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Assistant Director, International Alumnae Relations & Development

Smith College
Smith College

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Four-Year Institution
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Alumnae Relations & DevelopmentJob Description

Job Summary

In coordination with the Director of International Alumnae Relations and Development and other alumnae relations and development staff assigned to international territories, develop and implement comprehensive, campus-wide, strategic plan to increase participation and philanthropic support from non-U.S. constituencies including alumnae, parents and friends. Work in close collaboration with The Smith Fund and other on campus departments (including the Global Studies Center, Admissions and Career Services) to execute a holistic international strategy that encompasses communications, giving, engagement, and travel, and ensures that Smith’s international outreach activities are integrated in deliberate and responsive ways. Coordinate on campus, in country, and virtual programming for international alums, students and parents.

Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Essential Functions
Program Management (55%)

Collaborate on the development of an overall strategy to engage constituents outside of the United States that is focused on strategic geographic regions and is integrated with the overall regional alumnae relations and development objectives. When appropriate, plan for and accompany Smith leadership on trips abroad.

As part of the overall regional development strategy, design and implement engagement, cultivation, and solicitation strategies for annual and leadership giving to build an enlarged and philanthropically-minded base of donors abroad.

Design and implement communications for international constituents, including outreach and direct marketing materials (e.g. country/region-specific newsletters and emails), social media and website.

Serve as a coordinator on behalf of International Alumnae Relations and Development to international alumnae networks, groups, and clubs. Support international volunteers to coordinate Smith trips and activities. Assist in event planning and communications for alums outside the United States.

Analyze and review data to identify key markets, areas of success, and potential for growth. Collaborate with colleagues in devising and implementing programs to increase international giving participation. Contribute to related funding proposals for prospective donors and stewardship communications.

Fundraising Responsibilities (40%)

Manage a portfolio of approximately 25 leadership gift-rated ($10K+) international prospects. Solicit and steward assigned individual international prospects in support of the Smith Fund and other fundraising priorities.

Become fluent and knowledgeable about the college, its fundraising priorities, practices and procedures, its strategic plan and future vision, its values and its history. Articulate these persuasively and compellingly to individuals and groups.

Coordinate Monthly International Gift Thank yous, End of Calendar and Fiscal Year giving solicitation outreach emails/calls.

Meet established metrics and goals for visits, solicitations, gifts and other meaningful contact with assigned prospects. Promptly record contact reports and carry out other essential follow up activities such as expressing thanks. Ensure accurate documentation of prospect strategies, solicitation plans and contacts and their entry into the college’s prospect management system.

Collaborate effectively with other frontline fundraisers, Donor Relations, Gift Planning, the Smith Fund and class managers to ensure effective, individualized strategies for each prospect.

Participate in departmental training, college-wide programming and other initiatives to understand the college and its history, values, priorities and constituencies.

Other Functions

Other (5%)
Participate in team meetings, task forces and committees as required.
Other duties as assigned.
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 3-5 years’ minimum relevant experience. International experience, knowledge and interest in cross-cultural communications and global current affairs.

Willingness to interact with prospects and others during non-typical hours when required by major time zone differences.

Ability to travel/work evenings and weekends when occasionally required.
Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.


  • Must be a team player, while also able to work independently in a fast-paced environment.

  • Must be able to prioritize and multitask.

  • Ability to take initiative to solve problems and get results with colleagues across campus and around the world.

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail necessary.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with a diverse population including alums, students, parents, faculty, staff, donors, and vendors outside the college.

  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion and judgment.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Proficient use of Google suite and Microsoft Office Suite

  • Familiarity with donor databases/CRM tools or ability to learn such quickly.

  • E-mail marketing and social media experience are preferred

  • Sensitivity to non-U.S. issues and perspectives, and appreciation for understanding diverse cultures and current global affairs.


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

December 2, 2022

Compensation Grade:

Grade J

Position Type:


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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