Advancement Data Associate

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Smith College
Smith College
42 West Street - Garrison Hall
NORTHAMPTON, MA 01063
Phone:(413)585-2260
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Company Description:
Founded in 1871, Smith College opened in 1875 with 14 students. Today, Smith is among the largest women’s colleges in the United States, with students from 48 states and 68 countries. An independent, nondenominational college, Smith remains strongly committed to the education of women at the undergraduate level, but admits both men and women as graduate students.
Advancement Data Associate
To Commensurate With Experience
NORTHAMPTON, MA
Full Time
Administrative/Clerical/Data Entry
High School or Equivalent
3+

Are you detail oriented and do you thrive in a close team environment? Smith College has an opportunity in our Alumnae Relations & Development department for an Advancement Data Associate.

Smith College offers competitive and comprehensive benefits, including:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield affordable, low-deductible medical insurance 

  • Low to no-cost Dental, Vision and Life Insurance options

  • Generous Paid Holidays and time off

  • A Retirement Plan with a 9% Employer Funded annual contribution

  • Tuition Benefits with family offerings

Job Summary:

                    
Provide the foundation for donor, alumnae, and external constituent engagement by Smith College by maintaining and enhancing gift and biographical records. Working within the team of Advancement Data Specialists incorporate best practices to facilitate and process gifts and pledges received and biographical updates from varying sources including electronic feeds, data files, forms, and direct contact with constituents.  Provide strong customer service to alums, parents and donors regarding current and past giving to Smith and/or their information on file with Smith.  Support colleagues in the understanding of and use of the advancement data set.  

             

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

                    
Gift Accounting: (40%):                    

  • In a timely and accurate manner, oversee gifts from a wide variety of sources from notification to finalization to support fundraising efforts. Assess, prepare and record gifts, pledges, and pledge payments; prepare and/ or work with bank deposits and financial information; and enter data into database.
  • Learn about a dozen ancillary systems to extract the data necessary to properly record charitable gifts to the college.  
  • Work with donors to resolve questions and concerns about gifts.
  • Produce and send tax receipts for all gifts received on a weekly basis. Collaborate with other teams across Alumnae Relations and Development and other departments, including but not limited to the Controller’s office, the museum, the libraries, and ITS to complete regular tasks, trouble shoot specific issues, and stream-line processes.
  • Keep pace with technologically driven changes to gift accounting processes and procedures.
  • Develop a basic understanding of the leading IRS regulations that drive charitable gift accounting and Smith’s bookkeeping.  
  • Provide customer service to donors and colleagues regarding how to make a gift and past giving data.

                     
Constituent Records: (40%):                    

  • Maintain and enhance biographical information in the database to support Alumnae Relations and Development in fundraising and constituent engagement efforts.
  • Oversee constituent records from creation to deceasing.
  • Use various auxiliary applications and databases such as but not limited to Salesforce and AlumniFinder as part of constituent records processing.
  • Work with constituents to resolve questions and concerns about biographical information.
  • Train student workers on various records-related projects when appropriate and necessary.
  • Collaborate with other teams across Alumnae Relations and Development to complete regular tasks, trouble shoot specific issues, and stream-line processes.
  • Keep pace with technologically driven changes to constituent records processes and procedures. 

                   
Data Integrity and Analysis (15%): 

                 

  • Help develop and use reports and data extracts to monitor data accuracy, quality and consistency; assess and resolve issues as they arise; and stream-line processes.
  • Help work on data clean-up projects as needed.  

                                 
Other duties (5%):  

   

  • Proactively assist with advancement support tasks as needed.
  • Participate in team meetings and task forces as appropriate.
  • Performs other related 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):

                    

  • High school diploma plus three years of relevant experience or the equivalent combination of education and/or experience.                     
  • Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.  

                 
Preferred Qualifications:

                    

  • Associates degree preferred.
  • Experience with data management in a fundraising or other constitituent relationship management database preferred.                      

Skills:                     

  • Ability to learn and adapt quickly to new software in an evolving technical environment. 
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to successfully interact with people of all backgrounds. 
  • Ability to collaborate and work with others, especially Advancement Data Team, toward successful results. 
  • Ability to take initiative and solve problems. 
  • Strong customer service orientation. 
  • Ability to maintain a sense of humor. 
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task in a fast-paced environment and independently handle multiple priorities while adhering to deadlines. 
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy. 
  • Ability to manage confidential information with appropriate discretion. 
  • High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office (especially Excel and Word). 
  • Able to incorporate use of a variety of auxiliary computer systems into daily work flow.

                    
Additional Information:  

  • Hybrid Position: Two days in office is required.
  • This position is required to work during Christmas break (four 8-hr days) due to department workload at this time. (May elect paid time and a half for this week or to take time off otherwise).
  • This position is required to limit time off requests during June and July annually, as well as, during January and December annually.

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Preferred Qualifications:

                    

  • Associates degree preferred.
  • Experience with data management in a fundraising or other constitituent relationship management database preferred.                      

Skills:                     

  • Ability to learn and adapt quickly to new software in an evolving technical environment. 
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to successfully interact with people of all backgrounds. 
  • Ability to collaborate and work with others, especially Advancement Data Team, toward successful results. 
  • Ability to take initiative and solve problems. 
  • Strong customer service orientation. 
  • Ability to maintain a sense of humor. 
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task in a fast-paced environment and independently handle multiple priorities while adhering to deadlines. 
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy. 
  • Ability to manage confidential information with appropriate discretion. 
  • High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office (especially Excel and Word). 
  • Able to incorporate use of a variety of auxiliary computer systems into daily work flow.

                    
Additional Information:  

  • Hybrid Position: Two days in office is required.
  • This position is required to work during Christmas break (four 8-hr days) due to department workload at this time. (May elect paid time and a half for this week or to take time off otherwise).
  • This position is required to limit time off requests during June and July annually, as well as, during January and December annually.
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