Director of Development

  • Macon, GA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia & the CSRA's Mission is help people discover and develop their God-given gifts through education, work, and career development services. The Macon & Augusta, GA based non-profit has placed over 6820 people in jobs in the last 5 years.
Dr. Edgar J. Helms, Jr., founded the Goodwill movement in Boston in 1902 based on one simple philosophy: What people really want is "not charity, but a chance" to work.
Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia was founded in 1975. When James K. Stiff, came to Goodwill of Middle Georgia in 1994, the organization was still very small, employing only 60 individuals. Mr. Stiff saw the need for the services that Goodwill provides in the CSRA and added them in 1996. Since then, Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA has grown to over 700 individuals on payroll and 14 value retail stores.
So the next time you donate to us, shop with us, or outsource your supplementary work to us, you are really helping to provide meaningful jobs to people who simply seek a hand up, not a handout.
Find out more about what else Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA offers:
Macon Administrative Office 5171 Eisenhower Parkway Macon, Georgia (478) 475-9995 Mon – Fri 8:00 am -6:00 pm
Augusta Administrative Office 231 Fury’s Ferry Road, Suite 210 Augusta, Georgia (706) 650-5760 Mon – Fri 8:30 am –5:30 pm

Job Description

Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the Central Savannah River Area seeks a talented Director of Development with strong, proven fundraising experience who desires to advance this international organization’s 110-year mission of placing individuals in meaningful employment through quality education provided through its innovative career educational institution, Helms College. The Director of Development will assist Goodwill in advancing the College’s goals through development and implementation of a $20-million comprehensive fundraising campaign for Helms.


This is a unique opportunity that offers career growth potential with an international, high-energy, faith-based, social entrepreneurial organization.

The Director of Development reports to the Vice President of Advancement and serves as a key member of the Advancement team. The Director is responsible for fundraising and development for Goodwill Industries’ and Helms College’s efforts and activities in up to 35 Georgia and South Carolina counties in order to achieve their mission, vision, values and fundraising goals.

The organization is committed to developing and growing Helms College as a national model for other Goodwill organizations. The Director of Development will have a significant role in accomplishing this goal.


A bachelor’s degree is required, with an advanced degree preferred. Candidate should have a minimum of five years of successful fundraising experience.

Other qualifications required include:

• Demonstrated knowledge and success in fundraising and campaigns

• Proven corporate/foundation/government grant writing skills

• Expertise and success with fundraising and national philanthropic best practices

• Ability to lead, mentor, and motivate Advancement colleagues

• Outstanding verbal communication skills

• Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills

• Demonstrated ability to write and craft concept papers and proposals

• Ability to be flexible in working independently as well as collaboratively with Advancement, Goodwill Industries, and Helms College’s academic faculty and staff to achieve defined goals

• Initiative to organize and follow through with complex tasks to meet deadlines

• Skills to use a personal computer and computer software programs at the level of sophistication required for the Advancement office

• Proven ability to use MS Office Suite and database programs.

• Knowledge of Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

• Familiarity with the Internet and how to conduct research using it

• Encompass traits of good judgment, confidentiality, and discretion in communicating with colleagues and constituents

• Understanding of nonprofit and academic functions and their operating principles and practices

• Ability to direct the design of strategies for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donor prospects at the annual, major gift, leadership gift, principal gift, and legacy giving levels.

Additional Information

The Director of Development will be located in Macon, Georgia, which is 70 miles south of Atlanta on I-75. Macon offers large-city amenities, true Southern hospitality, and an exceptional quality of life.

A popular tourist destination, Macon is well known for its beautiful homes, historic sites, and year around cultural events and attractions. The city’s International Cherry Blossom Festival attracts more than 300,000 participants annually.

Macon has fine and casual dining, and excellent shopping. Considered the birthplace of Southern Rock, the city has an active music scene.

Additionally, the city has outstanding health care facilities, medical professionals, and public and private colleges and universities. Robins Air Force Base is 30 minutes south.

The city is three hours from sandy beaches or cool, refreshing mountains.



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