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.
Working 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 email@example.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.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About The Columbus Museum
Founded in 1953, the Columbus Museum is one of the largest museums in the Southeast and is unique for its dual concentration on American art and regional history, displayed in its permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, and educational programs.
When noted Columbus industrialist W.C. Bradley died in 1947, his family donated his 13-acre estate to the city of Columbus to be used as a center of culture and education. Located in the heart of the Wynnton neighborhood in a 1912 Mediterranean Revival house, the Columbus Museum of Arts and Crafts opened its doors to the public on March 29, 1953. Director Edward Swift Shorter quickly launched an ambitious schedule, including lectures and classes related to the Museum’s exhibitions of fine art and American Indian archaeological artifacts. As the institution grew, its name became shorter (now just the Columbus Museum), and its collecting focus changed to include American art in all mediums and artifacts that tell the story of human habitation in the Lower Chattahoochee River Valley.
In April 1989, a major expansion of the Museum resulted in the creation of an architecturally stunning, world-class facility. Still incorporating the o...riginal Bradley home, the Museum is now 89,000 square feet, including an interactive children’s gallery, a 300-seat auditorium, and a large atrium for special events. Galleries showcase both permanent and temporary exhibitions on regional history and American art, while a multimedia theater offers a film exploring the history and culture of the Chattahoochee Valley. Visitors can also enjoy the Bradley Olmsted Garden, designed in the 1920s by the Olmsted Brothers firm, founded by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.
Today, the Columbus Museum’s dedicated board and staff continue its legacy as a cultural center. In partnership with the Muscogee County School District, the Museum seeks to educate and inspire with a variety of exhibitions and programs.