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

Analyst, Prospect Management / Grade: IS-12 / Location: DC / Open to All / Closing: March 13

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 new 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 Prospect Management Analyst works in the Office of Advancement for the Smithsonian Institution and conducts complex, high quality data analysis that supports the fundraising goals of the Institution. The incumbent will develop reporting tools aimed at strategically managing and tracking the general quality of fundraiser portfolios and the prospect pool, and create processes that ensure the quality of prospect, team and solicitation data for all prospects. In addition, the incumbent will work directly with development officers in managing and analyzing their portfolios and solicitation pipelines. This is a high-level position in the Office of Advancement that works with advancement staff at all levels across the Institution. This position reports to the Director of Prospect Management.

Qualified candidates will have:

  • A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three to five years in prospect management data analysis experience
  • Knowledge of and experience with complex, high quality data analysis techniques to include pipeline analysis, forecasting and building predictive models
  • Ability to initiate and manage projects related to the analysis of internal and external data, and provide conclusions, value-added recommendations and inform data-driven decisions
  • Ability to translate data into useable information for the formation and execution of fundraising strategies
  • Knowledge and understanding of a wide range of principles, technical methods and practices of fundraising, including prospect research and management
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to present and deliver information effectively; and experience working with highly confidential information
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong desktop computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite 

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. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to oastaffing@si.edu by March 13, 2015.

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

Systems Analyst, Fundraising / Grade: IS-12/13 / Location: DC / Open to All / Closing: March 18

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 Systems Analyst works in the Office of Advancement for the Smithsonian Institution. The Systems Analyst uses advanced business analysis concepts and a comprehensive knowledge of fundraising management principles to resolve highly complex operational issues and meet the philanthropic objectives of the Smithsonian. This position is the link between the technical team and the system users, translating user needs to the technical team, and technical opportunities to end users, maximizing the utility of the Pan-Institutional Database for Advancement (PANDA). The Systems Analyst:

  • Applies technical and subject-matter expertise and business analysis concepts to identify, evaluate, define, develop, and enhance complex systems and procedures through research and an understanding of applicable business systems and industry requirements. 
  • Gathers, analyzes, and documents business and user needs.  Develops functional and technical specifications. 
  • Designs and develops reports (quick ad hoc queries and production reports) and related analytics to support internal operations and programmatic data needs. 
  • Plans and executes all levels of testing (unit, system, user acceptance, volume) 
  • Leads cross-functional teams to solve complex business or systems issues. 

This work is completed using systems development life cycle methodology.

Qualified candidates will combine experience in nonprofit fundraising operations (prospect research, prospect management, gift registration, membership, biographical records management, individual giving, corporate and foundation relations, campaign management, online giving, annual giving), data management and reporting, and with systems development and implementation experience. Successful candidates will have strong interpersonal and communications skills necessary to work with technical and nontechnical staff, experience leading work groups, critical thinking, data analysis and design skills, attention to detail, strong Microsoft Office skills, demonstrated application of the system development life cycle and quality assurance, knowledge of SQL, an ability to manage multiple deadlines and completing priorities, superior organization skills, and a thirst for learning. Experience in using a fundraising database and six years of applicable job experience is required.

The Office of Advancement oversees and guides the fundraising efforts of the entire 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 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 March 18, 2015.

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

Major Gift Officer, National Museum of Natural History / Grade: IS-13/14 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: March 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.

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 up a Major Gift Officer (MGO) position.  This position is located in the Office of Advancement, National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and reports to the Museum’s Associate Director for Development/ Chief Development Officer.

Working under the direction of the Museum's Chief Development Officer, the MGO position will play an important role in building and managing national portfolios of major gift prospects, expanding the scope and scale of the Museum’s fundraising efforts, and in helping formulate strategy and implementation of plans to achieve fundraising goals.  The MGO will be responsible for securing contributions from individuals, foundations, corporations, and other organizations by discovering and cultivating productive relationships with prospective donors.

Successful candidates will demonstrate strong organizational and communication skills, and the initiative and ability to work independently. A minimum of four years of progressive fundraising experience, a passion for learning and exploration, and the desire to join a dynamic and growing operation should be demonstrated in your application. Experience in complex higher education or a large cultural or environmental organization is preferred.

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.
  • Extensive travel required.

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 www.mnh.si.edu.

The Smithsonian Institution offers a competitive salary and 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 March 24, 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.

Senior Programmer, Fundraising / Grade: IS-12/13 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: March 27

 

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 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 in PL/SQL, SQL and Cognos. This person will add value by taking technical specifications and:

  • Perform report design and development in Cognos Report Studio
  • Design Cognos Framework Manager and Transformer models
  • Build table definitions using SQL
  • Provide production operations support such as migrations, and trouble-shooting
  • Create procedures, packages, and functions in PL/SQL
  • Develop technical documentation

The person must be able to prove that he or she has strong working knowledge of relational database design, SQL and PL/SQL, including schemas and normalization, stored procedures, indexes, triggers, and other advanced features.  Be able to write complex queries and optimize the performance of queries.  Be able to build essential elements including tables, custom views, scripts, fields and formulas for each anticipated report, either in the dbase, or within BI Cognos tools. 

Must have experience with large and complex databases—preferably fundraising, membership or sales databases. At least 2 years’ experience in Oracle SQL and PL/SQL, and/or at least 6 months experience in Cognos 10 BI product suite.  Candidate must have the initiative to quickly learn fundraising data models, and technical architecture. The candidate will possess experience with fundraising and information technology business processes; Experience with the Ellucian Advance system is a plus and a track record in building relationships across large and diverse organizations.

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 March 27.

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

Assistant Director of Advancement, National Museum of the American Indian / Grade: IS-14 / Location: New York, NY / Open to All / Closing: March 27

 

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution advances a new comprehensive strategic plan, expands the programming, educational, and scholarly activity of its museums and research centers, and builds 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.   There is no better time to join this amazing Institution.

The National Museum of the American Indian – New York (NMAI-NY), located in Lower Manhattan, seeks an experienced and dynamic candidate to serve as the Assistant Director of Advancement.  This is an exceptional opportunity for an energetic professional with strong frontline fundraising skills to play a key role in building private support for educational and outreach activities, research, and endowment needs at the institute.  The Assistant Director of Advancement will oversee and coordinate the work of the museum’s fundraising staff located at the NMAI-NY, and will plan, establish and lead fundraising initiatives for the NMAI. The position will serve as the senior fundraising authority at the NMAI-NY, will craft donor cultivation and solicitation plans, and will collaborate with other museum staff on ways to enhance donor relations. The position will also serve as a primary liaison with the New York Board of Directors - conducting all annual solicitations and outlining strategies for any special gift initiatives, participating in designing meeting agendas, and supporting both the cultivation and governance committees.

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. The position reports to the NMAI’s Associate Director for Advancement as a key member of the NMAI management team and liaison to the central Smithsonian Office of Advancement.  A minimum of six years of experience in major gift fundraising to include principle or leadership giving 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 Lower 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 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 March 27, 2015.  

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