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John Santos Residency

Far more than a master percussionist, John Santos is an invaluable educator and cultural activist, a keeper of the Afro-Caribbean flame steeped in Cuban and Puerto Rican folkloric traditions as well as salsa and Latin jazz. Born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District amidst an extended family of Puerto Rican musicians, he’s been at the center of the Bay Area’s Latin music scene for nearly four decades. As a visionary bandleader and noted historian, he has served on the Smithsonian Institution’s Latin Jazz Advisory Committee.

Santos has played an essential role in expanding Latin jazz’s rhythmic lexicon beyond the foundational Cuban grooves. His programming as a Resident Artistic Director reflects his pan-Caribbean sensibility.

Corporate Sponsorship Manager

Job Description

As a member of SFJAZZ’s Development team, the Corporate Sponsorship Manager works closely with the Director of Development to develop a strategy to attract and maintain corporate sponsorship gifts, including cash sponsorships of $1,000 and above, and in-kind sponsorships. Reporting to the Director of Development, the Corporate Sponsorship Manager will execute all aspects of the plan, including research and identification of prospects; cultivation and relationship management for the portfolio; proposal development and solicitation; and overseeing benefits fulfillment of all sponsorship agreements. The Manager is also responsible for the promotion of SFJAZZ’s Corporate Sponsorship programs, income reconciliation, and budget management.


  • Implement programs aimed at securing corporate sponsors of $10,000 and above
  • Develop and implement new programs aimed at securing sponsors at the $1,000-$10,000 levels (e.g. SFJAZZ Business Council)
  • Identify prospects and solicit in-kind requests. Oversee the tracking and acknowledgement of in-kind donations
  • In consultation with the Development Director, develop a detailed, annual plan of revenues and expenditures for the corporate sponsorship goal that links to overall fundraising goals
  • Coordinate and participate in meetings with prospective and current corporate sponsors. Oversee scheduling, meeting preparation, note-taking and recording in database and follow-up with attendees
  • Work closely with the appropriate departments to ensure appropriate benefits fulfillment for sponsors
  • Coordinate with the Grants Manager on corporate philanthropy opportunities; assist with proposal preparation and submission as needed
  • Support the work of the Corporate Committee of the Board of Trustees; Prepare and distribute progress reports to senior management, the development team, and fundraising volunteers
  • Work with the Marketing Department to develop and maintain up-to-date promotional materials for the Corporate Sponsorship program, including organizational overview materials, brochures, web copy, and other informational pieces
  • Participate in Development Department and Corporate Committee meetings
  • Represent SFJAZZ in the concert halls and in the community

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


  • Ability to conceive, plan, and execute Corporate Sponsorship program
  • Knowledge of the local and national corporate community
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, presentation, and research skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and high attention to detail
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, while meeting all deadlines
  • Experience with working on computers and with computer programs Word, Excel, and databases; Tessitura experience highly desired
  • Entrepreneurial and creative approach to fundraising
  • Prior experience working in a performing arts organization highly desirable
  • Knowledge and interest in jazz and related music is a plus


B.A. required; 3-5 years experience in development with corporate giving experience or sales experience; arts fundraising experience is highly desirable.

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.

To be considered for this position, submit resume and cover letter to Jobs@sfjazz.org.


Buy Pre-Paid Parking

Performing Arts Garage

SFJAZZ now offers Members the exclusive opportunity to pre-purchase parking for all evening performances in Miner Auditorium, Thursday – Sunday.  The cost of pre-paid parking is $20 per parking ticket and guarantees a space at the Performing Arts Garage (301 Grove St. @ Gough.) Parking must be purchased two weeks in advance.

To purchase parking for specific shows, contact the Box Office by phone (415-788-7353), by email (boxoffice@sfjazz.org) or in person (Franklin Street, between Fell and Linden.) The Box Office is open Tue - Sat 11AM-5:30PM and also 90 minutes prior to shows. 

Once you purchase parking, we will mail you a ticket for your reservation that you will need to present to the garage attendant when you first arrive at the Performing Arts Garage. No substitutes will be accepted. Tickets are only valid at time of entry and cannot be redeemed upon exit. 

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