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, National Zoological Park and Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute / Grade: 11 / Location: DC / Open to All

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’s National Zoological Park (NZP) and Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is seeking an Advancement Specialist with a passion for conservation and an interest in helping to save some of the world’s most endangered and beloved species. The Advancement Office is located in the heart of the Zoo, providing an opportunity to work collaboratively with animal keepers, scientists and conservationists who are world leaders in their respective fields.

The Advancement Specialist is responsible for:

  • Assisting in fundraising efforts associated with corporations and foundations, including participating in donor meetings, suggesting strategies, and preparing and tracking written and oral communications.
  • Stewarding corporate and foundation donors, including preparing acknowledgements, recognizing donors as appropriate, preparing narrative and financial stewardship reports, and conducting follow-up cultivation to increase future giving.
  • Supporting proposal submission of science and research staff, including communicating funding opportunities, coordinating meetings with staff, assisting with written proposals and tracking all activity.
  • Conducting corporate and foundation prospect research and management, assisting with prospect identification, cultivation strategy and donor pipeline development.

Serving as a liaison on institutional relations matters with the Friends of the National Zoo, central Office of Advancement, Office of Sponsored Projects, and other units, recording proposals submitted and tracking fundraising activities and goals.

Successful candidates will have:

  • Experience working with corporate and foundation donors, including, but not limited to proposal writing, prospect research, donor relations and stewardship and volunteer management.
  • Understanding of corporate philanthropy and sponsorship, including ability to create proposals that are compelling for a corporate audience.
  • Strong writing skills, including demonstrated success in foundation proposal writing.
  • The ability to translate technical ideas into language easily comprehensible to non-specialists.
  • The ability to take initiative and ownership of projects and work with minimal direction and supervision is critical. 
  • Creative, pro-active attitude.
  • Candidates should display strong interpersonal skills and an engaging manner.

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 December 19, 2014.

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

Associate Director for Advancement, Archives of American Art / Grade: 13/14 / Location: New York, NY / Open to All

The Archives of American Art (AAA), a unit of the Smithsonian Institution with headquarters in Washington, D.C. and a regional office in New York, NY, is the nation’s largest repository of primary sources documenting visual arts and culture in the United States.  AAA’s mission is to collect, preserve, and make available for study records, original papers, photographs, diaries, sketchbooks, and oral history interviews.  On the subject of art in America, AAA is the largest archives in the world, holding more than 20 million documents. 

Now is an exceptional time in the history of the AAA and the Smithsonian 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 to raise $1.5 billion.  As part of this campaign, the Archives will raise at least $18 million (with $15 million already committed).

The Associate Director reports to the Director of the Archives of American Art and carries the working title of Associate Director for Advancement.  The incumbent will be the chief fundraising officer reporting to the Director, and will be responsible for the overall direction of fundraising, public relations, and special event activity in support of the Archives’ mission. The Associate Director will work closely with Archives staff, board members, and the Smithsonian’s central advancement office to develop and implement strategies that align fundraising efforts with the achievement of goals. 

The Associate Director will supervise two advancement associates who are based in the Archives’ Washington, DC headquarters.  The advancement team will create and implement annual plans and long-term strategies to identify and engage donors and secure private philanthropic support, including formation and implementation of strategies for foundation giving, major individual giving, annual fund, a high-level membership group (and a series of events offered as a benefit to this group), a national patrons travel program, and our annual gala.  This position also works closely with the Archives’ Board of Trustees.  The successful candidate will be responsible for the direct solicitation of a portfolio of donors.  Incumbent will also work closely with the AAA Director and the Smithsonian’s Central Advancement Office to develop and implement a successful strategy to reach capital campaign goals. 

The Associate Director for Advancement will be based in the Archives’ New York office.  Frequent travel to the Archives’ Washington, D.C. office will be required.  The successful applicant will have proven experience in developing and managing integrated advancement programs and demonstrated success in combining fundraising with public relations and special events programming.  Capital campaign experience and knowledge of the American art world are desired.   Bachelor’s degree required.  Master’s degree in relevant field preferred.

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Please send cover letter and resume to the Archives of American Art’s search consultant, Donna Bonem Rich, CFRE at execsearch@richassociates.com by November 21, 2014.

To learn more about the Archives of American Art, visit its website at www.aaa.si.edu.

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

Director of Individual Giving, National Museum of American History / Grade: IS-13/14 / Location: DC / Open to All

The Star-Spangled Banner, Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch, Ben Franklin’s suit, the Ruby Slippers—these are just a few of the three million objects collected and cared-for by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (NMAH). Through incomparable collections, rigorous research, and dynamic public outreach, NMAH explores the infinite richness and complexity of our nation’s history.

NMAH has an opening for an experienced and dynamic Director of Individual Giving to lead the Museum’s efforts in building the base of individual support for exhibitions, collections, educational and outreach activities, and endowment needs. The Director of Individual Giving will focus efforts on discovery, qualification, cultivation and solicitation of prospects with a giving capacity of $100,000 and higher.  He/she will supervise up to two major gift officers and an advancement associate. Managing a portfolio of 125 prospects, the MGO will secure 6-7 figure gifts that contribute toward the Museum’s $120 million campaign goal.  This front-line fundraising position reports to the Associate Director for External Affairs.


Duties:

  • Manage a portfolio of at least 125 prospects rated at $100,000 and higher
  • Develop and implement strategies to solicit 6-7 figure gifts
  • Close 15-20 gifts per year toward an annual, individual dollar goal
  • Supervise two major gift officers and an advancement associate
  • Oversee the management of the Museum’s high-end membership program—the Smithsonian Council for American History—for annual donors of $1,000 - $25,000
  • Oversee the development of online fundraising for the Museum
  • Manage the Museum’s planned giving program—the Star-Spangled Banner Society
  • Create written materials to support fundraising, including proposals, visit reports, letters, and stewardship materials
  • Design and execute visits and events for cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major donors
  • Travel independently and with Museum leadership as required
  • Staff Museum executives and volunteer leadership by writing briefings, talking points, and follow-up letters
  • Maintain a comprehensive and detailed knowledge of the Smithsonian’s infrastructure, policies and procedures


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is highly desired
  • Five or more years of successful experience in major gift fundraising in a complex organization, preferably a museum or cultural institution
  • A track record of building long-term donor relationships and closing 6 & 7 figure gifts
  • Successful experience in identifying prospects and making cold call
  • Superior communication skills, both oral and written, as well as excellent interpersonal skills
  • Understanding of and dedication to the mission of the National Museum of American History
  • Willingness to travel nationally, approximately 4-6 days per month, and to work evenings and weekends as needed

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Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter by December 5, 2014 to oastaffing@si.edu.   Please include the position title in your e-mail subject line.

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.  To learn more about the Smithsonian, please visit www.si.edu. To learn more about the National Museum of American History, please visit www.americanhistory.si.edu.

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