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 Specialist (Stewardship Writer), Office of Advancement / Grade: 11 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: March 28

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution continues with a comprehensive strategic plan, expands the programming, educational, and scholarly activity of its museums and research centers, and completes 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 Programming and Stewardship Department within the Office of Advancement is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Advancement Specialist (Stewardship Writer). This position assists the Director of Programming and Stewardship with high levels of support functions associated with stewardship, donor relations, communications, special projects and events. The incumbent prepares, writes, and delivers recognition correspondence from the Secretary. This position is responsible for the administration of the centralized endowment reporting process, the annual Secretary’s Dinner and a variety of top-donor correspondence among other tasks. The Advancement Specialist assists the director with stewardship initiatives and projects across the institution throughout the year.

The successful candidate should have at least four years of experience in donor relations, communications and/or stewardship. Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills are a must. Qualified candidates will successfully demonstrate strong communications skills, an ability to successfully manage multiple deadlines, superior organization skills, and a thirst for learning.  Experience in a large, complex non-profit organization and/or development department preferred.

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. 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 28, 2017. 

 

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

Gift Officer, National Museum of the American Indian (NY) / Grade: 12/13 / Location: New York, NY / Open to All / Closing: April 9

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution continues with a comprehensive strategic plan, expands the programming, educational, and scholarly activity of its museums and research centers, and completes 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 National Museum of the American Indian – New York (NMAI-NY), located in Lower Manhattan, seeks an experienced and dynamic major gift officer to serve as a member of its successful fundraising team. This is an exceptional opportunity for an energetic professional with strong frontline fundraising skills to play an important role in building private support for public programs, exhibitions, educational and outreach activities, research, and endowment needs of the Museum. The incumbent will assist the advancement office at NMAI with prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities. He or she will work creatively to match donor interest with unit priorities, develop funding proposals and negotiate complex gifts.

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. Progressive fundraising experience, experience with diverse constituents, a drive to succeed, and ability to close major gifts should be demonstrated in your application. Candidates must have strong organizational and communication skills, and the initiative and ability to work independently. Experience with tribal organizations, in complex higher education or a large cultural organization is preferred. Extensive local, regional and national travel (approximately 25% of the time) 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 operates three state-of-the-art facilities. The museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. offers exhibition galleries and spaces for performances, lectures and symposia, research, and education. The George Gustav Heye Center in New York City houses exhibitions, research, educational activities, and performing arts programs and is one of the leading institutions in the cultural fabric of New York City. The Cultural Resources Center in Suitland, Maryland, houses the museum's collections as well as the conservation, repatriation, digital imaging programs, and research facilities. The NMAI's off-site outreach efforts, often referred to as the "fourth museum," include websites, traveling exhibitions, and community programs.

The NMAI-NY is housed at the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House on Bowling Green in Lower Manhattan, a designated National Historic Landmark and a New York City landmark. The center attracts close to 600,000 visitors per year and its exhibition and public access areas total about 20,000 square feet. The center was established through a combination of city, state, and federal financial support. The permanent collection of NMAI-NY is called “Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian,” and shows the scope of the Smithsonian's collection, displaying more than 700 items. The center includes two other galleries, one of which is being converted to a permanent exhibition and the other serves as a rotating exhibition space.

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, a cover letter and a sample of their writing via a major gift or grant proposal to oastaffing@si.edu by April 9, 2017.  

 

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