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

Membership Lead/Systems Analyst, Office of Advancement / Grade: IS-13/14 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: May 29

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 Membership Lead/Systems Analyst works in the Office of Advancement for the Smithsonian Institution. The Membership Lead performs all systems analysis to support Smithsonian membership programs, leads the membership technical team and provides technical and business process leadership to membership staff, maximizing the utility of the Pan-Institutional Database for Advancement (PANDA). The Membership Lead 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. The Membership Lead:

  • Applies technical and  membership 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 membership 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) 
  • Manages delivery of membership reports, data extracts and interfaces in accordance with the production schedule
  • Supports membership users in efficient and effective use of PANDA and recommendations of best practices in marketing, segmentation and reporting through informal coaching, training sessions, participation in interest groups and presentations.
  • Leads cross-functional teams to solve complex membership or systems issues. 
  • This work is completed using systems development life cycle methodology.

Qualified candidates will have functional experience in fundraising and membership, including: membership, fulfillment, individual giving, online giving and annual giving; membership databases, data management and reporting; direct marketing techniques used in acquisition, renewal and appeals and combine this functional experience with technical skills. Technical skills required are: knowledge of specific technologies used to support the membership function: demonstrated application of the system development life cycle and quality assurance, knowledge of SQL, relational database structure and complex membership databases. 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, 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. 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 May 29, 2015.

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

Assistant Director, Foundation Relations, Office of Advancement / Grade: IS-12 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: June 5

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 Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Advancement seeks a qualified candidate to serve as Assistant Director, Foundation Relations. 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.

With the Director of Foundation Relations, the Assistant Director will oversee foundation fundraising across the Smithsonian. This position manages a portfolio of national, regional and local foundations, and actively works with colleagues to design actionable strategies and to cultivate, solicit, and steward these relationships. This position will work with gift officers and program staff within museums, research centers and outreach programs to aid in the foundation cultivation and solicitation process and create and execute unique stewardship opportunities for foundation donors. This position also will research and communicate philanthropic trends and best practices across the institution and design and facilitate educational opportunities for development staff.

A successful candidate is required to have three-to-five years of fundraising experience, ideally experience in cultivating and stewarding foundation donors.  They must also possess strong verbal and written communication skills, the ability to build and maintain strong working relationships both internally and externally at all levels, and a mature and professional demeanor. 

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. 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 June 5, 2015.

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

Annual Giving Manager, Smithsonian American Art Museum / Grade: IS-9 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: June 17

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 Smithsonian American Art Museum seeks a creative and entrepreneurial individual to plan, execute, and manage an annual fund strategy and program for the Director’s Circle and other annual donors. This position is responsible for managing an ambitious program to increase acquisition, improve renewal rates, implement innovative donor stewardship, and increase overall annual giving revenue. The Annual Giving Manager will manage a portfolio of prospects and conduct visits to recruit new members and develop a robust pipeline for the Museum’s major donor and planned giving programs. Responsibilities include preparing donor communications including solicitations, renewals, and acknowledgments; tracking and reporting on membership; managing direct mail appeals; creating compelling marketing materials; and coordinating membership events.

Strong written and verbal communication skills; the ability to manage multiple deadlines; and superior organization skills are essential to success.  Experience at a cultural organization is preferred. Minimum of three years of relevant experience, including managing a membership and annual fund program, is desired. 

The American Art Museum is home to one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world.  Its artworks reveal America’s rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today and its branch museum, the Renwick Gallery, features outstanding modern and contemporary craft objects and decorative arts.  In 2014, the Museum attracted over 1.2 million visitors and ranks as the 6th most visited art museum in America.  The Museum is a leader in sharing exhibitions and education programs across America as well as by video conference to military bases around the world. With our main historic building recently renovated, the museum now seeks to build its endowment funding for people, exhibitions, technology initiatives, and education. To learn more about the Museum, please visit americanart.si.edu.

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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 June 17, 2015. Please indicate the position for which you are applying in the subject line of your e-mail.

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

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. 

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 1, 2015.

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