Director of Development for the Turner College of Business

Columbus, Muscogee County
Jun 02, 2014

Columbus State University (CSU), a unit of the University System of Georgia, seeks an experienced fundraiser to serve as the Director of Development for the Turner College of Business. As the College’s chief fundraising strategist, the Director of Development develops, oversees, and coordinates the fundraising plans of the College in collaboration with the Dean of the Turner College of Business and the Associate Vice President for Development.

The Search Profile

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The Opportunity

The Director of Development for Turner College of Business has direct reporting responsibility to the Associate Vice President for Development of the CSU Foundation with dotted-line reporting responsibility to the Dean of the Turner College of Business. The Director works with University administrators, deans, department heads, faculty, alumni, parents, and colleagues across the campus.

The Director of Development will be a self-starter, who feels comfortable working independently and has the ability to work autonomously outside of the central office. In addition to giving careful attention to details, this fundraiser will be able to prioritize multiple responsibilities and will exhibit professional demeanor.

Possessing effective and persuasive writing, public speaking, and interpersonal skills, the Director of Development will facilitate strong communications with alumni and friends. The Director also will maintain consistent and positive communication with the Dean and the Foundation.

The Director of Development:

  • Facilitates the development, maintenance, and monitoring of campaign plans and initiatives
  • Identifies, qualifies, and sustains a donor prospect pipeline and portfolio with a giving capacity of $25,000 or more, while concentrating on the development of major gift prospects
  • Provides oversight and assistance in the determination of the feasibility and type of giving vehicle best suited to the needs of the donor, the College of Business and the University
  • Prepares and reviews proposals and gift agreements as required for proper gift documentation
  • Prepares prospect materials for the President of the University, the Vice President for University Advancement, the Dean, and other senior administration as appropriate to a prospect’s situation
  • Leads faculty and staff in establishing a strong philanthropic focused and supportive work environment in alignment with the University and Foundation’s operating principles
  • Facilitates meetings, initiating up to date communications, informational exchanges and project / philanthropic coordination with the faculty and faculty chairs
  • Prepares correspondence with prospects and all contact reporting in a professional and timely manner
  • Maintains donor interest and enthusiasm through stewardship activities
  • Designs and develops a volunteer structure in support of the College of Business’ fundraising efforts
  • Ensures direct activities with prospects are designed to enhance the affiliation between the prospect and the University
  • Coordinates with University Advancement and the CSU Foundation colleagues to identify prospects for planned, corporate and foundation, and major giving
  • Protects confidential information


Qualified candidates will have three to five years of experience in major gift development in a university setting, with a strong preference given to those with College of Business experience. A baccalaureate degree is required; an advanced degree is desired

Other requirements are:

  • Proven success in the closure of major gifts
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office products and Raiser’s Edge or comparable database management system
  • Ability to be conversant with CSU alumni, faculty, and staff members with similarly qualified educational backgrounds
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends
  • Ability and willingness to travel, often with the Dean

About Turner College of Business

As an accredited member of AACSB International, the Turner College of Business offers an undergraduate program that achieves its distinction for high quality through an interdisciplinary curriculum providing students with a broad understanding of business and its role in society.

The TSYS School of Computer Science is also housed in The Turner College of Business. The TSYS School of Computer Science maintains programs for its majors that are current, viable, and applicable to the computing technologies and the technologies of the present and future.

All of the department’s full-time, tenured faculty hold terminal degrees in their disciplines, and many are nationally and internationally known. Courses are delivered using traditional methods and modern technologies, including online, distance learning and web-enhanced instruction. Campus courses are taught in technology-equipped classrooms.

The Turner College of Business has two departments: Management & Marketing and Accounting & Finance. The College offers:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in Accounting, Finance, Management with Human Resources, Marketing, Management Information Systems, and General Business
  • Master of Business Administration both on-campus and online through the Georgia WebMBA
  • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership with concentrations in Servant Leadership, Human Resources Management, and Leadership Development

About D. Abbott Turner

D. Abbott Turner (1892-1982) was an influential figure in Columbus and the Georgia business community. He was known for his commitment to business integrity.

In addition to serving as President and Chairman of the boards of the W. C. Bradley Company and of the Columbus Bank and Trust, he was a board member for Coca-Cola, Georgia Power, the Central of Georgia Railway and the Bibb Company. He also served as a trustee for Emory College (later Emory University) in Atlanta and Wesleyan College in Macon. He and his family were committed civic leaders and philanthropists.

About the University

Columbus State University is a comprehensive regional university located 90 miles southwest of Atlanta. The University has a well-diverse student population. It serves students primarily from the Southeast, while attracting others from 20 nations around the world.

CSU thrives on community partnerships to deliver excellence for students who want to achieve personal and professional success in an increasingly global environment.

The University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, including  a doctorate in education. The College of Letters and Sciences recently launched a Competitive Premedical Studies Program and has proposed a Master of Science in Natural Sciences program with three tracks: Biology, Environmental Science, and Geoscience. The University also provides a variety of online offerings, including full-degree programs, and an extensive continuing education program.

In 2013, CSU programs in business and education received national ranking by U.S. News and World Report. The institution also was ranked in the top 50 of public comprehensive universities in the South.

The University occupies two campuses: one in suburban Columbus, housing programs in the sciences, business, and humanities. The other, called the RiverPark campus, is in the city’s historic downtown on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.

RiverPark encompasses about a dozen buildings, including student apartments, a space science center, and an academic campus that includes some of the country’s most sophisticated teaching and fine and performing arts spaces. The History and Geography program of the College of Letters and Sciences is located on the RiverPark campus.

The University also offers courses at Fort Benning.

CSU is a Division II member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The Cougars field 14 intercollegiate teams.

About Columbus, Georgia

The third largest city in Georgia, Columbus is one of the South’s most cosmopolitan cities with endless dining, entertainment, and family adventures to explore. It also is home to world-class enterprises, such as Aflac, Synovus, W.C. Bradley Company, TSYS, and Fort Benning, the U.S. Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence headquarters.

The Columbus region has more than 350,000 residents and is located within two hours of the capitals of Georgia and Alabama. The city also offers the longest urban whitewater course in the world.

The city is well-known for its cultural arts, largely due to the RiverPark campus. The extensive offerings of visual and performing arts programs and special performers and speakers at CSU attract thousands of visitors from across the region.

Applications & Nominations

Nominations and applications must be sent to:

Application materials must include a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for five professional references. Official transcripts are required prior to the campus interviews. A successful criminal background check will be required as a condition of employment.

Confidential review of materials begins immediately and continues until the appointment is made. For full consideration, submit application materials by July 7, 2014.

Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting is assisting CSU with the search. The consultant team leaders are:

Emily Parker Myers                                                             Hunter Godsey
 President and CEO                                                                Vice President

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Columbus State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in hiring.