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 Associate, National Museum of Natural History / Grade: 9 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: August 29

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 Institution's National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), one of the most visited museums in the United States, invites you to be a part of its dynamic fundraising team, as the Museum conducts a $230 million campaign, which is part of an overall Smithsonian Comprehensive Campaign.

The Museum is seeking an experienced candidate to fill an Advancement Associate position.  This position is located in the Office of Advancement at NMNH. The incumbent will provide technical and administrative support to the Chief Advancement Officer and the Museum’s advancement program. This position will assist with a full range of administrative and advancement functions including gift processing, maintaining donor information, data processing, prospect and donor research, calendar management, meeting coordination and support, creating spreadsheets, templates, documents and tools, managing mailings, facilitating donor services and general administrative support.  The incumbent will track all correspondence, facsimiles and reports and follow up to ensure timely action and replies. The incumbent will also prepare travel authorizations and vouchers, maintain petty cash, prepare requisitions and small purchase orders and compile data for budget submissions.  This position will be filled commensurate with experience.

Successful candidates must possess a high degree of professional independence, initiative and self-discipline and demonstrate excellent organizational and time management skills; ability to handle sensitive and confidential information; ability to create productive working relationships within a large, complex organization; superior writing and editing skills; ability to manage multiple project deadlines; proven ability to represent organizational needs and interests to a variety of audiences; and skill in a variety of automated systems such as Microsoft Office, Outlook, Excel Spreadsheets, PeopleSoft and Concur.

KEY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Pre-employment Background Investigation must be successfully completed.
  • Irregular tour of duty to include evenings and weekends may be required for special events.

The Museum has attracted eight-figure gifts in each of the last five years. Our challenge now is to leverage the extraordinary strength of the higher levels of the donor pyramid. We are growing the Museum's donor base at the five-, six- and seven-figure levels, acquiring new donors through annual giving, and moving funders through the giving cycle.  Identifying, cultivating, and soliciting new donors at all levels will be critical to the success of the current campaign and NMNH's future fundraising efforts.  To learn more about the Museum, please visit http://www.mnh.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. 

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. For a complete description of benefits, please visit www.sihr.si.edu.  To learn more about the Smithsonian, please visit www.si.edu.

 

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Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume by August 29, 2016 to oastaffing@si.edu Please include the position title in the subject line of your e-mail.  Resumes should include a description of your paid and non-paid work experience that is related to this  job; starting and ending dates of job (Month and year); and average number of hours worked per week.

 

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

Advancement Associate, Office of Advancement / Grade: 9 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: September 1

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 Advancement Associate will provide a full range of administrative and advancement functions including calendar management, meeting coordination and support, travel preparation, processing procurement requests, creating spreadsheets, templates, documents and tools, data management, and general administrative support. The incumbent will support regional programs (i.e. RSVP management support, invitation design, pulling invitation lists, nametags) in the production and delivery of cultivation events. In addition, he or she will work onsite in support of regional major gift events to include acting as point of contact for caterers, managing registration, and overseeing overall logistics. The Advancement Associate will coordinate all list development for the regional major gifts team and serve as liaison for Unit support and review of lists for regional outreach.

Qualified candidates will successfully demonstrate strong communications skills, an ability to successfully manage multiple deadlines, superior organization skills, and a thirst for learning.  Experience in a large, complex non-profit organization and/or development department preferred. Travel is required.

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.  

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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 September 1, 2016.    

 

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

Advancement Specialist (Gift Officer), Freer and Sackler Galleries / Grade: 11 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: September 5

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution implements a new comprehensive strategic plan, expands the programming, educational, and scholarly activity of its museums and research centers, and undertakes 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 Institution's Freer and Sackler Galleries seek an experienced and dynamic Advancement Specialist to serve as a crucial member of its successful fundraising team.  A minimum of three years of fundraising experience is required.  This is an exceptional opportunity for an energetic professional with strong frontline fundraising skills to play an important role in building private support for public programs, exhibitions, educational and outreach activities, research, and endowment needs of the Museum.  The Advancement Specialist is responsible for regular interaction with prospects and donors with a capacity of $25,000 and higher. He or she will manage relationships with prospective and existing donors in all aspects of the gift cycle including: identifying, qualifying, and communicating with potential leadership and major gift donors; developing appropriate cultivation strategies for them, including working with volunteers; drafting and submitting funding proposals, moving potential donors toward solicitation and closure; and maintaining stewardship contacts with donors.

The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery are respectively the oldest and the youngest art museums at the Smithsonian Institution. The co-administered Galleries hold the nation’s extraordinary collections of Asian art and of American art of the late nineteenth century aesthetic movement. The mission of the Galleries is to encourage enjoyment and understanding of the arts of Asia through exhibitions and original research and the preservation of the cultural heritage of Asia.  To learn more about the museum, please visit www.asia.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, including title of the position for which they are applying, to asisexaffstaff@si.edu by September 5, 2016.

 

The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. 

 

Director of Advancement, Anacostia Community Museum / Grade: 13 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: September 11

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. 

The Anacostia Community Museum has an opening for an experienced and dynamic Director of Advancement responsible for developing and managing the museum’s fundraising program and raising endowment and project funds from individual donors, corporations, and foundations for exhibitions, acquisition of objects and artifacts, conservation, digitization, research, education and public programs. In addition, as the museum approaches its 50th anniversary in September 2017, the ideal candidate will develop and execute creative strategies to maximize fundraising opportunities around this auspicious milestone. This position is a temporary position.

MAJOR DUTIES

  • Directs the advancement program and campaign-related activities for the Anacostia Community Museum, with responsibility for planning, generating, and executing fund-raising initiatives
  • Manages a portfolio of up to 100 prospects rated at $25,000 and higher
  • Supervises advancement staff members
  • Oversees Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum Advisory Board activities
  • Collaborates with other Smithsonian units on programs and solicitations

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is highly desired
  • Four or more years of successful experience in major gift fundraising in a complex organization, preferably a university or cultural institution
  • A track record of building long-term donor relationships and closing 5-7 figure gifts
  • Superior communication skills, both oral and written, as well as excellent interpersonal skills
  • Understanding of and dedication to the mission of the Anacostia Community Museum

The Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum collects artifacts, works of art, photographs, documents and paper records, audiovisual media, and other materials that help us understand how communities work. Collections development efforts focus on materials that document the history and community life of the east-of-the-river DC neighborhoods, and that support the research on community life around the world. Anacostia Community Museum collections support the Museum's investigations and exhibitions related to contemporary community life and the examination of issues and themes that shape and resonate within contemporary urban communities.

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 September 11, 2016.   Please include the position title in your e-mail subject line.

 

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

Advancement Specialist (Online Giving), National Museum of Natural History / Grade: 11 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: November 7

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 Institution's National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), one of the most visited museums in the United States, invites you to be a part of its dynamic fundraising team, as the Museum conducts a $230 million campaign, which is part of an overall Smithsonian Comprehensive Campaign.

The Museum is seeking an experienced and creative candidate to fill an Advancement Specialist position to support digital fundraising and online giving. This position is located in the Office of Advancement at NMNH. Reporting to the Annual Giving Officer, the employee will work in coordination with NMNH Advancement staff, NMNH Communications and central Advancement online giving and communications staff.

Under the direction of the Annual Giving Officer, the Advancement Specialist will plan and execute both the online and direct mail annual fund appeals and renewals/fundraising strategy to maximize online and offline annual giving. The incumbent will develop and implement new digital outreach/engagement strategies to identify and solicit potential donors and expand the overall base of support and will also be responsible for the development and implementation of multi-channel donation forms for websites, email, direct mail, events, and telemarketing campaigns and will develop and produce reports using a variety of reporting tools including, data analytics, event registrations, communications statistic tools. 

Successful candidates will demonstrate a strong background in fundraising strategy, communications, and must possess technical knowledge of digital fundraising practices and techniques, demonstrated by experience in creation of web-based content and with a variety of web-based fundraising tools (Luminate Online/Convio). Interpersonal skills to facilitate work with a diverse group of individuals and ability to work well under pressure and tight deadlines while handling multiple assignments also required.
 

KEY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Pre-employment Background Investigation must be successfully completed.
  • Irregular tour of duty to include evenings and weekends may be required for special events.

The Museum has attracted eight-figure gifts in each of the last five years. Our challenge now is to leverage the extraordinary strength of the higher levels of the donor pyramid. We are growing the Museum's donor base at the five-, six- and seven-figure levels, acquiring new donors through annual giving, and moving funders through the giving cycle.  Identifying, cultivating, and soliciting new donors at all levels will be critical to the success of the current campaign and NMNH's future fundraising efforts.  To learn more about the Museum, please visit http://www.mnh.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. 

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. For a complete description of benefits, please visit www.sihr.si.edu.  To learn more about the Smithsonian, please visit www.si.edu.

PDF iconDOWNLOAD THE DESCRIPTION

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume by November 7, 2016 to oastaffing@si.edu.  Please include the position title in the subject line of your e-mail.  Resumes should include a description of your paid and non-paid work experience that is related to this  job; starting and ending dates of job (Month and year); and average number of hours worked per week.

 

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