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

Major Gift Officer, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute / Grade: 13 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: May 5

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.

Join a dynamic fundraising team at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI).  The Institute seeks a creative and energetic individual with a passion for science to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward individuals for major and leadership gifts.  Duties include expanding the Institute’s donor community across the country; creating and implementing innovative strategies for securing major gifts; managing a portfolio of 100+ prospects; and preparing proposals and other donor communications.  This position is located in Washington, D.C. with expected travel to Panama. The incumbent is expected to spend substantial time in both locations as well as on travel to other locations associated with advancement and outreach tasks.

Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; the ability to meet frequent deadlines; and work independently are essential to success. Four to six years of fundraising experience at a national organization are desired. A science background or Spanish language skills are a plus. Salary commensurate with experience plus benefits.  The Smithsonian offers an excellent package of benefits. 

Headquartered in the Republic of Panama, STRI is the world’s premier tropical biology research organization, dedicated to increasing understanding of the past, present and future of tropical biodiversity and its relevance to human welfare. STRI’s basic research is conducted primarily in tropical forest and coral reef ecosystems. STRI scientists discover new organisms, test scientific explanations for ecological adaptation and evolutionary innovation, develop methods to restore degraded lands, train students and promote conservation of tropical ecosystems. STRI provides: a comprehensive tropical sciences library; a network of research stations in the American tropics; a station in Kenya protected under international treaties and equipped for sophisticated studies; and two construction-crane canopy-access systems. STRI also coordinates ForestGEO, a global network of more than 50 forest research and monitoring stations on five continents. Additionally, STRI hosts a fellowship program that provides training opportunities to students worldwide, and provides advanced graduate studies with affiliated institutions. A bilingual public education and outreach program interprets STRI research and promotes conservation. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.stri.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, including title of the position for which they are applying, to oastaffing@si.edu by May 5, 2017.

 

The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. 

 

Prospect Management Specialist, Office of Advancement / Grade: 11 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: May 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 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 Prospect Management Specialist works in the Office of Advancement for the Smithsonian Institution and is responsible for the development, maintenance, monitoring and continuing operation of the prospect management system. This position plays a critical role in analyzing prospect portfolios and providing accurate reports regarding the status of the portfolios, contacts, movement through solicitation cycles, and related prospecting activity. The Prospect Management Specialist implements prospect management functions and reports from the Pan-Institutional Database (PANDA) to ensure an efficient gift cycle. The incumbent plays a role in developing and enforcing procedures and policies for prospect management and coordination for the Institution’s individual, foundation, and corporate gift prospects. This position serves as the lead trainer for the Prospect Management department, training all new employees on Prospect Management policies and procedures.

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 May 17, 2017.

 

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

Major Gift Officer, National Museum of American History / Grade: 13 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: May 24

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 completes 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.  This new 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 Museum of American History (NMAH) has an opening for an experienced and dynamic Major Gift Officer to help build the base of individual support for the Museum’s exhibitions, collections, educational and outreach activities, and endowment needs.   The MGO will discover and qualify new prospects with a giving capacity of $50,000 and higher.  Managing a portfolio of up to 125 prospects, the MGO will secure 5-7 figure gifts that contribute toward the Museum’s $120 million campaign goal.  This front-line fundraising position reports to the Director of Individual Giving.  

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The Star-Spangled Banner, Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch, Ben Franklin’s suit, the Ruby Slippers—these are just a few of the three million objects collected and cared-for by the NMAH.  Through incomparable collections, rigorous research, and dynamic public outreach, NMAH explores the infinite richness and complexity of our nation’s history. 

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 www.si.edu. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter by May 24, 2017 to oastaffing@si.edu  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 Operations Manager, Smithsonian's National Zoological Park / Grade: 12 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: May 25

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 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 Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park and Conservation Biology Institute (NZP) is seeking an Advancement Operations Manager to provide high-level support to all front-line fundraisers on the NZP Advancement Team and manage all internal operations of the Advancement Team. The Advancement Office is located in the heart of the Zoo, providing an opportunity to work collaboratively with animal keepers, scientists and conservationists who are world leaders in their respective fields.

The Advancement 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, data management, prospect management, gift processing and general department operations. The position collaborates with staff at the Friends of the National Zoo on membership activities. 

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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. 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 25, 2017.  

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