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Gateway Public Schools Community Engagement Manager

Gateway Public Schools

Position Summary

Gateway Public Schools seeks an enthusiastic and experienced Community Engagement Manager with a commitment to public education, students and families, and the San Francisco community. This role will oversee community engagement efforts at Gateway, which includes event management, corporate and volunteer engagement, and management of our newly launched Alumni Council. Gateway is entering a five-year strategic initiative to increase our annual fundraising budget by $1 million. The Community Engagement Manager will play a key role in this initiative through the growth of existing events and building out new engagement opportunities within the San Francisco and Bay Area communities. The Community Engagement Manager reports to the Director of Development and Outreach, and works closely with Communications Manager and Development Associate. Read the complete description below. 

This is an in-person position that is temporarily remote due to the pandemic. Gateway employees are returning to the office in Western Addition as early as June 15. The office is close to several MUNI lines and offers onsite parking for $50 per school year.

To Apply

Submit your resume and a cover letter that details your interest in the position and Gateway to with Community Engagement Manager in the subject line. In your cover letter, tell us (1) why you want to work with us, (2) why you are a good fit for this particular role, and (3) how your previous work or life experience prepared you for this role. If you have one, please include your LinkedIn URL. Applications that do not meet this requirement will not be considered.

Compensation and Benefits 

This is a full time, exempt position with a competitive salary. GPS offers an excellent benefits package, including medical, dental and vision insurance, life insurance, six weeks paid vacation, holidays and sick time, professional development opportunities, a retirement savings plan, onsite parking, and, if qualified, student loan repayment support. 

Primary Responsibilities

There is a multi-year growth trajectory built into the primary role responsibilities described below. We have outlined both the experience and qualifications a candidate should currently possess, and also those they are expected to develop while at Gateway. We recognize that no one person will be equally strong in every area and that some candidates will bring other strengths or experiences we haven’t described here. If you are passionate about our work, please apply. We will carefully consider every serious applicant.

Annual Events

  • Manage planning and execution of Gateway’s fundraising and community-building events: logistics, budgets (both revenue and expenses), vendors, collateral, in-kind donations, corporate and table sponsors, and keynote speakers
  • Manage event host committees made up of trustees, donors and community members
  • Recruit, train and supervise event volunteers
  • Manage post-event engagement strategies to support donor stewardship priorities 
  • Work with the Communications Manager and Development Associate to develop collateral, email, social media, website updates, and other event marketing efforts 
  • Work in collaboration with the Director of Development and Outreach to develop event programming and fundraising strategy to meet fundraising goals 
  • Provide hands-on assistance as needed before, during and after events

Corporate Engagement

  • Research, identify and steward corporate fundraising opportunities in support of the five-year strategic fundraising initiative and the Gateway community 
  • Help create and facilitate corporate volunteer engagement opportunities

Alumni Relations

  • Support the launch of Gateway’s Alumni Council, including identifying opportunities for alumni to engage, get involved and give back to Gateway
  • Support alumni relations strategy by growing Gateway’s engaged community of graduates, including envisioning alumni presence on Gateway’s website and through social media channels
  • Work with the Communications Manager to leverage stories of Gateway alumni to raise awareness of Gateway’s impact on the graduate community

Communications Support

  • Support the Communications Manager in elevating Gateway’s reputation and visibility among individual donors and institutional funders
  • Develop content for fundraising-related collateral, including annual reports and donor communications


  • Participate as part of the Development/Communications Team in the planning and implementation of the annual strategic fundraising plan and revenue forecasting
  • Attend and represent GPS at events, speaking engagements, conferences, etc.
  • Work closely with parent volunteers, students, faculty, school administration and outside vendors to engage in development-related activities and school culture

Qualifications and Experience

  • 5-7 years of experience in events, conferences, and community engagement
  • A commitment to public education and alignment with Gateway’s mission and values, as well as creating an anti-racist community for students and families 
  • Ability to articulate Gateway’s mission, programs, and initiatives in a compelling way to diverse audiences
  • Ability to foster and maintain working relationships built on mutual trust and respect with parents, students, trustees, donors, alumni, and staff 
  • Attention to detail; strong organizational skills, verbal and written communication skills; and ability to work collaboratively across teams
  • Proactive nature with great attention to detail
  • Organize, prioritize and coordinate multiple work activities with the ability to meet deadlines and outlined team goals
  • Agility and flexibility in response to changing priorities and needs
  • Strong time management and prioritization skills
  • Proficient in Google Suite, experience with CMS and email marketing platforms strongly preferred
  • Experience with or a willingness to learn Salesforce, ParentSquare and PowerSchool
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to continuously acquire new competencies and accept new challenges

Hiring Timeline

The anticipated hiring timeline as of the posting of this position is approximately 8-10 weeks. Below are estimations of the hiring process, although this could change depending on applicants and work load:

  • Accepting applications: 2 weeks
  • Resume review and interviews: 4 weeks
  • Reference checks: 2 weeks
  • Offer extended: 1 week

Interviews will be conducted by phone, Zoom, and masked, in-person if deemed safe by the San Francisco Health Department and city regulations. 

About Gateway Public Schools

In 1998, a group of San Francisco parents had the dream of creating a school that would be a gateway to college for all students regardless of race, income or learning style. They founded Gateway High School, a college preparatory, public charter school in San Francisco. Since then more than 96% of our graduates have gone on to college, nearly twice the statewide rate. Expanding on its success, Gateway Middle School was established in 2011 to support students starting in 6th grade. Today, Gateway’s mission is to prepare a broad range of learners for success in college and beyond by combining a rigorous academic program with an approach where the individual talents, strengths and needs of our learners are identified and supported. With two campuses in San Francisco’s Western Addition, Gateway Public Schools (GPS) serves nearly 800 students and an entire community of educators each year. Learn more about our schools at 

Gateway is committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBTQ+ persons, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply.