Executive Director

Job Type

Full Time




PO Box 6071
United States


Executive Director for Communities in Schools of Whatcom County responsible for raising funds for operations; building school partnerships for success; and overseeing and managing the organization’s operations and drop-out prevention programs.

Introduction: The mission of Communities In Schools (CIS) of Whatcom-Skagit is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. 

After more than 30 years of working with youth and their families, Communities In Schools has come to understand that every child needs and deserves access to Five Basics in order to learn, stay in school, and prepare for life.  These are:

  • A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult
  • A safe place to learn and grow
  • A healthy start and a healthy future
  • A marketable skill to use upon graduation
  • A chance to give back to peers and community

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Develop, manage, and execute all fiscal responsibilities including budgetary, tax, legal, financial, reporting, and evaluation obligations.
  2. Recruit, train, supervise, coach, and evaluate a diversified CIS staff.
  3. Develop, coordinate, and implement initiatives to ensure effectiveness of the CIS program.
  4. Direct and support the annual operations plan, school site plans, and long-range strategic plan.
  5. Establish and maintain productive, working relationships with appropriate schools, businesses, social services, parents, government representatives, and Board partners.
  6. Serve as primary staff advisor to Board on all CIS matters.
  7. Develop, research, manage, support, and execute applicable fundraising programs and events including solicitation of donations and grant proposals.
  8. Present the CIS mission, vision, and initiatives within the community and act as a liaison to other organizations providing leadership in the fields of mentoring and dropout prevention.
  9. Serve as CIS public relations official. Develop and approve all public relations materials.
  10. Manage and evaluate all program operations, recommending changes as needed.
  11. Prepare periodic progress reports and an annual report for the Board, state and national offices on the status of the organization in achieving its objectives.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s in public administration, education, social science, community development, or related field and a minimum of five years of experience in dropout prevention and organizational leadership.

Experience/Skills Required:

  • A commitment to and passion for young people’s educational success
  • An understanding of CIS Five Basics in achieving successful educational outcomes
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in management, financial management, strategic planning, and board development
  • Familiarity with the concepts of asset-based community development, family support, and sensitivity to the needs of youth
  • Experience and success with grant writing and donor cultivation
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, abilities, and family structures
  • Entrepreneurial skills 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Computer and social media skills

This position is full-time.  Salary and benefits are DOE.

To apply send cover letter, resume and three references to info@ciswhatcom.org

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree