SFJAZZ.org | Major Gifts Officer

Major Gifts Officer

The Major Gifts Officer plays a critical role in ensuring the financial well-being of SFJAZZ by working to increase individual donor support, conducting the stewardship and solicitation of annual Leaders Circle gifts up to $50,000, along with SFJAZZ Gala packages and planned gifts. The Major Gifts Officer reports to the Associate Director, Individual Giving. The Individual Giving Director stewards their own portfolio and supports organizational leadership in the cultivation of gift officers’ portfolios.  Success will requireintegration with SFJAZZ leadership to understand and help shape the strategic initiatives and vision of the organization and to nurture a strong vision among donors and prospects of the impact that their investment can have on jazz music and the wider community, through both personal communications and direct marketing approaches.

SFJAZZ is among the world’s most popular and important presenters of jazz and its related musics. The SFJAZZ Center is a beautiful and perfect stage for jazz artists and the community to celebrate the living American art form of jazz. The $64 million Center launched in 2013 and the 38-year-old non-profit organization now crafts distinguished programming and education services from the heart of the San Francisco arts district. The (pre-pandemic) budget for the organization was more than $19 million; 60% is derived from ticket sales.

In 2017, SFJAZZ secured a $3 million, three-year grant from the Stupski Foundation to expand three in-school programs: Jazz in the Middle, Jazz in Session, and School Day Concerts. By 2020, these programs reached every student in Oakland and San Francisco public and charter middle schools. This growth is still supported by the Stupski Foundation, and now includes new funding partners. SFJAZZ has developed strategies to increase broad community engagement (including efforts beyond its Education initiatives), to support the development and participation in jazz and related art forms in and beyond the SFJAZZ Center.


This list of duties and responsibilities is not all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities that management may deem necessary from time to time.


We offer a competitive salary based on qualifications, excellent benefits, and a dynamic, casual San Francisco office. Evening work is often required. The ability to speak business-level English and a California driver’s license are also required.

SFJAZZ IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER COMMITTED TO DIVERSITY OF STAFF.  We particularly welcome those who bring the gifts of diversity to our organization. People of color, people who identify as LGBTQIA, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

To be considered for this position, submit resume and cover letter to the email address Jobs [at] sfjazz [dot] org. Applications submitted through other channels may not be considered. Please no phone calls.

Job Title:    Major Gifts Officer
Department:   Development
Reports To:   Individual Giving Director
FLSA Status:   Exempt
Prepared Date: April 23, 2021

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