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Senior Director of Intensive Student Supports

Communities In Schools of Chicago (CIS of Chicago) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to working in partnership with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and community organizations to improve student success. During the 2019-2020 school year, CIS of Chicago served more than 50,000 students in 175 CPS partner schools. Working with a network of more than 150 community partner organizations, CIS of Chicago connected a wide range of services, including health prevention and education services, violence prevention programs, and arts and academic enrichment programs.

In 31 of our partner schools (Intensive Partner sites), CIS of Chicago placed highly trained, full-time staff members to provide integrated student services addressing school-wide needs, as well as targeted and sustained support and interventions for individual students. Formal evaluations of our work have consistently revealed statistically significant positive impacts on student academic achievement and graduation rates.

CIS of Chicago is an affiliate of Communities In Schools, Inc., the nation’s premier dropout prevention organization, with offices in more than 150 different cities and communities.

  • The mission of CIS of Chicago is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
  • The vision of CIS of Chicago is to ensure that every public-school student in Chicago graduates from high school prepared to succeed.
  • Core Values: Impact, Integrity, Social Justice, and Relationships

Key Responsibilities 

The Senior Director of Intensive Students Supports is responsible for ensuring that the organization meets its annual top-line, school-based Intensive Program goals.

To accomplish these goals, the Senior Director of Intensive Student Supports provides broad-level guidance and strategic direction to the organization’s school-based Intensive Program.

The Senior Director of Intensive Student Supports reports directly to the Chief Operating Officer, who oversees all organizational programs and works closely with the Chief Executive Officer, Senior Director of Partnerships, and the Chief Resource Officer to identify, promote, and foster external relationships and services growth opportunities.

The Senior Director of Intensive Student Supports is responsible for supervising a team of Field Supervisors and providing this team with the necessary support and training to be leaders and managers in the organization. Working closely with the Senior Director of Intensive Student Supports is (1) the Director of Clinical and SEL Services, who maintains the staff licensure via clinical supervision hours, clinical case record review, behavioral health services, training, and professional development protocols and (2) the Associate Director of Intensive Student Supports, who helps in the administration of internal deliverables, data, grant detail reporting, and procedural strategies in alignment with Total Quality Services (TQS) and accreditation expectations.

In addition to strategic program management and supervision responsibilities, the Senior Director of Intensive Student Supports is a member of the Executive Leadership Team, providing overall organizational leadership. In addition to the Executive Leadership Team, the Senior Director will serve on additional leadership teams as determined on an annual basis.

Specific duties of the Senior Director of Intensive Student Supports include:
  • In collaboration with fellow members of the Executive Leadership Team, ensure:
    • The organization is faithfully carrying out its mission, vision, and core values; and
    • All aspects of the organization’s programming are aligned with best practice standards promulgated by our national organization.
    • Program alignment to Chicago Public Schools requirements, mandates, and protocols.
  • Ensure that the CIS of Chicago Intensive team meets or exceeds its annual goals for:
    • Number of unique students and schools served by support programming.
    • Number of support programs connected to the CIS of Chicago school network.
    • Number of community service providers linked.
    • Other relevant benchmarks that are identified annually.
  • Responsible for providing clinical and administrative supervision for all Field Supervisors.
  • Ensure the Communities In Schools model of Integrated Student Supports is implemented at each Intensive school site with fidelity to national standards and in compliance with Chicago Public Schools policies.
  • Engage, recruit, and maintain Principal relationships throughout the school year inclusive of re-commitment strategies.
  • Responsible for all hiring and onboarding of new staff of the Intensive Team.
  • Engage external stakeholders, presenting overall program mission, special initiatives, and short- and long-term outcomes (includes media presentations).
  • Oversee data development and data collection processes ensuring that CIS of Chicago has the necessary qualitative and quantitative information to use internally and externally. In addition, on a regular basis, analyze program data and share with senior leaders.
  • Lead the process for new Intensive school recruitment, cultivate potential new school sites, and manage annual outreach to school prospects.
  • Work collaboratively with Chief Resource Officer and Chief Innovation and Communications Officer in growth-related initiatives, including but not limited to:
    • Contributing to grant proposals and reporting to key stakeholders;
    • Collecting and telling compelling stories about the impact of our programmatic work on students, schools, and communities; and
    • Serving as a spokesperson for the organization in a variety of forums, including the news media, conferences, coalitions, and one-on-one meetings with key external stakeholders.
  • Represent CIS of Chicago with CIS National for program initiatives, data analytics, and collaborative projects.
  • Participate in relevant personnel protocols inclusive of onboarding, evaluation, and progressive coaching in alignment with the mission, vision, and values of CIS of Chicago.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Enthusiasm for mission-driven work and ability to view department as an component of the overall CIS of Chicago approach to student supports.
  • Experience in guiding staff through relevant and rigorous evidence-based best practices, as well as providing administrative and clinical supervision.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, as well as independently, on the department’s short- and long-term goals and organizational outcomes.
  • Strong, professional communication skills inclusive of small/large group presentations, as well as the media.
  • Strong analytical skills (quantitative and qualitative).
  • Detail-oriented with a commitment to timely and efficient follow-up and follow-through.
  • Solution-oriented ability to navigate complex school environments.
  • Solid computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as well as case management database experience.
  • Demonstrates cultural competency and awareness by effectively working with people differing in value systems, ethnicity, cultural backgrounds, language capabilities, and abilities.


  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with at least seven to ten years of relevant experience. (Advanced degree in education or other youth development fields may be considered)
  • Working knowledge of department budgets and extensive previous administrative supervisory experience within a professional setting.
  • Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and reliable daily access to a vehicle.
  • A criminal background check and verification of employment and degrees is required.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to with “SDISS Position” in the subject line. No calls please.