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Executive Director
Ventura Music Festival

Ventura, CA

Executive Director sought for Ventura Music Festival 

Now in its 22nd Season, the Ventura Music Festival (VMF) in coastal Ventura is seeking an Executive Director with solid hands-on organization and event-management experience as well as donor development and communications expertise. The ED must interact with officials of the City of Ventura and with Ventura’s artistic and charitable community. 

VMF presents a Festival program of classical and contemporary music (8 to 11 concerts) over two weekends – moving to July in 2016.  In addition, VMF presents up to five stand-alone concerts and programs at other times of the year, currently envisioned as  more intimate programs that enhance relationship-building with donors, audience and artists. 

Core staff numbers 2 ½, including the Executive Director. Strong work ethic and skill set required, along with ability to engage and support VMF Board, committees, donors, volunteers and community partners. The ED will have a deep appreciation of music and work with the Artistic Director in festival planning, budget management and artist contracts. 

The Board has recently concluded a year-long organizational assessment resulting in a decision to move the Festival to July, creation of a streamlined sustainable budget going forward, and a set of objectives for 2015-16 that include board expansion and a two-track donor development plan providing for stewardship of current donors as well as cultivation of new ones. VMF has a big mission and a reputation to match. The ED position is high-profile within the City and region, including outreach to sister cities in Ventura County. The position is projected as full-time (may be negotiable).

Applicants should submit letter and resume by October 31st, via email, to:  Reference ED Position in the subject line.

No calls, please. Relocation expenses are not provided.

Expanded position description follows.

Ventura Music Festival

Executive Director Position Description

Mission: Present exceptional classical and contemporary music in two Festival weekend programs, and other events during the Season; enhance the appreciation and joy of music through educational outreach that includes programs for 4,000 children at elementary school and other settings.

Overview: The ED serves as VMF’s chief operating, development, marketing and finance officer, responsible for overall management and reporting duties AND in charge of creating good will within and outside the organization. The ED is the “face” of the organization.

General Responsibilities

  • Oversee Office Manager, bookkeeper, consultants and volunteers; run the day-to-day operations of VMF.
  • Support Board and its committees by providing guidance and information as needed and executing decisions as directed.
  • Manage the budget under leadership of the Finance Committee.
  • Assure successful development of the two-weekend Festival, including: artist, venue and sponsor contracts; marketing; coordination as needed with production staff (ProNAV); sponsor communications; pre-Festival gala reception; volunteer deployment (ushers, House Managers, et al).  The selection of artists is under the auspices of the Artistic Director and the Artistic Committee and is subject to Board approval.


  • Help to implement priority objectives deriving from 2015 VMF Board strategy assessment process. Facilitate regular reporting on implementation in board meetings.


  • Attend all Board meetings; assist in developing and communicating agenda as needed.
  • Oversee preparation of event statistics, financial reports and any analytics required by Board and committees to execute their functions.
  • Support Governance/Nominating Committee identification of new Board members.

Artistic Administration

  • Assure AD and Artistic Committee develop and implement Festival and other Season programs in a timely and on-budget manner.


  • Engage with Development Committee in donor development strategizing, including donor stewardship.  Bring creativity and new ideas to special event planning and help to assure that fundraising event plans achieve set revenue goals.
  • Craft engaging appeal letters.
  • Assist Board leadership implement a Planned Giving approach.
  • Expand grant-seeking as possible, including smaller grants from professional/social associations, per recent grants from the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs.
  • Keep current sponsors and key donors happy.


Deadline: 11-01-2015

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