Career Opportunities

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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 Associate, Smithsonian Latino Center / Grade: 9 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: February 17

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 Latino Center is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Advancement Associate. The position provides technical and administrative support and will assist with a full range of advancement functions including drafting documents and presentations, conducting donor research, implementing various appeal campaigns, assisting with donor events and board meetings; as well as performing data management and gift processing. From time to time this position may supervise an advancement intern. The Advancement Associate reports to the Senior Advancement Officer of the Smithsonian Latino Center and serves as an interface between many internal and external entities. 

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. Board relations experience is also desired. Some travel required. This is a temporary position with an initial appointment of one year. 

The Smithsonian Latino Center is an Educational Outreach and Research Center of the Smithsonian Institution focused on ensuring that Latino contributions to art, science, and the humanities are highlighted, understood and advanced through the development and support of public programs, scholarly research, museum collections and its affiliated organizations across the United States. 

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 February 17, 2016.  

 

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

Online Fundraising Specialist, Office of Advancement / Grade: 11 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: February 23

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 newly created position of Online Fundraising Specialist.  Reporting to the Director of Digital Philanthropy, the Online Fundraising Specialist is responsible for implementing the Smithsonian Institution’s online fundraising efforts, planning and executing digital strategy for the Friends of the Smithsonian membership program and all aspects of delivering electronic communications from the Office of Advancement. Additionally, the Online Fundraising Specialist supports the online fundraising activities of all the Smithsonian museums with strategic planning, training in online fundraising best practices, and coordinating pan-institutional online fundraising activities.  The efforts of this position have a direct impact on the success of Smithsonian online fundraising efforts, and are major contributors to successfully attaining annual online fundraising goals.

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. Must have experience with Luminate Online (formerly Convio) or a comparable program. A strong candidate will also have experience with Microsoft Excel and HTML. 

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.  

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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. 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 February 23, 2016.  

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

Major Gifts Officer, National Portrait Gallery / Grade: 12 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: February 29

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’s National Portrait Gallery seeks a charismatic and creative Major Gifts Officer to join its hard-working, fast-paced advancement team in building the base of individual supporters for the Museum.  The incumbent will focus on restricted support for exhibitions, collections, educational and outreach programs, and endowment.  This position is located in the Office of Advancement at the National Portrait Gallery and reports to the Director of Major Gifts. 

The Museum has significantly grown its advancement department in the last two years and, as a result, has seen dramatic increases in fundraising performance.  Our challenge is to maintain this rate of growth for the duration of the museum’s $25 million comprehensive campaign, which concludes in 2018, the Portrait Gallery’s 50th anniversary year. 

The Major Gifts Officer will: 

  • Discover and qualify new prospects
  • Build and manage a national portfolio of 75-100 prospects rated at $25,000 and above
  • Develop and implement strategies to solicit 5-7 figure gifts
  • Close 10-15 major gifts per year toward an annual, individual dollar goal
  • Staff Museum executives and volunteer leadership, including preparing briefings, talking points, and follow-up letters
  • Design and execute appropriate events for the cultivation and stewardship of major donors
  • Maintain a comprehensive and detailed knowledge of the Smithsonian’s infrastructure, policies, and procedures

Qualified candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and at least two years of front-line fundraising experience, preferably within a large cultural institution or arts-related nonprofit.  Must have a proven track record of fundraising success, including successfully identifying cold prospects and bringing them through the cultivation cycle to close six-figure gifts and above.  In addition to possessing superior relationship management skills and the initiative and ability to work independently, the successful candidate must have the gravitas and leadership presence to interact with high level donors and arts patrons, as well as curatorial, administrative, and board leadership. 

The Major Gifts Officer will be assigned to prospects in Washington, DC and in 2-3 other key regions across the country.  Extensive travel is required as well as evening and weekend work to execute and assist with a variety of special events, tours, and meetings.  A passion for history, art, and biography is a plus. 

The National Portrait Gallery tells the multi-faceted story of America through the individuals who have shaped its culture.  Through the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story. 
 

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. 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 February 29, 2016.

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

 

Assistant Gift Registrar, Office of Advancement / Grade: 7 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: March 8

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.

In planning for the 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 Gift Registrar is responsible for the creation of documents, database entry and other administrative tasks related to the functions the Gift Registrar Office. The Assistant Gift Registrar learns the gift entry process and assists as necessary with the accurate recording of gifts and pledges to the Institution and tax receipting. Pre-employment Background Investigation must be successfully completed.

Successful candidates will demonstrate:

  • Knowledge and experience in gift receipting and gift receipting policies, procedures and regulations.
  • Knowledge of development gift account practices.
  • Knowledge and ability in a variety of computer programs including Microsoft Word, Excel and Access; other spreadsheet software programs; and database software and accounting systems.
  • 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 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 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 March 8, 2016.   
 

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