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 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.

Senior Major Gifts Officer, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute / Grade: IS-14 / Location: Front Royal, VA / 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.

The Smithsonian National Zoological Park and Conservation Biology Institute (NZP/SCBI) is seeking a Senior Major Gifts Officer to develop and implement a major and leadership giving program from individual donors for SCBI’s science and educational programming. The position will be based at SCBI’s headquarters in Front Royal, VA.  Candidates must have a passion for conservation and an interest in helping to save some of the world’s most endangered and beloved species, while working collaboratively with scientists and conservationists who are world leaders in their respective fields.

The Gifts Officer is responsible for building and managing a portfolio of prospective donors to advance SCBI’s mission, under the direction of the Chief Advancement Officer (CAO), in coordination with the Director of SCBI.  He/she will implement projects and activities to support the overall NZP/SCBI Advancement program and meet established annual and campaign revenue goals.  He/she is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic fundraising plan to secure an adequate and sustainable non-federal financial base for SCBI comprised of restricted, unrestricted, annual and planned gifts.  Sources of support include high net worth individuals, family foundations, and local corporations.

The Gifts Officer will support the CAO in the development of a robust international NZP/SCBI Advisory Board and works with the SCBI Director to develop and maintain a vital SCBI volunteer Task Force.

Successful candidates will have a broad background in individual major gift fundraising within a complex environment with multiple stakeholders. He/she must have a thorough understanding of large-scale fundraising operations; a record of success in a campaign environment is highly preferred. He/she must display creativity in strategy development and experience as a senior development professional with a record of progressive accomplishment in the management of an individual giving department. Candidate should preferably have strong relationships and a proven track record cultivating and soliciting donors in Virginia counties near the SCBI facility.

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Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to oastaffing@si.edu by October 24, 2014. Please include the title of the position in the subject line of the email.

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.