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Development Assistant Job Description


The Oxbow School is a not-for-profit semester-long residential program for up to 48 high school juniors and seniors located in downtown Napa focusing on studio art-making and interdisciplinary humanities. 

This newly created position is a part-time position and entails approximately 15-20 hours of work per week, with possibly more hours necessary leading up to two major weekend events in May 2017. This position reports directly to the Director of  Development.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Support all Development efforts
  • Prepare and execute mailings for the Annual Fund including solicitation and acknowledgement letters, Annual Report; and all events
  • Process credit card payments, check and stock donations, post payments to the database
  • Maintain development systems and records
  • Run database reports as needed for the Director of Development, Head of School, and Board of Trustees
  • Support the Director of Development with three major annual events which includes setting up the website for each, preparing invitations and any other correspondence, processing donations, coordinating with donors, tracking RSVP’s and any necessary follow-up post-event:
    • Wine Auction
    • Annual Benefit
    • Glamping
  • Work closely with Director of Development on alumni outreach and program:
    • Annual fundraising
    • Alumni event(s)
  • Assist with other events as needed
  • Create and distribute monthly e-Newsletter to extended Oxbow community
  • File all development-related correspondence
  • Be available to work occasional evening and weekend events


  • Knowledge of and facility with database programs; FileMaker Pro experience a plus
  • At least one year working experience with relational databases
  • Tech-savvy and curious; meticulous attention to detail
  • Flexibility with schedule - events are labor-intensive in the fall and spring; Annual Fund is busy early fall and late spring. Some weeks will be busier than others.
  • College degree
  • Calm demeanor and collegiality

Please submit cover letter and resume to:

The Oxbow School does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

February 2017


Summer Camp 2017 Positions


Oxbow Summer Art Camp
Counselor, Faculty, and Teaching Assistant Intern Positions

Priority Application Deadline: January 15, 2017
*Please note: We will accept applications beyond this date until all positions are filled.

Since 1999, The Oxbow School has offered a one-semester, visual arts-based program for high school juniors and seniors. In 2004, Oxbow added a unique summer camp program, Oxbow Summer Art Camp, for youth ages 14-16. The camp features high-level professional art instruction using an interdisciplinary approach consisting of short-term projects, field trips, and co-curricular activities.

All staff reside on campus during the course of the camp. Room and board is provided. This is very different from a public school, a community-based arts program, an undergraduate college, or other daytime-only program where the students come and go. As a residential program, staff members are involved with the students throughout the entire day, both inside and outside the classroom. Staff members must be willing to make a full-time commitment to the students during the course of the camp and accept the demands this commitment will place on their time and attention.

Preference will be given to applicants who meet the following:  
- You are passionate about art!
- You enjoy working with teens and have prior teaching or leadership experience in a school or camp setting. 
- You are able to make a full-time commitment to the program and bring a high level of participation to camp for the duration of the program. 
- You have a college degree (or are currently seeking a degree) in art, youth development, or teaching, and/or have a career in the arts. 
- You thrive in intense environments, are conscientious, willing to work hard, and are committed to the safety, well-being, and growth of each member of the camp community. 

*Please note that the minimum age requirement is 20. All staff reside on campus during the course of the camp from mid-June through early August. Room and board is provided.

To Apply:  Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter by email to:
Susan Lynn Smith, Oxbow Summer Art Camp Director,

•Please write the subject line of the email as follows:
OSAC 2017 - "Position Applying For" Application - "Your Full Name."
(I.e. OSAC 2017 - Counselor Application - Sarah Clarke)  

•Please submit your resume and cover letter according to the following conventions:  
"Last Name_Resume" and "Last Name_Cover_Letter"  

*Only applicants who follow these application instructions will be considered. Please do not call.

Artists In Residence

Caroline Woolard


Artist Caroline Woolard will be joining our faculty for Fall 2016 to work with students on projects.

Artist Biography

Caroline Woolard makes art and infrastructures for the solidarity economy. Her method enjoins objects to their contexts of circulation. Woolard builds sculptures for barter only as she also creates international barter networks that continue to grow; she fabricates model Shaker housing and she also convenes organizers of community land trusts. 

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Artists In Residence

Tucker Nichols


Artist Tucker Nichols will be joining our faculty for Fall 2016 to work with students on projects. You can join us for a lecture with Nichols:

Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 7:00 - 8:30PM
Locationi: The CIA at Copia Theater, 500 First Street, Napa, CA

Artist Biography

Tucker Nichols is an artist based in Northern California. His work has been featured at the Drawing Center in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Denver Art Museum, Den Frie Museum in Copenhagen, and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.

His drawings have been published in McSweeney's, The Thing Quarterly, Nieves Books and the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times. He is co-author of the books, Crabtree and This Bridge Will Not Be Gray.

He is represented by ZieherSmith in New York and Gallery 16 in San Francisco.


It's Time to Apply!


The Oxbow Admissions office is still accepting applications for the Spring 2017 semester. Please reach out to with questions or to inquire about space.

We began accepting applications for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 on September 1st.

Most students and their families hear about Oxbow from alumni! So Ox-bohemians please spread the Ox-word to friends and neighbors. You can also help by setting up a presentation about your Oxbow experience at your high school.

You can write Oxbow reviews to get the word out to other students and families at the following sites:
Private School Review

Holly McVeigh
Admissions Director

Summer Camp

Oxbow Alum is Head Counselor!


Haley English, Head Counselor, is currently living and creating art in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Haley is attending the Institute of American Indian Art with a focus in painting. She is Red Lake and Turtle Mountain Chippewa and comes from a multidimensional family that inspires much of her artwork and personality. She has been an elementary school art teacher, nanny, and art camp counselor for the last five years and hopes to continue working with kids and art for many years to come! Haley is an Oxbow alumna from OS18 and is really excited to be returning to Oxbow art camp for her second summer!

Summer Camp

Camp Welcomes a New Counselor!


MaryKatherine Michiels-Kibler, Counselor, or simply MK, is a San Francisco native who frequently finds herself in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She recently returned home from living in Florence, Italy for nine months where she studied history and photography and saw more art than she thought was physically possible in a year. In the fall, she will return to Sarah Lawrence College in New York where she studies writing and film. MK loves working with youth of all ages, especially if it involves creativity and nature. An Oxbow Summer Camp alumna, she is excited to return and hopes to learn and grow as much as a counselor as she did as a camper.

Summer Camp

Oxbow Alum is New Camp Teaching Assistant!


Mikhaila Quezada-Freda, Teaching Assistant, attends The Cooper Union School of Art in New York City. She grew up near some mountains in Los Angeles, where she spent most of her time walking dogs, riding bikes, and hiking. In New York, the lack of mountains and the cold weather haven't discouraged her from being outside: even in winter, she commutes on her bike and works at a farmer's market. She works primarily in sculpture and installation, which entails casting with strange materials and using home-improvement techniques. Her apartment is part of her practice, as she uses piles of recyclables as furniture, and makes drawings out of cleaning products on her bathroom wall. She is an Oxbow alumna from OS27, and can’t wait to be back in Napa this summer.

Around the Bend

3rd Annual Riverside Picnic & Concert


To everyone who joined us for the 3rd Annual Riverside Picnic and Concert on Saturday, June 11 to RAISE THEIR PADDLES in support of The Oxbow School, THANK YOU! The event was once again a wonderful gathering of friends on Oxbow’s stunning campus to enjoy great food and wine, fun live bluegrass music, and we raised over $75,000 in support of deserving Oxbow students. Thanks to the generosity of the community who shares our commitment to student diversity, we are able to provide financial aid and create a school of access for students from a diverse array of backgrounds and experiences.

This event would not have been possible without our sponsors. Their contribution of delicious cuisine, wines and beer made the Riverside Picnic and Concert an event to remember - words cannot express how grateful we are to have the support of these fine Napa and Bay Area purveyors:

Cowgirl Creamery, Don Perico, Downtown Bakery & Creamery, Eight Noodle Shop, govino, Hog Island Oyster Co., Lagunitas Brewing Co., Let's Be Frank Dogs, Model Bakery, Napkins Bar & Grill, Roccia Viva Olive Oil, Silverado Vineyards, Thistle Meats, Zuzu Wood-Fired Paella Co.

Thanks also to our individual sponsors for their generosity in helping to underwrite the event: Ann Hatch, John Sanger and Maria Vella, Ross Levy, Catherine McNamee and Chris Miller, Jeremy Stone and Darren Waterston.

Thank you also to the Benefit Committee: Catherine McNamee, Amy and John Nichols, Katie Wheeler, Patricia Curtan, Mary Bourke, Susan Moodie, Terry Schulken and our event photographer Jason Tucker OS20. A special thanks to faculty and staff volunteers Tracy Bates, Jenny Emanuel, Cinde Cromwell, Patrick Foy, Holly McVeigh and Amy Troutner; and alum volunteer Silas Blunk OS27.

It was so rewarding to see long-time Oxbow supporters rally new Oxbow supporters along with many Oxbow alumni. Thanks to all who attended and the many who donated in absentia.

Stay tuned for a save-the-date for next year’s late spring/early summer event!

Stephen Thomas
Founding Director and Head of School

A School Like No Other