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 Advancement, National Postal Museum / Grade: 13 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: December 14

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.

MAJOR DUTIES

  • Directs the Advancement program for the National Postal Museum, with responsibility for planning and executing major and annual gift fundraising initiatives including individuals, corporations and foundations.
  • Manages a portfolio of up to 100 major donors and major donor prospects.
  • Supervises Advancement staff.
  • Works with two major advisory groups: the activities of the Museum of Advisory Council and the Council of Philatelists.
  • Collaborates with other Smithsonian units on programs and solicitations.
  • Responsible for developing and adhering to budget including purchasing.
  • Creation of a planned giving program.
  • Member of the Senior Team providing leadership and guidance.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is highly desired.
  • Four or more years of successful experience in major gift fundraising in a complex organization, preferably a university or cultural institution.
  • A record of accomplishment of building long-term donor relationships and closing 5-7 figure gifts.
  • A record of accomplishment of meeting and exceeding fundraising goals.
  • Superior communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Understanding of and dedication to the mission of the National Postal Museum.

The National Postal Museum houses and displays the national philatelic and postal history collection, the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in the world.  The museum serves as the nation’s premier center for philatelic and postal scholarship and shares its collections with the public through exhibitions, public programs, publications, as well as outreach activities designed for visitors of all ages. The National Postal Museum, building off the successful institution-wide fundraising campaign, is positioning itself for significant growth as it turns 25 this coming year. The museum has seen double digit increase in visitation over the past couple of years.  Come join the National Postal Museum at this exciting time.

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 December 14, 2017.  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, Smithsonian Latino Center / Grade: 9 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: December 19

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 continues the momentum from its very first, and successful, 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 Latino Center is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Advancement Associate. The position provides technical and administrative support and will assist with a full range of advancement functions including drafting documents and presentations, conducting donor research, implementing various appeal campaigns, assisting with donor events and board meetings; as well as performing data management, gift processing, and other related administrative tasks. From time to time this position may supervise an advancement intern. The Advancement Associate reports to the Senior Advancement Officer of the Smithsonian Latino Center and serves as an interface between many internal and external entities.

Qualified candidates will successfully demonstrate strong communications skills, an ability to successfully manage multiple deadlines, superior organization and customer service skills as well as a thirst for learning. Experience in a fundraising capacity in a large, complex non-profit organization preferred. Board relations experience is also desired. Some travel required. This is a temporary position with an initial appointment of one year.

The Smithsonian Latino Center is an educational outreach and research unit of the Smithsonian Institution focused on ensuring that Latino contributions to art, science, and the humanities are highlighted, understood and advanced through the development and support of public programs, scholarly research, museum collections and its affiliated organizations across the United States.

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 Tuesday, December 19, 2017.  

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

 

Major Gifts Specialist, Institutional Giving, National Portrait Gallery / Grade: 11 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: January 4

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 National Portrait Gallery seeks a charismatic and creative Major Gifts Specialist to join its hard-working, fast-paced advancement team with a particular focus on corporate and foundation support for the museum.  This position is located in the Office of Advancement at the National Portrait Gallery and reports to the Assistant Director of Advancement. 

Under the direction of the Assistant Director of Advancement, the Major Gifts Specialist will plan and execute Corporate Circle renewals, benefit fulfillment, programing and be responsible for member acquisition. The incumbent will assist with developing and implementing strategies to identify and solicit potential institutional donors and expand the overall base of support.  The position will support the full range of Advancement activities including prospect research, preparing briefing materials, solicitations, grant proposals, grant reports and tracking deadlines and renewals.

The Museum has significantly grown its advancement department in the last two years and, as a result, has seen dramatic increases in fundraising performance. Our challenge is to maintain this rate of growth for the duration of the museum’s $25 million comprehensive campaign, which concludes in 2018, the Portrait Gallery’s 50th anniversary year.

MAJOR DUTIES

  • Research and build lists of corporate, foundation, and individual prospects for exhibitions, acquisitions, education and outreach programs, endowment, board, and other projects as needed.
  • Assist with developing and implementing strategies to solicit external funding opportunities with foundations, and corporations.
  • Provide solicitation support for Advancement programs and initiatives, including drafting fundraising proposals to foundations and corporations, development of letters, background materials, cultivation, and solicitation material and other material as requested.
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of a variety of fundraising activities.
  • Track foundation reporting requirements/deadlines.
  • Design and execute appropriate events for the cultivation and stewardship of Corporate Circle members and major donors.
  • Maintain a comprehensive and detailed knowledge of the Smithsonian’s infrastructure, policies, and procedures.

The Major Gifts Specialist will be expected to identify new prospects and assist with discovery, qualification, and solicitation as needed.  Travel may be required as well as evening and weekend work to execute and assist with a variety of special events, tours, and meetings.  A passion for history, art, and biography is a plus.

Qualified candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and will demonstrate a strong background in fundraising strategy, preferably with grant writing and corporate fundraising in a large cultural institution or arts-related nonprofit, with a track record of producing successful fundraising materials. In addition to possessing superior writing and relationship management skills, the successful candidate must be able to take initiative and have the ability to work independently. 

The National Portrait Gallery tells the multi-faceted story of America through the individuals who have shaped its culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the

Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story. For more information, visit http://npg.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.

DOWNLOAD THE DESCRIPTION

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 to oastaffing@si.edu by January 4, 2018.

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

all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Advancement Operations Manager, National Portrait Gallery / Grade: 12 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: January 8

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 National Portrait Gallery seeks an Advancement Operations Manager to provide high-level support and manage internal operations of its hard-working, fast-paced advancement team. This position is located in the Office of Advancement at the National Portrait Gallery and reports to the Director of Advancement.

The Museum has significantly grown its advancement department in the last two years and, as a result, has seen dramatic increases in fundraising performance. Our challenge is to maintain this rate of growth for the duration of the museum’s $25 million comprehensive campaign, which concludes in 2018, the Portrait Gallery’s 50th anniversary year.

Major duties and responsibilities include:

  • Commission Management: Provide administrative and meeting support for the Portrait Gallery’s Commission, serve as a liaison to Commissioners, and support gifts officers in managing Commission giving. 
  • Financial Management: Manage gift processing to ensure timely and accurate completion; create and maintain various financial reports; contribute to the strategy development and execution for various appeals throughout the year.
  • Advancement Operations: Coordinate prospect research activities with the Smithsonian’s central Office of Advancement; provide event support; manage the creation, review and approval process for various types of presentations and printed collateral for the advancement team; review and maintain webpages and other documents to ensure accuracy; manage the intern program; provide various administrative support for the advancement team as needed.
  • Supervision: The Advancement Operations Manager will supervise two members of the Advancement Department.

Successful candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years of experience in an advancement office, including a familiarity with prospect research, gift processing and capital campaigns. Demonstrated experience managing and working with fundraising boards. 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.

The National Portrait Gallery tells the multi-faceted story of America through the individuals who have shaped its culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story. For more information, visit http://npg.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.

DOWNLOAD THE DESCRIPTION

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 January 8, 2018.

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