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Alumnae Relations & Development Job Description
Responsible for directing a group of alumnae classes on engagement,
volunteer and fundraising efforts, seeking to increase levels of
engagement, giving participation, volunteer effectiveness and
satisfaction and dollars raised. Manage the In Memoriam volunteer
Volunteer Training and Support (40%)
Class Communications (20%)
- Work with class volunteers in 10 to 15 assigned alumnae classes
to achieve specified goals for each class, including engagement
metrics, and maximizing philanthropy and annual donor
- Strengthen volunteer teams through recruitment, training,
management, and consistent communication.
- In conjunction with overall Advancement efforts and with the
guidance of the Class Engagement and Annual Support Director,
develop communications materials for class volunteers that convey
the goals and priorities of the college.
Solicitation Strategy (20%)
- Working with the Class Engagement and Annual Support Director,
craft strategic plans and communications tailored for 10 to 15
assigned alumnae classes.
- Use data analysis and proven tactics to engage alumnae with
each other and with the college, and to raise philanthropic support
for The Smith Fund.
- Communications include items such as class newsletters and
In Memoriam Program (10%)
- Act as the lead for each individual class’ fundraising
strategy, and lead the class fundraising volunteers to successfully
achieve fundraising dollar and participation targets.
- Collaborate with gift officers to craft solicitation plans for
special gift prospects in assigned classes.
- Establish class goals and priorities that engage a broad
- Provide summaries and recommendations on class progress to
class volunteers and to the Class Engagement and Annual Support
- Personally solicit alumnae in assigned classes who are not
assigned to staff philanthropic officers, when necessary.
Reunion and Events (10%)
- Serve as primary staff manager for volunteer Memorial Gift
- Work with them to solicit gifts and to ensure accurate
recognition of gifts made in memory of deceased classmates and
- With the Class Engagement and Annual Support Director,
determine program goals and monitor progress toward goals.
Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education,
experience, certifications, licenses)
- Support reunion by participating in staff planning meetings,
training and supporting class reunion volunteers (to encourage
attendance and maximum fundraising participation), staffing reunion
day-of events for assigned classes, and in other ways as
- Contribute to overall departmental discussions affecting
engagement and annual giving priorities and strategies.
- Bachelor's degree plus 2 to 4 years of relevant experience
and/or the equivalent combination of education and experience
preferably in a college environment with a clear record of
accomplishment and strong measurable results.
- Experience in higher education preferred.
- Experience recruiting, training, and managing a group of
- Must be a self-starter who has strong written/verbal
communication skills and well-developed computer, spreadsheet, word
processing, CRM, and database skills, including complex databases
such as Banner and/or Salesforce; a high standard of integrity; the
ability to work with and motivate others; must be well organized,
flexible and creative.
- Must possess solid interpersonal skills; the ability to manage
others; the ability to work in a team-oriented environment and work
well under pressure while handling multiple tasks; be successful in
meeting deadlines; and be able to work independently.
- Must have the ability to think creatively about human
relationships with the intention of securing support for
- Must be comfortable in a fast-paced and results-driven
- Commitment to and respect for the contributions of
- Ability and willingness to travel, and to work nights and
weekends, as necessary.
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Review of applications will begin
July 25, 2022
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.
Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and
Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 151B, it is the policy of Smith
College to provide reasonable accommodation when requested by a
qualified applicant or employee with a disability, unless such
accommodation would cause an undue hardship. The policy regarding
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Diversity and a culture of inclusion among students, staff,
faculty, and administration are crucial to the mission and values
of Smith College. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age,
color, religions, 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.