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 Associate, National Museum of Natural History / Grade: 9 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: July 23

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 Institution's National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), one of the most visited museums in the United States, invites you to be a part of its dynamic fundraising team, as the Museum concludes a $230 million campaign, which is part of an overall Smithsonian Comprehensive Campaign, and continues to build a fundraising program that raises $20 million a year.

The Museum is seeking an experienced candidate to fill an Advancement Associate position.  This position is located in the Office of Advancement at National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), reporting to the Senior Manager for Campaign and Advancement Operations.  The incumbent will also provide support to the Donor Relations Specialist and the Prospect Research and Management Specialist.

S/he will provide writing, technical and administrative support to the Museum’s advancement program.  50% of their time will be spent writing for the advancement team at NMNH by composing, editing and producing materials to effectively support the fundraising goals of the Museum.  The incumbent will write and edit a variety of documents including fundraising proposals, publications, newsletters, letters, and scripts for audio and visual programs. 

The remaining 50% of their duties will include assisting with a full range of administrative and advancement functions, such as gift processing, maintaining donor information, data processing, prospect and donor research, creating spreadsheets, templates, documents and tools, managing mailings, facilitating donor services and general administrative support.  The incumbent will also produce weekly and monthly reports on NMNH’s fundraising progress under the direction of the position’s supervisor.

Successful candidates will demonstrate excellent organizational and time management skills; knowledge of fundraising technique, including proposal writing, public relations, prospect research, donor relations and stewardship, volunteer management and correspondence management; skill in proposal and publication development and print production; skill in writing for a variety of audiences; ability to translate complex technical language and ideas into easily comprehensible language to non-specialists; interpersonal skills; ability to conduct research projects; and skill in a variety of automated systems such as Microsoft Office, Outlook, Excel Spreadsheets and related applications.

KEY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Pre-employment Background Investigation must be successfully completed.
  • Irregular tour of duty to include evenings and weekends may be required for special events.

The Museum has attracted eight-figure gifts in each of the last five years. Our challenge now is to leverage the extraordinary strength of the higher levels of the donor pyramid. We are growing the Museum's donor base at the five-, six- and seven-figure levels, acquiring new donors through annual giving, and moving funders through the giving cycle.  Identifying, cultivating, and soliciting new donors at all levels will be critical to the success of the current campaign and NMNH's future fundraising efforts.  To learn more about the Museum, please visit http://www.mnh.si.edu.

The Smithsonian Institution offers a comprehensive package of benefits.  This is not a Federal Position, but has similar requirements and benefits. For a complete description of benefits, please visit www.sihr.si.edu.  To learn more about the Smithsonian, please visit www.si.edu.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume by July 23, 2017 to oastaffing@si.edu.  Please include the position title in the subject line of your e-mail.  Resumes should include a description of your paid and non-paid work experience that is related to this  job; starting and ending dates of job (Month and year); and average number of hours worked per week.

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

 

 

Senior Advancement Officer, Office of Advancement / Grade: IS-13 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: July 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. 

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 Office of Advancement seeks an entrepreneurial, charismatic and creative Senior Advancement Officer to join its hard-working, fast-paced advancement team. The incumbent will focus on pan-institutional initiatives to include support for exhibitions, collections, educational and outreach programs, and endowment.  Qualified candidates will have demonstrated experience cultivating, soliciting and stewarding gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations, as well as familiarity with corporate sponsorship.  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 strategic initiatives, is located in the Office of Advancement at the Smithsonian Institution Building and reports to the Director of Pan-Institutional Strategic Priorities.

Qualified candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and at least four years of front-line fundraising experience, preferably within a complex higher education or a large cultural institution. Successful candidates will demonstrate strong organizational and communication skills, the capacity to manage multiple complex projects, and the initiative and ability to work independently.   The Senior Advancement Officer must be comfortable working with leadership across the Smithsonian, unit-based advancement colleagues, and volunteers in order to achieve ambitious fundraising objectives.  The desire to join a dynamic and growing operation should be demonstrated in your application.

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 July 24, 2017.    

 

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

Advancement Associate, Smithsonian Libraries / Grade: 9 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: July 26

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 continues the momentum of its first Institution-wide fundraising campaign. 

Coming upon the close of a very successful campaign in December 2017, 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 and its 21 Libraries that support all 19 Museums.  There is no better time to join this amazing Institution.

The Advancement Associates key role is to support the Smithsonian Libraries’ Advancement Office with special events, gift processing, data management, prospect, donor and stewardship management, and research, and administrative support. The two key components of this position is to coordinate and manage various special events with a high degree of initiative, creativity, organization, thoroughness, and stamina to meet deadlines and to ensure the integrity of data and donor management and reporting.

He or She works under the direct supervision of the Director of Advancement and in close collaboration with other advancement team members, including the Advancement Specialist for Public Affairs.  With an advancement team of four, everyone works to support the overall advancement goals supporting the mission of the Smithsonian 21 Libraries.

Qualified candidates will successfully demonstrate strong event management and communications skills, an ability to successfully manage multiple deadlines, superior organization skills, and a thirst for growing and learning.  Experience in a large, complex non-profit organization preferred.

The Smithsonian Libraries is a system of 21 branch libraries and central support services that include a Book Conservation Laboratory and an Imaging Center. Branches are located in Smithsonian museums, research institutes and offices in Washington, D.C., New York City, Edgewater and Suitland, Maryland, and the Republic of Panama.

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 July 26, 2017.
 

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

Information Technology Specialist, Office of Advancement / Grade: 11/12 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: July 31

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution moves forward 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.  There is no better time to join this amazing Institution.

The Smithsonian is building a model fundraising program, one that will meet the growing needs of this unique organization.  The Office of Advancement (OA) is charged with maximizing the financial gift support to the Smithsonian Institution (SI) by seeking private contributions in order to increase the margin of excellence of its educational and research programs.  This position offers exciting opportunities for the successful candidate to make a significant impact on the future of the Smithsonian.  Hiring level depends on knowledge and experience.

The Smithsonian Institution’s Advancement Technology Services department seeks an Information Technology Specialist to provide desktop services to OA staff, contractors, volunteers, and interns.   This position serves as an important and integral member of the team, providing valuable service to every member of the Office of Advancement team, and will appeal to applicants with strong technical and interpersonal skills who thrive in a fast-paced environment. This position performs the following activities:

  • Configures and deploys desktop and laptop computer systems in a Microsoft Active Directory networked environment using established SI standard baseline configurations.  Creates OA user network and email accounts using the Microsoft Active Directory Users and Groups administration tool.
  • Troubleshoots, diagnoses, upgrades, and resolves problems with desktop and laptop systems, peripherals, and mobile devices. 
  • Purchases, installs, configures, troubleshoots, and maintains SI-approved software including operating system, application, email, and network client. 
  • Ensures OA staff has access to required computing resources including hardware, software, and connectivity onsite and offsite in support of regular work and special events.

Qualified candidates will have:

  • Certifications such as Microsoft Certified Professional, HDI Technical Support Professional, Apple Certified Support Professional, Microsoft Windows 10 or Comp TIA preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field preferred
  • Proven ability as a customer-oriented problem solver  in desktop and network support with 2-4 years of customer support experience with large, networked organizations
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in written and oral formats and quickly respond to emerging issues and provide effective solutions
  • Expertise with Microsoft and Apple operating systems and application software
  • Experience with a wide range of external peripheral devices including personal and network printers, scanners, copiers, video conferencing equipment, tablets, phones, etc.

The Office of Advancement oversees and guides the fundraising efforts of the Smithsonian.  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 organization 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 from abroad.

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The Smithsonian Institution offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive package of benefits. Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to oastaffing@si.edu by July 31.

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

Senior Advancement Program Specialist (Planned Giving), National Museum of African American History and Culture / Grade: 13 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: August 13

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the newest museum in the Smithsonian family, implements a new strategic plan, expands its programming, educational, and scholarly activity, and launches its first comprehensive fundraising campaign post-opening in September 2016.    

This museum is building a model fundraising infrastructure, 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 both the museum and the Smithsonian itself. 

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) has an opening for an experienced and dynamic Senior Planned Giving Officer to help build the base of institutional support for the Museum’s exhibitions, collections, educational and outreach activities, and endowment needs.   The Senior Planned Giving Officer will discover and qualify new prospects.  Managing a portfolio of potential planned giving prospects, the Senior Planned Giving Officer will secure 5-7 figure gifts that contribute toward the Museum’s annual and campaign goals.  This front-line fundraising position reports to the Director of Advancement. 

MAJOR DUTIES

  • Manage a portfolio of potential prospects with a capacity for planned giving
  • Identify, track, cultivate and solicit a portfolio of potential and active planned giving prospects
  • Negotiate terms of planned giving agreements with donors and their advisors, subject to approval of the appropriate NMAAHC and SI staff.
  • Support senior leadership with research, briefing documents, and strategy development for the engagement of planned giving prospects.
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of all planned giving activities.
  • Coordinate and work collaboratively with the SI central Planned Giving office on prospects, proposals, gift agreements, and other programmatic elements.
  • Ensure all meetings and gifts are acknowledged by appropriate parties in a timely fashion.
  • Conducts initial review of completed documents to ensure that they comply with SI standards, IRS guidelines, and are in the Museum’s best interest.
  • Identify opportunities for cultivation events in NMAAHC target cities. Attends campaign events to cultivate and steward donors and advance the campaign to targeted audiences.
  • Maintain a comprehensive and detailed knowledge of the Smithsonian’s infrastructure, policies, and procedures, particularly with regard to gift and donor policies.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • One year of specialized experience soliciting, negotiating and closing planned giving agreements in a complex organization, preferably a museum or cultural institution.
  • Bachelor’s degree is highly desired; Master’s degree is preferred.
  • In-depth knowledge of the complexities of planned giving (i.e. financial planning, estate planning, tax laws, wills, trusts, etc.)
  • Successful experience in identifying planned giving prospects and making cold calls.
  • Superior communication skills, both oral and written, as well as excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to use a donor database system to document and track prospect information and interactions.
  • Willingness to travel locally and nationally, approximately 4-6 days per month, and to work evenings and weekends as needed.

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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. To learn more about the Smithsonian, please visit www.si.edu. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter by August 13, 2017 to oastaffing@si.edu.   Please include the position title in your e-mail subject line.

 

Please note: This position is temporary not-to-exceed 2 years with the possibility of extension.

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

Senior Advancement Program Specialist (Donor Relations & Stewardship), National Museum of African American History and Culture / Grade: 13 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: August 13

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the newest museum in the Smithsonian family, implements a new strategic plan, expands its programming, educational, and scholarly activity, and launches its first comprehensive fundraising campaign post-opening in September 2016.    

This museum is building a model fundraising infrastructure, 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 both the museum and the Smithsonian itself. 

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) has an opening for an experienced and dynamic Senior Advancement Program Specialist (Donor Relations & Stewardship) to help build the base of individual support for the Museum’s exhibitions, collections, educational and outreach activities, and endowment needs. The Senior Advancement Program Specialist (Donor Relations & Stewardship) ensures that donors experience high-quality interactions with the NMAAHC that foster long-term engagement and investment. The incumbent’s efforts contribute to facilitating gifts and retaining donors that fulfill a significant amount of the unit’s overall fundraising goals, the progress of various internal programs, and/ or the funding of substantial number of Trust positions.  This fundraising position reports to the Assistant Director of Advancement. 

MAJOR DUTIES

  • Develop, implement and maintain a consistent donor recognition program that incorporates opportunities and mechanisms for meaningful donor recognition.
  • Manage and oversee donor recognition through correspondence materials, events, programs, and opportunities such as include large-scale events and intimate gatherings. 
  • Analyze and advise the Director of Advancement and NMAAHC senior staff of information and materials that should be made available to donors and approaches for the donor relations program.
  • Evaluate the impact and effectiveness of donor relations efforts and advises management on ways to improve.
  • Develop a communications schedule and implement programs designed to engage donors, including: preparing newsletters; sending electronic and written correspondence; scheduling donor events; developing invitation lists to events and activities, responding to donor inquiries, and providing updates on the museum’s progress.
  • Design and execute appropriate events for the cultivation and stewardship of major donors.
  • Maintain a comprehensive and detailed knowledge of the Smithsonian’s infrastructure, policies, and procedures, particularly with regard to gift and donor policies.
  • Supervise Donor Relations and Stewardship staff.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • One year of specialized managing a donor recognition program, advising on donor relation and stewardship strategies, and developing procedures designed to steward and build long-term relationships with donors in a complex organization, preferably a museum or cultural institution.
  • Bachelor’s degree is highly desired; Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Successful experience in identifying prospects and making cold calls.
  • Superior communication skills, both oral and written, as well as excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Skill in analyzing donor relations programs and developing recommendations to improve.
  • Willingness to travel locally and nationally, approximately 4-6 days per month, and to work evenings and weekends as needed.

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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. To learn more about the Smithsonian, please visit www.si.edu. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter by August 13, 2017 to oastaffing@si.edu.   Please include the position title in your e-mail subject line.

 

Please note: This position is temporary not-to-exceed 2 years with the possibility of extension.

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