Advancement Officer
  • Advancement

Pomfret School, Pomfret, CT

Accredited by CAIS-CT

Job Summary: Under administrative direction, the Advancement Officer identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards alumni donors, develops strategy and implements certain fundraising projects, participates in development initiatives and goal setting.  Pomfret is currently in the nucleus phase of a comprehensive fundraising campaign and the Advancement Officer will play a key role in the success of this campaign.

May include any and/or all of the following:

Identifies, cultivates, and solicits philanthropic support by developing and maintaining relationships with assigned prospects; manages special projects; carries out fundraising priorities in the unit.

  1. Maintains a prospect portfolio of approximately 100-150 individuals and visits 150 prospects per year
  2. Executes a thoughtful and intentional moves management strategy for each assigned prospect to qualify prospects, secure commitments and cultivate donors for a comprehensive campaign
  3. Identifies and cultivates relationships with Pomfret Alumni and Parent leadership gift prospects capable of making gifts of $10,000 and above and personally solicits for annual and capital gifts
  4. Oversees reunion fundraising classes through the development of goals, recruiting, training and managing volunteers
  5. Participates in prospect discussions and team meetings to develop constituent strategies
  6. Builds working relationships and serves as development liaison to departments, faculty, administration, and other key personnel to achieve successful fundraising; nurtures a culture of philanthropic support
  7. Participates in professional development organizations, committees, and meetings; travels locally, and out-of-town as necessary
  8. Responds to constituent communications in a timely manner and executes stewardship touches in accordance with gift acknowledgment plan
  9. Works with the Alumni Association Executive Committee as assigned
  10. Participates in special projects and other duties as assigned


  • A proven track record of soliciting and closing four and five-figure gifts
  • Knowledge of development/fundraising concepts and appropriate solicitation techniques
  • Knowledge of financial planning, tax and charitable gift laws, and planned giving vehicles and methods preferred
  • Strong interpersonal/human relations skills required to relate to donors, volunteers and colleagues
  • Strong verbal and professional written communication skills
  • Strong negotiating, organizational, analytical and solicitation skills
  • Ability to interact with diplomacy and tact amid influential clients and diverse groups
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with significant and influential individuals
  • Ability to solicit and close annual and major gifts
  • Ability to adapt and respond to various situations
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Willingness to travel is essential
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge is preferred
  • Appreciation of the mission of private boarding schools is essential

Education and experience equivalent to:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • A minimum of two years of fundraising experience or roles with transferable skills is required

Pomfret School is an equal opportunity employer. To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, references, and salary requirement to: Vassar Pierce, Interim Director of Advancement  860-963-6167.