Development Associate

South Santa Barbara County
Santa Barbara
Part Time
The Santa Barbara Symphony
The SB Symphony logo


The Santa Barbara Symphony is experiencing unprecedented momentum and impact, and we are looking for a positive, engaging, results-oriented professional to actively support our rock-star Development Team in a wide range of fundraising and donor relations activities. The Development Associate is both an internally and externally focused role and a key member of the team creating a sense of connection with our donors and potential donors.  


Reporting to the Development Manager, this position is responsible for ensuring donors are accurately acknowledged, receive benefits, and feel connected through accurate record-keeping, correspondence, successful special events and the personal touches created by the Development Manager.

  • Coordinate donor events including the logistics and operations of the related events throughout the season; manage inventory of supplies for such events, schedule and supervise volunteers.
  • Process donations and ensure the accuracy of gift coding in the Tessitura database
  • Coordinate the gift acknowledgment process for all donor benefits, and assure donors are receiving thanks and acknowledgement throughout multiple channels;
  • Manage the tracking methods for all steps of the process, including quality assurance and review
  • Support and coordinate a variety of year-round appeal campaigns
  • Other administrative and operational tasks required to fulfill objectives. 

Attributes a candidate may find helpful:

    • Bachelor’s degree preferred, but not required
    • Minimum 2 years of Development experience, including individual donor & corporate sponsor stewardship.
  • Ideal Candidates will have experience working in a non-profit development department. 
  • Excellent project management and communication skills; experience meeting deadlines
  • Strong writing and communication skills, including handwriting, and exceptional attention to detail
  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills
  • Should be proficient at Google Office Suite, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, working knowledge of Tessitura donor database (preferred).
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 25lbs.
  • Must be available evenings/weekends as scheduled.

Compensation and Benefits

  • This is a part-time, non-exempt position with an hourly rate of $25.00
  • Time commitment is about 20 hours per week and may include evenings and weekends during the performance season


The Santa Barbara Symphony offers the only music education program in the region tied to both a college and a professional symphony orchestra. The Santa Barbara Symphony is consistently lauded for its unique ability to present brilliant concerts, engage the community, and deliver dynamic music education programs. The organization prizes innovation and artistic excellence and is widely recognized as one of the region’s premier cultural institutions. Its award-winning music education programs, enhanced by the strategic partnership with Westmont College, serve over 2,000 students in Santa Barbara County through regular and special programming each year. 

An Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the Santa Barbara Symphony Association to provide all persons with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability, age or Veteran status. Candidates of ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American) communities are encouraged to apply.

To Apply: Please submit your cover letter and resume to Juli Askew, Development Manager at

  • No phone inquiries, please
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