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

Associate Report Writer (Fundraising Information Technology Specialist), Office of Advancement / Grade: 11/12 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: February 21

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. Hiring level depends on knowledge and experience, and the position offers an excellent opportunity for technical growth.

The Smithsonian Institution's Office of Advancement seeks an Associate Report Writer to serve as an integral member of the Advancement Information Services team. This position fulfills ad hoc requests for information, delivers production support and develops and tests advancement reports. This position performs the following activities:

  • Responds to ad hoc requests by utilizing existing reports and utilities, making modifications to existing reports or by writing new SQL or Cognos queries. Formats results to facilitate use by requestors
  • Runs production jobs for regularly scheduled reports, data extracts and uploads, verifying output and record counts to ensure accuracy, documents results in job logs and maintains up-to-date operational instructions
  • Participates in the development and testing of forms and reports for use within Ellucian Advance, working from technical specifications and test plans
  • Applies best practices in systems development and application of technology to support the advancement function

Qualified candidates will have:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft Office tools (Outlook, Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint), including the ability to develop and maintain complex Excel spreadsheets with pivot tables, data from multiple sources with clear and effective presentation; translate data formats; import and export between Excel and Access
  • Knowledge of SQL
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Bachelor’s degree is required
  • Three to five years related experience
  • Experience with membership, fundraising or non-profit organization and database preferred, knowledge of Cognos or Tableau is of interest, but not required

The Office of Advancement oversees and guides the fundraising efforts of the 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 accomplished 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 February 21, 2017.

 

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

Major Gift Officer, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum / Grade: 12 / Location: New York, NY / Open to All / Closing: March 6

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 March 6, 2017.   

 

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: March 15

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 March 15, 2017.

 

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