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 Program Specialist (Gift Officer), National Museum of the American Indian / Grade: 12 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: September 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 Institution's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) seeks an experienced and dynamic 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. The position is based in Washington, DC and reports to the Assistant Director for Advancement.  Extensive 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 is comprised of two premier centers for exhibitions and public programs— a museum in Washington, D.C., on the National Mall, and a second museum in Manhattan in New York City. The museum also has a collections, research and conservation facility, the Cultural Resources Center, which is located in Suitland, Maryland. The three state-of-the-art facilities of the National Museum of the American Indian make it a leading museum about Native peoples of the Western Hemisphere and a popular cultural destination.

The NMAI is developing a new strategic plan for 2017 -2022 that will guide the funding priorities.  The new plan maps how the NMAI will enhance its outreach, exhibitions, and education offerings with the objective of changing what Americans know about Native American history and culture. New permanent exhibitions, a national teacher training initiative, and building a national Native American Veterans memorial are key projects in need of fundraising support.

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 oastaffing@si.edu by September 30, 2016.

 

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

Major Gift Officer, Smithsonian American Art Museum / Grade: 12/13 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: October 3

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.

Join a dynamic fundraising team at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM).  The Museum seeks a creative and energetic individual to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward individuals for major and leadership gifts.  Duties include expanding the Museum’s donor community across the country; creating and implementing innovative strategies for securing major gifts; managing a portfolio of 100 prospects; and preparing proposals and other donor communications. 

Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; the ability to meet frequent deadlines; and arts and humanities knowledge are essential to success.  The candidate must have the ability to travel across the US an estimated 15 trips per year. Four to six years of experience at a national organization are desired. Salary commensurate with experience plus benefits.  The Smithsonian offers an excellent package of benefits. 

SAAM is home to one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world.  Its artworks reveal America’s rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today and its branch museum, the Renwick Gallery, features contemporary art and craft.  In 2015, the Museum attracted over 1.2 million visitors and ranks as the 6th most visited art museum in America.  The Museum is a leader in sharing exhibitions and education programs across America as well as by video conference to military bases around the world. With our two historic buildings renovated, the museum seeks to build its endowment funding for people, exhibitions, education, and national programs.  To learn more about the Museum, please visit www.americanart.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 oastaffing@si.edu by October 3, 2016.

 

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

 

Advancement Associate, National Museum of Natural History / Grade: 9 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: October 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 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 October 4, 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.

Senior Programmer, Fundraising. Office of Advancement / Grade: 13/14 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: October 18

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 Institution's Office of Advancement seeks a Senior Programmer. This is an exceptional opportunity for an energetic professional with demonstrated success analyzing user requirements, and writing and developing reports, extracts and updates in PL/SQL, SQL and Cognos, primarily within the framework of Ellucian Advance and Ellucian Advancement Performance.  This person will add value by:

  • Developing and maintaining production forms and reports for use within Ellucian Advance using PL/SQL, Cognos Report Studio and Advance tools, working from technical specifications
  • Writing ad hoc data retrieval and update scripts using Oracle SQL,+, PL/SQL, Cognos, and Advance tools.
  • Provide production operations support such as migrations, report production, and trouble-shooting
  • Applying best practices in systems development and application of technology to support the advancement function

This work is completed using systems development life cycle methodology.

Qualified candidates will have:

  • Strong working knowledge of SQL, PL/SQL, stored procedures, indexes, triggers and other advanced features. Ability to write complex queries and optimize their performance.
  • Experience with Cognos Report Studio, sufficient to build and maintain tables, custom views, scripts, fields and formulas
  • Experience with large and complex databases – preferably fundraising, membership or sales databases – and specific technologies and best practices in data integration, query design, data validation/automation, analytic functions, electronic data warehouses, ETL (extract, transform, load) and relational database structure.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, and the ability to build relationships and inspire others
  • Curious, creative and collaborative approach to challenges

A minimum of six years of experience, demonstrating increasing responsibility and technical acumen is required. Experience with the Ellucian Advance system and the fundraising business function are preferred. This position has promotion potential to grade 14.

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 October 18, 2016.

 

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.

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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.