Thomas College has been preparing students for success in their personal and professional lives for over 125 years. Located in Waterville, Maine, Thomas College nurtures the unique potential within each student with innovative programs that produce career ready graduates. Our Guaranteed Job Program, 3-year accelerated offerings in all undergraduate degrees and a master’s degree in the fourth year, individualized advising, career counseling, and our Innovation Centers in Business and Education meet a student’s determination to succeed with the direction, confidence, and tools to realize the highest version of themselves. Our graduate degree offerings fit every lifestyle with in-person accelerated programs to evening online courses. Whether in the classroom, in the community, or on the athletics field with our 19 varsity sports, Thomas College provides a personalized experience that prepares students for the workplace of tomorrow. Recognized by U.S. News & World Report, Thomas College ranks #2 among colleges in Maine for the social mobility of our graduates. Learn more at www.thomas.edu.
The Development Officer is responsible for helping to identify, cultivate, and solicit annual and capital donors to help advance Thomas’s strategic goals and vision.
This individual manages a portfolio of 150+/- individual prospects and spends significant time out of the office meeting personally with prospects – alumni, parents, business leaders, former trustees and faculty, and other friends of the College capable of contributing $500+ to the Thomas Fund and/or committing to deferred support through planned gifts. S/he assists in moving donors up the giving ladder and develops appropriate acknowledgments, financial reports, and written materials accordingly, and plays a key role in engaging alumni and student volunteers.
In addition, this individual helps to create and analyze appeals; organize and drive participation in the College’s annual Day of Giving; and may be enlisted to assist in stewardship efforts. S/he participates in the planning and execution of key campus events, including Homecoming and Family Weekend and other alumni engagement gatherings.
S/he works closely with the Director of Advancement and as part of a cohesive, outcome-driven development effort within the Advancement office. The Development Officer will promote the college’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) statement where applicable.
Excellent knowledge of and track record in individual fundraising and best practices; strong interpersonal, writing, and communication skills; orientation towards working in a team environment. Must be a self-starter, deadline driven, and able to adapt and manage multiple and changing priorities. Ability to maintain confidentiality a must. Valid driver’s license and successful driver's license background check required.
Four-year college degree required. Additional requirements include: a minimum of three to five years of previous development experience with demonstrated success in relationship building, solicitation, and stewardship, preferably in a campaign environment; strong customer service focus; excellent verbal, written, and time management skills; strong knowledge of fundraising best practices and job functions. Raiser’s Edge or similar database experience and efficiency with Microsoft Office products preferred.
Thomas College offers the ability for full-time employees and dependents/spouses to earn an undergraduate and/or graduate degree tuition free. Graduate programs are subject to taxes.
Thomas offers a competitive benefits package to include:
Medical insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, 6% 403(b) matching plan, paid vacation, paid sick leave, thirteen paid holidays, on-site gym, meal discounts and free tuition for employees, spouse and dependent children.
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and names of three professional references. Please include an email address on your application materials.
Thomas College is an equal opportunity employer.
Thomas College's mission is to prepare students for success in their personal and professional lives, and for leadership and service in their communities.