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Help us bring our young writers' stories to life.

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Development Manager

Issue Date: November 7, 2018
Final Filing Date: Open Until Filled

Position Summary

The newly created position of Development Manager will play a key role in helping Chapter 510 & the Dept. of Make Believe advance our mission to serve thousands of Oakland’s children and youth with dedicated writing support. You will manage our 3-year, $3 million comprehensive campaign, build our donor base, and drive the fundraising programs to meet revenue goals. You might also put on a costume and lead a field trip every now and again if you’re game.

We are looking for a strategic, mid-career fundraising professional with experience in executing a successful development strategy who would like to grow with us. We’d love to work with a creative thinker with an eye for detail, someone who loves our mission, and a kind leader who works happily in a team. You will report to the Executive Director and work collaboratively with staff and community partners. This position manages one AmeriCorps Fundraising and Communications Associate.

This position is based in Oakland, CA and is full-time starting as soon as possible.

Read more about this position and how to apply here.

Paid Editorial Mentors
+ Illustrators Needed
for Chapter Book Writing Workshop

About the Workshop

From November 17-March 2, we will welcome 5-8 10-12 year old writers graders in for a Chapter Book Book Writing Workshop. Author and Teaching Artist Tiffany Golden will teach narrative and guide students through writing their own 5-chapter books.

Each student will be paired with a local author as their editorial mentor and assigned to a professional illustrator who will bring their book to life.

After the camp has concluded and the stories are in, illustrators will finish the artwork and we will have the books professionally designed and printed for publication to be released at a book fair and reading this June. These youth imprints will then be sold in our store, local book stores, and will be in circulation in our Oakland Public Libraries.

In-person meeting dates: Nov 17, Dec 15, Jan 19, Feb 2, Feb 16, Mar 2

Editorial Mentor’s Role & Qualifications

Each student will be paired with a writer as their editorial mentors. Mentors will meet with their young writer every other week at our center or via video chat to talk through their story and give feedback. Books will be shared with editors through Google Docs where they can give feedback throughout the workshop.

In addition to the 30 minute sessions, we require that mentors come to our book release fair which will take place on June 8.

We are looking for published YA or children’s book authors for this role. We would love all authors to be local, but are open to authors who can work remotely, as well as long as they can come to the fair.

Editorial Mentor Compensation & How to Apply

We will pay editorial mentors a $250 honorarium for their time, which we hope will not exceed 10 hours of mentorship. If you are interested in helping us bring our student’s books to life, email your cv to


Illustrator’s role

We are looking for artists to design covers and do spot illustrations for our youth-written chapter books penned during this workshop.

Illustrators must be able to commit to meeting with a young writer twice during the workshop duration, then once the workshop is over, work to bring their book(s) to life with 3-4 simple spot illustrations and one simple cover illustration (lettering optional). We also require you to attend our book fair celebration on June 8.

We will then take students stories and your illustrations and have the books professionally designed and printed for publication to be released at a book fair and reading.

These youth imprints will then be sold in our store, local book stores, and will be in circulation in our Oakland Public Libraries.


We will pay illustrators $250 for a simple cover design and 3-4 black & white interior spot illustrations. We value Oakland artists, and your time and talents, so again, illustrations can be simple. If you are interested in bringing our student’s books to life, email with a link to your work or attached work samples.

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 year!

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 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.