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Director of Development & Alumni Relations

The Walden School seeks a Director of Development & Alumni Relations to join the School’s San Francisco-based administrative team to help lead the School’s annual fund and overall development effort. The ideal candidate is highly collaborative, exceptionally organized, has excellent persuasive written and oral communication skills (including communicating in email/online, letter, telephone, and in-person formats), is an excellent project manager, and enjoys an office environment that is collegial, dynamic, and fun. The position requires enjoying interacting with people of many different backgrounds and age groups. Also required is a sense of humor, flexibility, fine attention to detail, and being a fast learner. Moreover, the position demands someone who takes initiative in order to ensure results. Personal qualities of the successful candidate will include curiosity, warmth, resourcefulness, integrity, discretion, and personal and professional responsibility.

Candidates should be excited by Walden’s mission and programs and be interested in partnering with program staff, the Executive Director, and the Board of Directors in securing resources for the organization and The Walden School’s award-winning programs. An interest in music, music education, youth development, or another related field is desirable. Previous fundraising and development experience are desired.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Developing and executing the Annual Fund Plan so as to generate $400,000+ annually from a current donor base of approximately 500 donors, corporations and foundations;
  • Maintaining and refining annual fundraising strategies, goals, and benchmarks;
  • Managing annual fundraising activities, including mail/email/social media appeals, fundraising events, auctions, annual report, donor stewardship, and other donor cultivation/recognition projects, and spearheading new activities, where appropriate;
  • Providing staff support and leadership to the alumni network to help achieve development goals, including planning, managing, and implementing alumni reunions and periodic alumni/parent engagement events;
  • Compiling and distributing monthly email newsletter and accompanying webpage
  • Cultivating new sources of major gifts, and maintaining and developing current relationships;
  • Writing and submitting proposals and grant reports to institutional donors, as well as researching and developing new foundation funding opportunities and relationships;
  • Specific fundraising tasks include, but are not limited to:
    • Managing event preparations and operations
    • Maintaining donor records
    • Proofreading and editing documents
    • Processing gift acknowledgments and managing donor correspondence
    • Soliciting new donors, lapsed donors, and implementing plans to secure increased gifts from current donors
    • Maintaining an effective and well-organized program for donor recognition and stewardship
    • Keeping accurate files and records for all donors, including both paper and email correspondence
    • Creating social media content for fundraising campaigns, alumni engagement, and event recruitment
    • Supervising fundraising-related activities of office administrative staff, including donor records, mailing projects, and gift receipts;
    • Providing staff support to the Development Committee of the Board of Directors, including presentations of development and fundraising reports at committee and board meetings;
    • Working with and supporting Board of Directors in their fundraising activities, including regular check-ins with individual board members, and guidance of board members’ donor stewardship activities;
    • Preparation of regular fundraising reports for the Executive Director, Board committees, and Board of Directors;
    • Draft, edit, and proofread written communications related to development and fundraising;
    • Learning, maintaining, and updating the fundraising database. Working with the Executive Director, board, and other staff to develop reports and queries used for Walden’s fundraising. Helping take minutes at board meetings and maintaining records of the Board of Directors.
    • Supporting the Executive Director in fundraising tasks and representing The Walden School in a professional and positive manner.
    • Other projects and tasks as assigned.

The Director of Development & Alumni Relations reports to the Executive Director. Some US domestic travel is required, including summer trips to New Hampshire while the programs are in session. Occasional work on evenings and weekends is anticipated, as projects and events require. This is a full-time, exempt position.

Requirements:
Successful candidates must have received a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Proficiency with Windows, MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) and internet browsers (Chrome, IE, Firefox, etc.) and other applications is required. Familiarity with fundraising databases is essential. Familiarity with Salesforce, MS Access, SurveyMonkey, Constant Contact, and WordPress are preferred. Ability to lift 25lbs required.

Compensation:
Salary, 3 weeks paid vacation (4 weeks after 3 years of service), 10 federal and personal holidays, and a flexible work schedule are offered. Some telecommuting is possible. Medical and other health-related benefits are not currently offered.

To Apply:
Please send a cover letter, current resume and writing sample (donor solicitation, grant application, newsletter sample, or other similar development correspondence), to Seth Brenzel, Executive Director, at jobs@waldenschool.org. No phone calls, please. We will review applications from interested candidates and contact you should we wish to interview you. The Walden School is an Equal Opportunity employer. The position is based in San Francisco, California. The position is open until filled, with a target start date during April-May 2021.

A PDF of the job description is available here.

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2021 Creative Musicians Retreat
Electronic Music Faculty Member
Initial review of applications will begin April 1, 2021

The Walden School seeks an outstanding, caring, and motivated musician to teach at its Creative Musicians Retreat in Dublin, New Hampshire, during the summer of 2021. The Walden School recognizes that creative music-making takes many different forms and welcomes practitioners who share this philosophy and demonstrate it through their work. Faculty members teach two 75-minute classes each day, Monday through Friday, provide additional tutoring and mentoring to participants, participate in the School’s choral program, and generally provide leadership for varied musical and non-musical activities throughout the day and week.

In 2021, we seek a candidate who can teach two different classes in electronic music, teach private composition lessons, and assist in concert recording/technical coordination. Courses are designed and directed by the faculty member’s individual area of expertise and/or student demand. The program culminates in the performance of student compositions by guest artists and members of the community and it is the faculty member’s role and responsibility to facilitate students’ individual approaches to music-making. An overview of the electronic music program and recent course offerings can be found here. While the listed course offerings reflect the recent curriculum of our program, these should not be taken as a formula for our 2021 curriculum. Applicants are encouraged to highlight their unique strengths and what they would bring to our community. In addition to the academic responsibilities listed above, Walden faculty members are expected to attend all community events.

The specific classes and teaching loads are particular to each faculty member and their own teaching experience. Walden values creativity and community, and we seek outstanding artist-teachers who can inspire excellence in their students as well as lead effectively in a diverse community setting. Our students range in age from 18 to 80 and have a wide variety of educational, musical, and life experiences.

Faculty members must be available at least 5 days prior to the start of the session (no later than Wednesday, June 9) through Monday, June 21 (departure). These dates are subject to change depending on necessary COVID-19 protocols that are still undetermined at this time. Some preparation work is expected in the spring for class and program planning. Compensation is in the form of salary, as well as room (single room, shared bathroom with students & other faculty/staff) & board.

Preference may be given to:

  • Candidates who demonstrate an ability to communicate the unique aspects of their discipline(s).
  • Musicians who are not only outstanding teachers, but who also excel in multiple musical disciplines.
  • Experienced teachers who can expand Walden’s current offerings beyond the Western Concert Hall tradition.

Interested candidates should submit:

  • A résumé or CV
  • A cover letter (up to 2 pages) expressing any or all of the following:
    • Why you are interested in teaching at Walden and why you would be a good match for this position
    • Examples/brief descriptions of courses you could teach (no need to provide a syllabus)
    • A brief explanation of your teaching philosophy
    • How you would contribute to Walden’s values of inclusiveness, collaboration, respect, and openness to others’ interpretations and ideas
    • Your technical or electronic skills/experience

Please submit to:

Caroline Mallonee, Director
The Walden School Creative Musicians Retreat
30 Monterey Boulevard, Suite E
San Francisco, California, 94131
email: jobs@waldenschool.org

A .pdf of this job posting can be found here.

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2021 Young Musicians Program Faculty Member

The Walden School seeks outstanding, caring, and motivated musicians (composers, performers, improvisers, electronic musicians, scholars, conductors, theorists, etc) to teach at its flagship Young Musicians Program in Dublin, New Hampshire, during the summer of 2021. The Walden School recognizes that creative music-making takes many different forms and welcomes practitioners who share this philosophy and demonstrate it through their work. Faculty members teach three 45-minute classes each day, Monday through Friday, provide additional tutoring and mentoring to young musicians (ages 9-18), participate in the School’s choral program, supervise students in dormitories and during afternoon and weekend recreational activities, and generally provide leadership for varied musical and non-musical activities throughout the day and week. The specific classes and teaching loads are particular to each faculty member and their own teaching experience. The School values creativity and community, and we seek outstanding artist-teachers who can inspire excellence in their students as well as lead effectively in a diverse community setting.

All students sing in chorus and take classes in composition, musicianship, and a special topics course. Special topics courses are designed and directed by the faculty member’s individual area of expertise and/or student demand, and can focus on any form of music-making that they feel inspired to share. Recent examples include: electronic music, conducting, composing for voice, improvisation, jazz history, jazz performance and improvisation, film sound, medieval music, pop music arranging, contemporary performance, electronic music beat-making, and many more. The program culminates in the performance of student compositions by guest artists and members of the community and it is the faculty member’s role and responsibility to facilitate students’ individual approaches to music-making.

Faculty members must be available at least 5 days prior to the start of the session (arrival no later than Monday, June 21) through Tuesday, August 3, 2021 (departure). These dates may be subject to change depending on necessary COVID-19 protocols that are still undetermined at this time. Some preparation work is expected in the spring for class and program planning. Compensation is in the form of salary, as well as room (single room, shared bathroom with students & other faculty/staff) & board.

Preference may be given to:

  • Candidates whose practice demonstrates an ability to communicate the unique aspects of their discipline(s).
  • Musicians who are not only outstanding teachers, but who also excel in multiple musical disciplines.
  • Experienced teachers who can expand Walden’s current offerings beyond Western Classical Music and teach unique specialties.

Once offered employment, faculty members must become certified in CPR (valid at least through August 3, 2021). Faculty members must also have a valid US driver’s license for the duration of the summer session and are expected to drive 15-passenger vans as part of their summer responsibilities. If you have questions or concerns about these requirements, please contact Seth Brenzel at the email address listed below.

Interested candidates should submit:

  • A résumé or CV
  • A cover letter (up to 2 pages) expressing any or all of the following:
    • Why you are interested in teaching at Walden and why you would be a good match for this position
    • How you would contribute to and/or support your students, your colleagues, and the community
    • A brief explanation of your teaching philosophy
    • How you would contribute to Walden’s values of inclusiveness, collaboration, respect, and openness to others’ interpretations and ideas including any particular aspects of your training or experience that could help foster a safe and supportive environment for students of diverse backgrounds

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and résumé to:

Seth Brenzel, Director, Young Musicians Program
The Walden School
30 Monterey Boulevard, Suite E
San Francisco, CA, 94131

A .pdf of this job description can be found here.

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Staff Member – 2021 Young Musicians Program

The Walden School is seeking interested candidates who wish to participate as staff members in its flagship Young Musicians Program in Dublin, New Hampshire, during the summer of 2021. Staff members perform a variety of operational and supervisorial tasks in order to ensure the efficient running of our unique summer music camp and a nurturing and inclusive environment for its community members. Staff members’ individual roles and responsibilities vary from day to day, but often include a combination of administrative work, leading student recreation activities, and providing operational support for all of the school’s activities, including but not limited to moving furniture, making beds, running errands in local towns, doing laundry, setting up classrooms, distributing mail, lifting/carrying boxes/shipments. Additionally, staff members supervise students in dormitories, participate in the School’s choral program, and occasionally provide tutoring and mentoring to young musicians (ages 9-18) engaging in a wide range of musical practices.

Individuals who thrive as staff members at The Walden School are energetic, flexible, collaborative, enjoy working with young people and adults alike, are both self-motivated and able to take direction, and have a sense of humor.

The Walden School values creativity and community, and we seek individuals looking for a challenging and rewarding opportunity who can support our mission of inspiring excellence in students and lead effectively in a diverse community setting. The Director of Operations and the Director of the Young Musicians Program jointly supervise staff members.

Compensation is in the form of salary, as well as room & board. Candidates must have a high school diploma, must have graduated high school, at a minimum, one calendar year prior to the start of the Young Musicians Program, and cannot have been a student at the Young Musicians Program during the summer of 2020.

Preference will be given to:

  • Applicants with experience working as a mentor or counselor for school-age children in camp settings or otherwise
  • Applicants whose work experience demonstrates an aptitude for flexibility and teamwork
  • Applicants who have experience in a wide range of musical topics or musical styles
  • Applicants who have a valid driver’s license and are willing to drive a 15-passenger vehicle
  • Applicants who are certified in water safety and lifesaving or are interested in obtaining such certification prior to employment;
  • And/or applicants who will welcome the opportunity to perform some childcare duties for faculty & administration children as part of their duties

Once offered employment, staff members must become certified in CPR (valid through at least August 6, 2021). Additionally, staff members must be able to lift packages and boxes up to 25lbs in weight.

Staff members must be available at least 1 week prior to the start of the session (no later than Saturday, June 19) through Friday, August 6, 2021. These dates are subject to change depending on necessary COVID-19 protocols that are undetermined at this time.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and résumé to:

Seth Brenzel, Director, Young Musicians Program
The Walden School
30 Monterey Boulevard, Suite E
San Francisco, CA, 94131

A .pdf of this job description can be found here.

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Volunteer Opportunities:

We love our volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering for the Walden School, please contact us and send us some information about yourself. A member of the Walden administration will be in touch with you shortly. Thank you for your interest in volunteering.