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 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.

Advancement Assistant, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center / Grade: IS-7 / Location: Edgewater, MD / 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. 

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.

Located at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) headquarters in Edgewater, Maryland, the incumbent will provide administrative support for advancement activities; coordinate advancement activities within SERC offices and with other units within the Smithsonian Institution; help coordinate special events; manage databases; coordinate administrative and reporting tasks; interact with prospects and donors; coordinate activities of advisory board and volunteer committees; maintain files, budgets, and correspondence. This position supports the SERC advancement program and the mission and goals of SERC, and reports to SERC’s Director of Development.

The ideal candidate will bring demonstrated experience in managing databases, using standard commercial software (e.g. MS-Access).  She or he will have the excellent oral and writing skills necessary to operate in a fundraising environment.  In addition, knowledge and demonstrated experience in providing high-level administrative support, managing time and resources independently, managing multiple tasks and use of Microsoft Office software is required, as well as a working familiarity with national environmental issues. Experience with internet media is a plus. Prior experience in advancement and/or the Smithsonian Institution or a similarly large, complex non-profit organization are desired, but not required. This is not a federal position.

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Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to oastaffing@si.edu by October 31, 2014. Please include the title of the position in the subject line of the email. 

SERC is a research institute of the Smithsonian Institution dedicated to ecological and environmental research and education. Research and education at SERC focuses on ecosystems and the impact of humans on the environment, especially in coastal zones.  SERC uses the special geographic features of Chesapeake Bay and other coastal sites in the U.S. and abroad to conduct long-term, intensive analyses of a complex landscape of interconnected ecosystems at the land/sea interface.  Please see more about SERC at www.serc.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. To learn more about the Smithsonian, please visit www.si.edu.

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

Major Gift Officer, National Museum of African Art / Grade: IS-13 / 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 Institution’s National Museum of African Art (NMAfA) is seeking a highly motivated candidate to fill the Major Gift Officer position.  The National Museum of African Art showcases the cultural heritage of Africa, the cradle of humanity. As the continent plays an ever-more central role in the world, the museum’s collections have even greater value for scholars, educators and visitors.

The Major Gift Officer will lead the Museum’s efforts in building the base of individual support for exhibitions, collections, educational and outreach activities, and endowment needs. In this role, the Major Gift Officer will focus efforts on discovery, qualification, cultivation and solicitation of prospects with a giving capacity of $50,000 and higher.  Managing a portfolio of up to 100 prospects, the incumbent will secure 5-7 figure gifts that contribute toward the Museum’s $120 million campaign goal.  This front-line fundraising position candidate will work closely with the Associate Director of Advancement to lead fundraising efforts and increase the museum’s prominence as the nation’s leading center of African arts scholarship and artistic expression.

Duties include:

  • Manage a portfolio of up to 100 prospects rated at $50,000 and higher.
  • Develop and implement strategies to solicit 5-7 figure gifts.
  • Close 15-20 gifts per year toward an annual, individual dollar goal.
  • Create written materials to support fundraising, including visit reports, letters, and proposals.
  • Work directly with staff and the Board, using a donor-based, Moves Management approach, for the ongoing identification, cultivation, events, and stewardship of major donors and cultivation of new prospects.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required
  • 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 5-7 figure gifts.
  • Successful experience in identifying prospects and making cold calls.
  • 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 African Art.
  • Willingness to travel nationally and internationally approximately 4-6 days per month, and to work evenings and weekends as needed.

Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter by October 29 to oastaffing@si.edu.  Please include the position title in your e-mail subject line.

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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.

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