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Development & Events Manager

As the Development & Events Manager, you will be Chapter 510’s third salaried team member, working with both the Executive Director and COO (co-founders) to execute our annual fundraising strategy.

You will be responsible for researching, writing and managing grants, coordinating individual donor giving campaigns, running community and fundraising events, and maintaining our newly minted Salesforce CRM—all to help us secure the funds needed to grow our staff and programs and to build our future two story youth writing center and magical bureaucracy (interactive retail store) here at 2301 Telegraph in Oakland.

This is an excellent opportunity for individuals who have experience in and a passion for community and literary-arts education seeking a long-term, high-impact development position with a ton of potential for professional growth in the field.

We believe in engaging our small, but growing team of nonprofit leaders in their strengths and interests, including all staff in our overall strategy and visioning process, empowering individuals to grow professionally, and supporting them for the long-term.

About Chapter 510 & the Dept. of Make Believe

Chapter 510 (chapter provides free in-school tutoring, creative writing workshops, and publishing opportunities for K-12 students in Oakland.

We are currently in the 826 National Chapter Development Process (, and like the other chapters of the 826 Network, we are a volunteer-powered organization that recognizes young people’s ability to communicate powerfully through words and print, where our youth and their perspectives are visible, and our teachers are honored and supported.

Chapter 510 was founded in 2013 by a group of Oakland residents who, inspired by 826 Valencia, wanted to create Oakland's own literacy project focused on supporting teachers and developing creative and expository writing skills for students. In 2015, we found our home at 2301 Telegraph Avenue, and opened our magical bureaucracy (and retail store), the Dept. of Make Believe (, and currently work with over 500 students per year here at our center and within four OUSD schools.

By late 2019, we will open our fully re-built 3,500 sq. ft writing and bookmaking center here on Telegraph Ave. which will host programming nearly every day and inspire and mentor thousands of Oakland students.

About the position

The Development & Events Manager is a new part-time (.80 FTE/32 hours per week) role and reports directly to both the Executive Director and COO (co-founders).


Grants Management (25% of role)
Organize and Support ED in all stages of public and private grant-related fundraising efforts including:

  • Researching grant opportunities

  • Writing, compiling, and submitting applications

  • Managing grant invoicing & reporting  

  • Sharing grant awards with our community

  • Thanking and updating grant Program Officers on program accomplishments

  • Grant acknowledgements and benefit fulfillment

  • Assisting ED in ensuring compliance with grant award agreements

Community & Fundraising Event Management (25% of role)
Reporting to the COO in the management of all community and fundraising events.

  • Create a strategy for First Fridays and other community events to increase community engagement and excitement

  • Lead event coordination for all Chapter 510 events, including 12 First Friday open houses, 2-3 “friend-raising” community events, and one annual fundraiser

  • Research and coordinate all outside event vendors (catering, DJs, etc.)

  • Contract designers and lead the creation of all online and offline design assets for events, including all online/offline promotional materials, event programs, and any event swag

  • Execute event marketing/promotion on all platforms

  • Create and maintain event registration for ticketed events (Paperless Post, EventBrite, etc.)

  • Ensure that contracts with any event sponsors are adhered to

  • Manage event interns and work with the COO to place, communicate with, and train all event volunteers

Small Donor Individual Giving Campaign Management (25% of role)
Work with the COO in managing, coordinating, and communicating all online small-dollar giving or call-to-action campaigns (e.g. #GivingTuesday, end-of-year giving asks, future writing center build-out campaign)

  • In partnership with the COO, strategize and plan each campaign including monetary goals, ask strategies, themes, and communication plans

  • Build out and write content for any online giving platforms needed for direct or peer-to-peer giving in our webstore or using outside online platforms

  • Project-manage all campaigns, working with staff to execute each campaign and reach fundraising goals

  • Lead all social media and web content creation to communicate giving campaigns across multiple platforms

  • Oversee all newsletter communications/asks for campaigns

  • Contract designers and lead the design of all online and offline design assets for campaigns, including any donor incentive gifts mailed or given to donors

  • Research potential online social-media-based contests (e.g. Project for Awesome), and manage all “call to action” campaigns

Salesforce CRM Strategy & Management (10% of role)
Lead the implementation and maintenance our CRM (Salesforce) for development purposes (specifically tracking foundations & indv. donors)

  • Ensure that all past grant and donor data is properly entered into our CRM

  • Work with outside Salesforce professionals to craft a CRM “needs” document and long-term strategy for our CRM use

  • Enter all new grant/donor data into Salesforce on a regular basis

  • Train all staff and interns in Salesforce, making sure everyone is making use of the software

  • Research and implement CRM integrations with our email, email lists, calendar & online store

General Development (15% of role)
Help with general development  items assigned by the ED and COO.

  • Update and/or create all development communications materials, including email solicitations, direct mailings, online giving pages, and other fundraising materials, drafting as necessary

  • Support frontline fundraising: generate profiles, talking points, packets and any other additional materials as requested

  • Work with the ED to develop a cultivation strategy; draft written materials, including profiles, research, preparation of talking points; and meeting invitations and other materials as needed

  • Oversee physical in-kind donations: intake, logistics, receipts, and donor thanks and recongnition

  • Correspond with donors and prospects to schedule meetings and follow-up on invites and mailings

Things we all do
With such a small team (of three!), we are all required to help with the following...

  • Help maintain the cleanliness and organization of our store and writing sanctuary

  • Be a thought partner: attend weekly staff meetings and all annual planning retreats & meetings with staff and board

  • Attend and help plan and run all friend- and fund-raising events

  • Speak about our programs at various in-house and outside events

  • Volunteer for our writing and tutoring programs when needed

  • Help each other with various other projects if time allows

About you


  • 2-5 years relevant experience in development & events management

  • A passion for youth, education, writing, and mentorship

  • Excellent & proven writing skills and a love for good design and clear communication

  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills

  • Awareness of current nonprofit fundraising trends and events

  • Highly organized with a deep love of project management tools and systems

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • Able to take ownership and drive activities to completion

  • Positivity, openness, and a curiosity for the challenges of building a start-up nonprofit

  • Ability to work with a culturally diverse population and a variety of partners and audiences

Great to haves

  • A BA/MA in English, Creative Writing, Communication/Marketing/Business, or similar field

  • Salesforce (or other CRM) experience

  • Experience with Asana (or other project management software like Basecamp)

  • Competent with MailChimp, SquareUp, HootSuite, and SquareSpace

  • Savviness with PhotoShop and InDesign

  • Proficiency in a second language (Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin)

Salary & benefits

This is a 32hr/week (80% FTE) position, but does require you to work some evenings and weekends. First Fridays of each month included.

Salary range $35,000 - $37,500/annually, which includes comprehensive dental and medical benefits, three weeks PTO & seven paid days sick per year, and holiday pay (one holiday of which is your birthday and an extra paid week during the winter holiday season!).

To apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to by Sept 29, 2017.

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Summer/Fall Internships
August 1 - December 16, 2017
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 fall!

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 and fall interns to help us with communications, event and store management, program management, 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.