Career Opportunities

Join a team of fundraising professionals across the Institution working to chart the future of the Smithsonian.

Office of Advancement: Career Opportunities

Resumes are only accepted in applications for listed positions. Please send a cover letter and resume to oastaffing@si.edu. Specify the position title for which you are applying in the subject line.

Open Positions

Assistant Director, Fundraising Systems Development, Office of Advancement / Grade: 14 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: July 22

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution continues a comprehensive strategic plan, expands the programming, educational, and scholarly activity of its museums and research centers, and completes its very first Institution-wide fundraising campaign.

Through this national campaign, the Smithsonian is building a model fundraising organization, one that will meet the growing needs of this unique organization and offer excellent professional opportunities.  This position offers exciting opportunities for the successful candidate to make a significant impact on the future of the Smithsonian.  There is no better time to join this amazing Institution.

The Assistant Director for Fundraising Systems Development is a hands-on leader for the programming, systems analysis and production support function in the Office of Advancement for the Smithsonian Institution, leveraging the recently implemented Pan-Institutional Database for Advancement (PANDA) to provide reporting and information to drive and inform Smithsonian Advancement. The Assistant Director uses systems analysis and programming concepts and a comprehensive knowledge of the fundraising business function to resolve highly complex operational issues and meet the philanthropic objectives of the Smithsonian. This is an exceptional opportunity for an energetic professional with demonstrated success analyzing user requirements, and writing and developing reports, extracts and utilities in PL/SQL, SQL and Cognos. This team leader will add value by:

  • Identifying and implementing opportunities to use technology to improve the user experience
  • Managing the delivery of multiple complex simultaneous system development projects from design through to release
  • Contributing to the technical solution from design through code level
  • Training, coaching and supervising the development team and ensuring that team meets the needs of the business users

This work is completed using systems development life cycle methodology.

Qualified candidates will have: 

  • Strong working knowledge of SQL, PL/SQL, stored procedures, indexes, triggers and other advanced features. Ability to write complex queries and optimize their performance.
  • Experience with large and complex databases – preferably fundraising, membership or sales databases – and specific technologies and best practices in data integration, query design, data validation/automation, analytic functions, electronic data warehouses, ETL (extract, transform, load) and relational database structure
  • Knowledge and experience with business intelligence tools such as Cognos, Tableau, QlikView and their open source equivalents, sufficient to build tables, custom views, scripts, fields and formulas, and experience with Microsoft Office
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to train, mentor, direct, and validate the work of team members, previous experience as a technical team leader preferred.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, presentation skills, and the ability to build relationships and inspire others
  • Curious, creative and collaborative approach to challenges

Ten years of experience, demonstrating increasing responsibility and technical acumen is required. Experience with the Ellucian Advance system and the fundraising business function are preferred.

The Office of Advancement oversees and guides the fundraising efforts of the entire Smithsonian and is home to the central advancement organization for the Institution. In addition to raising significant support for a variety of Smithsonian initiatives, the Office of Advancement provides support services to advancement offices across the Institution.  The office engages with staff throughout the Smithsonian in accomplishing their goals.

The Smithsonian Institution is a unique complex of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research centers.  The Smithsonian is a national and world treasure and is dedicated to its founding mission, “the increase and diffusion of knowledge.”  Its exhibitions, programs, collections, and outreach touch the lives of millions of Americans every year, as well as many who visit us from abroad. 

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The Smithsonian Institution offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive package of benefits. This is not a Federal Position, but has similar requirements and benefits. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to oastaffing@si.edu by July 22, 2016.

 

The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Business Intelligence Manager, Office of Advancement / Grade: 13/14 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: July 22

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution continues a comprehensive strategic plan, expands the programming, educational, and scholarly activity of its museums and research centers, and completes its very first Institution-wide fundraising campaign. 

Through this national campaign, the Smithsonian is building a model fundraising organization, one that will meet the growing needs of this unique organization and offer excellent professional opportunities.  This position offers exciting opportunities for the successful candidate to make a significant impact on the future of the Smithsonian.  There is no better time to join this amazing Institution.

The Business Intelligence Manager will build the Business Intelligence (BI) function in the Office of Advancement for the Smithsonian Institution, leveraging the recently implemented Pan Institutional Database for Advancement (PANDA) to create analytics and BI functionality designed to understand and enhance key business behaviors that drive donor acquisition, retention, and engagement. The Business Intelligence Manager uses advanced business analysis concepts and a comprehensive knowledge of fundraising management principles to resolve highly complex operational issues and meet the philanthropic objectives of the Smithsonian. This position is special opportunity to build both the business function and the team that will deliver dashboards, add KPIs, provide analytics, data mining and data modeling to the advancement community and integrate new data sources, maximizing the utility of the Pan-Institutional Database for Advancement (PANDA). The Business Intelligence Manager:

  • Plans and implements the overall analytics and business intelligence strategy
  • Leads the design and development of multiple, simultaneous analytical projects designed to understand and enhance key business behaviors that drive donor acquisition, retention, and engagement.
  • Identifies opportunities to develop forecasts, statistical models, segmentation, and data-driven analysis to improve qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship efforts for all levels of donors, from membership to principal giving.
  • Works with functional managers to identify information needs, discover new opportunities to optimize advancement, and develop reporting.
  • Integrates web analytics into transactional and customer analytics
  • Hires, trains, and supervises Analytics team and ensures that team meets the reporting and analytical needs of the business users

This work is completed using systems development life cycle methodology.

Qualified candidates will have: 

  • Experience leading several Business Intelligence project lifecycles, developing and using best practices and patterns to create a robust BI implementation that improved the efficiency and effectiveness of the business unit.
  • Knowledge and experience in the fundraising non-profit sector, including application and use of dashboards, KPIs, interactive analytical reports and predictive models
  • Expertise in applying technology to business programs, in particular the ability to quantitatively describe problems and engineer solutions and to gain acceptance and integration into the culture of the organization.
  • Knowledge of specific technologies and best practices in the following areas: data visualization and presentation, dashboard design, data integration, data virtualization, predictive modeling, query design, data validation/automation, analytic functions, electronic data warehouse, ETL (extract, transform, load) and  relational database structure.
  • Knowledge and experience with BI tools such as Cognos, Tableau, QlikView and their open source equivalents, familiarity with relational databases and SQL, and experience with Microsoft Office
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to train, mentor, direct, and validate the work of team members.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, presentation skills, and the ability to build relationships and inspire others
  • Curious, creative and collaborative approach to challenges

Experience in using a fundraising database, business intelligence tools and six years of applicable job experience is required.

The Office of Advancement oversees and guides the fundraising efforts of the entire Smithsonian and is home to the central advancement organization for the Institution. In addition to raising significant support for a variety of Smithsonian initiatives, the Office of Advancement provides support services to advancement offices across the Institution.  The office engages with staff throughout the Smithsonian in accomplishing their goals.

The Smithsonian Institution is a unique complex of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research centers.  The Smithsonian is a national and world treasure and is dedicated to its founding mission, “the increase and diffusion of knowledge.”  Its exhibitions, programs, collections, and outreach touch the lives of millions of Americans every year, as well as many who visit us from abroad. 

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The Smithsonian Institution offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive package of benefits. This is not a Federal Position, but has similar requirements and benefits. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to oastaffing@si.edu by July 22, 2016.

 

The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Advancement Services Coordinator, Office of Advancement / Grade: 11 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: July 27

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution continues a comprehensive strategic plan, expands the programming, educational, and scholarly activity of its museums and research centers, and completes its very first Institution-wide fundraising campaign. 

Through this national campaign, the Smithsonian is building a model fundraising organization, one that will meet the growing needs of this unique organization and offer excellent professional opportunities.  This position offers exciting opportunities for the successful candidate to make a significant impact on the future of the Smithsonian.  There is no better time to join this amazing Institution.

The Advancement Services Coordinator serves as a member of the Advancement Services team, which provides budgeting and procurement, human resources, and professional development services to the Office of Advancement and the broader Smithsonian advancement community. The Coordinator supports the efforts of advancement by providing data management, business analysis, reporting, and project management functions to a wide array of projects and activities. This position incorporates the use of technology (i.e., SharePoint, Excel) into current processes in an effort to increase efficiency and effectiveness. The Coordinator collaborates with the budget analyst on compiling and analyzing budget submissions from the Office of Advancement and other units. The incumbent works with the Administrative Manager on various procurement and travel processes and approvals.  

Qualified candidates will successfully demonstrate strong communications skills, an ability to successfully manage multiple deadlines, superior organization skills, and a thirst for learning. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience using Microsoft Excel and SharePoint at an intermediate level and past experience with successful fundraising operations. Experience in a large, complex non-profit organization preferred.

The Office of Advancement oversees and guides the fundraising efforts of the entire Smithsonian and is home to the central development organization for the Institution.  In addition to raising significant support for a variety of Smithsonian initiatives, the Office of Advancement provides support services to advancement offices across the Institution.  The office engages with staff throughout the Smithsonian in accomplishing their goals.

The Smithsonian Institution is a unique complex of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research centers.  The Smithsonian is a national and world treasure and is dedicated to its founding mission, “the increase and diffusion of knowledge.”  Its exhibitions, programs, collections, and outreach touch the lives of millions of Americans every year, as well as many who visit us from abroad. 

PDF iconDOWNLOAD THE DESCRIPTION

The Smithsonian Institution offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive package of benefits. This is not a Federal Position, but has similar requirements and benefits. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to oastaffing@si.edu by July 27, 2016.   

 

The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Manager of Annual Giving, National Museum of American History / Grade: 9/11 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: August 7

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution continues a comprehensive strategic plan, expands the programming, educational, and scholarly activity of its museums and research centers, and completes its very first Institution-wide fundraising campaign. 

Through this national campaign, the Smithsonian is building a model fundraising organization, one that will meet the growing needs of this unique organization and offer excellent professional opportunities.  This position offers exciting opportunities for the successful candidate to make a significant impact on the future of the Smithsonian.  There is no better time to join this amazing Institution.

The National Museum of American History (NMAH) invites you to be part of an exciting physical and programmatic transformation happening at the Museum. NMAH has an opening for an experienced and dynamic Manager of Annual Giving to help build the base of individual support for the Museum’s exhibitions, collections, and educational and outreach activities.

The Manager of Annual Giving is responsible for the management and expansion of three annual giving programs: The Smithsonian Council for American History, the Director’s Fund for Annual Giving, and the Friends of the National Numismatic Collection. The Council is a membership program for annual, unrestricted gifts of $1,000 to $25,000. Council duties include creating and implementing strategies to acquire and upgrade members; cultivating and engaging the Council’s volunteer leadership; planning donor stewardship and prospecting events; and developing a comprehensive stewardship strategy to engage Council members across the nation. The Director’s Fund for Annual Giving was recently formed to expand and build the pipeline for the Council and to introduce new donors to the Museum during the Campaign. This position will cultivate and steward annual, unrestricted gifts below $1,000, coordinate appeals with Museum programs, and strategize for its continued growth.

The Friends of the National Numismatic Collection is the Museum’s only interest based membership program. Launched in 2015, it comprises collectors, numismatists and philanthropists who share a passion for the history of money and the future of the Museum’s world renowned numismatic collection.  This position will cultivate and steward gifts of $1,000+ to the National Numismatic Collection, plan annual benefit events at the museum and select coin shows, and implement strategies to acquire, renew, and upgrade members.

This front-line fundraising position reports to the Director of Individual Giving.  This position provides administrative support to the individual giving team by managing online fundraising efforts, coordinating special department-wide projects, and intern supervision.   The candidate must have the ability to travel, strong organizational and planning skills, and working knowledge of membership giving programs and other functional areas of development.

The Star-Spangled Banner, Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch, Ben Franklin’s suit, the Ruby Slippers—these are just a few of the more than three million objects collected and cared-for by the Smithsonian’s NMAH. As the only museum dedicated to telling the entire story of America’s history, the museum uses its collections, its people, and its programs to help visitors explore what it means to be an American. For more information, visit http://www.americanhistory.si.edu.

The Smithsonian Institution is a unique complex of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research centers.  The Smithsonian is a national and world treasure and is dedicated to its founding mission, “the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” Its exhibitions, programs, collections, and outreach touch the lives of millions of Americans every year, as well as many who visit us from abroad. 

PDF iconDOWNLOAD THE DESCRIPTION

The Smithsonian Institution offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive package of benefits. This is not a Federal Position, but has similar requirements and benefits. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to oastaffing@si.edu by August 7, 2016.  

 

The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Associate Gift Registrar, Office of Advancement / Grade: 9 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: August 21

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution continues a comprehensive strategic plan, expands the programming, educational, and scholarly activity of its museums and research centers, and completes its very first Institution-wide fundraising campaign. 

Through this national campaign, the Smithsonian is building a model fundraising organization, one that will meet the growing needs of this unique organization and offer excellent professional opportunities.  This position offers exciting opportunities for the successful candidate to make a significant impact on the future of the Smithsonian.  There is no better time to join this amazing Institution.

The Associate Gift Registrar performs a variety of operational activities related to processing and receipting of charitable contributions to the Institution.  As part of the Office of Advancement (OA), Gift Registration staff interacts with finance and development staff from 19 museums, 9 research centers and a variety of central administration offices. 

This position is part of a team that is responsible for gift registration, recording and tax receipt generation.  This position provides gift entry, fulfilling requests for gift documentation, preparing bank deposits, training unit staff, front line support pan- institutionally as it relates to all aspect of gift recording and completing ad hoc projects as assigned by the Gift Registrar. 

Successful candidates will demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of IRS charitable contribution regulations and CASE and NACUBO standards
  • Knowledge of donor database software (e.g., Advance, RE or Banner), accounting systems and Microsoft Office (specifically Excel spreadsheets and Word mail merges).
  • Experience in gift entry and knowledge of development gift accounting practices and how they relate to financial accounting practices especially in a large, complex, de-centralized non-profit organizations.
  • Ability to interact effectively with all types of people, including Smithsonian staff, corporation and foundation executives, volunteers, and influential members of the community.

The Office of Advancement oversees and guides the fundraising efforts of the entire Smithsonian and is home to the central advancement organization for the Institution.  In addition to raising significant support for a variety of Smithsonian initiatives, the Office of Advancement provides support services to advancement offices across the Institution.  The office engages with staff throughout the Smithsonian in accomplishing their goals.

The Smithsonian Institution is a unique complex of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research centers.  The Smithsonian is a national and world treasure and is dedicated to its founding mission, “the increase and diffusion of knowledge.”  Its exhibitions, programs, collections, and outreach touch the lives of millions of Americans every year, as well as many who visit us from abroad. 

PDF iconDOWNLOAD THE DESCRIPTION

The Smithsonian Institution offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive package of benefits. This is not a Federal Position, but has similar requirements and benefits. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to oastaffing@si.edu by August 21, 2016.  

 

The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.