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Director, Butler Center

Columbus State University

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Director, Butler Center

Job ID: 229576
Location: Columbus State University
Full/Part Time:
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Summary
The Turner College of Business at Columbus State University is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the role of Director of the Butler Center for Business and Economic Research. The mission of the Butler Center is to facilitate, coordinate, and serve as a focal point of the Turner College of Business' regional economic research and development activities. The Center currently provides applied economic and business research to local, and state government as well as to current and potential businesses looking to expand in the Chattahoochee Valley region. This position plays a critical role in the outreach efforts of the Tuner College. The Director must have the communication and personal skills to interface with the foremost local, state and national leaders in industries such as retail, finance, technology, healthcare, and tourism. The selected candidate must also possess the necessary domain knowledge, statistical and economic underpinnings and communication skills necessary to oversee and communicate applied research and economic development projects.

The Director's responsibilities include the management, continued development, and marketing of the Center with responsibility for assisting firms, government agencies and other stakeholders with analysis of local, state, and national business and economic conditions. The Director will have the intellectual capital of the faculty of the Turner College as a resource that is available on a contract basis to complete or assist with projects beyond or outside of the Director's expertise. The Center Director will also be responsible for interacting with local, state, and national media with respect to economic conditions and policies in the region and serves as a resource and a liaison to faculty experts on these matters. He or she is also responsible for generating externally funded grants and projects which produce a portion of the Center's budget.

Required Qualifications
Minimum Qualifications: Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.
  • A minimum of a Master's degree in an economics, finance, accounting or a related area from a fully accredited institution.
  • A demonstrated ability of successfully directing externally funded projects.
  • Proven record of outstanding written and oral presentation skills and a proven track record of demonstrating impact.
  • Experience developing relationships with government agencies and private industry.

Preferred Qualifications
Preferred qualifications include experience working in a regional economic Center.

Proposed Salary
The annualized salary range for this position is $58,468 - $70,000 and includes full benefits.

Required Documents to Attach
  • Cover Letter/ Letter of Application
  • Resume

Contact Information
If you have any questions, please contact the Human Resources Office at 706-507-8920 or e-mail to [email protected].

Special Applicant Instructions
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled. All applications and required documents must be submitted using Columbus State University's online employment site and a complete packet must be submitted for full consideration.

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Founded in 1958, Columbus State University, with an enrollment of over 8,000, is part of the University System of Georgia. CSU offers more than 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and is ranked among the top public regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report. It maintains two campuses: its original campus on 150 acres in midtown Columbus, and its RiverPark campus, nestled in the city’s historic downtown overlooking the Chattahoochee River. Columbus, Georgia, located 100 miles southwest of Atlanta and the second-largest city in Georgia, is recognized as a vibrant and contemporary cultural community, which is an asset to the university’s recruitment and retention success. With an annual economic impact exceeding $247 million, CSU is a top-10 employer in a community of 350,000 residents that is also home to world-class enterprises such as Aflac, Synovus, W.C. Bradley Company, TSYS and Ft. Benning, the U.S. Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence headquarters. Learn more about the area and its diverse business, recreational and social amenities at

The university’s 14 men’s and women’s NCAA Division II sports teams compete in the Peach Belt Conference, which adds to CSU’s vibrant campus life experience. The university serves the greater Columbus region through its abundant art, music and theatre offerings, as well as its nationally recognized outreach programs that span topics ranging from art and science appreciation to leadership development.

Guiding the university is its current seven-year strategic plan ( and the core values that undergird it and all that Columbus State is. CSU’s commitment to fostering greater inclusion and diversity, found among its core values, includes a focus on attaining “a level of diversity among faculty and staff that more closely reflects the student population.” This commitment is woven through the university’s student and employee recruitment, retention and mentoring programs.
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