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Vice President for Alumnae Relations


Northampton, MA 01060, USA


Position Summary:

Reporting to Senior Vice President Beth Balmuth Raffeld and serving as a member of the President’s Cabinet, the Vice President for Alumnae Relations will be instrumental in leading the evolution of a dynamic, innovative and exceptional alumnae relations program that engages with more than 50,000 diverse alumnae around the globe. The Vice President will work in close partnership with the volunteer leadership of the Alumnae Association of Smith College, as well as with an integrated senior advancement management team. As a member of the president’s leadership team, the Vice President for
Alumnae Relations will be involved with developing the future vision and course of Smith College. 

In addition, the Vice President for Alumnae Relations will partner with the board of the Alumnae Association of Smith College to provide visionary leadership and encourage collaboration across Smith’s programs and centers. The Vice President will engage alumnae with compelling programs infused with strong intellectual content that reinforce Smith’s standing as a thought leader for women’s issues. Other responsibilities include enhancing professional and volunteer
leadership networks among alumnae; overseeing clubs, affinity groups, and a robust travel program; and managing an operating budget. This position offers an exciting opportunity to lead a respected organization and strengthen an already
powerful alumnae relations program.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Key Responsibilities Leadership and Strategy Development

• Provide strategic direction and lead change for alumnae engagement globally and across the generations.

• Provide strategic partnership and direction for Smith’s leadership volunteer network, including the Alumnae Association Board of Directors.

• Demonstrate strategic leadership to engage and empower Smith’s 50,000+ global women’s network - one of the strongest in the world.

• Represent the college at events and as a public figure for the college and the alumnae body.

• Serve as a member of President’s Cabinet, representing alumnae perspective and resources.

• Serve on the collaborative senior staff team for Alumnae Relations and Development.

• Lead the strategic direction for the broad-based efforts of the Smith Alumnae Business Network.

Staff Management

• Demonstrate skilled management expertise and deep commitment to collaboration across the advancement departments, college leadership and volunteer networks.

• Supervise a team of ~8 staff.

• Manage Alumnae Relations budget, including annual endowment income.

Volunteer Leadership

• Provide direction for staffing the Alumnae Association Board of Directors, Nominating Committee, Medal Committee and other alumnae volunteer groups, modernizing the mission and role of the board, board ambassador program, evolution of board administrative support and regional club leadership. Program Development

• Propel participation activities and strategies, broadly and inclusively defined: philanthropic, volunteer, event attendance and social media/virtual.  

• Catalyze regional engagement through a modern approach to clubs and club leadership, regionally based fundraising volunteers and other regional networks.

• Connect alumnae with current students through career mentoring, shared affinities and other points of connection.

• Broaden engagement of diverse alumnae and diversify volunteer leadership.

• Revitalize affinity groups (Alums of Color, LGBTQ, professional groups and other).

• Oversee reunion, mini-reunions and provide overall oversight with direct collaboration with events, communications, technology teams and other campus partners.

• Advance collaborative opportunities to expand Smith travel programs and continuing education for alumnae.

• Imaginatively spearhead activities that engage graduates of the last decade and current students.

Communication and Technology

• Provide active leadership for technology transformation, best practices, trends and priority setting, including digital engagement/online community, volunteer portal, web presence, event and marketing tools.

Front-Line Fundraising and Alumnae Cultivation

• Manage a portfolio of leadership volunteers and select donor prospects.

• Present at alumnae events, serving as a lead connector and face for Smith.

• Travel to foster alumnae relations, attend events, meet individually with volunteer leadership, board members and prospects. 


Key Qualifications

• A minimum of 10 years of professional experience in alumni relations or a relevant field, with increasing responsibility throughout.

• Demonstrable ability to be a strong, creative, strategic thought partner at the highest levels of leadership.

• Experience in developing new strategies - and leading inspiring plans for their implementation and evaluation.

• Knowledge of up-to-date digital strategies to enhance alumnae engagement.

• Sensitivity to and respect for issues of diversity, women’s issues and liberal arts education.

• Strong management skills, with a desire to build and motivate a collaborative alumnae relations team.

• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.

• Outstanding presentation and interpersonal skills.

• Demonstrated collaborative, team player.

• Commitment to Smith College’s rich history and current global vision for women’s education.

Additional Information:

Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, 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.


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