Hiring – Director of Development


The Columbus Museum seeks a Director of Development with experience in fundraising to oversee the Museum’s membership and development program. Serving as chief fundraiser, the Director of Development partners with the Director and Board of Trustees to achieve annual, major, and planning giving goals and engage donors to build short-term and long-term financial support for the Museum.

The Columbus Museum is one of the largest museums in the Southeast. Its collections include American art, decorative arts, contemporary design, and historical artifacts from the Lower Chattahoochee Valley. The Columbus Museum is also the site of the Bradley Olmsted Garden, which encompasses approximately three acres of beautifully terraced gardens featuring a ravine and restored pool house. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, The Columbus Museum offers free admission.

As part of the Museum’s senior management team, the Director of Development reports to the Director and leads a department of three full-time staff: Membership Manager, Event and Sales Manager, and Development Assistant. The Columbus Museum has an annual operating budget of $3 million, with endowments that provide funds for operations and acquisitions. The museum is part of the Muscogee County School District, which contributes to the annual operating funds.

The Director of Development will:

• Personally solicit prospective leadership-level donors for annual and major gifts

• Support the Director, Board of Trustees, and volunteers in making effective fundraising solicitations

• Lead fundraising for the Columbus Museum Circles (annual gifts of $1,000 and above)

• Establish fundraising priorities and objectives in partnership with the Director and Board of Trustees

• Create and implement a strategic development plan that includes tracking processes for identification, cultivation, and stewardship of members and donors

• Develop and cultivate positive relationships with donors and prospects

• Manage departmental staff and a comprehensive fundraising and membership program

• Manage departmental budget and revenue income and work with the Director and Deputy Director of Operations to plan the Museum’s annual budget for operations.

• Work with PR & Marketing to manage sponsorship recognition and credit lines on all collateral and communications

Education and Experience

Applicants should have proven fundraising experience in personal solicitations of annual and major gift donors, 4-6 years’ experience in development, and the ability to work independently and collaboratively to execute a successful comprehensive fundraising and membership program.

Prior campaign experience is desired, along with the ability to work effectively with management, trustees, and volunteers. This position is designed for an energetic, creative team builder with excellent leadership, organizational, and communications skills.

Bachelor’s degree required. CFRE certification a plus. Knowledge of and willingness to use Raiser’s Edge and other office management software desired.

This full-time position offers a competitive salary and benefits. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, and the names of three references to pbutts@columbusmuseum.com. Position open until filled. The Columbus Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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