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Communities in Schools of Tennessee

Development Manager

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 managers 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:

Integrity – We openly share how our work is done, and we hold ourselves accountable to the commitments we make.

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.

Equity – We identify and work towards removing individual and systemic barriers so everyone has the same opportunity to achieve.

Authenticity – We create space for the people we work with, and for, them to be their truthful, complete selves without judgment.

Collaboration – We bring people together to plan and take action in our work, understanding we make lasting changes in partnership with one another.


This critical member of our central office staff supports development efforts specifically with administrative tasks, database management, donor reporting, supporting volunteer requests and in-kind donations, grants management and reporting, board support, and ensuring that all appropriate processes and procedures are completed.

Job Responsibilities


The individual in this role will be responsible for the following:


  • Works with the Chief Development Officer (CDO) in aligning development/fundraising strategies and communications.
  • Maintains standard operating procedures for development activities – entering donations, sending thank you notes, and sending tax letters.
  • Manages donor reporting for annual giving and donor retention rates.
  • Maintains external donor profiles – such as Giving Matters and Guidestar.
  • Manages the overall integrity of the donor database with sensitivity to confidentiality and attention to detail. 
  • Provides support to third-party fundraising events implemented to benefit CIS-TN.
  • Assists in planning, content development, and execution of events.
  • Leads volunteer engagement initiatives in partnership with CDO and the program team.
  • Organizes and manages providing support supplies to staff including CIS materials, t-shirts, business cards, etc.
  • Monitors/manages volunteer portals.
  • Plans and manages the acceptance and distribution of in-kind donations.
  • Provides donor reports for EFT made through YourCause.
  • Supports grant management and reporting
  • Supports the Young Professionals Committee
  • Serves as the official board liaison (administrative duties listed below).

General/Other Support

  • Supports the management of the website and social media platforms by scheduling content to be posted and working with our contracted partners.
  • Develops and maintains a digital library of stories and brand/visual assets.
  • Represents the organization across the state.
  • Applies a clear understanding of racial inequities and other forms of discrimination and demonstrates a willingness to operate from an anti-oppression model to all aspects of the work.
  • Serves as the board liaison by supporting all aspects of the preparation, execution, and follow-up for successful board and committee meetings, including tracking RSVPs, sending board and committee materials, taking minutes, room set-up, etc.
  • Maintains Board distribution lists and contact information, sends out and tracks annual Conflict of Interest Forms and Disclosure Forms, updates Board Information and Committee Selection Sheets, and board meeting calendar.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

The statements contained herein describe the scope of the responsibility and essential functions of this position but should not be considered to be an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other areas to cover absences or relief to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload.  Other duties may be assigned by the Chief Development Officer, CEO, or other agency staff as required.



Associate’s degree or 3 years experience required; Bachelor’s degree preferred. The ideal candidate’s experience demonstrates the ability to manage a wide range of logistics and details with strong responsive communication skills, and experience with Excel, CRM platform management, and event logistics.

Additional Information



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.


Salary range is $40,000 – $54,000. 

Benefits include:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance premiums are covered at 100% for employees.
  • Employer-paid short-term disability insurance.
  • 401(k) and match up to 2%. 
  • 10 paid sick days and 15 paid vacation days, annually.
  • 3 floating holidays in addition to 12 other paid holidays throughout the year.

How to Apply

Submit your application by Wednesday, September 27, 2023, and visit www.cistn.org/careers.

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. Criminal background histories will not automatically remove a candidate from consideration and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, depending on the position, criminal history, time, etc.


  • Date Posted: September 19, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Fundraising / Revenue Development
  • Service Area: Children / Youth