requests, e.g., scheduling, planning trips, providing materials

  • Plans Program field trips and accompanies Site coordinators, as needed

  • Assist in the creation and review of programming within various CIS program areas

  • Assists all program areas in creation and coordination of special programming projects and special events to support CIS students

  • Assists with planning and coordination of career shadowing for students 

  • Assists Program Directors with interviewing process for Site Coordinators

  • Creates and organizes program materials, e.g., Middle School Training manual, CIS organizational review folders, etc. 

  • Creates business templates and presentations to support programming area

  • Plans and coordinates college tours for students in CIS programs

Records Management

  • Interface with site coordinators on an on-going basis the submission of student data; input information, as needed.

  • Effectively supports Program Directors in the organization and set up of files, both hard copy and/or electronic

Support of Total CIS Program

  • Help support special events developing an organizational culture that fosters teamwork

This job description reflects management's assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

Required Background & Skills

  • Bachelor's Degree in related field

  • Ability to use Microsoft software, to include Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

  • Ability to work independently, with an inquiring mind, to investigate new ideas and issues and correlations of items that may relate to the overall success of CIS

  • Ability to work under multiple demands

  • Familiarity with social sciences and youth serving industry preferred

  • An active driver's license with an acceptable driving record

Special Requirements

Person(s) well qualified for this role will possess the following skills:

  • Sensitivity and ability to appreciate points of view of personnel within the schools, other agencies/organizations, and volunteers, including a keen awareness of their needs and goals and how to build collaborative partnerships based upon fundamental CIS principles

  • Ability to perceive CIS project needs which relate to resources

  • Ability to acquire and maintain familiarity with all relevant sources of resources

  • Ability to be flexible in a work environment often filled with ambiguous situations

  • Ability to manage time and paperwork effectively