About Stern Grove Festival
Stern Grove Festival Association was founded in 1938 with a mission that guides the organization to this day:
- Provide high quality performances, free of charge, for all Bay Area residents and visitors.
- Provide paid performance opportunities for professional artists and performers.
- Serve diverse audiences by presenting a season of varied genres and artists.
- Enhance San Francisco's renown as a cultural center.
Stern Grove Festival Board of Directors
Douglas E. Goldman, Chairman
Matthew Goldman, Vice Chairman
Jason E. Goldman, Treasurer
Gregory L. Lippetz, Secretary
Elizabeth Shepherd Bourgeois
Britt A. Deyan
Barry W. Dennis
Liz Briggs Farrell
Jennifer R. Goldman
Robin W. Michel
Morton A. Pactor
Stephen B. Ruben
Mark C. Schulze
Aaron P. Waxman
Stern Grove Festival Association
832 Folsom Street, Suite 1000
San Francisco, CA 94107
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Current jobs available with Stern Grove Festival. Updated 5/7/18.
HOUSE PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS
May through September 2018
The Development Assistant reports directly to the Development Manager and works closely with other Festival staff to coordinate hospitality for current and prospective donors at performances and events during the 2018 season. This position is ideal for an individual interested in arts administration, fundraising, and event planning. This opportunity will provide excellent hands-on experience during the Festival’s busiest and most exciting time of the year.
- Coordinate specific details and reservations for up to 600 individuals at each Sunday performance
- Coordinate catering and other vendors for onsite hospitality as well as special receptions
- Enter event data, confirmed attendees and guests, and follow-up solicitations for each event
- Manage in-kind donation solicitations and tracking
- Generate event and fundraising reports
- Track appeals and enter donation records into Live Impact database
- Prepare weekly confirmations and materials for VIP attendees
- Share phone, filing, and other administrative responsibilities
- Other duties as assigned
- Coordinate check-in and seating for up to 600 VIP guests
- Organize delivery/set-up of food and beverages in designated areas
- Coordinate set-up/break down of reception areas and reserved seating sections
- Manage production staff and Festival volunteers assigned to designated areas
- Commitment to and interest in arts administration, event planning, or fundraising
- Past experience working in a fast-paced performing arts or other festival environment preferred
- Ability to self-start and manage multiple tasks simultaneously
- Professional presentation and excellent communication skills, both oral and written
- Required computer skills: MS Outlook, MS Excel, MS Word (mail merge features)
- Preferred database skills: Live Impact, Rasier’s Edge or Salesforce
Seasonal: May through September 2018 (start and end dates are negotiable, ideally May 15– September 8)
Hours: 20-30 hours per week, concert Sundays are required. Hours are variable except for Concert Season, June 17 to August 19, 2018. Schedule to be determined by mutual agreement.
- SGFA Office: 832 Folsom Street, Suite 1000, San Francisco
- Sigmund Stern Grove: 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco
Compensation: Wages commensurate with experience. Paid semi-monthly.
To apply, please submit the following:
- A cover letter stating why you would like to work for Stern Grove Festival Association, what you hope to gain from employment at SGFA, and what skills, abilities, and experiences you bring to the position.
- Your resume
- Two references
Subject line: Development Assistant Application
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE
WORK ENVIRONMENT / PHYSICAL DEMANDS.
The work environment characteristics and the physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while successfully performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent in this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills.
HOUSE PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS
Seasonal / Contracted
The House Production Assistant (PA) reports directly to their House Leader. The Production Assistant works closely and directly with concert patrons to promote a memorable and safe experience at the Grove.
The House Production Assistant also works closely with the House Manager, Assistant House Manager, Director of Operations, Security and Administrative staff, and Volunteers to ensure the overall facilitation of House Operations.
Stern Grove Festival PA’s will be responsible for venue set-up and strike, patron services/crowd control, specialty booth setup, strike, and support (vendors, VIP check-in, Kids Stage. etc.), emergency response protocol, senior/ADA shuttle safety and operation, and any additional duties that pertain to the smooth operations of the concert venue.
Production Assistants must be available every Sunday from June 17 to August 19, 2018 as well as Sunday, June 3, 2018 for orientation and training day. Production Assistants are expected to be available for one workshop day prior to the season and one Saturday shift during the season. Dates and times TBD.
Production Assistants can expect a schedule of between 6 and 12 hours each weekend, averaging eight hours per week over the course of the Season. This includes hours available each Saturday toward weekly infrastructure set-up (scheduling to be dependent on interest and ability).
- Assist in the set-up and breakdown of infrastructure including barricades, aisles, fencing, signage, tables and bench placement.
- Promote public safety and cultivate a positive patron experience within assigned area.
- Crowd control, including maintaining clear aisle ways and emergency exit paths at all times.
- Assume position at Concert Meadow gates to assist in Concert Meadow closure.
- Assist elderly and handicapped patrons in seating and venue mobility.
- Adhere strictly to SGFA approved policies, protocols and procedures.
- Attend on-site staff meetings and execute tasks under direction from House Leaders.
- Excellent communication skills and collaborative work ethic.
- Ability to handle stressful situations with diplomacy and tact.
- Ability to work quickly and efficiently in an organized and detailed fashion.
- Ability to adhere to SGFA guidelines and protocols.
- Maintain self-assurance and control during the concert day.
- Have a great sense of humor and maintain dedication to SGFA mission.
- No experience is required but a good attitude and excellent work ethic is a must.
- Ability to lift/carry 50lbs
- Production Assistants may experience periods of extended standing, employee must be able to remain on his or her feet in a stationary position.
- Employee may be required to walk and climb considerable distances, including on the hillside, during the course of a work day.
- Grasp, lift, carry, push, and pull heavy objects such as barricades, fencing, and carts.
- Stooping, crouching and kneeling is needed to place signage throughout the Grove.
- Listening and ability to speak is required, in a typical work day the employee will be interacting with large groups of people and they must have the ability to hear and express their ideas with spoken words.
Location: Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Please submit the following via email and include “House Production Assistant” in subject line:
- cover letter
- three references
Email to: email@example.com.
No phone calls please.
In the summer of 2018, Stern Grove Festival will present its 81st Season of admission-free concerts in San Francisco's treasured Sigmund Stern Grove.
Stern Grove was purchased by Rosalie M. Stern and given as a gift to the City of San Francisco in 1931, in memory of her husband Sigmund, a prominent civic leader.
George Greene originally homesteaded the Grove, a tract of sand dunes and marshes, in the 1840's. The Greene family planted the first eucalyptus trees in the Grove and built the Trocadero Inn, a popular recreation spot until its closure in 1916.
Marveling at the Grove's natural acoustics, Mrs. Stern determined that the site would be preserved as a park in which the public could enjoy admission-free music, dance, and theater performances.
On June 4, 1932, Stern Grove was dedicated. Two weeks later, the San Francisco Symphony played the first concert in the Grove. Mrs. Stern, then President of the San Francisco Recreation Commission, formed the non-profit Stern Grove Festival Association in 1938, stipulating that all concerts were to be free to the public and designed for everyone's enjoyment.
Mrs. Stern chaired the Festival until her death in 1956. Her daughter, Elise Stern Haas, served as chairman until 1969; she was succeeded by her daughter, Rhoda Haas Goldman. Following Rhoda Goldman's untimely death in 1996, her son, Dr. Douglas E. Goldman, became Festival Chairman.
Today Stern Grove, a natural amphitheater surrounded by giant eucalyptus, redwood, and fir trees, is one of Northern California's favorite concert sites.
In keeping with Mrs. Stern's vision, the wide selection of performers reflects the Festival's commitment to exceptional programming and to serving diverse audiences. A beloved Bay Area tradition, every summer Sunday, family and friends gather to relax, picnic, and enjoy performances by some of the world's greatest artists in this glorious natural setting.
While Stern Grove itself is still owned and operated by the City of San Francisco, and Mrs. Stern's descendants remain actively involved, today the Festival is truly a community institution. Each year, the Festival must raise nearly $3 million to produce concerts and related outreach and education programs. Individual donors, volunteers, foundations, government agencies, and businesses provide the generous support that makes it all possible.
Stern Grove Festival has brought eight decades of the best performing arts — completely admission-free — to the people of the Bay Area. With your ongoing help, the Festival can continue for generations to come.
||Stern Grove site homesteaded by Alfred Greene and his wife.
Alfred Greene's nephew, George, plants the first eucalyptus trees on the property.
|April 21, 1869
||Rosalie Meyer is born.
||Alfred Greene builds the "Trocadero Inn", a suburban resort.
|October 3, 1892
Sigmund Stern and Rosalie Meyer marry in San Francisco, at her parents' home on the corner of Pine and Gough.
Rosalie Meyer Stern joins the San Francisco Playground Commission and, with Sigmund, begins a search for a suitable property to donate to the City for recreational purposes.
|April 24, 1928
Sigmund Stern passes away.
|April 14, 1931
Rosalie Meyer Stern buys the Greene family's 12 acres of land for $50,000. She names the site Sigmund Stern Grove in honor of her husband.
|Sept. 16, 1931
Mrs. Stern offers the Grove to San Francisco Mayor Angelo Rossi to be used expressly for recreational activities. Renovation work begins shortly after with the architects Gardiner Daily, Bernard Maybeck, and William Gladstone Merchant.
|June 4, 1932
Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove is officially dedicated by Mayor Rossi.
|June 19, 1932
First official concert in Stern Grove, featuring the San Francisco Symphony, Gaetano Merola conducting.
Stern Grove Festival Association is founded to present "a summer series that is distinctly a forward mark in newness, "designed to educate and entertain the public."
|July 10, 1938
||First summer concert of the first Stern Grove Festival, performed by the Bay Region Symphony of the Federal Music Project. The first season ran every Sunday until September 25 (12 programs) and the San Francisco Symphony performed twice.
|Aug. 22, 1943
||San Francisco Ballet performs at Stern Grove Festival.
|Feb. 8, 1956
||Rosalie Meyer Stern passes away.
|Feb. 15, 1956
||Elise Stern Haas, Rosalie's daughter, is named Festival chairman.
||San Francisco Opera's Merola Opera Program's first performance, Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann.
||The Festival celebrates its 25th Anniversary Season with a performance by the San Francisco Symphony. Ansel Adams, in the audience that day, takes a series of photographs of the Grove.
||First jazz concert in the Grove, with Turk Murphy, John Handy, Rudy Salvini, and Vince Guaraldi. The performance was taped and televised nationally on the Bell Telephone Hour in 1967.
||Rhoda Goldman, Elise S. Haas's daughter, becomes Festival chairman.
||Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs for the first time at Stern Grove Festival. They performed nearly every year since then up to 1999.
|July 15, 1979
||Pete Seeger appears at Stern Grove Festival.
||Documentary on Stern Grove airs on PBS stations across the country.
||The Festival celebrates its 50th Anniversary Season.
|July 22, 1990
||Isaac Stern performs with the San Francisco Symphony at Stern Grove in celebration of his 70th birthday. Mstislav Rostropovich performs in a tutu.
||Rhoda Goldman passes away. Her son, Dr. Douglas E. Goldman assumes the chairmanship of the Festival.
|Aug. 12, 2001
||Tabla Beat Science World Premiere featuring Zakir Hussain, Ustad Sultan Khan and more. The show is recorded and released on PALM records.
|Aug. 3, 2003
||Oliver Mtukudzi performs and Bonnie Raitt joins him onstage for a song.
|Aug. 15, 2004
||John Hammond performs at the last concert before the renovation.
|Aug. 1, 2004
||Construction begins on the renovation of Sigmund Stern Grove.
|June 2, 2005
||The Festival's inaugural gala is held in Stern Grove.
|June 19, 2005
Stern Grove Festival kicks off its 68th Season with the opening of the newly renovated Sigmund Stern Grove with a concert featuring Lucinda Williams and John Doe.
Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Supervisor Bevan Dufty declares "Stern Grove Festival Day" in San Francisco.
|July 10, 2005
||Khaled performs with surprise guest artist Carlos Santana.
|June 24, 2012
||Stern Grove Festival's 75th Season kicks off with The Big Picnic, featuring Anita Baker, The Family Stone and Glide Ensemble.
San Francisco Recreation and Park Department
501 Stanyan Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
A longtime partner of Stern Grove Festival, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department's mission is to provide enriching recreational activities, maintain beautiful parks, and preserve the environment for the well-being of our diverse community.
Stern Grove Festival is a collaboration with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and Commission.
San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission
Mark Buell, President
Allan Low, Vice President
San Francisco Recreation and Park Department Staff
Phil Ginsburg, General Manager
Dennis Kern, Director of Operations
Eric Andersen, Superintendent of Parks & Open Spaces
Dana Ketcham, Permits & Reservations Manager
Bob Palacio, Superintendent of Neighborhood Services
Robert Muhammad, Park Service Area Manager
Simon Jansuk, Park Section Supervisor
Marcus Santiago, Head Park Patrol Officer
Andrew Sharkey, Park Section Captain
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Stern Grove Festival thanks the residents of the Sunset and Parkside neighborhoods for their cooperation and support. Special thanks, also, to Captain Robert Yick and all the officers at Taraval Station, San Francisco Police Department.