Deputy Director of Programs - Communities In Schools of Seattle

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $55,000
Maximum: $65,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



2445 3rd Avenue South
United States


About the Organization

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

CIS-Seattle works in under-resourced schools to ensure that all students have the support they need to succeed in school and life. CIS is the nation’s leading dropout prevention program, founded on the premise that students can and will achieve academically when resources to address their academic and social needs are tailored, coordinated, and accessible. CIS-Seattle is an accredited CIS affiliate operating as an independent nonprofit at 9 schools in South and Southwest Seattle. 

CIS-Seattle currently provides in-school and out-of-school support for close to 5,000 students at Chief Sealth and South Lake High Schools; Aki Kurose and Denny Middle Schools; South Shore K-8 and Pathfinder K-8; Highland Park, Dearborn Park and Van Asselt Elementary Schools. A visual demonstration of work can be seen found on our logic model and short video.

About the Position

CIS-Seattle is hiring a full time Deputy Director of Programs (DDP). This new position was created to strengthen and grow our programs to better streamline and expand/expedite services to students and families accessing our support programs.

The DDP is dedicated to achieving program outcomes while managing highly skilled and independent teams across our school-based sites. Successful candidates will be experienced in providing supervision, have stellar interpersonal skills, be well organized, highly motivated, independent, have experience working with diverse youth and families of color, and have strong familiarity (and/or existing relationships) with Seattle Public School and local community-based organization. The DDP will work closely with the Executive Director and Leadership Team to ensure CIS of Seattle achieves its strategic plan of expanding services to create established support services/systems to complete our feeder patterns school network.

Job Location & Schedule

Typical hours are 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday, reporting to John Stanford Center for Education Excellence (2445 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98136) Regular travel to/from school sites and various meetings and events, as well as some evening and weekend hours may be required.

Responsibilities Include:

Developing Internal Leadership and Program Infrastructure (70%)

·       Provide leadership and direction to 20+ FTE, creating a positive environment and culture focused on professional development, mutual respect, individual and organizational growth.

·       Maintain Communities in Schools Total Quality System (TQS) standardizes

·       Establish clear expectations and goals for direct reports, and hold employees accountable for results through standardizing program operations across school sites.

·       Work with Executive Director to develop processes (e.g., onboarding, orientation, evaluation) that supports, compensates and honors staff for their skills and passion.

·       Seek input to prioritize projects and initiatives with a strategic focus on those that have highest return on people and program investment.

·       Work with Leadership/Administration Team to create and review annual work plans for organization.

Expanding, Building and Diversifying Sustainable Funding (15%)

·       Work with Fund and Operations Director, Executive Director, Board of Directors to create and implement an annual fundraising plan, which includes goals, milestones and timeline.

·       Cultivate relationships and steward donors to support CIS Seattle’s mission and community.

·       Strengthen and maintain systems and infrastructure to sustain fundraising efforts.

·       Work with Executive Director to maintain grants pipeline, oversee reporting and tracking, identify new grants, and develop foundation and funder relationships.

Maximizing Organizational Advancement (15%)

·       Work collaboratively with the Executive Director in the ongoing development of our DEI practices and embedding Youth Voice, Community Ownership, Racial Equity in our internal infrastructure.

·       Collaborate with the State and National Office in the development of the National CIS DEI tool kit, improvement of standards around best practices, and development of resources for capacity building (requires occasional travel to national and other state/affiliate offices).

·       Deepen relationship with Seattle Public Schools by participating and chair internal taskforce committees, hiring district leadership, and developing standard best practices for partnership recruitment, onboarding, expansion, and retention.

·       Provide expertise and consultation to various internal district departments – that include by are not limited to, Health Services, McKinney Vento, School and Community Partnerships, MTSS, Family Support Workers, and Family Engagement. 


The salary range for this position is $55,000 - $65,000 annually, dependent upon qualifications and experience. CIS-Seattle also offers an excellent benefits package including 20 Paid Time Off (PTO) days each year on top of partial summer and winter Seattle Public School breaks off (equivalent to 4 weeks off a year), as well as 100% employer paid medical and dental, individual professional development funds, and more.

Level of Language Proficiency

Required Qualifications:

●      AA degree with five plus years’ experience working with teens or young adults, Bachelor's degree with three years’ experience working with teens or young adults, or Master's degree with one year of experience, or equivalent.

●      Strong youth engagement and relationship-building skills, particularly with at-risk youth.

●      Commitment to social justice and racial equity.

●      Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with schools, students, parents, community representatives and the general public.

●      Excellent facilitation skills.

●      Strong verbal and written communication skills.

●      Strong organizational skills.

●      Flexibility, collaborative spirit.

●      Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

●      Strong computer skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Office.

●      Valid Washington state driver’s license, access to reliable transportation and proof of adequate vehicle insurance coverage.

●      Ability to lift 25 lbs on an occasional basis.

●      Commitment to helping young people stay in school and prepare for life.

Desired Qualifications:

●      Experience in education, social services, counseling, juvenile justice, or anti-poverty.

●      Knowledge of, and previous experience with, diverse populations (language, economic status, culture, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, etc.).

●      Comfort and competency in a multicultural environment.

●      Training in grief counseling with adolescents.

●      Ability to speak in a language in addition to English, especially Spanish and/or Somali.

●      Master of Social Work degree holders strongly encouraged to apply.

●      Advanced CPR/First Aid Training.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

2-year degree

How To Apply

Applicants of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. CIS-Seattle is an equal opportunity employer. To apply, send a cover letter and resume by 5pm, Friday, August 17, 2018 to: