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Assistant Director, Class Engagement and Annual Support

Smith College
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Job location: Smith College

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2022-01-18
Req: R-202200027

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Alumnae Relations & DevelopmentJob Description

Job Summary

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. Work with the senior class (and possiblyother undergraduate classes) to shepherd an annual senior/student philanthropy campaign.

Essential Functions

Volunteer Training and Support (50%)

Work with class volunteers in approximately 20 assigned alumnae classes, plus the senior class, to achieve specified goals for each class, including engagement metrics and maximizing philanthropy and annual donor participation. 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.

Class Communications (20%)

Working with the Class Engagement and Annual Support Director, craft strategic plans and communications tailored for approximately 20 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 fundraising appeals.

Solicitation Strategy (20%)

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 constituency. Provide summaries and recommendations on class progress to class volunteers and to the Class Engagement and Annual Support Director. Personally solicit alumnae in assigned classes who are not assigned to staff philanthropic officers when necessary.

Reunion and Events (10%)

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 assigned.

Other Functions

Contribute to overall departmental discussions affecting engagement and annual giving priorities and strategies. Participate in team meetings, task forces and committees as required. Back up other staff needs as necessary. Perform related duties as required.

All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education, experience, certifications, licenses)

Bachelor's degree plus 2 to 4 years of relevant experience and/or the equivalent combination of education and experience with a clear record of accomplishment and strong measurable results. Experience recruiting, training, and managing a group of volunteers.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working in higher education preferred.


Must be a self-starter who has strong written/verbal communication skills and well-developed computer, spreadsheet, word processing, and fundraising systems and reports; 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 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 Smith. Must be comfortable in a fast-paced and results-driven environment. Commitment to and respect for the contributions of volunteers.

Additional Information

Position requires occasional regional travel, and ability and willingness to work nights and weekends, as necessary.

Please attach BOTH a current resume and a cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position . Be sure you have provided all attachments before submitting your application. You will NOT be able to attach additional files after you have hit the Submit button.

Review of applications will begin

February 7, 2022

Compensation Grade:

Grade J

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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 requests for reasonable accommodation applies to all aspects of employment, including the application process. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact our recruiting team at

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.


Working at Smith College 

Founded in 1871, Smith College is the nation's largest liberal arts college for women. The reputation of the College as one of the finest in the country holds strong because of the dedicated work of our staff, faculty, and administration. We are a diverse group bringing to our community different talents, perspectives, and experiences. Our strength arises from this diversity and is sustained by a community value of providing an outstanding educational environment for our nearly 2,700 students. Smith College is located in Northampton, a lively town of 30,000 in the Connecticut River valley of western Massachusetts.

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