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

Advancement & External Affairs Associate, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory / Grade: 9 / Location: Cambridge, MA / Open to All / Closing: April 28

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution continues with 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. 

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 Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Advancement & External Affairs Associate. The position provides technical and administrative support and will assist with a full range of advancement functions including drafting documents and presentations, public outreach and programming, conducting donor research, managing and executing special events and educational programs; as well as performing data management and gift processing. Applicants that have previously applied to this position in February/March 2016 will be considered and do not need to reapply.

Qualified candidates will successfully demonstrate strong communications skills, an ability to successfully manage multiple deadlines, superior organization and customer service skills as well as a thirst for learning. Experience in a fundraising capacity in a large, complex non-profit organization preferred. This position is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) is a research institute of the Smithsonian Institution. It is joined with the Harvard College Observatory to form the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). The CfA is the world's largest and most diverse center for the study of the Universe, comprising the astronomy and astrophysics programs of two renowned scientific institutions: the Smithsonian Institution and Harvard University.

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 April 28, 2016.  

 

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

Advancement Associate, Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park / Grade: 9 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: May 6

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 Smithsonian National Zoological Park (NZP) seeks a skilled self-starter interested in the cultivation and stewardship of donors to join its team of dedicated staff. We are seeking an Advancement Associate with a passion for conservation and an interest in helping to save some of the world’s most endangered and beloved species. The Advancement Office is located in the heart of the Zoo, providing an opportunity to work collaboratively with animal keepers, scientists and conservationists who are world leaders in their respective fields.

As part of the Smithsonian’s first-ever Institution-wide capital campaign, the Zoo is raising $80 million to upgrade its facilities to meet the highest standards of animal care, expand its conservation biology research initiatives that are saving animals and habitats in over 30 countries, and help train the next generation of conservationists.

The Advancement Associate oversees the stewardship of the $2,500+ Council members, annual and campaign donors, and legacy society members for NZP/SCBI. S/he plans and implements donor recognition/cultivation/stewardship events and programs for NZP/SCBI donors and prospects including developing the program, run of show, and presentation and/or talking points for speakers. The incumbent manages the NZP/SCBI/FONZ/SI comprehensive calendar of events and communications that impact our donor and prospect pool, and is responsible for the integrity of donor and prospect information in the SI and FONZ databases. The incumbent assists with the three appeals.

Successful candidates will have previous experience in a fundraising office especially in the area of donor cultivation and stewardship as well as a proficiency in database management. Candidates will demonstrate strong attention to detail, have the ability to multi-task and an interest in strengthening his/her skills in advancement. The ability to take initiative and ownership of projects and work with minimal direction and supervision is critical. Candidates should display strong interpersonal skills, an engaging manner, and the commitment to supporting the needs of the Advancement Team. A Bachelor’s degree is required.

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. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to oastaffing@si.edu by May 6, 2016.   

 

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

Associate Director, Digital Philanthropy, Office of Advancement / Grade: 14 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: May 19

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution continues with 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. 

The Smithsonian Office of Advancement seeks experienced and creative candidates for the position of Associate Director of Digital Philanthropy.  Reporting to the Director of Advancement Communications, the Associate Director of Digital Philanthropy serves as a key strategist for developing and maintaining an online presence, email communications, and other digital initiatives aimed at raising funds, expanding reach, and raising the profile of the Smithsonian Institution on a national and global level. As the Smithsonian carries out its first institution-wide, $1.5 billion capital campaign, the Associate Director of Digital Philanthropy works closely with Advancement Communications and the Campaign Director in utilizing digital outreach.

Overseeing a team of two, plus contract employees and outside agencies, the Associate Director of Digital Philanthropy is tasked with raising $1.5 million annually through online channels for the Friends of the Smithsonian membership program. The Associate Director advises senior management on emerging technologies and trends, analyzes impact on Institution-wide efforts, and recommends strategic direction. Additionally, the Digital Philanthropy team offers guidance and support to the various museums and research centers under the Smithsonian umbrella in their digital fundraising efforts. The Associate Director oversees pan-institutional endeavors such as on-site technology, coordinated list-building and fundraising campaigns, and crowdfunding initiatives.

Successful candidates will demonstrate a strong background in fundraising strategy, communications, and technical knowledge of digital marketing practices and techniques, as well as strong writing and editing skills and experience in the creation of web-based content. The position requires strong management skills and interpersonal skills to facilitate work with a wide range of individuals and groups.

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 and guidance to development 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. To learn more about the Smithsonian, please visit www.si.edu. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to oastaffing@si.edu  by May 19, 2016.   

 

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