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Communities In Schools of Tennessee

Chief Executive Officer

Communities In Schools of Tennessee


Job Summary

Communities In Schools of Tennessee (CIS-TN) is a nonprofit that partners with K-12 public schools to surround students with a community of support empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
As part of the CIS national network, CIS-TN achieves this mission by placing site coordinators in schools across the state to provide school-wide interventions and case managed services for students in need.
To best support the students, families, schools, community partners, and our staff members involved in this work, CIS-TN staff and board members center all decisions, actions, and services on the following core values:

  1. Integrity – We openly share how our work is done, and we hold ourselves accountable to the commitments we make.
  2. Empathy – We intentionally build relationships so we can learn about people’s stories, validate their experiences, and deepen our understanding of situations different from our own.
  3. Equity – We identify and work towards removing individual and systemic barriers so everyone has the same opportunity to achieve.
  4. Authenticity – We create space for the people we work with, and for, to be their truthful, complete selves without judgement.
  5. Collaboration – We bring people together to plan and take action in our work, understanding we make lasting change in partnership with one another.

For more information, please visit our website at

Job Responsibilities

The CEO will serve as the senior-most leader for CIS-TN reporting directly to and collaborating with the Board of Directors. The CEO will provide executive leadership and is responsible for the overall planning, development, implementation, management, and evaluation of Communities In Schools of Tennessee.

The CEO will

  • Provide leadership in the development of, and the continuous evaluation of, short and long-term strategic objectives.
  • Provide oversight for fundraising and resource development strategies, goals, and connections to ensure adequate funding levels and lead the fiscal management efforts for the organization.
  • Oversee and ensure the organization meets all national standards and is prepared for regular reaccreditation reviews and other compliance protocols.
  • Partner and collaborate with CIS National and other CIS affiliates throughout the state to advance the brand and mission of CIS.
  • Lead the human capital strategy and management for the organization to ensure a pipeline of talent and employee engagement.
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors to ensure strong governance to include financial, administrative, and business process controls facilitating sustainable growth.
  • Establish and maintain close partnerships with state government leaders, including the governor’s office, legislators and staff, and with appropriate departments, commissions, and committees charged with addressing issues affecting children, youth and their families.
  • Establish and maintain community and partner relationships to support student programming and advance the mission of CIS-TN.
  • Provide marketing and communications leadership to promote the mission of CIS-TN, establishing and maintaining appropriate linkages with media outlets.


The competencies for this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Exemplifies the core values of the organization in all situations.
  • Creates a compelling sense of organizational purpose to appeal to key stakeholders while also inspiring others.
  • Develops and maintains positive relationships with external stakeholders (including school district staff, state-level partners, funders, vendors, etc.) to ensure trust in CIS-TN by making formal and informal contacts.
  • Exhibits commitment and demonstrated experience leading an organization to becoming truly diverse, equitable, and inclusive in every aspect of the business model and service delivery.
  • Leads the board and staff to develop and implement an aggressive strategic plan; strong business acumen with an eye-toward growth and risk management.
  • Models timely, thorough and independent decision making for agency staff.
  • Coaches and motivates direct reports, manage relationships with various professionals in multiple locations with diverse needs and expectations.
  • Evaluates data and trends; proficiency tracking progress within a framework of programmatic requirements.
  • Demonstrates excellent writing, communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Is licensed to drive in the state of Tennessee with an exemplary driving record.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree or above preferred
  • Experience and leadership in nonprofit management

Additional Information


Benefits include:
• Medical, dental, and vision insurance premiums covered at 100% for employees.
• Employer-paid short-term disability insurance.
• 401(k) and match up to 2%.
• Generous PTO and holidays

How to Apply

CIS-TN actively seeks to diversify its staff and encourages candidates of historically underrepresented populations to apply for this position, including but not limited to, those identifying as Black/African American, Indigenous/Native, Hispanic/Latinx, Asian, Middle Eastern and other people of color; LGBTQ+ candidates; and candidates with disabilities.
CIS-TN is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Submit your cover letter and resume by visiting Deadline for submission is 6/6/23.
A criminal background check is required for any candidates who are offered a position with CIS-TN and will be administered after an offer for employment is made.


  • Date Posted: May 23, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Executive Leadership
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Start Date: 07/05/2023
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk; M-F, 8:00am - 4:30pm