Development Director, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts

Location: Columbus, GA
  • May 8, 2017

RiverCenter, Inc. invites applications for the position of Development Director.

The Position:

This is a senior-level position, reporting to the Executive  Director and working closely with the Board of Trustees.  The Development Director is responsible for an annual fund-raising target of $750,000 and directs the annual fund campaign, secures annual show sponsorships,  writes grants, leads planned-giving activities,  organizes special fund-raising projects, and engages in additional related activities.

We seek someone with demonstrated leadership in annual fund drives and experience in working with development staff and boards of trustees to plan and implement fund-raising goals, objectives, and policies.

RiverCenter’s annual budget is approximately $2.4 million.  Forty-four per cent of the annual budget comes from contributed income at this time.


Required: (1) five years of progressively more responsible experience in an area involving the planning and implementation of development activities, (2) appreciation for the role of the performing arts and arts education in the well-being of individuals and society, (3) outstanding skills in written & oral communications, organizational management, interpersonal relations, and leadership, (4) ability to manage a multiplicity of activities in a complex and demanding environment.

Desired: (1) Bachelor’s or higher degree, (2) experience directing the ongoing administration of a program involving some combination of gift prospecting, gift solicitation, annual fund management, donor relations, grant writing, event sponsorship sales, and advertising sales, (3) a proven track record in effective fund-raising.  Capital Campaign experience is a strong advantage.


Located in the heart of historic Uptown Columbus, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts is the centerpiece of the city’s arts and entertainment district.  With its three state-of-the-art theatres and educational facilities, RiverCenter is the largest arts center in the region.  It is home to the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music, and regularly partners with the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus, Columbus Ballet, and Cantus Columbus.

Conceived as a vital cultural hub, the Center was designed by Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer and Associates to enrich the Chattahoochee Valley region artistically.  The construction was funded in part by $87.1 million of the over $100 million raised by the Columbus Challenge, an unprecedented public-private fund-raising effort that also revitalized other key local cultural organizations.  The remainder of the funding came from a $17 million state appropriation and a $35 million matching gift from the Bradley-Turner Foundation.

A property of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the 245,000 square foot  RiverCenter is a visually stunning blend of the past and present, mixing the brick and ironwork of the area’s historic buildings with a modern multi-level glass and steel facade.

RiverCenter includes the 2,000-seat Bill Heard Theatre, as well as Legacy Hall, a 450-seat  concert hall with the Jordan Concert Organ, and the 150-seat black box Studio Theater.  Legacy Hall and the Studio Theater provide rehearsal and performance space for the Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music.  The Music School’s classrooms, rehearsal spaces, studios, and practice rooms are also located at RiverCenter; oversight of these spaces is provided by CSU faculty and staff.

The mission of RiverCenter is “to bring together a variety of artists and audiences for entertainment, education, and enrichment of the cultural life of our region.”  It is a major component of the successful revitalization of Uptown Columbus.

The City of Columbus:

Once Georgia’s last frontier outpost and now the state’s second largest city, Columbus is a true destination for history, theatre, arts, and sports.  It was the first in the state to form a consolidated city/county government and redefined the way public-private partnerships come together.  Columbus, Georgia is a city unafraid of change—yet careful to uphold its heritage.

Columbus is a mid-sized city (population 202,000) with big city amenities (but without big city hassles) and southern heritage and charm.  It has been recently ranked #4 of Top Places to Raise a Family and made the Top 100 Places to Live in America list.  With excellent public schools, a vibrant downtown, a diversified economy, and such attractions as the Chattahoochee RiverWalk , the Coca-Cola Space Science Center, the National Infantry Museum,  and the historic Springer Opera House,  Columbus is considered a “city of choice.”

Salary is competitive with similar jobs at other local not for profit organization. experience and qualifications with access to all benefits offered to RiverCenter’s full-time employees.  Evaluation of the development director’s job effectiveness and potential for salary increase will be closely tied to the meeting or exceeding of the development targets.

Deadline for applications:  Friday, July 7, 2017.  

Application Process:

Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and resume with a list of references and salary requirements in confidence to:

Margaret Genovese

Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates

77 Carlton Street, Suite 1103

Toronto, Ontario

Canada M5B 2J7

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