Career Opportunities

Join a team of fundraising professionals across the Institution working to chart the future of the Smithsonian.

Office of Advancement: Career Opportunities

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Open Positions

Assistant Director of Advancement, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden / Grade: 13/14 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: July 17

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution continues 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. 

Through this national 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’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden seeks a charismatic and accomplished Assistant Director of Advancement with proven fundraising experience to help grow a high-performing development department to serve the philanthropy needs of the museum today and for the future.  The incumbent will assist the director with planning and implementing a broad-based and fully integrated private fundraising program that includes major individual and planned gifts, institutional giving, development research, direct mail, membership, special events, and other forms of outreach. S/he will maintain an active portfolio of major gift prospects; develop appropriate cultivation and solicitation strategies for donors and prospects, moving constituents in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure. The assistant director will maintain a relationship with the central Office of Advancement, coordinating with colleagues as appropriate on matters relating to proposals, gift agreements and the Smithsonian campaign.  S/he will work closely with the board chair, members of the board of trustees, and other administrative and curatorial leaders to achieve annual fundraising goals and to build and maintain a robust advancement function to fund museum priorities.

Qualified candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and at least five years of progressively responsible advancement leadership, preferably within a major, arts-related institution, non-profit organization, or educational institution. Must have hands-on board management experience with a proven track record of fundraising success, including cultivation through solicitation and stewardship as well as experience working with planned giving, grant writing, and annual fund strategies. In addition to possessing superior people management and development skills, highly effective interpersonal communication abilities, and a sense of urgency, the successful candidate must be hard working, genuinely collaborative, and have the gravitas and leadership presence to interact with high level donors and arts patrons, as well as curatorial, administrative, and board leadership. 

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is a leading voice for contemporary art and culture and provides a national platform for the art and artists of our time. We seek to share the transformative power of modern and contemporary art with audiences at all levels of awareness and understanding by creating meaningful, personal experiences in which art, artists, audiences and ideas converge. We enhance public understanding and appreciation of contemporary art through acquisition, exhibitions, education and public programs, conservation, and research. 

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. To learn more about the Smithsonian, please visit Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to by July 17, 2017.


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