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 Operations Manager, National Portrait Gallery / Grade: 12 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: January 15

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.

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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 January 15, 2018.

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

Advancement Assistant, National Air and Space Museum / Grade: 7 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: January 10

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. 

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is in the quite 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 Assistant works in the Advancement Office at the National Air and Space Museum to support the Director of Advancement and other Advancement Staff with scheduling and special projects, as well as providing general administrative services to the entire department.  The incumbent manages the Director’s calendar; makes travel arrangements; coordinates meetings with donors and prospects; prepares presentation materials; and provides overall administrative support.

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 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 and a cover letter to oastaffing@si.edu by January 10, 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.

Director of Advancement, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage / Grade: 13 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: January 11

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 successfully 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 Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage seeks a charismatic and accomplished Director of Advancement with proven fundraising experience to help grow a high-performing development department to serve the philanthropy needs of the organization 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 develop appropriate cultivation and solicitation strategies for donors and prospects, moving constituents in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure. The 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. The Director of Advancement supervises a team of advancement staff members. This position is a temporary position, funded through December 31, 2018.

Qualified candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and at least four years of progressively responsible advancement leadership, preferably within a large, complex non-profit organization or educational institution. Must have a proven record of accomplishment of fundraising success, including cultivation through solicitation and stewardship. In addition to possessing superior people management and development skills and highly effective interpersonal communication abilities, the successful candidate must be hard working and collaborative.

The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage is a research and educational unit of the Smithsonian Institution that produces the Smithsonian Folklife FestivalSmithsonian Folkways Recordings, exhibitions, documentary films and videos, symposia, publications, and educational materials. We promote greater understanding and sustainability of cultural heritage across the United States and around the world through research, education, and community engagement.

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 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.

Major Gifts Officer, Office of Advancement (Regional Major Gifts Program) / Grade: 13 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: January 12

The Smithsonian’s Office of Advancement seeks an experienced and creative Major Gifts Officer (MGO) as a member of its regional major gifts team. Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time as the Smithsonian surpasses its first-ever Campaign goals and translates new philanthropic capacities and visibility across the country. The regional major gifts team plays an important role in building and growing philanthropic communities across the country and working collaboratively with our museums and centers to identify, cultivate, and steward donors across the country.

The Smithsonian is the largest museum and research complex in the world with 19 museums and centers and research and scholarship that ranges from astrophysics to art history and from conservation biology to civil rights. Successful candidates will be able to articulate an appreciation of, and embrace, the depth and breadth of this research and scholarship as well as James Smithson’s unique vision for an organization to increase and diffuse knowledge.   

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.

DOWNLOAD THE DESCRIPTION

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 January 12, 2018.

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

Prospect Research Analyst, Office of Advancement / Grade: 9 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: January 15

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 successfully 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 Research Analyst is responsible for independently and proactively conducting prospect research and identification for Smithsonian priority initiatives, using financial data, information from multiple news sources and wealth screening services. The Prospect Research Analyst responds to requests for information on major gift prospects from Smithsonian units and gift officers; identifies and interprets assets; provides philanthropic capacity estimates on prospective donors; updates advancement database with research information and prospect tracking data; and serves as a liaison to several Smithsonian units. The incumbent will be self-motivated and detail-oriented, accurate and professional at all times; must be precise, diplomatic, dedicated, and mature as well as flexible and able to work well under pressure.

Minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 3 years experience in advancement research.
  • Proficient computer and internet skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently.
  • Strict adherence to ethical and confidentiality guidelines of both the Smithsonian Institution and the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA) at all times.

The Office of Advancement oversees and guides the fundraising efforts of the entire Smithsonian and is home to the central advancement 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. 

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 15, 2018.

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 15

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 15, 2018.

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

all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.