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Associate Director of Strategic Fundraising Initiatives

Smith College
Smith College

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Alumnae Relations & DevelopmentJob Description

Job Summary

Work at the center of our best-in-class fundraising program and help generate philanthropic support to fuel Smith College’s ambition. The Associate Director of Strategic Fundraising Initiatives will partner with colleagues across campus to put the key pieces together for successful fundraising and will work closely with Smith alums to encourage support.

Work with the Associate Vice President for Development on a wide range of projects and activities to coordinate comprehensive fundraising efforts in support of critical priorities by managing the development of fundraising plans, collaborating with on-campus partners, development staff, leadership volunteers as needed and monitoring progress against established timelines and goals. Oversee large, often cross-functional, organization-wide projects or initiatives, bringing together important stakeholders and helping to drive decisions. Ensure timely and effective completion of projects and initiatives. Assist with strategic agenda-setting and coordination across the frontline development units reporting to the AVP.

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

Coordination of fundraising strategy (70%):

  • In support of critical fundraising initiatives, plan and implement fundraising efforts, including communications calendars, to meet philanthropic revenue goals.

  • Responsible for tracking, monitoring and follow-up on the progress of projects, action items and strategies.

  • Organize tasks necessary to ensure fundraising priorities and opportunities are well aligned with college priorities.

  • Coordinate with philanthropic officers to identify prospects and to secure funds.

  • Collaborate with Donor Relations on stewardship plans for initiative supporters.

  • Initiates subsequent follow-up meetings and communications with key stakeholders regarding various outcomes and action plans.

  • Maintain gift opportunities tool for staff.

  • Provide support to the Vice President for Development in all forecasting and analytical work.

Manage the Committee On Regional Participation (CORP) volunteer group (25%):

  • Plan and implement programs for regional engagement and donor education in support of critical donor engagement and fundraising initiatives.

  • Recruit, train, and lead a group of regional alumnae volunteers.

  • Coordinate communications calendars; meet philanthropic revenue and donor participation goals; generate related reporting.

  • Coordinate with philanthropic officers to identify prospects or leadership volunteers to staff and host events.

  • Develop stewardship plans for donors and partner with the Donor Relations department to steward donors.

Other Functions

Additional duties: (5%)

  • 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 and 5-7 years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.

  • Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

Volunteer management experience.


  • Proven skills in managing a number of competing priorities and complex issues creatively and effectively.

  • Proven ability to make independent decisions.

  • Must be able to quickly resolve problems while employing strong diplomatic skills and with a high regard for important internal and external relationships.

  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and engage through highly effective presentations and communication. A clear and confident communication style which shows spirit, enthusiasm, and integrity.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the proven ability to collaborate, build team spirit, and achieve results within diverse populations.

  • Ability to meet deadlines and function effectively in a complex organizational environment demanding a high energy level, discretion, and flexibility.

  • Demonstrated abilities to be adaptable and thrive in an environment of ambiguity.Work well and successfully in a constantly evolving setting.

  • A commitment to promoting and supporting an environment of diversity and inclusion.

Additional Information

For the care and safety of our community, Smith College requires that all employees be vaccinated as a condition of employment and as such, the incumbent will be required to be immunized against COVID-19 on or before their first day of employment. Proof of vaccination status will be required. Individuals may seek medical or religious exemption with HR, but must do so prior to their arrival.


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

November 28, 2022

Compensation Grade:

Grade I

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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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