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Ojai Music Festival Stewardship Manager

To Apply: send cover letter, resume, and references to | PO Box 185, Ojai, CA 93024. Please no phone inquiries

Internationally regarded as one of the most influential annual classical music events, the Ojai Music
Festival has long served as a creative musical laboratory for artists, composers and audiences alike to explore new and unfamiliar repertoire. The Festival uniquely combines the intimate setting of Ojai with artists performing innovative programs over an extended weekend to create an immersive experience. The Festival is committed to fostering a positive and dynamic culture among the performers, artistic staff, administrative staff, audience, volunteers, and the Ojai community. In addition, the Festival’s BRAVO education & community program actively teaches area youth about music and how it relates to other core curriculum subjects, as well as enriches the lives of the local elderly community. The Festival successfully led a community effort to raise $4 million to rebuild Libbey Bowl, which held its grand opening at the June 2011 Festival. Currently, the Festival is planning a comprehensive 75th Anniversary Campaign.

Job Summary:
The Stewardship Manager reports to the Director of Philanthropy to provide support for all aspects of the organization’s fundraising efforts, and manage the areas of patron engagement, database
management, annual fund campaign, and communications, and special events. The Stewardship
Manager will be part of a two-person department in a small but ambitious seven-person office.

Scope of Responsibilities:
• Manage Annual Fund campaign: Helps administer all aspects of annual giving of donors
through direct mail, email, and online campaigns; appeal segmentation donor
acknowledgement and stewardship; donor recognition and retention, as well as prospecting
for new donors; ensure prompt acknowledgement of gifts in coordination with the Director of
• Fundraising Communications: Work with Director of Philanthropy to create and maintain a
steady stream of ideas and materials for the Festival website, e-news, success stories, donor
• Patron Manager Database: Manage and oversee systems and procedures. Manage software
contract. Enters and acknowledges gifts. Accountable for ensuring high quality data capture;
financial reporting, analysis, and reconciliation; running and developing standard and custom
reports; record-keeping on donor giving and relationship history; creating and maintaining
mailing lists and patron segmentation; prospect research, and ongoing maintenance of
patrons’ records.
• Special event assistance: Coordinate donor-related events and other special events during the
Festival season and throughout the year

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
• BA degree (liberal arts or business preferred)
• Three to five years of experience in nonprofit development/fundraising
• Experience working with and managing fundraising databases (Patron Manager preferred)
• Proficiency and experience in Microsoft Office, including strong understanding of Word and
• Experience with email marketing and other e-communication services
• Strong written and oral communication skills
• Strong analytical skills
• Experience with basic graphic design; understanding of Adobe Creative Suite, a plus
• Ability to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, stand, walk for long periods of time, reach with hands and arms, climb, kneel, and balance

• Ability to be a self-starter and take initiative
• Demonstrates creative and innovative thinking
• Diligent, well organized, flexible, and able to adapt to unexpected challenges effectively
• Strong critical thinking and problem-solving abilities
• Demonstrates sound judgment and decision-making
• Excellent at multi-tasking and setting priorities
• Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with multiple constituencies
• Requires little supervision over many routine assignments
• A strong interest in classical music or performing arts is a plus
• High attention to detail
• Able to work some late nights and weekends
• Adaptable to a high paced office environment with many last minute adjustments
• Embodies the values of the Festival
• A sense of humor!