Office of Advancement Career Opportunities

Join a team of fundraising professionals across the Institution working to chart the future of the Smithsonian.

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.

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Open Positions

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history. With our Secretary, Lonnie G. Bunch III, who was previously the founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, we are positioned to realize our goal of being a truly 21st century museum complex. Following the success of the Smithsonian’s first comprehensive capital campaign, the largest ever undertaken by a cultural organization, the Smithsonian has built a model fundraising organization. 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 Office of Advancement seeks an experienced and innovative candidate to fill the role of Associate Director of Advancement. The incumbent identifies, cultivates, and solicits prospective donors to include individuals, corporations, and foundations with a focus on giving opportunities at the leadership and principal giving levels. This includes all aspects of planning, development, and execution of programs and projects to meet annual fundraising goals. Serves as lead for Institution-wide advancement initiatives and ensures appropriate recognition of donors to include events, summits, panel discussions, and public relations efforts. Identifies and manages internal and external partnerships to support initiative mission and goals. The incumbent reports to the Assistant Secretary for Advancement.

A minimum of six years of experience in fundraising with increasing level of responsibility is required. There is a preference for candidates with success in personally closing 7+ figure gifts. Application materials should demonstrate proven ability to develop and manage a fundraising program in a major cultural, scientific, educational and/or non-profit organization, including the ability to navigate large, complex institutions. Strong organizational, relationship, collaboration, and communication skills as well as the ability to work independently are essential. A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree is highly desirable. Travel is required and work during the evening and weekends may be necessary.

The Office of Advancement oversees and guides fundraising strategy for the entire Smithsonian and is home to a central advancement. The advancement team raises significant support for a variety of Smithsonian initiatives and provides services to advancement units across the institution, helping them fulfill their funding priorities.

The Smithsonian Institution is a unique complex of 21 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 offers a competitive salary and comprehensive package of benefits. This is not a federal position but has similar requirements and benefits. Interested candidates should submit their resumes, writing samples and a cover letter to oastaffing@si.edu by January 17, 2022. Please include the position title in your e-mail subject line. 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.

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

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history. With our Secretary, Lonnie G. Bunch III, who was previously the founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, we are positioned to realize our goal of being a truly 21st century museum complex. Following the success of the Smithsonian’s first comprehensive capital campaign, the largest ever undertaken by a cultural organization, the Smithsonian has built a model fundraising organization. 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 Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture seeks an experienced candidate to fill the role of Foundations Relations Officer to execute a fundraising program focused on foundation outreach and relations to support the Museum and other pan-institutional priorities. The incumbent will identify, track, manage and cultivate a wide range of potential and active foundation prospects and donors; ensure that stewardship and reporting requirements are met to ensure successful foundation partnerships; and monitor, evaluate, and provide statistical reports designed to advise leadership on progress towards meeting goals.

A minimum of 5 years of experience managing foundation relations with a demonstrated track record in cultivating and soliciting major gifts from foundations and other organizations, a passion for learning and exploration, and the desire to join a dynamic and growing operation should be demonstrated in your application. Strong organizational, relationship, collaboration, and communication skills as well as the ability to work independently are essential. Experience in complex higher education or a large cultural or environmental organization is preferred. A Bachelor’s degree is required.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans.

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 by January 22, 2022. Please include the position title in your e-mail subject line. 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.

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

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history. With our Secretary, Lonnie G. Bunch III, who was previously the founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, we are positioned to realize our goal of being a truly 21st century museum complex. Following the success of the Smithsonian’s first comprehensive capital campaign, the largest ever undertaken by a cultural organization, the Smithsonian has built a model fundraising organization. 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 Institution’s Office of Advancement seeks a qualified candidate to serve as Assistant Director, Foundation Relations. 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.

With the Director of Foundation Relations, the Assistant Director will oversee foundation fundraising across the Smithsonian. This position manages a portfolio of national, regional, and local foundations, and actively works with colleagues to design actionable strategies and to cultivate, solicit, and steward these relationships. This position will work with gift officers and program staff within museums, research centers and outreach programs to aid in the foundation cultivation and solicitation process and create and execute unique stewardship opportunities for foundation donors. This position also will research and communicate philanthropic trends and best practices across the institution and design and facilitate educational opportunities for development staff.

A successful candidate is required to have three-to-five years of fundraising experience, ideally experience in cultivating and stewarding foundation donors. They must also possess strong verbal and written communication skills, the ability to build and maintain strong working relationships both internally and externally at all levels, and a mature and professional demeanor.

The Smithsonian Institution is a unique complex of 21 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 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 by February 13, 2022. Include the position title in your e-mail subject line. 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.

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