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Administrative Positions

Development Manager
See the PDF of the job description here.

The Walden School ( seeks a Development Manager to join the School’s dynamic, fun, and collegial San Francisco-based administrative team. The Development Manager, with the Executive Director and Board’s Development Committee, helps 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), and is an excellent project manager. 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. 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 the Executive Director, the Administrative Assistant, the Board of Directors, and on occasion, program faculty & staff, 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 & development experience – while desired – is not required. More important than prior fundraising experience is a demonstrated passion for Walden’s mission, vision, and values, our programs, and a sincere desire to learn all aspects of the role, contribute to the continued success of Walden, and grow in the position and with the organization. The position is located in the charming Glen Park village neighborhood of San Francisco, easily accessible to BART, Muni, and both the 101 and 280 freeways.

Duties & Responsibilities:  

  • Developing and executing the Annual Fund plan so as to generate approximately $400,000 annually from a current donor base of nearly 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 support to the alumni network to help achieve development goals, including planning, managing, and implementing of alumni reunions and periodic alumni engagement events;
  • Compiling and distributing monthly email newsletter and accompanying webpage;
  • With Executive Director, managing Walden’s social media presence (private FB group, public FB page, Instagram page, and Twitter account);
  • 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, preparing, and mailing gift acknowledgments and managing donor correspondence
    • Soliciting new donors, lapsed donors, and implementing plans to secure increased gifts from current donors
    • Maintaining and executing an effective and well-organized program for donor recognition and stewardship
    • Maintaining files and records for donors, including paper and email correspondence
    • Creating social media content for fundraising campaigns, alumni engagement, and event recruitment
  • Supervision of 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 and taking committee meeting minutes and preparing committee reports;
  • 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, which has recently transitioned to from Microsoft Access. Working with the Administrative Assistant, Executive Director, board, and other staff to develop reports and queries used for Walden’s fundraising, marketing, and outreach activities.
  • Supporting the Executive Director in fundraising tasks and representing The Walden School in a professional and positive manner.
  • Other related projects, tasks, and duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

The Development Manager 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, PowerPoint, Outlook) and internet browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc.) and other applications is required. Familiarity with fundraising databases is desirable. Familiarity with Salesforce, SurveyMonkey, Constant Contact, WordPress, and MS Access are preferred. Ability to lift 25lbs required.

Compensation: Salary, 3 weeks paid vacation, 10 federal and personal holidays, and a flexible work schedule are offered. Some telecommuting is possible, 1-2 days per week. While medical, dental, and other health benefits are not offered, an annual health benefit stipend is provided.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, current resume and writing sample (donor solicitation, grant application, newsletter sample, or other similar correspondence), to Seth Brenzel, Executive Director, at No phone calls, please. The position is open until filled. We will review applications from interested candidates and contact you should we wish to arrange an interview. The Walden School is an Equal Opportunity employer.

2022 Summer Positions

2022 Young Musicians Program Choral Director
See the PDF of the job description here.

The Walden School seeks an outstanding, caring, and motivated musician to serve as the Choral Director at its flagship Young Musicians Program in Dublin, New Hampshire (on the campus of the Dublin School), during the summer of 2022. 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.

The Walden School Choral Program applies the school’s signature Musicianship curriculum to existing repertoire, while building community through group performance. As such, the Choral Director employs Movable Do Solfège, Curwen hand signs, and the Walden School’s rhythm syllable system in order to empower students to learn music without relying on a piano. The Choral Director should aim to embody the values of creativity and discovery in their teaching methods, bringing together a chorus of 60-80 members with a wide range of age, choral experience, and musicianship expertise.

The Choral Director conducts the following ensembles:

  • Full Chorus: Includes all faculty, staff, and students and meets five days per week
  • Faculty/Staff Chamber Singers: Meets 1-2 times each week
  • Student Chorus: Meets once each week
  • In the spirit of collaboration, the Choral Director also organizes and mentors faculty members in leading other subsets of the chorus such as High Chorus (soprano and alto voices), Low Chorus (tenor and bass voices), and Treble Chorus (younger students).  Most summers, a student-led group of older students forms an “Elder Student Chorus”, a group that is mentored and overseen by the Choral Director.

The Choral Director leads a final Choral Concert on Friday evening, July 29, which is the culminating performance of Festival Week. The Choral Director is responsible for selecting repertoire and is encouraged to choose works that balance composers of different genders, races, and backgrounds as well as varied time periods and cultures.

Additionally, the Choral Director guides 3-5 interested students in composing choral pieces and prepares small ensembles for premiere performances during the Festival Week Composers Forums.

As a Faculty member, the Choral Director teaches one 45-minute class each day (Monday through Friday), in addition to leading daily chorus rehearsals.

The specific class is particular to the Choral Director’s teaching experience. The Choral Director also provides additional tutoring and mentoring to young musicians (ages 9-18), supervises students in dormitories and during afternoon and weekend recreational activities, and generally provides leadership for varied musical and non-musical activities throughout the day and week. 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 such as conducting or electronic music. 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 (no later than June 20) through August 2 (departure). These dates may be subject to change depending on necessary COVID-19 prevention protocols that are still undetermined at this time. Some preparation work is expected in the spring for choral planning, class planning, and program planning. Compensation is in the form of salary, as well as room (single room, shared bathroom with students & other faculty/staff) & board. A modest travel stipend is also offered to defer costs of travel to and from Dublin, New Hampshire, where the program takes place.

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.
  • Candidates with prior Walden teaching/working experience and/or who have attended Walden’s programs.

Once offered employment, faculty members must become certified in CPR (valid at least through July 31, 2022). Faculty members must also have a valid US driver’s license for the duration of the summer session and are expected to occasionally drive 15-passenger vans as part of their summer responsibilities.

  • A résumé or CV
  • A cover letter (up to 2 pages) responding to 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
  • Links to unlisted or public YouTube videos from rehearsal and performance, demonstrating your conducting methods (facing the conductor, if possible), adding up to a maximum of 10-20 minutes

Send materials to:

Seth Brenzel, Director, Young Musicians Program
The Walden School
7 Joost Avenue, Suite 204
San Francisco, California, 94131

Volunteer Opportunities

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