Development Director

Ojai Playwrights Conference

Ojai, CA

The Ojai Playwrights Conference has existed for over 20 years developing unproduced socio-political plays of artistic excellence from diverse writers both emerging and established. OPC is seeking a Development Director (DD) for part-time year-round employment. The DD will research and propose to Artistic Director (AD), Managing Director (MD), and the Development Committee potential donor partners and sponsors. The Development Director (DD) will also field such suggestions from leadership and board. The DD will field all suggestions and inquiries regarding donations or other financial support and direct to AD and MD and assist in follow up as needed. The DD will collaborate with AD and MD on community relations development by sourcing hotel partners, arts community partners, tourism partners and potential board members. The DD will help plan and facilitate special events focused on OPC development and facilitate all perks of conference sponsorships – payments, tickets to events, acknowledgments, ads, etc. The DD will set up oversight of VIP check-in table at conference events and have oversight of development/donor related tables at all OPC formal events. The DD will advise and collaborate on setting workshop sponsorship levels and perks and craft and distribute handwritten acknowledgements to all conference sponsors. The DD will support MD in tracking and management of annual donors.



The ideal candidate has had at least five years of experience in the area of fundraising and advancement. The candidate should have excellent communication and writing skills, be extremely well organized, versatile, and adept at managing multiple projects and deadlines with grace. This is an ideal opportunity for someone who is building a portfolio of clients and contacts. A desire to work alongside a passionate and small staff working collectively to support the development of vital and important plays is required.



This is a part-time, independent contractor position. The salary is $10,000 annually depending on experience and timing. The position is mostly work-from-home, with regular phone and occasional in-person meetings. The Development Director is required to attend the spring Benefit Gala on May 4, 2019 and the second week of the Summer Conference in Ojai (August 4-11, 2019). OPC will provide food and lodging when in Ojai.


How to Apply:

Submit your résumé and a one-page cover letter highlight relevant experience to [email protected].



The Ojai Playwrights Conference is unique in its process of developing new plays for the American theatre by offering a safe, productive, rigorous haven for socially committed writers. This is key to our vision. OPC is passionate about developing playwrights and plays that address the burning social and cultural issues confronting the values and beliefs that impact the socio-political experiment that is America.  Ethnic, cultural and sexual diversity are major factors in our selection process. Our primary goal is to fulfill the vision the playwright has for their new work. At OPC we are not encumbered by subscription demands or the business concerns of large commercialized institutions. We are motivated by developing challenging visions of who we are as a people today in an effort to bring us closer together in a respectful and loving community – that is the essence of OPC. Ojai Playwrights Conference is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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