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. The Smithsonian is dedicated to its founding mission, “the increase and diffusion of knowledge” and as such we use our resources to encourage curiosity, ignite wonder and spark the joy of learning. 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 Archives of American Art seeks a skilled self-starter interested in art and the field of Advancement to join its team of dedicated staff. The Advancement Assistant supports the Associate Director for Advancement, as well as fundraising and external affairs colleagues, providing technical and administrative support, and assisting with a full range of advancement functions. These include gift processing; maintaining donor information; data processing; meeting coordination and support; event planning and support; creating spreadsheets, templates, documents and tools; managing mailings; facilitating donor services and stewardship; drafting correspondence and event briefings; and general administrative support. The incumbent will also be charged with supporting the planning and execution of the annual gala under the supervision of the director. Related duties include logistical oversight and preparation and serving as a point of contact for vendors. This position provides an excellent opportunity to gain exposure to many facets of advancement, including individual giving, institutional support, events, donor relations, and operations. The successful candidate will have previous experience in a fundraising office and event planning, demonstrate strong attention to detail, can multi-task and has an interest in strengthening his/her skills in advancement. The ability to take initiative and ownership of projects and to work with minimal direction and supervision is critical. Candidates should possess strong interpersonal, writing and organization skills; an engaging manner; and the commitment to being a member of a strong team. A Bachelor’s degree is required.

The Archives of American Art is the largest resource for the study of American art in the world, with millions of primary sources that tell the stories behind our nation’s great art and artists. By preserving and providing access to these priceless documents, the Archives serves as a rich and enduring source of knowledge about the history of the visual arts and culture in the United States, informing and engaging scholars, art lovers, and inquisitive minds from across the nation and around the world. The Archives makes its collections easily accessible to a national and international audience through research centers in Washington, D.C. and New York, N.Y., and on its website, where almost 250 collections are fully digitized.

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. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to oastaffing@si.edu by August 17, 2021. 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.

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art is embarking on an exciting transformation with a new director and a new future-looking vision. We are seeking a highly motivated candidate to fill the Associate Director of Advancement and Communication position. This is a key role in the Executive Management team, responsible for directing all functions and aspects of fundraising, communications, and external affairs for the National Museum of African Art.

The incumbent provides expert, pragmatic advice to the Museum Director on all aspects of advancement; makes substantial recommendations for policy changes and new program directions; and plans, establishes, and leads major fundraising initiatives, including but not limited to annual, major, planned, corporate, foundation, membership, and endowment giving, as well as capital campaigns, to support the broad and ever-evolving programmatic needs of the Museum.

The Associate Director works closely with the Museum’s Advisory Board in setting and supporting the priorities of the Museum’s Director. The Associate Director manages cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. She/he/they work(s) closely with the Public Affairs Specialist and communications team in communicating the Museum’s mission and needs to a broad constituency. The Associate Director devises advancement and public relations strategies for accomplishing programmatic, exhibition and capital fundraising objectives and marketing campaigns and partnerships. She/he/they supervise(s) the Museum’s advancement, communications, and external affairs staff.

The Smithsonian and the National Museum of African Art is a welcoming organization. We encourage all interested candidates to apply. Successful candidates will ideally have a minimum of five years of relevant experience in major gifts fundraising and management, preferably within a major cultural institution, nonprofit organization, educational institution, or other environment of similar complexity. Demonstrated ability to build long-term donor relationships and securing five seven-figure gifts is required as well as experience in communications, PR and marketing. Strong organization, relationship, collaboration, and communication skills, as well as the ability to work independently, are essential. Applications should show proven ability to motivate, develop and supervise staff.

Understanding of and dedication to the mission of the National Museum of African Art is essential. Fluency in French or Arabic and existing connections to a network of African Art donors, prospects, media and influencers is desired. A bachelor’s degree is required. National and international travel is required and work during the evenings and weekends may be necessary.

The National Museum of African Art has one of the most significant collections of African art in the world. It is renowned for exhibitions and programs that challenge assumptions about the continent and its diaspora - bringing together historical and contemporary art, north and south, east and west, in an ongoing conversation about who we are and where we’re going.

The Smithsonian Institution is a unique complex of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research centers. Under the leadership of Secretary, Lonnie G. Bunch III, previously the founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Smithsonian is on a mission to become 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

The Smithsonian Institution offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive package of benefits. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to oastaffing@si.edu by August 17, 2021. 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. The Smithsonian is dedicated to its founding mission, “the increase and diffusion of knowledge” and as such we use our resources to encourage curiosity, ignite wonder and spark the joy of learning.

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is in the middle 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 Director of Individual Giving works in the Advancement Office at the National Air and Space and leads the team’s major gifts fundraising from individual donors. The Director serves as a key member of the leadership staff and works with senior colleagues and Board members from the Museum and around the Smithsonian to meet ambitious fundraising goals for a variety of initiatives. The Director of Individual Giving supervises the highly effective team of major gift officers, as well as prospect management and support staff. In addition, s/he manages their own portfolio of principal gift donors and prospects, effectively engaging in all phases of the fundraising process.

Successful candidates will demonstrate proven success in securing 6 and 7 figure contributions from individual donors, as well as effective fundraising management experience. Strong organizational, relationship and communication skills and the ability to work independently are essential.

A minimum of seven years of frontline fundraising experience in increasingly responsible advancement leadership positions including significant work in individual major gifts is required as well as a passion for learning and exploration, and the desire to join a dynamic and growing operation. Applications should demonstrate the ability to provide management oversight, leadership, and direction with at least five years of supervisory experience, including experience creating and managing a budget. Experience working on major fundraising campaigns and/or working in complex higher education or a large cultural or environmental organization are preferred. Travel is required and work during the evenings and weekends may be necessary.

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 airandspace.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.

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 August 31, 2021. 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.