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Alumnae Relations & Development
Steward the college's most generous and loyal donors by working closely with Alumnae Relations and Development's senior leadership and frontline gift officers to ensure the delivery of high-level, accurate, meaningful and timely stewardship communications. Partner with students, faculty, staff and administrators throughout the college to develop compelling case studies showcasing the impact of philanthropy. Strong writing, proofing and communication skills are essential.
Learn more about Smith College's Alumnae Relations and Development department at smith.edu/alum.
Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
Work closely with the Stewardship Manager to maintain and execute an annual calendar of stewardship deliverables to strengthen long-term relationships with the college's top donor and donor groups at various recognition levels and across certain key constituencies (i.e. the Board of Trustees, scholarship donors, The Smith Fund's Sophia Smith Leadership Society).
Ensure that details of stewardship plans are compiled and communicated to all involved parties, as well as implemented.
Plans involve a range of activity from regular or ad hoc reports to private visits both on- and off-campus to facilitating donor and student meetings.
Work collaboratively with colleagues in Alumnae Relations, Development, academic departments and College Relations as well as with selected faculty, staff and students to develop compelling content and recognition opportunities, including impact reports, donor profiles, news stories, thank you letters and more.
Creatively engage donors with events and activity across campus.
Participate in stewardship task forces or other committees/work groups responsible for developing and implementing strategic and comprehensive stewardship plans aimed at increasing donor and potential donor contact with the college.
Other Copywriting and Editing (20%)
Write, copyedit and proof a variety of communications pieces for the Alumnae and Donor Communications team.
Research and write strategic, innovative and inspiring newsletter, website and social media content, such as student profiles, news items, case statements and more.
Assist with the development of other printed and digital communications that support Smith's alumnae engagement efforts.
Projects include but are not limited to video scripts, presentations, speeches and event materials.
Support special projects and general editorial needs by reviewing and editing written materials generated by staff to ensure quality and consistency.
Adhere to and promote the college's and the department's communication plan and branding standards
Other Functions (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.
Bachelor's degree plus 5 years of relevant experience and/or the equivalent combination of education and experience with a focus on communications, preferably in development, alumni relations, marketing or public relations fields.
Experience in or understanding of development work is required.
Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
High-level skills in writing (from journalism to marketing copy), editing and interviewing. Ability to manage several projects simultaneously, work effectively under time constraints and prioritize a high-volume of work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment. Creativity, curiosity, sense of humor, high energy level and an enthusiasm for meeting and working with a wide range of individuals. Candidates must have a strong customer service orientation and be extremely detail-oriented. Must be able to work both independently and collaboratively. Knowledge and experience with electronic communications and strategic use of social networks. Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and databases. Must be well-versed in AP Style. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite preferred.
Please submit two or three representative writing samples with your application, such as impact reports, donor profiles, news articles, case statements, or similar.
This is a full-time position located in Northampton, Massachusetts, and must be on campus at least two days a week.
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Review of applications will begin
December 12, 2022
Grade L Exempt
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
CAREERS AT SMITH Smith College employees are a hard working, creative, talented and caring community who keep the college running. We pride ourselves on being a diverse group that brings different skills, perspectives and experiences to support our nearly 2,900 students—women who are becoming leaders to address society's challenges. Join us, and become part of the team whose work makes the college work.Why Smith?Teamwork—A supportive group of co-workers who celebrate individuality and empower one another.Success—A comprehensive and competitive benefits package as well as career advancement resources. Balance—Flexibility for supporting your life outside of work; some positions are eligible for hybrid/remote work options.
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