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

Director of Individual Giving, National Air and Space Museum / Grade: 15 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: May 31

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM) in its search for a Director of Individual Giving.

The NASM’s Office of Advancement (OA) seeks an entrepreneurial, charismatic, and creative Advancement professional to lead its hard-working, fast-paced Individual Giving team. The incumbent will play an important role in building private support from individuals for NASM’s $250M Transformation Campaign and educational initiatives. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience cultivating, soliciting, closing, and stewarding major gifts from individuals, as well as experience supervising fundraising professionals. This position, which requires an ability to think creatively about project-driven fundraising in order to identify new prospective donors, develop fundraising strategies, and articulate giving opportunities for exhibition and education initiatives, is located in the National Air and Space Museum’s Office of Advancement, currently located across the street from the Museum at L’Enfant, and reports to the Director of Advancement.

This is an exceptional time in NASM’s history, as construction begins on the most ambitious

reimagining of its flagship building on the National Mall since it opened its doors in 1976. This transformation will take place over the next five to seven years, during which every one of the 23 galleries will be completely redesigned—with state-of-the-art exhibitions and innovative

digital features that will give visitors a hands-on museum experience. Through it all, the Museum will remain open for the millions of people who visit every year. This new position offers exciting opportunities for the successful candidate to make a significant impact on the future of NASM. There is no better time to join this amazing Institution.

The NASM Office of Advancement oversees and guides the fundraising efforts for the Museum and coordinates with the Smithsonian’s Central Office of Advancement. The office engages with staff throughout NASM in accomplishing their goals.

NASM’s mission is to "Commemorate, Educate, Inspire." At both of its locations, the Museum presents programs, educational activities, lectures, and performances that reflect the American spirit, and the innovation, courage, and optimism that have led to triumphs in the history, science, and technology of flight.  At the Museum in Washington, DC, which opened in 1976 and is located in the heart of the Smithsonian complex, some of the most awe-inspiring icons of flight are on display. The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, located near Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia, is a massive structure with open, hangar-like settings that accommodate large aircraft and spacecraft, as well as entire collections of aviation and space artifacts.

A Bachelor’s degree is required for this position as is at least six years of progressively responsible front-line fundraising experience, preferably within a large cultural institution or a complex higher education environment. Supervisory experience is preferred. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.

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Gift Officer (Corporate), National Air and Space Museum / Grade: 13 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: June 3

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution implements a new comprehensive strategic plan and expands the programming, educational, and scholarly activity of its museums and research centers. Following a successful national campaign, the Smithsonian has built 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.

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is in the quiet phase of a $250M campaign that will transform the Museum on the National Mall and is expanding upon its model fundraising organization, one that will meet the growing needs of one of the world’s most visited museums.  This position offers exciting opportunities for the successful candidate to make a significant impact on the future of the National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian.  There is no better time to join this amazing Institution.

The Gift Officer works in the Advancement Office at the National Air and Space Museum and actively contributes to securing corporate funding for the Museum. The gift officer plays a leadership role in building corporate support for NASM initiatives through managing a portfolio of corporate prospects to include identifying and qualifying prospects, cultivating productive relationships, soliciting and securing gifts, and ongoing stewardship.

Successful candidates will demonstrate proven success in securing significant contributions from corporations through creative discovery and cultivation of productive relationships with prospective donors. Strong organizational, relationship and communication skills and the ability to work independently are essential. The gift officer will develop and execute strategies for discovery, engagement, present opportunities for support, and complete solicitations.

 

A minimum of four years of progressive corporate 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. Travel is required and work during the evenings and weekends may be necessary.

The Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world. It is also a vital center for research into the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight, as well as planetary science and terrestrial geology and geophysics. To learn more about the museum, please visit www.nasm.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. 

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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 3, 2018. Please include the title of the position in the subject line of the email.

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

Operations Manager for External Affairs, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery / Grade: 12 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: June 4

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution implements a new comprehensive strategic plan and expands the programming, educational, and scholarly activity of its museums and research centers.

The Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery seek to sustain the momentum of the Smithsonian’s recently concluded comprehensive campaign and the museums’ reopening in October, 2017, after extensive renovation and reinstallation of their galleries.

The Freer|Sackler seeks an Operations Manager to provide high-level support and manage all internal operations of its hard-working, fast-paced advancement and external affairs teams. This position is located at the Freer|Sackler and reports to the Director of External Affairs.

The Operations Manager oversees and provides a variety of advancement, budget, procurement and human resources services. The position is responsible for overseeing budget planning and execution, human resources administration, database management, prospect management, gift processing, stewardship, the museums’ Friends and Silk Road Society membership activities, and general department operations.

Successful candidates will have:

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a development office, including a familiarity with prospect management, moves management and capital campaigns.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and managing a multi-year departmental budget, including addressing fluctuating needs throughout the fiscal year.
  • Demonstrated experience in understanding and adhering to complex procurement procedures.
  • Experience in managing diverse fundraising revenue streams from receipt of gift to disbursement for programmatic work ensuring compliance with all accounting procedures.
  • Experience in Human Resources functions including hiring, performance evaluations and other policies and procedures involved in organizational personnel actions.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing and overseeing advancement services. Experience in a large organization with multiple levels of approval preferred.
  • Extremely high attention to detail.
  • Skill in written and oral communications.
  • Bachelor’s degree

The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery are respectively the oldest and the youngest art museums at the Smithsonian Institution. The museums hold the nation’s extraordinary collections of Asian art and of American art of the late nineteenth century aesthetic movement. The mission of the Freer|Sackler is to encourage enjoyment and understanding of the arts of Asia through exhibitions and original research and the preservation of the cultural heritage of Asia.  To learn more about the museum, please visit www.freersackler.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. 

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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. This is a grade 12 position. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to Asiaexaffstaff@si.edu by June 4, 2018. Please include the position title in your e-mail subject line.

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

Advancement Associate (Stewardship Writer), National Air and Space Museum / Grade: 9 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: June 7

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution implements a new comprehensive strategic plan and expands the programming, educational, and scholarly activity of its museums and research centers. Following a successful national campaign, the Smithsonian has built 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.

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is in the quiet phase of a $250M campaign that will transform the Museum on the National Mall and is expanding upon its model fundraising organization, one that will meet the growing needs of one of the world’s most visited museums.  This position offers exciting opportunities for the successful candidate to make a significant impact on the future of the National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian.  There is no better time to join this amazing Institution.

The Advancement Associate works in the Advancement Office at the National Air and Space Museum and assists with high levels of support functions associated with stewardship, donor relations, communications, special projects and events. The stewardship writer prepares, writes, and delivers major donor correspondence from the Museum Director, including but not limited to gift acknowledgements, condolence letters, and event follow up. This position, with guidance from the director of donor relations, administers the endowment reporting process, collaborating with curators, educators, and program managers as needed The Advancement Associate assists the director of donor relations with stewardship initiatives and projects throughout the year.

The successful candidate should have at least two years of experience in donor relations, communications and/or stewardship. Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills are required. 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 advancement department preferred.

The Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world. It is also a vital center for research into the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight, as well as planetary science and terrestrial geology and geophysics. To learn more about the museum, please visit www.nasm.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. 

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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, cover letter and a writing sample to oastaffing@si.edu by June 7, 2018. Please include the title of the position in the subject line of the email.

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

Advancement Assistant, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery / Grade: 7 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: June 11

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution continues a comprehensive strategic plan, and expands the programming, educational, and scholarly activity of its museums and research centers. With the conclusion of a comprehensive fundraising campaign in 2018, the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Freer|Sackler), the nation’s museums of Asian Art, seek to sustain the momentum of its reopening in October 2017 and the museums’ success in raising $77 million.

The Freer|Sackler seeks an Advancement Assistant to serve as a key member of its successful external affairs team. This position supports the Director of the External Affairs as an executive assistant, collaborates with the advancement and marketing and communications colleagues on a range of administrative projects and assignments, and liaises with Board of Advisors committee members.

Successful candidates will have:

  • One to three years of experience as an assistant or other position demonstrating independent, high-level organization and support functions, including travel preparation, calendar management, and meeting coordination
  • Proven ability to handle multiple responsibilities and projects simultaneously, often on short deadlines, with a high degree of accuracy
  • Ability to interact diplomatically, discreetly and effectively with a wide range of constituents, both externally and internally, including Smithsonian Institution personnel, vendors, donors and VIPs.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills, and basic financial competency
  • Excellent command of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; familiarity with Raiser’s Edge or other fundraising systems (experience with PANDA a plus)

The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery are respectively the oldest and the youngest art museums at the Smithsonian Institution. The museums hold the nation’s extraordinary collections of Asian art and of American art of the late nineteenth century aesthetic movement. The mission of the Freer|Sackler is to encourage enjoyment and understanding of the arts of Asia through exhibitions and original research and the preservation of the cultural heritage of Asia.  To learn more about the museums, please visit www.freersackler.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. 

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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. This is a grade 7 position. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to Asiaexaffstaff@si.edu by June 11, 2018. Please include the position title in your e-mail subject line.

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

Director of Advancement, Anacostia Community Museum / Grade: 13 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: June 15

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution implements a new comprehensive strategic plan and expands the programming, educational, and scholarly activity of its museums and research centers. 

Following a successful national campaign, the Smithsonian has built 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.

The Anacostia Community Museum seeks an experienced, dynamic, front-line fundraiser to assume the role of Director of Advancement. The incumbent will develop and manage the museum’s fundraising program and raise major gifts from individual donors, corporations, and foundations for exhibitions, public programs, museum collections, and other initiatives. In addition, as the museum celebrates its 50th anniversary throughout 2018, the ideal candidate will develop and execute creative strategies to maximize fundraising and stewardship opportunities around this auspicious milestone.

MAJOR DUTIES

  • Directs the advancement program for the Anacostia Community Museum, with responsibility for planning, generating, and executing fund-raising initiatives with an emphasis on major gifts
  • Manages a portfolio of up to 100 prospects rated at $10,000 and higher, including qualification of new prospects, and the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors through in person visits and communications
  • Supervises advancement staff
  • Oversees Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum Advisory Board activities
  • Develops written annual work plans, visit and solicitation goals in conjunction with the museum Director, and prepares reports on activities
  • Collaborates with museum staff and other Smithsonian units on programs and solicitations

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is highly desired
  • Five to seven years of successful experience in major gift fundraising, preferably in museum or community-based nonprofit setting
  • A track record of building long-term donor relationships and closing 5-7 figure gifts
  • Superior oral and written communication skills, as well as excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills
  • Thorough knowledge of all aspects of the fundraising function from managing prospective donors and reporting to superiors to coordinating with fellow fundraisers
  • Understanding of and dedication to the mission of the Anacostia Community Museum

The Anacostia Community Museum (ACM) was established by the Smithsonian Institution in September 1967 as the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum in Southeast Washington, D.C.  Its vision is to challenge perceptions, generate new knowledge, and deepen understanding about the ever-changing concepts and realities of communities. The Museum’s mission explores social issues impacting diverse populations in the DC Metropolitan area to promote mutual understanding and strengthen community bonds through the development of collections, exhibitions, research, education and public programs. ACM collects artifacts, works of art, photographs, documents and paper records, and audiovisual media.

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 including excellent professional development opportunities through the Institution’s own Advancement Academy. 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 15, 2018. Please include the position title in your e-mail subject line.

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

Major Gifts Officer, Office of Advancement (Regional Major Gifts Program) / Grade: 13 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: June 22

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution implements a new comprehensive strategic plan and expands the programming, educational, and scholarly activity of its museums and research centers. 

Following a successful national campaign, the Smithsonian has built 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.

The Smithsonian’s Office of Advancement seeks an experienced and creative Major Gifts Officer (MGO) as a member of its regional major gifts team. The MGO will play a critical role in furthering an engagement strategy for key regional markets, while developing and managing a portfolio of regional major gift prospects, expanding the scope and scale of the Smithsonian’s philanthropic efforts, and helping formulate strategy and implement plans to achieve fundraising goals.

Successful candidates will demonstrate proven success in securing significant contributions from individuals through creative discovery and cultivation of productive relationships with prospective donors. Strong organizational, relationship and communication skills and the ability to work independently are essential. The MGO will develop and execute strategies for discovery, engagement, present opportunities for support, and complete solicitations.

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. Travel is required and work during the evenings and weekends may be necessary.

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 offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. To learn more about us, visit www.si.edu. This is not a Federal Position, but has similar requirements and benefits. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and cover letter to oastaffing@si.edu with Regional MGO in the subject line by June 22, 2018.

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