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.
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.
The Director of Annual Giving and Student Philanthropy (DAGSP) is responsible for the overall management of a newly crafted annual giving program and associated activities at Thomas College. This individual will be part of the Advancement office’s senior strategic team, will create and manage a comprehensive annual giving plan, manage a portfolio of 25 prospects, mentor and support an individual in a new position, and work closely with the VP of Advancement and the President of the College to promote the acquisition of unrestricted annual gifts.
The Director will hire and supervise a new full-time Assistant Director of Annual Giving and Student Philanthropy. This person will be primarily responsible for managing Giving Tuesday, the Day of Giving, supervising student workers, and serving as the main liaison with the student philanthropy committee. The goal is to educate the students on the impact of philanthropy and to encourage giving while in college in order to nurture them to become informed and loyal alumni donors.
The Director will be part of a newly formed senior team, led by an experienced fundraiser who is relatively new to Thomas. The President is a critical part of this team, serving as the “Chief Advancement Officer” stewarding critical relationships with major donors.
The DAGSP will be responsible for integrating fundraising best-practices into all aspects of the annual giving and student philanthropy programs. S/he will create strategies, manage data, develop metrics, and focus efforts on advancing the College’s need to increase unrestricted gifts. S/he will be instrumental in assisting the Vice President for Advancement and the President regarding unrestricted strategies for the next phase of the comprehensive campaign.
This position requires 40% direct supervision; 20% general supervision; and 40% independent judgement.
Must be sincere and passionate about the mission and vision of Thomas College, and willing to be an active and positive member of our special community.
Must be experienced and comfortable asking for gifts on behalf of the College. Must have the ability to think strategically and design effective annual fundraising model utilizing a metrics driven approach. Must be attentive, resourceful, and flexible. Must have strong interpersonal and relational skills. Must be able to analyze data in order to assess annual giving solicitation strategies and segmentation. Must be skilled with electronic communication and electronic donor tracking systems; skilled in managing deadlines and multiple projects. Must be a self-starter, deadline and data driven, and able to adapt and manage multiple and changing priorities;
Four-year college degree required. Minimum of 5 years of experience focused on annual giving. Must have experience working as a manager with high expectations and utilizing metrics to evaluate performance. Must have experience with Mailchimp, GiveCampus or other similar online giving platforms a plus. Must be Proficient with Microsoft Office and database management. Prior experience with Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge NXT a plus.
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.
The College requires all employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19 . After a successful applicant receives a job offer they will be asked to provide proof of vaccination or must apply and be approved for a medical or religious exemption.
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.