Employment Opportunities

Development Officer

COA seeks a Development Officer to oversee the annual fund and grant program at COA. The Development Officer, reporting to the Dean of Institutional Advancement, identifies potential individual and foundation supporters and creates  strategies for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. Must have 3-5 years of experience in a similar position, excellent communication skills, and knowledge of Raisers Edge.  Send documents (resume, cover letter and three references) to Lynn Boulger at lboulger@coa.edu. Please put in the subject line: Development Officer Application. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Position Title: Development Officer
Department: Development
Reports to: Dean of Institutional Advancement
Operating under broad guidelines from the Director of Institutional Advancement and in accordance with established policies and procedures, the Development Officer is responsible for annual fund and grant program at COA. 


  • Responsible for planning, implementation, and oversight of the COA Annual Giving Program.
  • Designs and implements methods to secure and present information on major donors and prospects..
  • Coordinates with the Dean of Institutional Advancement on “moves” strategies for major donors and prospects.
  • Supports the Dean of Institutional Advancement in identification of prospective members of the Champlain Society, key alumni and major donors
  • Responsible for the Champlain Society growth and management, including implements a solicitation plan to reach lapsed donors, stewardship of current members, cultivation of prospective TCS members and helps coordinates special events for TCS.
  • Develops and directs March 4, Black Fly Society, Alumni Leadership Circle, and other giving programs.
  • Coordinates solicitations of COA constituencies including Trustees, Alumni, Parents, Champlain Society, Employees, and Businesses.
  • Attends and helps plan and execute recognition and cultivation events.
  • Prepares proposals and appeals to foundations and other institutions/agencies.
  • Researches potential prospects for grant and funding appeals.
  • Conducts institutional research needed to prepare proposals.
  • Recommends and executes strategies for approach and drafts necessary proposals and appeals in collaboration with faculty and program staff.
  • Prepares interim and final grant reports.
  • Acts as the liaison with the Business Office for academic grant management activities, requesting the establishment of academic grant accounts, approving all grant expenditures prior to submission to the Business Office.

Actively participates in the COA community by attending meetings such as the All College meeting, staff or trustee meetings.  Participates in standing, review of search committees as appropriate. Performs other related duties as required.

  • A Bachelor’s degree with 3 to 5 year of successful fundraising experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge software or similar relational database
  • Demonstrated excellence in writing and editing
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to function well in a team environment
  • Excellent organization and planning skills
  • Understanding of higher education and a commitment to the values of the College of the Atlantic
  • Sensitive to and awareness of different cultures, as well as, the ability to interact successfully with college age students and their families

Work Study

“Physical surroundings are generally pleasant and comfortable with minimal exposure to injury or other hazards.  Some physical effort required. Must be able to climb stairs, move tables and chairs, carry totes as heavy as 15 pounds when helping with special events. Normally seated with the freedom of movement on a regular basis handling of materials and supplies May spend extended periods at terminal, on telephone, or operating other office machines, requiring eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity.” 

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job.  The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.

*External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.

College of the Atlantic is committed to academic excellence, cultural diversity, and multicultural education. COA is an AA/EEO employer. Applications are especially encouraged from persons who would enhance the ethnic, gender, and cultural diversity of the College.