Mission Advancement Officer for South Carolina

Position Summary

The Mission Advancement Officer for South Carolina is responsible for maximizing philanthropic support to enable Thornwell to fulfill its stated mission and purpose by performing the following duties.

Core Responsibilities

  1. Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward annual fund donors and prospects throughout South Carolina. Work to grow multi-year giving in this region.
  1. Promote awareness of agency’s mission, and maximize philanthropic support from individuals and other public and private constituencies throughout South Carolina. Evaluate networking opportunities to make sure they remain viable and useful for Thornwell.
  1. Primarily responsible for the coordination of all events, tours and activities for South Carolina. Events may include receptions or luncheons in targeted areas.  Strong planning and organization is required to ensure the management of event costs remain within budget projections. Responsible for sponsorship solicitation for South Carolina luncheons and securing support to offset luncheon related expenses.
  1. In conjunction with the Director of Church Relations, serve as agency representative in South Carolina where Thornwell promotional material and displays are utilized. Serve and present to community organizations through agency membership in Chamber of Commerce, Rotary and other civic and social networking organizations.
  1. Maintain a vigorous travel schedule to meet donors and prospects in person.
  1. Contributes to department meetings, follows department procedures and practices on donor stewardship/follow-up reporting and data entry into Raiser’s Edge. Supports grant manager as needed in relation to grant funders in South Carolina.
  1. Participate in overall strategic planning and support achievement of goals for all Thornwell fundraising, program marketing, public relations and communication efforts.
  1. Perform any other job related duties as assigned.

Working Conditions

Works in office setting and travels extensively making personal contacts with constituents.  Uses office equipment including computers. May sit for extended periods of time. Required to work daytime, evening and weekend hours (with some overnight travel).


College degree and/or 1-3 years’ experience in non-profit fundraising or development with a commitment to serving children and families with a non-profit Christian ministry. Organized and motivated self-starter and team-player with proven event management skills, excellent written and verbal communication/presentation and interpersonal skills; close attention to detail; strong strategic, analytic and organizational skills; able to work non-traditional hours such as evening and weekend hours for making presentations to civic or churches/church groups and visiting with constituents. Experience with the Benevon model of fundraising a plus.


Knowledge of current fundraising best practices including but not limited to the types of gift vehicles as well as the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of agency constituents; maintain a high degree of constituent contact including but not limited to face-to-face visits, telephone and email.

Self-motivated with superior interpersonal, communication and organizational skills to work effectively in a team environment.

Possess the highest standard of personal and professional integrity; able to initiate, grow and sustain meaningful professional relationships among constituents in order to maximize philanthropic support and fulfill agency’s mission.

Trustworthy/able to maintain confidences in all matters related to the business and welfare of the agency.

Computer literate and familiarity with word processing and spreadsheet software. Must also be able to use general office equipment such as telephone, copy machine, fax, and calculator.

Working knowledge of Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge fundraising software preferred.

Thornwell Home for Children is an independent non-profit religious organization affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and prefers to employ individuals who are Christians and who possess a Christian commitment, as well as concern, for children and families in need.

For consideration, please submit resume and cover letter with salary requirements to HR@thornwell.org or fax to 864-938-2122.  No phone calls or in person applications will be accepted.  Thornwell is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Open until filled.