Job Opportunities


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Help us bring our young writers' stories to life. 

Three AmeriCorps Positions Open for the Fall

We have three full-time position provided as part of a partnership with the AmeriCorps BAYAC program and the AmeriCorps VISTA program, which includes a monthly stipend, full medical benefits, and a grant for continuing your education.

BAYAC AmeriCorps collaborates with over 20 agencies in over 70 schools and community-based organizations to serve youth and families in the San Francisco Bay Area. As part of AmeriCorps, BAYAC Members commit to a full-time (40 hours/week) term of service in Bay Area communities, working to provide youth with opportunities for meaningful engagement, skill building, and emotional and social development.

Our VISTA is provided in part by the Child Abuse Prevention Center. For nearly 40 years, The Child Abuse Prevention Center has been a state, national and international service, training, advocacy and resource center dedicated to protecting children and building healthy families. Known as the CAP Center and located in Sacramento, California, it is home to five unique agencies. Each agency takes a different but complementary approach to preventing child abuse by providing an array of programs to build strong families and keep children safe.

Elementary Programs Coordinator

As the Elementary Programs Coordinator, you will work directly with staff to help execute our 1t-5th grade youth programs within our partner schools and here at our Oakland writing and publishing center.

In addition to being a lead teaching artist for many of our youth programs, you will also be responsible for coordinating, placing volunteers within, and formalizing operations and systems for the following programs for 1st-5th grade students and educators: our 6-10 week in-school book publishing programs, our weekly storytelling and bookmaking field trips here at our center for OUSD classrooms, our spring break writing camp for elementary-aged kids, and our all-day Epic Writing Day at Acorn Woodland Elementary, along with other new writing programs developed over the course of the year for young writers. Read all about this amazing opportunity and how to apply here

High School Programs Coordinator

As the High School Programs Coordinator, you will work directly with all staff to execute our youth programs within our partner high schools MetWest High School and here at our Oakland writing and publishing center.

You will be responsible for coordinating, placing volunteers within, and formalizing operations and systems for the following programs: our in-school mentoring and book publishing program at MetWest High School, our monthly First Friday youth open mic for high school writers, our writing workshops for teens, and our fall college essay writing program in-schools and at our center. Read all about this opportunity and how to apply here.

Development and Communications VISTA

As our Development & Communications VISTA you will work directly with our Development Director to oversee our expansion campaign, and other fundraising efforts. You will manage our CRM in Salesforce, help with grant applications and reporting, and help with all fundraising events and campaigns throughout the year. You can find our more and apply for this position here. 

Volunteer Illustrators Needed for Weekly Field Trips

Come take part is weekly Storytelling & Bookmaking Field Trips and bring stories to life as students tell them! Our free filed trips and take place on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10am-12:30, and guide OUSD classrooms in a collaborative storytelling journey. Stories are typed by a scribe and live-drawn by an illustrator, and each young author will leave with a book produced right here in our bookmaking studio by the time they leave

This is a volunteer role! We ask artists to dedicate an hour and half between 10-11:30 to draw stories as they are told, three illustrations max! Our kids are always blown away by our illustrations; your impact on their confidence as writers is powerful. It's a great way to connect and give back to young Oakland. Email if you are interested in joining our crew of volunteer artists!

Summer Internships
June 15, 2018-August 30, 2019
12/hrs per week minimum at our center here in Oakland, CA

We're looking for 2-3 interns to help our writing center grow and thrive this coming spring!

About You

You are a person who loves writing, Oakland, and empowering youth through education. You are passionate but patient, and feel comfortable interacting with large, diverse groups of people of all ages.

You definitely have:

-Great communication skills

-A great sense of humor

-Strong writing and editing skills

-Experience using Google Apps

-An interest in writing, bookmaking, and/or education

-An excellent work ethic and attention to detail

We will love you even more if you have:

-Knowledge of social media best practices

-Proficiency in a second language

-Passion for and experience with fundraising (CRM management is a huge plus!)

-An interest in placemaking and/or merchandising

-Publishing/Editorial experience

-Graphic design experience. Comfortable using Photoshop, In Design, and/or Illustrator.

About the Internship Program

Chapter 510 is looking for summer interns to help us with communications, event and store management, program planning, fundraising, and volunteer recruitment, as well as help us think, write, and make around the developing programs at our emerging writing center. 

More generally, we need a sharp team of dedicated interns who want to help build and run a quickly growing Oakland literary nonprofit and retail center/art space.

Internship work may include any to all of the following:

-Publishing, book design, and bookmaking

-Social media, communications, marketing, and media relations

-Fundraising campaign and donor management

-Event planning and execution

-Creating and copy-editing website content

-Blog writing

-Newsletter building

-Retail store management

-Merchandising (concept to completion)

-Tutoring and leading classrooms

-General nonprofit management


This is a volunteer-based/non-paid internship. However, in addition to the free burritos, water (hot and cold!), coffee, cookies, and good cheer, we offer our interns many opportunities to grow professionally here at Chapter 510. We encourage all team members to pursue areas of interest and run with new ideas and projects. Also, as a new and emerging nonprofit, we give our interns a chance to be a meaningful part of building our organization. It's a great way to learn what it takes to start your own organization, project, or business!

We also have a high job placement rate post-internship as we are well connected with the Bay Area nonprofit sector. We love to see our interns off to fulfilling jobs and grad school programs (though we wish they would not move so far away when they do so!).

How To Apply

If you are interested in becoming an intern for Chapter 510 & the Dept. of Make Believe this fall email with a résumé, and cover letter discussing relevant experience, why Chapter 510 appeals to you in particular, what you hope to get out of the internship, and when you would be available.

Chapter 510 is an Equal Opportunity Employer—people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our interns, volunteers, and staff with ongoing career development opportunities.