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 (Stewardship and Donor Relations), Office of Advancement / Grade: 9 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: May 25

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 Programming and Stewardship Department within the Office of Advancement is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Advancement Associate. The position provides works with the Director of Programming and Stewardship and is responsible for supporting, implementing, and managing a consistent and comprehensive program of ongoing stewardship and donor relations strategies for Smithsonian donors at large with focus on leadership donors. The Stewardship and Donor Relations Associate partners with unit advancement staff to strategize enhancements and coordinate motivational stewardship efforts within the Office of Advancement. The Advancement Associate reports to the Director of Programming and Stewardship.

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.

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 May 25, 2016.   

 

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

Membership Assistant, Freer and Sackler Galleries / Grade: 7 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: May 27

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

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.  There is no better time to join this amazing Institution.

The Freer|Sackler seeks a skilled self-starter interested in the cultivation and stewardship of donors to join its team of dedicated staff. We are seeking a Membership Assistant to provide support to the Manager of the Friends of the Freer|Sackler, a high-level patron group that contributes over $500,000 annually to the Galleries. The incumbent also serves as the administrator of the Silk Road Society, the young professionals membership program at the Freer|Sackler.

Duties

As Friends Membership Program Assistant:

  • Coordinates membership acknowledgments and renewals
  • Assists with planning and execution of all Friends events and travel
  • Assists with administration of Friends Council meetings, a group of Friends dedicated to raising more revenue through the program
  • Assists Membership Manager, as directed

As Administrator of the Silk Road Society:

  • Develops, implements, and markets social and/or educational events for members
  • Organizes Silk Road Society Advisory Board Meetings and engagement
  • Identifies and cultivates new members
  • Manages the Silk Road Society budget, income and expense projections for membership

The successful candidate will have:

  • One to three years of experience as an assistant or other position that requires independent, high-level organization and support functions
  • Proven ability to handle multiple responsibilities and projects simultaneously, often on short deadlines
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • Excellent command of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; familiarity with Raiser’s Edge, Patron Manager, PANDA or other fundraising systems preferred
  • Master’s Degree preferred

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. 

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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, including title of the position for which they are applying, to asiaexaffstaff@si.edu by May 27, 2016.

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

Special Events Assistant, Freer and Sackler Galleries / Grade: 7 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: June 10

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution expands the programming, educational, and scholarly activity of its museums and research centers, and continues on its $1.5 billion 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.  There is no better time to join this amazing Institution.

The Freer|Sackler seeks a skilled self-starter interested in Special Events and the cultivation of donors to join its team of dedicated staff. We are seeking a Special Events Assistant to promote and manage co-sponsored events at the Freer|Sackler in addition to providing logistical support to the Special Events Manager and the Individual Major Gifts Officer for all Development Department related events.

The Special Events Assistant conducts all administrative duties for the Freer|Sackler space rental program including spaces in the Freer Gallery of Art, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Meyer Auditorium. These duties include responding to event inquiries, tracking contracts and reporting on revenue and expenses for these events. The incumbent manages the sponsor pledge procedures, the collection of donations,and the preparation of tax and thank you letters. The incumbent will also implement an space rental marketing campaign to meet the annual budget and increase revenue. Successful candidates will interact diplomatically, discreetly and effectively with a wide range of constituents, both externally and internally, including Smithsonian Institution personnel, vendors and donors.

The Special Events Assistant will assist with the coordination and execution of internal events including Friends of the Freer|Sackler receptions, cultivation events and galas including after party and weekend activities. The incumbent will also provide administrative support for the Development Office as needed.

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree and:

  • Experience working or assisting with special events or other positions that requires independent, high-level organization and support functions
  • Proven ability to handle multiple responsibilities and projects simultaneously, often on short deadlines
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • Excellent command of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; familiarity with Raiser’s Edge, Patron Manager, PANDA or other fundraising systems preferred

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 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. 

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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. The position is an IS Grade 7 position, with a starting salary of $43,684. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter, including title of the position for which they are applying, to asiaexaffstaff@si.edu by June 10, 2016.

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

Marketing Manager, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory / Grade: 12 / Location: Cambridge, MA / Open to All / Closing: June 16

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 (SAO) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Marketing Manager. The position will:

  • Develop and implement a marketing strategy aimed at communicating SAO’s programs, services and activities.
  • Assist in the development of fundraising messaging, communications and campaign marketing strategies for current and prospective donors.
  • Analyze trends and develop marketing strategies, tools and materials to promote and raise awareness of SAO’s identity, research, activities and fundraising goals.
  • Oversee publication of newsletters, fundraising materials, marketing brochures, pamphlets and handouts to ensure an integrated approach to constituency and donor communications.
  • Oversee the implementation of web redesign.
  • Serve as technical manager of online giving presence for SAO.
  • Plan and execute online campaigns for fundraising, donor cultivation and stewardship.

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. Knowledge of principles, methods, practices and techniques of marketing, public communications, social media, and public relations strategies to reach more audiences required. Demonstrated experience in fundraising strategy, communications and technical knowledge of digital fundraising practices and techniques is necessary. 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. 

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 June 16, 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: June 16

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 June 16, 2016.

 

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

Online Fundraising Manger, Office of Advancement / Grade: 12 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: June 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 an Online Fundraising Manager as part of the Digital Philanthropy team. Reporting to the Associate Director, Digital Philanthropy, the Online Fundraising Manager is responsible for planning digital strategy for the Friends of the Smithsonian membership program and managing online and onsite digital engagement projects aimed at growing the Smithsonian’s email list. This includes developing strategy and content for appeals and list-growth campaigns, analyzing metrics, and advising best practices.

The Online Fundraising Manager also manages special projects in support of museums that fall under the Smithsonian umbrella. This includes crowdfunding campaigns (including but not limited to Kickstarter) and pan-institutional list-growth activities. The Online Fundraising Manager also oversees si.edu/giving, smithsoniancampaign.org, and the development of giving campaign microsites. Project management duties include development of content and strategy, convening colleagues from Smithsonian museums, and shepherding projects through internal review processes.

The Online Fundraising Manager is part of a team of four, and also acts as a liaison with vendors and/or contract employees. As part of the Smithsonian’s central Advancement office, the Digital Philanthropy team also offers guidance and best practices, as needed, for the online fundraising needs of the various museums and research centers that fall under the Smithsonian umbrella. The Online Fundraising Manager offers strategic and technical guidance on an as-needed basis and periodically conducts training in online fundraising best practices.

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 ideal candidate will have experience with Luminate Online (formerly Convio), as well as comparable email programs, HTML, and photo-editing programs.

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 June 19, 2016.

 

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