Development Program Manager, OBF

Oregon Bach Festival
Eugene, OR
Type of Position: 
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit the following with your online application:
• A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and requirements outlined in the job announcement. Please discuss each element completely and succinctly.
• A resume of your educational and professional work experience.

All applications must be submitted at this URL

Department Summary

The Oregon Bach Festival (OBF) is an ancillary program of the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance with representation from the community through the advisory Board of Directors. The Grammy Award-winning Oregon Bach Festival blends excellence in musical performance with innovative educational opportunities to create an inspired community of musicians and music lovers. OBF has been presenting world-class musical performances and innovative educational opportunities for students and lifelong learners for over four decades. OBF is unique in the world in that the Festival concentrates on choral-orchestral works and is situated within the university, and at its heart, has a deep and abiding commitment to academic and performance-practice-related research, and education in the broadest sense. The administrative offices of the Festival operate year-round for the purpose of planning, organizing, administering, and marketing each year’s program, which includes the hiring and management of about 350 artists. Other major administrative areas include securing funds through private and business donations, public and private sector grants, the business management of the organization (annual budget of approx. $2.7 million), and publicizing, marketing, and promoting the Festival.

Position Summary

As a part of the School of Music and Dance fundraising team and reporting to the Associate Director of Development of Oregon Bach Festival, the Development Program Manager is responsible for managing a variety of complex fundraising matters, such as donor and sponsor giving programs, donor acknowledgments and stewardship, member and foundation solicitations, and special events. Stewardship of donors is integral to the fundraising process and is often key to OBF’s ability to secure additional funds from donors. This position will have volunteer management responsibility and advisory board duties as assigned. The program manager will work directly with members, annual donors, foundations, local, state, and federal grants agencies, and corporate sponsors, providing an important link between the University, OBF, and its donors.

The Program Manager takes an active role in the OBF development program, including direct mail and in-person solicitations, program administration, and special events. Projects will often require coordination with the Associate Director of Development, Festival staff, student workers, and other units on the UO campus. This position supervises student interns and may supervise a volunteer coordinator.

This position occasionally works outside of regular business hours to manage and attend events, including some nights and weekends. OBF has multiple events that are outside the city limits and therefore this work requires the ability to travel to sites not regularly served by public transportation. The Program Manager is expected to be available for all Festival events; there are multiple events during the Festival from late June through mid-July, with a few events occurring during other times of the year.

Minimum Requirements

• Bachelor's degree, or equivalent combination of skills and experience.
• One year of professional experience in development or fundraising OR two years of experience in closely related fields such as corporate sales.

A graduate degree may be considered in lieu of one year of professional experience. Part-time and student work experience will be counted towards the above experience requirements at a discounted rate (e.g., a one-year, part-time internship will be weighted as the equivalent to six months of full-time experience).

Professional Competencies

• Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and a strong sense of donor-driven customer service.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to make a persuasive verbal and written case for supporting key programs and projects, effectively matching the interests of prospective donors to specific university needs.
• Proficiency in the use of personal computers and software applications such as MS Office or equivalent software.
• Ability to interact, communicate, and work effectively with individuals, recognizing and respecting the many and varied identities of each person.
• Commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications

• Knowledge or background in music.
• Experience managing annual fund programs.
• If work experience is in a non-development field, preference will be given to those with relevant experience in the development field.
• Experience working with a development or sales database.
• Experience producing special events.
• Experience with grant writing, submissions, and processes.

Compensation and Benefits: 

Salary: Commensurate with experience

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health and dental insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

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