Alumnae Relations & Development Job Description
Provide research support for the President, Senior VP for Alumnae
Relations & Development, and philanthropic officers, including
the specialized areas of presidential prospects, international and
parents and families programs.
Provide groundwork for the College’s fund-raising activities by
identifying, researching and prioritizing potential sources of
financial support using electronic and Web-based databases.
Collaborate with fundraising staff using a team-based, prospect
pipeline approach. Create and solidify the relationship between
prospective donors and the College by providing comprehensive
biographical, financial, organizational and statistical research
for Alumnae Relations & Development, key campus constituencies,
trustees and other high-level volunteers.
Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and
participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful,
inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
All employees are expected to participate in the College's
efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work
Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education,
experience, certifications, licenses)
- Assist philanthropic officers in portfolio management by
providing support and attending portfolio review meetings. Partner
with assigned gift officers to prioritize and develop strategies
for their assigned donors. Provide data for consideration,
including screening scores and relationship mapping.
- Provide support for the President’s and Senior VP’s interaction
with top donors, including event bios and full profiles. Bring
forward and research potential candidates for the Board of
Trustees. Undertake special projects for the Senior VP, AVPs, and
other senior management as needed.
- Employ data mining, predictive modeling, data visualization,
and donor profiling techniques to increase the number and improve
the quality of newly identified prospects and to address targeted
fundraising initiatives. Work with vendors such as Blackbaud, Pro
iWave, and Relationship Science to apply advanced analytics to our
research work. Learn new research technologies as they become
- Identify and research potential sources of financial and
volunteer support for the college using a variety of research
methods Analyze financial information to estimate all assets.
Utilize Banner, Cognos, and Salesforce for reporting and business
- Analyze and strategize prospective donors’ gift potential,
readiness to give, special interests, and connections to the
college. Determine solicitation range. Develop detailed profiles
containing accurate and up-to-date financial information on
prospects with the potential to make significant gifts. Suggest
volunteer opportunities or honors for alumnae and other potential
supporters. Recommend strategies for contacting and involving
prospective donors. Update research profiles and adjust ratings as
circumstances change or new information is obtained.
- Maintain ongoing communication with fund-raising staff to
determine research needs; set priorities for individual work flow.
Responsible for developing a working relationship with frontline
fund-raisers, understanding their regional and class fund-raising
priorities, managing their prospect research requests and
proactively bringing new prospects to their attention. Responsible
for prospect research for special initiatives.
- Serve as a resource to Alumnae Relations & Development on
various task forces such as prospect management, financial
indicators, technology, optical scanning and orientation. Work with
Information Services staff to improve reports, solve technology
problems with our databases, etc.
Experience working with individuals from diverse
- Bachelor’s degree and 5 years’ experience and/or an equivalent
combination of education and experience.
- Experience in major gifts prospect research required,
preferably in an educational fund-raising environment.
- Experience and versatility supporting specific constituencies
and fund raising initiatives such as parents and families program,
international development, milestone reunions, and principal gifts
- Excellent analytical skills.
- Proven ability to communicate in person and in writing.
- Ability to multi task and prioritize work.
- Ability to work as an effective member of a team.
- Strong attention to detail.
- Ability to discern relevant facts.
- Proficiency in synthesizing material from multiple sources into
a coherent and accurate presentation, an understanding of the role
of prospect research in development.
- Respect for privacy and confidentiality.
- Skills in computer and information resources.
- Ability to interact and collaborate with front-line
philanthropic officers and other colleagues.
- Strong working knowledge of computers including ability to
manipulate and retrieve data, MSOffice, on-line/Web-based research,
push technology and capacity to learn ever-changing technology
Please attach BOTH
a current resume and a cover letter in
order for your application to be considered for this position .
You may combine your resume and cover letter into a single file
or attach multiple files to your application, but BE SURE you have
provided all attachments BEFORE SUBMITTING your application.
You will NOT be able to attach additional files after you have
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Review of applications will begin
August 9, 2021
About Smith College
Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest
women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in
teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of
outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as
advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The
College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst,
Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of
Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty
cross-teach across the Five Colleges.
Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer
and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color,
religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender
identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and
employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its
programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and
regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with
disabilities are encouraged to apply.