Executive Director

  • 125 W Exchange Pl, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Do you have a passion for making a difference in the lives of children and youth?  Have you successfully led an organization that is instrumental in helping diverse kids in a large urban setting succeed in school and in life?   

Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo (CIS) is looking for a dynamic individual who will lead a team of 150 employees, develop strong relationships with partner agencies, welcome volunteers, and actively cultivate financial support for the organization.

The ideal candidate will have a Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant area with multiple years of executive-level experience in non-profit management.  Proven management knowledge and experience in board governance, program design and management, complex budgets and financial reporting, grants management and fund development is required.  Previous experience working directly with children in an educational, social work, or similar environment is strongly preferred so that they can succeed in school, graduate and be prepared for life.

Job Description


Responsible for overall leadership, development and management of Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo (CIS), assuring that the organization fulfills its mission and achieves its strategic and tactical goals and objectives.  Leads and operationalizes programs that support and reach students representing a range of economic, educational, cultural, and racial backgrounds.  Partners with Kalamazoo Public Schools and service providers to meet the educational, physical, and social needs of children. 

Champions the needs of the community’s children to succeed in school and to be prepared for life.  Assures that the organization fulfills its fiduciary and fiscal management and oversight responsibilities, including active participation in cultivating and soliciting financial support for the organization and in meeting required standards, regulations and laws.  Identifies opportunities and writes grants that support organizational priorities.  Represents the organization and advocates for its mission to external groups and individuals. 



  • Assists the CIS Board with refining a vision for CIS, engaging in strategic planning and setting goals for the organization.
  • Lead the organization in becoming a more equitable, diverse and culturally responsive organization.
  • Uses the strategic plan and annual operations plans to guide the organization to achieve its goals and objectives.
  • Assists the Board in appropriate monitoring and adjustment of its priorities. 
  • Be a respected spokesperson and advocate for the community’s children.

External Partnerships

  • Develops and cultivates effective partnerships with organizations and individuals (e.g. school district, funding sources, health and human service agencies, businesses and other community resources) that are critical to the attainment of CIS goals. 
  • Develops and maintains appropriate linkages with state and national CIS networks. 
  • Promotes CIS to key partners.
  • Negotiates and sustains agreements with Kalamazoo Public Schools, individual school sites and community agencies/partners to deliver effective services that contribute to the achievement of the organization’s strategic plan and annual goals.


  • Oversees the delivery of complex service delivery strategies within multiple school settings in accordance with the appropriate code of ethics, applicable laws and regulations, CIS standards and the integrated student services model.
  • In concert with the CIS Board, develops and implements CIS business plan, including programmatic strategies as well as public relations, marketing and media campaigns. 
  • Assists the Marketing and Fund Development Committees in implementing an effective resource development plan and other fund-raising strategies. 
  • Writes grants or assures the preparation of grants for services that contribute to the achievement of CIS goals.
  • Establishes and maintains a functional infrastructure for the organization, including routine office procedures, effective documentation systems and tracking mechanisms that can be utilized to evaluate goal achievement and organizational impact as well as financial and programmatic accountability.  
  • Develops and maintains whatever reporting mechanisms are required for national and state organizations or funding sources.  
  • Establishes and maintains a functional human resources management infrastructure for the recruitment, selection, retention and development of human capital that enhances the achievement of organizational priorities and goals.
  • Responsible for all contracts and other legal documents on behalf of the organization.  
  •  Develops and implements effective strategies to inform and engage the community in addressing the needs of K-12 students, including funding, partner service provision, volunteering and advocating. 
  • Assures effective evaluation measures that support programmatic decisions, reporting to funders, donor feedback and cultivation and the resource deployment decisions.



  • Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant area with multiple years of relevant executive-level experience and demonstrated skill in non-profit management. 
  • Strong leadership and relationship-building skills with a demonstrated ability to develop partnerships with agencies, professionals, parents and other stakeholders.  Demonstrated capacity for systems thinking, while paying close attention to and managing details. 
  • Proven knowledge and experience in board governance, program design and management, complex budgets and financial reporting, human resources management, grants management, fund development and marketing/promotions.  Advanced understanding of complex organizations and service delivery systems and how they function.
  • Proactively supports and embraces diversity. Culturally sensitive and can recruit and retain organizational talent that reflects and connects with the representative groups we serve.
  • Previous experience working directly with children in an educational, social work, or similar environment strongly preferred.
  • Well-developed knowledge in human growth and development with a focus on comprehensive child and adolescent development in a diverse urban environment.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, discretion, integrity, and overall ethical practices.  
  • Demonstrated ability to get people and organizations to work together to achieve goals.  Knowledge and experience with a wide range of community resources including human services, healthcare, education, recreation, employment and basic needs necessary.  
  • Ability to ignite hope in all children and youth so they can succeed in school, graduate and be prepared for life.
  • Success writing grants, securing sponsors, cultivating and soliciting individual gifts to provide a solid financial base for the organization.


  • Ability to comprehend, interpret, convey complex and detailed instructions to plan and perform job duties and to multi-task effectively and efficiently.  
  • Ability to use personal computers with a proficiency in word processing software, spreadsheets, etc. 
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills, as well as interpersonal skills, to interact with staff and board members and a wide range of stakeholders from students and families to community leaders.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.