Employment Type, Location, Benefits, and Compensation

Location: Walla Walla, WA

Position: Multiple Positions – 40 hours per week/200-240 workdays per year.

Reports to: Regional Director

Benefits: Medical/Dental, Vacation, Sick, Employer contributed retirement after one year

Hours: 10 AM to 7:00 PM, may require flexibility for special events on nights and weekends.

Pay Range: $23 to $28 per hour DOE


Job Summary

The Student and Community Advocates at Walla Walla High School will have a primary student academic, SEL, and social well-being focus during and after the school day. This position is responsible for the overall planning and implementation of the Communities In Schools model of integrated student supports in strong collaboration and partnership with building staff at identified schools. This school-based position identifies and coordinates available community resources and develops new strategies and partnerships to provide additional support to students and their families through confidential, developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive interventions, services, and supports.

Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Current Position(s) Available:

Walla Walla High School – Student and Community Advocate (3 positions available)


  • Work with school administrators, staff, teachers, and CIS leadership to ensure a team approach to build upon existing strategies and leverage new opportunities to address the academic, behavioral, social, emotional, and resource needs of students and their families. 
  • Assess community, school, and student assets and needs to develop an annual CIS site plan which identifies goals and leverages existing resources to avoid duplication.
  • Implement and coordinate the annual site plan strategies to include periodic monitoring to assess impact and adjust services as necessary.  
  • Manage a caseload of individual students identified with school leadership and staff, and provide individual supports that meet the unique needs of each student.
  • Provide whole school supports available to all students aligned with identified school goals.
  • Identify and apply tiered strategies to improve academic, SEL, and social well-being, and student goals including, but not limited to tutoring services and case management frameworks.
  • Maintain frequent communication with school building leadership regarding activities and progress toward goals. 
  • Build and maintain community partnerships to facilitate access to needed resources to meet the needs of students and families.
  • Serve as a broader community resource to schools by sharing information and supporting school-focused activities such as school orientations, open houses, and family engagement. 
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of school-wide and targeted strategies by utilizing a systematic data collection process.
  • Report progress to school leadership and community partners. 
  • Maintain a positive image by understanding and demonstrating the CIS mission, goals, and initiatives within the school and community.
  • Support local and regional partnership and resource development, by providing content for grant proposals, marketing opportunities, and hosting site visits as requested.
  • This role is designed to meet the needs of students during critical timeframes which include summer and school breaks.

Required Qualifications

  • Equivalent of a bachelor’s degree and 2 years of relevant work experience; or AA degree with 3 years of relevant work experience; or at least 4 years of relevant work experience. 
  • Strong relationship-building skills, particularly with disengaged youth and their families. This can be demonstrated through work experience, volunteer experience, and/or formalized education.
  • Demonstrated experience working with youth, knowledge of and passion for youth development.   
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with school staff, students, parents, community partners, and the public.
  • Ability to work with people of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. 
  • Resourceful – able to identify multiple solutions to presenting issues.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage competing priorities.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Basic computer skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Valid Washington state driver’s license, access to reliable transportation, and proof of adequate vehicle insurance coverage.
  • Ability to lift 25lbs on an occasional basis.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.

Desired Qualifications

  • Familiarity and existing relationships within the local community.  
  • Experience in education, social services, mental health, juvenile justice, or related field.
  • Advanced CPR/First Aid Training (or willingness to become certified).
  • Knowledge of and experience living and working within similar communities.  Bi-lingual and/or bi-cultural connection to Spanish-speaking community as appropriate based on building needs.

Application Instructions

To apply, submit your Resume, Cover Letter and References at the following link:


Applications will be accepted through December 5th, 2022.

Equal Opportunity Employer: CISWA is an equal opportunity em

Equal Opportunity Employer: CISWA is an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote regardless of age, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. We know our organization is successful due to the hard work and dedication of our passionate employees. CISWA’s dedication to promoting diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion is clearly reflected across our organization. Diversity is more than a commitment; it is the foundation of what we do.