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

Gift Officer, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum / Grade: 12 / Location: New York, NY / Open to All / Closing: November 30

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 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum seeks a creative and energetic individual to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward individuals for major gifts. Duties include expanding the Museum’s donor community; creating and implementing innovative strategies for securing major gifts; managing a portfolio of prospects; and preparing proposals and other donor communications. The position is based in New York, NY and reports to the Associate Director, Strategic Development, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.   

Progressive fundraising experience, a drive to succeed, and ability to close major gifts should be demonstrated in your application. Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; the ability to meet frequent/changing deadlines; and arts and humanities knowledge are essential to success.  Three plus years of experience in gifts fundraising at a national organization is desired. Experience in complex higher education or a large cultural organization is preferred.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. Cooper Hewitt educates, inspires, and empowers people through design by presenting exhibitions and educational programs and maintaining active publications.

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 November 30, 2016.   

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

 

Advancement and External Affairs Specialist, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory / Grade 11 / Location: Cambridge, MA / Open to All / Closing: November 30

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 Specialist. This position assists advancement and external affairs staff with high levels of support functions associated with donor activities including: gift accounting, stewardship, donor relations; and external affairs activities including: communication, research and events. Event planning, to include board events, is a critical competent of this position. This position reports to the Chief Advancement and External Affairs Officer.

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.

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. 

DOWNLOAD 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 November 30, 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: December 1

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. 

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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 December 1, 2016.    

 

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

Gift Officer, National Museum of the American Indian (NY) / Grade: 12/13 / Location: New York, NY / Open to All / Closing: December 4

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 National Museum of the American Indian – New York (NMAI-NY), located in Lower Manhattan, seeks an experienced and dynamic major gift officer to serve as a member of its successful fundraising team. 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 incumbent will assist the advancement office at NMAI with prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities. He or she will work creatively to match donor interest with unit priorities, develop funding proposals and negotiate complex gifts.

The successful candidate will possess strong leadership and communications skills, and a track record in building relationships across a spectrum of individual, foundation and corporate donors to achieve aggressive fundraising goals. Progressive fundraising experience, experience with diverse constituents, a drive to succeed, and ability to close major gifts should be demonstrated in your application. Candidates must have strong organizational and communication skills, and the initiative and ability to work independently. Experience with tribal organizations, in complex higher education or a large cultural organization is preferred. Extensive local, regional and national travel (approximately 25% of the time) is required.

Established in 1989, through an Act of Congress, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is an institution of living cultures dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding of the life, languages, literature, history and arts of the Native peoples of the Western Hemisphere. The National Museum of the American Indian operates three state-of-the-art facilities. The museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. offers exhibition galleries and spaces for performances, lectures and symposia, research, and education. The George Gustav Heye Center in New York City houses exhibitions, research, educational activities, and performing arts programs and is one of the leading institutions in the cultural fabric of New York City. The Cultural Resources Center in Suitland, Maryland, houses the museum's collections as well as the conservation, repatriation, digital imaging programs, and research facilities. The NMAI's off-site outreach efforts, often referred to as the "fourth museum," include websites, traveling exhibitions, and community programs.

The NMAI-NY is housed at the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House on Bowling Green in Lower Manhattan, a designated National Historic Landmark and a New York City landmark. The center attracts close to 600,000 visitors per year and its exhibition and public access areas total about 20,000 square feet. The center was established through a combination of city, state, and federal financial support. The permanent collection of NMAI-NY is called “Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian,” and shows the scope of the Smithsonian's collection, displaying more than 700 items. The center includes two other galleries, one of which is being converted to a permanent exhibition and the other serves as a rotating exhibition space.

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, a cover letter and a sample of their writing via a major gift or grant proposal to oastaffing@si.edu by December 4, 2016.  The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Management Support Specialist, Office of Advancement / Grade: 9 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: December 6

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution develops a new 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 Office of Advancement seeks an experienced and creative candidate to fill a Management Support Specialist position in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Advancement.  The position will play an important role in supporting multiple functions within a growing and dynamic organization.  The Management Support Specialist will handle scheduling, travel planning, procurement and reimbursement requests, database entry, spreadsheet creation, answering phones, filing, greeting visitors to the suite and providing operational support for the office. The incumbent undertakes extensive internet and database research to support background briefings, and will coordinate the intern program for the Office of Advancement.

Successful candidates will demonstrate strong organizational and communication skills, and the ability to productively support multiple priorities and needs. Candidates must have knowledge and demonstrated experience with current office technology including Microsoft Office Suite and iPhone. A minimum of three years of related work, a passion for learning and exploration, and the desire to join a dynamic and growing operation should be demonstrated in your application.  Experience in complex higher education or a large cultural or environmental organization is 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. 

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 December 9, 2016.

 

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