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Communities In Schools of New Mexico (CIS) places full-time site coordinators in public schools to help increase graduation rates. Site coordinators evaluate and implement school-wide and individual supports based on five areas: attendance, academics, behavior and social/emotional learning, basic needs, and parent engagement. Site coordinators build trusting relationships with students, families, and school administration to help foster community and improve school culture. CIS currently serves over 6,000 students in eleven Santa Fe schools. CIS is a state affiliate of Communities In Schools National, the nation's number one dropout prevention program. 

Communities In Schools is committed to a workforce that is representative of the varied communities we are privileged to serve. We provide a work environment that does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other basis protected by applicable law.

We are currently accepting resumes for Field Operations Director and Site Coordinator ("Student Support Specialist"). Email cover letter referencing position in which you are interested, resume and how you heard about the position to





Founded in 2012, Communities In Schools of New Mexico (CIS) supports children, youth and families impacted by poverty and trauma by building and implementing robust community school initiatives that emphasize the whole child, whole family, whole school and whole community. Full-time Student Support Specialist/Site Coordinators work inside public schools to remove socio-economic and social emotional barriers. Student Support Specialist/Site Coordinators implement needs-responsive school-wide and individual supports based on six areas: attendance, academics, behavior, social/emotional learning, basic needs and parent engagement. Through a comprehensive annual needs assessment/asset-mapping process, Student Support Specialist/Site Coordinators build trusting relationships with students, families, school staff, community partners and stakeholders to foster community, increase engagement and improve school culture and student well-being. CIS currently serves 6,400 students in ten Santa Fe schools, and continues to grow.


In 2013, the Community Schools Act was enacted to provide schools with a strategy to organize community resources to ensure student success while addressing the needs of the whole student. In 2019, New Mexico amended The Community Schools Act requiring community school initiatives to implement the Learning Policy Institute’s four key community school pillars and conduct a needs/assets assessment to guide the partnerships, supports, and services community schools require.  Communities in Schools of New Mexico is aligned with state law.



This exciting and challenging role oversees the Student Support Specialist/Site Coordinator Team, including staff supervision and general program management. This person works as part of a team with the Program Director, Executive Director, Volunteer Coordinator, and Data and Assessment Manager (the “Program Admin Team”) in order to ensure Communities In Schools’ framework for student success is implemented at each school we serve.



  • Supervise and support the CIS Student Support Specialist/Site Coordinator Team, who work full-time inside high-poverty public schools to connect students to caring adults and culturally responsive community resources, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

  • Maintain program quality and positive student outcomes as the organization grows and evolves by working as a part of the Program Admin Team in developing and implementing program initiatives and processes.

  • Efficiently carry out daily program management logistics. Create program materials; run staff meetings, trainings, and retreats; help hire and train program staff.

  • Manage positive collaborations with school principal and staff and community partners.

  • Complete other duties as required.



  • Master's degree in social work, public administration, education, or related field required

  • Minimum of 3 years in program management with direct supervisory experience

  • 2 years working with public schools, public school districts, or comparable education environment

  • Demonstrated experience in cultural sensitivity and social emotional competency

  • Experience with data management systems to include high level analysis, training, and generating reports

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Proficient in MS Office Suite.

  • Capacity to be flexible working in a changing, fast paced environment

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team, support a team and work individually

  • Strategic, critical thinking, problem solving and leadership skills



  • English/Spanish Bilingual

  • Clinical social work and case management experience

  • Prior experience working with Northern New Mexican communities



Work Environment:        Office/Community

Lifting Requirement:      25 pounds

Travel Requirements:    Regular travel, including training and meetings

                                                Reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, and auto insurance



Salary based on 40 hours a week and dependent on education and experience

SIMPLE IRA plan with employer contribution                      

Medical, dental, vision, life & disability insurance with a generous employer contribution

5 weeks paid personal time off, annually



Email cover letter indicating that you are applying for the Field Operations Director position, resume, three references and how you heard about the position to info@cisnm.orgAt least two references must have been direct supervisors. Position is open until filled. No phone calls, please.


Site Coordinator (“Student Support Specialist”)

Job Description


Location:        Santa Fe, New Mexico       

Department:   Program       

Reports To:    Program Director

Classification: Full time, exempt, August through May



It is the mission of Communities In Schools of New Mexico (CIS) to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. The heart of our work is the building of trusting, long-term relationships between site coordinators, students, families, school staff, and service providers, thereby creating a network of awareness and support around vulnerable children. Our goal is to do whatever it takes, in and out of the classroom, to mitigate poverty-related obstacles that impede a child’s social-emotional development and readiness to learn, in order to promote academic success, high school graduation, a pathway to college/career, and opportunities to lead a productive and fulfilling life. We are a state affiliate of Communities In Schools, the country’s #1 dropout prevention organization. 



Working in partnership with the school principal, leadership team, and wellness team, CIS Site Coordinators (also called “Student Support Specialists”) provide integrated services that address unique school-wide issues and individual student needs in the areas of attendance, academics, basic needs, parent engagement, behavior, and social-emotional learning. Site Coordinators also case manage 30-50 students throughout the year, providing critical resources such as food, clothing, access to social-emotional learning groups, tutoring, and referrals to outside providers. At the heart of a Site Coordinator’s work is the forging of caring and lasting relationships with students and their families, who often face overwhelming poverty or trauma-related challenges in their lives that are impacting their ability to succeed in school.



Minimum, bachelor's degree in social work; master’s degree in social work preferred.

Bilingual Spanish/English - All CIS of New Mexico Site Coordinators need to be able to discuss complicated educational and social service topics with the many monolingual Spanish-speaking students and parents we serve.

Experience working with children in an educational setting.

We are currently hiring for Site Coordinators to be placed in elementary schools, so demonstrable experience working with this age group is required.



Demonstrable commitment to social justice and equity.

Demonstrable commitment to quality education and youth development.

Demonstrable ability to take initiative and be tenacious in problem-solving.

Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task.

Strong and patient communication skills and collaborative spirit.

Willingness to learn database system and use frequently for data tracking.



  • Fully integrate into your school and build strong relationships with school staff in order to collaborate effectively with school leadership, staff and teachers in implementing the CIS model.

  • Lead the annual CIS School Needs Assessment process, using data, surveys, and interviews to identify the unique assets, challenges, and needs of the school and its student community.

  • Lead the development of the School Support Plan, mapping out the blend of supports that CIS will coordinate in the school that year in order to address the needs revealed in the Needs Assessment.

  • Lead the delivery of programs and supports throughout the school year. Rather than duplicate services, CIS site coordinators find quality services in the community and bring them into the schools where they can be most easily accessed by the students and families who need them most. CIS site coordinators build relationships with partner organizations and act as a bridge between them and the school. CIS site coordinators occasionally facilitate and run programs if there is no community organization currently meeting a specific need.

  • Coordinate and provide targeted and individualized services for specific students who are identified as having the greatest risk of eventually dropping out of school based on early warning indicators such as low attendance rates, behavior issues, lack of access to basic needs such as food and shelter, or poor academic performance.

  • Manage a caseload of approximately 30-50 students each school year, including preparing a Student Needs Assessment and Student Support Plan for each case managed student. Identify a specific, achievable goal for the student to work toward and provide tailored resources and opportunities for improvement. Collaborate with the school wellness team and teachers regarding the student’s success.

  • Collect and enter information into the CIS database “CISDM” and complete all monthly and quarterly reporting in a timely manner to school and affiliate leadership, contributing to affiliate-level reports for partners, funders and the Communities In Schools national office.  


NONESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS                                                                      

  • Other duties as assigned by Executive Director, Program Director and school Principal within the scope of work.



Work Environment:     Office/School/Community

Lifting Requirement:    25 pounds

Travel Requirements:   Minimum travel, including training, home visits and field trips, etc

                                    Reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and auto insurance

                                    Pass SFPS background checks

The physical requirements described here are a representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Communities In Schools is committed to a workforce that is representative of the varied communities we are privileged to serve. We provide a work environment that does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other basis protected by applicable law.


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 Executive Director or Program Director as required.

To apply, email cover letter indicating that you are applying for the Site Coordinator position, resume and how you heard about the position to