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 Specialist, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service / Grade: IS-11 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: July 1

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 Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) provides a public service to educational, scientific, cultural, and on occasion, commercial institutions by creating, organizing and administering exhibitions for tour and offering related technical services. SITES is a program under the Assistant Secretary for Education and Access (ASEA). Its mission is to serve as the Institution’s ambassador and emissary through traveling and virtual exhibits that bring knowledge, discovery, and experiences to people across America and beyond.  SITES’ presence changes lives, institutions and communities.

The Advancement Specialist is responsible for:

  • With the Assistant Director of Advancement, formulating, developing and implementing fundraising plans and strategies for corporate sponsorship, foundation grants, government agencies, and individual donors.
  • Assisting with the writing and submission of grant proposals, establishing priorities, timetables and measures of success.
  • Assisting with the preparation of fundraising proposals for specific exhibitions, programs and projects, including writing, editing and finalizing submissions.
  • Identifying appropriate prospects for SITES traveling exhibitions, projects and educational programs.
  • Ensuring files, databases and other relevant contact information systems are up-to-date and accurate for monthly reporting to Smithsonian’s Office of Advancement and Office of Sponsored Projects; serves as primary liaison to each division.
  • Stewarding corporate, foundation, and individual donors, including preparing acknowledgements, recognizing donors as appropriate, preparing narrative and financial stewardship reports, and conducting follow-up cultivation to increase future giving.
  • Conducting corporate and foundation prospect research and management, assisting with prospect identification, cultivating strategies and donor pipeline development.

Successful candidates for the Advancement Specialist position will have:

  • Understanding of corporate philanthropy and sponsorship, including ability to create proposals that are compelling for a corporate audience.  Experience working with corporate donors; writing proposals, prospect research, donor relations and stewardship.
  • Experience working with individual and foundation donors; writing proposals, prospect research, donor relations and stewardship.
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written, to develop proposals and make major presentations to outside organizations.
  • The ability to take initiative and ownership of projects and work with minimal direction and supervision is critical. 
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Skill negotiating gift terms (i.e. Letters of Agreement, Memos of Understanding, and contracts when appropriate).
  • Experience of major gift fundraising in a major art, educational, and/or non-governmental organization.

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 July 1, 2015.

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

Advancement Associate, Office of Advancement / Grade: IS-9 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: July 3

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 infrastructure, 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 Advancement Associate works in the Office of the Director of Individual Giving for the Office of Advancement at the Smithsonian Institution and supports the work of the Individual Giving team.  The position will assist with a full range of advancement functions including travel and logistics planning, research, drafting documents and presentations, and assisting with donor events and meetings.

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 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 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. 

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The Smithsonian Institution offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive package of benefits. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to oastaffing@si.edu by July 3, 2015.

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

Research Analyst, Office of Advancement / Grade: IS-9 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: July 10

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. 

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.  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 Development Research Analyst is responsible for independently and proactively conducting prospect research and identification for Smithsonian priority initiatives, using financial data, information from multiple news sources and wealth screening services. The Research Analyst responds to requests for information on major gift prospects from Smithsonian units and gift officers; identifies and interprets assets; provides philanthropic capacity estimates on prospective donors; updates development database with research information and prospect tracking data; and serves as a liaison to several Smithsonian units. The incumbent will be self-motivated and detail-oriented, accurate and professional at all times; must be precise, diplomatic, dedicated, and mature as well as flexible and able to work well under pressure.

Minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 3 years experience in development research.
  • Proficient computer and internet skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently.
  • Strict adherence to ethical and confidentiality guidelines of both the Smithsonian Institution and the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA) at all times.

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 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. 

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 July 10, 2015.

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: IS-11 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: July 15

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 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.  This position is located in the Office of Advancement, National Museum of Natural History (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 on-line 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 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 offers 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 July 15, 2015 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 Assistant, Archives of American Art / Grade: IS-7 / Location: Washington DC / Open to All / Closing: July 24

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. 

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.  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 Assistant works in the Archives of American Art for the Smithsonian Institution and provides technical and administrative support. 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.

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 preferred.

The Archives of American Art is the largest repository of documentation of the visual arts and culture in the United States. It collects, preserves, and makes available for study records, original papers, photographs, diaries, sketchbooks, and oral history interviews. On the subject of art in America it is the largest archives in the world, holding almost 16 million documents. The

Archives makes its collections easily accessible to a national and international audience through reference centers in Washington, D.C. and New York, N.Y.

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. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to oastaffing@si.edu by July 24, 2015.  

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