We have been fortunate, and deeply grateful, to have had Jill Bottomley serve the Foundation and our School for the past 4 ½ years. Jill has brought heart, wisdom, creativity and innovation to her role, all while building connections that will hold true and strong. Jill has new frontiers before her to navigate, and we are excited for her as she sets forth on her next adventure. We are comforted that she will be here with us through this school year, to create and collaborate with her as long as we can. 💖

The Charter Foundation is now actively pursuing Jill’s replacement to hold the role of Community Engagement and Development Manager. See the job listing below:

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 fundraising@thecharterfoundation.org with “ATTN: Hiring Committee” in the subject line.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 14, 2023 — No phone calls please. The position will begin at the end of June 2023.

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 builder, skilled volunteer organizer, charismatic leader, proven relationship builder, 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. Committee Leadership— Develop, lead and manage parent/community volunteer committees in conjunction with Annual Development Plan and Foundation Board fundraising goals.
  1. 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.
  1. Donor Relationships— Build contacts and nurture relationships with current and potential corporate and foundation sponsors, individual donors, parents and local business partners.
  1. Grant Writing— Lead search efforts for grant opportunities and collaborate with the Grant Committee in the grant application process.
  1. 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.
  1. 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 www.sebastopolcharter.org