Preventing student dropout in Chicago’s public schools takes a team of professionals who are smart, passionate, creative and fearless. Colleagues come to our organization with experience honed in classrooms, grassroots nonprofit organizations, global agencies, law environments, and more. They stay because they are challenged to accomplish measurable and meaningful work, and when they leave, they are prepared for even more demanding jobs, or graduate school or nonprofit leadership.

If you’d like to join our team, review the open position(s) below. And, get to know us better by following our work on social media or reviewing our most recent Annual Report.


Community Partnership Specialist

The Community Partnership Specialist is a “relationship builder” and an integral part of the organization’s Community Partnership Team, a group of professionals who manage the partnerships of more than 200 agencies, institutions, and individuals that provide services in the areas of the arts, college and career readiness, health, and behavioral and mental health. The team works together to connect no-cost community partner programs to CIS of Chicago partner schools based on the schools’ expressed needs and priorities. Together, members of the Community Partnership Team execute a partner training series, monitor the quality of the partner programming, obtain and analyze data points related to student connections, and play supporting roles in a variety of other organizational projects, as needed.

The Community Partnership Specialist ensures that CIS of Chicago partner schools have the resources they need to provide their students with experiences and skills that prepare them for success after high school, whether that be college or another pathway. They are responsible for maintaining a portfolio of community partners that provide school-based programs from a variety of focus areas, as well as assisting or leading other organizational projects as needed and as assigned.

For more information on the job responsibilities and qualifications, view the Community Partnership Specialist position description.

To apply for this position, please submit:

  • A current resume;
  • A cover letter indicating why you are interested in being a Community Partnership Specialist at CIS of Chicago and what makes you a uniquely strong candidate for the position; and
  • 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 to and put “Community Partnership Specialist” in the subject line.

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?

Student Supports Manager

The Student Supports Manager (SSM) position will implement the CIS of Chicago integrated student services program. Each SSM is placed in one Chicago Public Schools partner. The SSM will provide integrated student services, addressing school-wide prevention, education, and enrichment priorities, as well as targeted and sustained support and interventions for individual students.

For more information on the job responsibilities and qualifications, view the Student Supports Manager position description.

To apply or for further information, please write or email (no faxes or phone calls):
Senior Director of Intensive Student Supports
Communities In Schools of Chicago
815 West Van Buren Street, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60607 – include “Student Supports 2020” in the subject line