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Community Engagement and Development Manager

Charter Foundation
Sebastopol, CA
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

Position: Charter Foundation Community Engagement and Development Manager

Classification: PT, Non-exempt

Hours: Flexible according to scope of work needed. Average of 15-25 hours/week, occasional evening and weekend hours required

Salary Range: $25-$30/hour DOE

Interested applicants should please email a cover letter, resume, and short list of professional references to with “ATTN: Hiring Committee” in the subject line.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 30, 2023 -- No phone calls please.

The Charter Foundation (CF), the official fundraising arm of Sebastopol Charter School, the longest running Public Waldorf charter school, is searching for a dynamic, inspiring and bold Community Engagement and Development Manager to lead the Foundation’s development and parent involvement efforts during an exciting time of growth.

The Charter Foundation seeks an experienced community relationships builder, skilled volunteer organizer, charismatic leader, and excellent project manager to meet the new and exciting needs of the Foundation in support of the next phase of the School’s development.

The Community Engagement and Development Manager will be primarily responsible for inspiring, generating, and coordinating support for all of the CF’s fundraising and community building efforts both within the parent body, and in connection with the larger community beyond the school. This position reports directly to the Charter Foundation Board, while working in close coordination, and ongoing daily partnership with the CF’s Administrative Director, school leadership, faculty and parent volunteers.


  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills with ability to work in a diverse community and elevate all voices present

  • Excellent oral communication skills and ability to speak clearly, in an engaging and motivational manner at public and school events.

  • Proven management and leadership capabilities, exceptional people empowering prowess

  • Excellent written communication, research, and organizational skills

  • High energy, positive, magnetic and inspiring “can-do” attitude

  • High attention to detail; high degree of initiative and a self-starter

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

  • Strong partnership-building, event planning skills, and meeting facilitation skills

  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively

  • Advanced computer skills and knowledge of data base and spreadsheet programs

  • Ability to lead effective publicity, marketing and communication efforts

  • Strong understanding of fiscal management, ability to develop and manage budgets, report costs, and meet financial goals

  • Familiarity with Waldorf philosophy and charter schools a plus

  • Experience with varying fundraising methods such as, grant writing, events, capital campaigns, digital fundraisers, auctions, festivals and business sponsorships

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred or significant relevant work experience


The essential duties and responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:

  1. Annual Development Plan-- Develop and implement a strategic annual fundraising, engagement and development plan with input and approval from the Foundation Board, Administrative Director and school leadership including specific goals and strategies to meet all fundraising objectives. Candidate will evaluate current fundraising efforts and provide new, creative and effective strategies to meet fundraising objectives and needs of campus and ongoing school programs.

  2. Annual Pledge Program-- Provide primary leadership and publicity of the Annual Pledge Program. Communicate and demonstrate the impact of the parent pledge program, attend new parent orientations and various Parent Evenings and events. In coordination with Administrative Director, secure pledges and report on progress towards class and school goals.

  3. Event Leadership/Support-- Lead/support and manage various fundraising events, ranging from auctions to festivals, some of which are parent volunteer led or have a parent volunteer support team.

  4. Committee Leadership-- Develop, lead and manage parent/community volunteer committees in conjunction with Annual Development Plan and Foundation Board fundraising goals.

  5. Community Engagement-- Cultivate relationships with the parent community to engage in fundraising committees and volunteer activities throughout the school year, including active recruitment, communication and support of leadership volunteers. Create a positive and inclusive giving culture for school families.

  6. Donor Relationships-- Build contacts and nurture relationships with current and potential corporate and foundation sponsors, individual donors, parents and local business partners.

  7. Grant Writing-- Lead search efforts for grant opportunities and collaborate with the Grant Committee in the grant application process.

  8. Charter Foundation Representation-- Act as regular liaison with the school leadership and the school community maintaining communication to ensure that CF activities are in alignment with school goals, school charter rules, values and mission.

  9. Communications-- In partnership with the CF Board, Administrative Director and school leadership, develop and execute an effective strategy for communicating the mission, impact, and ongoing goals and needs of the Charter Foundation fundraising and campus building efforts to further inspire participation and awareness within both the local and surrounding community.

*For more information on Sebastopol Charter School, please visit

Company Description
The Foundation is a non-profit corporation formed in 1998 to raise money for the creation and ongoing support of Sebastopol Charter School. The Foundation currently holds $9 million in assets, consisting primarily of the school’s new 20-acre campus located at 1111 Hwy 116 N in Sebastopol, CA.

The funding for the Foundation comes principally from the pledge donations of our school families, along with various fundraising programs and events throughout the year. In school year 2021-2022, 98% of school families collectively pledged about $270,000 to the Foundation.

The Foundation is overseen and directed by its Board of Directors, which oversees its finances, fundraising, and building maintenance. The Board maintains close cooperation with the School Board and administration.

Charter Foundation


1111 Gravenstein Hwy N

Sebastopol, CA