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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Introduction
This position is located at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG), Smithsonian Institution, which was authorized and founded by Congress in 1962 with the mission to acquire and display portraits of "men and women who have made significant contributions to the history, development, and culture of the people of the United States." Today, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery attracts over 2 million visitors onsite and 4 million online and continues to narrate the multi-faceted and ever-changing story of America through the individuals who have shaped its culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts, and new media, the Portrait Gallery presents poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors, and activists whose lives form our national identity.

The NPG is comprised of around 95 full-time and contract staff and advised by a 35-person Board of Commissioners representing multiple states and territories across the United States. The NPG is managed by a director, and a six-person executive team comprised of the Directors of Curatorial Affairs; History and Research; Audience Engagement; Collection and Exhibitions; and Finance and Operations. The Director of Advancement will report directly to the Director, serve on the executive team, and be the main liaison with the Commission on the Advancement Committee and Nominating and Governance Committee and the central Smithsonian’s Office of Advancement.

About the Director of Advancement
The NPG seeks a Director of Advancement who is a strategic thinker and managed—or has been a part of—a high functioning team with a track record of successfully matching a donor’s interest with an organization’s need. They must an excellent communicator and have worked closely with volunteer board members or non-profit trustees. They ideally have experience in closing single gifts of over $5 million for an art, culture, or history museum. They must have an engaging and energetic personality and believe in the NPG’s values of diversity, equity, access and inclusion.

The next Director of Advancement for the NPG will be tasked with increasing charitable giving and earned revenue in the wake of an enormously successful ten years that saw media attention quadruple, attendance double from 1.1 to 2.3M, and annual fundraising go from $1.3M to in FY13 to $9 million in FY22. Specifically, the incumbent will work closely with the Director, Executive Team, Commissioners and the central Smithsonian Office of Advancement to increase the NPG’s annual fund while also increasing its endowment (currently at $15M) and launching a capital campaign in 2024. The Director will also ensure that special event revenue is maximized, and the NPG’s bi-annual Portrait of a Nation Awards Gala continues to increase in national recognition and financial success.

The Director of Advancement is responsible for providing strategic focus, messaging, and management acumen to support the NPG’s mission in these key areas:

  • Annual fundraising including individuals, corporations, and foundations,
  • Planned gifts,
  • Special events,
  • The National Portrait Awards Gala, and
  • An endowment campaign.

The Director is responsible for growing the advancement department – currently at nine full-time staff—and devising compelling fundraising cases for support that cross departments (exhibitions, education, collection, events), financial years, and revenue streams (restricted, unrestricted, planned gifts and endowment). Working with the Museum Director, Commissioners, Smithsonian central and staff, they will also help guide a successful endowment campaign in 2024 and expand the Portrait of a Nation brand to include events that complement and expand the museum’s national recognition.

Duties and Responsibilities

Lead the Advancement Team

Create a high-functioning team of advancement professionals who can successfully close six-figure gifts.

Grow the NPG membership programs: Portrait Patrons ($150 - $1,000), Portrait Circle ($1,000 – 10,000), Corporate Circle, and American Legends Circle (planned gifts).

Develop donor prospect lists, solicitation strategies, proposals, and stewardship reports; ensuring that all donor activities are accurately recorded and tracked in the Smithsonian’s data base, and “next steps” are developed.

Prioritize communication with existing donors; ensuring that they are well-supported, recognized, and thanked.

Develop strategic ways to identify and engage new donors so that the NPG’s donor prospect pool increases every year.

Develop a national plan for donor engagement that utilizes the geographic spread of the Board of Commissioners, NPG events that happen outside the Washington D.C. region, and the Smithsonian network at-large.

Develop compelling cases for support – both in print, online, and for public events tailored to different constituencies’ interests.

Serve as the Advancement Liaison
Establish a good rapport with the Museum Director and understand how best to utilize her time to support the museum’s fundraising efforts.

Represent the Director when appropriate and serve as an ambassador to the NPG in general.

Be the primary liaison for the NPG Advancement Committee of the Board of Commissioners; managing the agenda and following up on the Committee’s decisions and outcomes.

Establish a rapport with the Advancement Committee Chair and organize meetings so that Commissioners feel understand the NPG’s priorities and invested in developing and meeting fundraising goals.

Serve as the main fundraising advisor with the Commission’s Executive Team and Executive Board of Commissioners.

Maintain a strategic portfolio of key donor relationships.

Work with NPG curators, historians, educators, selected staff, and Commissioners on developing fundraising skills on specific targeted proposal requests.

Serve as the main liaison for the Governance and Nominating Committee of the Board, working to help identify and recruit new Commissioners.

Ensure that the NPG Commission members are made aware of Smithsonian-wide initiatives that they may enjoy and derive benefit.

Supervise the Campaign
Help to guide a campaign feasibility study in 2023 and establish the campaign goal and sub-goals.

Secure the first campaign gift to help add staff and prepare the materials to launch the campaign in 2024.

Together with the Director and Board Chair establish a high-performing NPG Campaign Committee in 2023.

Identify a campaign manager or campaign consultant who will work closely with the director and Campaign Chair.

Supervise Special Events
Maximize income from the special events department that raises visibility and unrestricted revenue for the NPG’s annual operations.

Develop effective ways to retain past event clients, market to potential new clients, and strategically find ways to attract and retain NPG corporate event / partners.

Develop a plan for leveraging NPG internal events such as exhibition openings, portrait unveilings, and educational programs to support the NPG’s advancement efforts.

Gala Management
Manage the Portrait of a Nation Gala that takes place every few years, and raise both national visibility and funds for the NPG’s endowment.

Identify and work with Gala Co-Chairs.

Manage all aspects of contracting gala production, including design and printing, catering, décor, and public relations.

Develop engaging and professional gala sponsorship materials.

Actively develop events and activities to promote the gala.

Conduct solicitation meetings, independently or accompanied by the Director and/or Gala Chairs, to raise financial and other support for the Gala and the NPG.

Administration
Attend all weekly meetings with the Director and Executive Team meetings.

Attend central Smithsonian Office of Advancement meetings as required.

Manage resources efficiently, including professional and support staff, interns and volunteers, and the department’s budget.

Promptly reply to all communications with NPG stakeholders including donors, Commissioners, and Smithsonian leadership.

Other Information
Duties may include holidays, weekends, and evenings for special events and fundraising activities. Position requires travel on commercial airplane and possible other modes of transportation and routinely occurs monthly.

Desired Skills
A strategist who can determine what steps need to be taken in the short to near term to have long term results.

A creative thinker who can craft a compelling case for support based on a donor’s interests that takes advantage of existing NPG programs and needs.

A proven leader who knows how to mentor and challenge staff to do their best work.

An effective communicator who can write well and speak comfortably to a wide range of stakeholders.

A connector who can develop large and useful connections and take advantage of opportunistic events when they happen.

A self-starter and a team player – comfortable with taking the lead but also enthusiastic about being part of a team of colleagues.

Supervisory Controls
This position reports to the Director of the National Portrait Gallery, who provides broad guidance in terms of overall policy, program objectives and delegated authority. The incumbent plans and executes advancement responsibilities independently, without technical supervision. Incumbent establishes the plan of action and delegation of responsibilities for subordinate staff independently, with the assigned campaign goal as the objective. The incumbent resolves issues on selection, employee development, performance management, conduct, discipline, and awards for subordinate staff independently. Major policy questions or controversial issues are discussed with the Director for decision, after research is completed on issues, a variety of outcomes considered, and proposed recommendations are presented. Keeps the Director informed of all significant activities, progress made toward campaign goals and potential obstacles to meeting the objectives assigned. Work performance is appraised in terms of overall effectiveness in achieving assigned objectives.

Security Level
This position manages highly sensitive personal information and thus is determined to be classed as Public Trust / HIGH RISK. This designation will require (1) a per-employment Security Agency Check (SAC) for the prospective incumbent; and (2) a subsequent comprehensive background investigation and favorable adjudication in order to continue in the position.

Benefits and Application Instructions
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 February 3, 2023. 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.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Smithsonian Institution ensures its employees (federal and trust), applicants, and affiliated persons (interns, research associates, fellows, and volunteers) are protected from discrimination and unfair treatment in the workplace regardless of their race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, gender stereotyping, pregnancy, and sexual orientation), age, disability, genetic information, marital status, parental status, or political affiliation and are free from reprisal against protected activities. In addition, other Smithsonian policy prohibits discrimination based on membership in an employee organization or other non-merit factors, and political affiliation.

The Smithsonian provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need an accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the contact person listed in this announcement. The decision on granting a reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Part of Cooper Hewitt’s Advancement Department, the Institutional Giving Officer is responsible for the development and implementation of an annual workplan generating contributed revenue from public and private foundations, Smithsonian Institution sources, and government agencies in support of museum exhibitions and programs, special initiatives, and general operations. The Gift Officer reports to the Chief Advancement Officer and liaises with colleagues in the Advancement Department, at Cooper Hewitt, and across the entire Smithsonian Institution to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward gifts.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Gift Officer maintains an active institutional portfolio and is responsible for participating in prospect qualification, building relationships with funders, developing, writing and editing effective LOIs, proposals and solicitations with supplementary materials as required, and achieving annual contributed revenue goals through new and renewed support. Responsibilities also include execution of gift agreements, general correspondence and invitations, budget oversight, acknowledgments and recordkeeping.

The incumbent plans and manages a calendar of stewardship and engagement activity, including benefits fulfillment, which may include the timely submission of interim and final reports, reconciling budgets, and ensuring compliance with policies, guidelines and grant agreements. They collaborate with colleagues and volunteer leaders to elicit information, align proposals with upcoming program offerings and to fulfill reporting requirements.

The incumbent will take on other duties as assigned, including representing the museum and interacting with a wide range of colleagues and supporters, participating in development-related special events that entail some evening and weekend hours.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Five to seven years’ experience in raising funds from and stewarding relationships with leading foundations and government agencies.

A demonstrated track record of success.

Familiarity with or interest in Cooper Hewitt’s mission and programs.

Effective communication skills, attention to detail and organization.

A team spirit, the ability to take both initiative and direction, and a comfort level with problem-solving and prioritization.

Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office and relational databases)

SALARY RANGE: $92,245 to $95,320
The Smithsonian uses the General Schedule (GS) pay scale for Trust and Federally funded positions. This is a Trust funded position at Grade 12 / Step 1 – 2.

TEMPORARY TRUST APPOINTMENT: One-year full-time appointment that may be extended beyond the one year (based on performance and budget).

WORK LOCATION:
A telework policy is in place across the Smithsonian and is expected to continue, with a requirement for onsite work between one and three days per week.

DUTY STATION:
The permanent duty station is 2 East 91st Street, New York, NY 10128

HOW TO APPLY?
Thank you for your interest. Please submit a cover letter and resume in a single PDF titled “Institutional Giving Officer” to Veronica Bainbridge, Chief Advancement Officer at HRdevelopment@si.edu by February 3, 2022.

Part of Cooper Hewitt’s Advancement Department, the Sponsorship Manager supports the museum’s corporate program, which includes contributed and sponsorship revenue from corporations and corporate foundations in support of museum exhibitions, education programs, special initiatives, and general operations. The position reports to the Chief Advancement Officer and liaises with colleagues in the Advancement Department, at Cooper Hewitt, and across the entire Smithsonian Institution to manage and advance corporate relationships.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The incumbent is responsible for supporting annual contributed revenue goals through prospect qualification; developing, writing, and editing effective pitch materials and requests for support; executing gift agreements; managing and building the corporate membership program; organizing engagement events and activations; and collaborating with the Events Director to leverage corporate participation in the events program. Responsibilities also include compliance with policies and guidelines, general correspondence and invitations, budget oversight, acknowledgments, and recordkeeping.

The incumbent plans and manages a calendar of engagement activity, including the timely submission of required reports and the delivery of benefits and activations. They collaborate with colleagues and volunteer leaders to elicit information, align proposals with upcoming program offerings and to fulfill reporting requirements. They identify growth areas and opportunities in the corporate sector. They track, analyze and report on fundraising results.

The incumbent will take on other duties as assigned, including representing the museum and interacting with a wide range of colleagues and supporters, participating in development-related special events that entail some evening and weekend hours.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

A minimum of five years’ experience in stakeholder relationship management in nonprofit organizations, or in a complementary/equivalent role such as sales or marketing.

A demonstrated track record of success.

Familiarity with or interest in Cooper Hewitt’s mission and programs.

Effective communication skills, attention to detail and organization.

Entrepreneurship and team spirit, the ability to take both initiative and direction, and a comfort level with problem-solving and prioritization.

Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office and relational databases)

SALARY RANGE: $76,961 to $79,526
The Smithsonian uses the General Schedule (GS) pay scale for Trust and Federally funded positions. This is a Trust funded position at Grade 11 / Step 1 – 2.

TEMPORARY TRUST APPOINTMENT: One-year full-time appointment that may be extended beyond the one year (based on performance and budget).

WORK LOCATION:
A telework policy is in place across the Smithsonian and is expected to continue, with a requirement for onsite work between one and three days per week.

DUTY STATION:
The permanent duty station is 2 East 91st Street, New York, NY 10128

HOW TO APPLY?
Thank you for your interest. Please submit a cover letter and resume in a single PDF titled “Sponsorship Manager” to Veronica Bainbridge, Chief Advancement Officer at HRdevelopment@si.edu by February 3, 2023.

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in the Smithsonian’s history during the creation of two new Smithsonian museums. The National Museum of the American Latino and the Smithsonian American Women's History Museum share the experiences and perspectives of Latinos and women across history and deepen our shared understanding of what it means to be an American. These museums build on the legacy and impact of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which has helped transform the nation’s understanding of American history since its opening in 2016. 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.

About the Advancement Assistant
The Advancement Assistant works in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden of the Smithsonian Institution and provides technical and administrative support. This position will assist with a full range of administrative and advancement functions including calendar management, meeting coordination and support, travel preparation, processing procurement requests, creating spreadsheets, templates, documents and tools, and general administrative support.

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

About the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and Smithsonian Institution
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is a leading voice for contemporary art and culture and provides a national platform for the art and artists of our time. We seek to share the transformative power of modern and contemporary art with audiences at all levels of awareness and understanding by creating meaningful, personal experiences in which art, artists, audiences and ideas converge. We enhance public understanding and appreciation of contemporary art through acquisition, exhibitions, education and public programs, conservation, and research.

The Smithsonian Institution is a unique complex of 21 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research centers. 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. Its exhibitions, programs, collections, and outreach touch the lives of millions of Americans every year, as well as many who visit us from abroad.

Benefits and Application Instructions
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 February 6, 2023. 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.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Smithsonian Institution ensures its employees (federal and trust), applicants, and affiliated persons (interns, research associates, fellows, and volunteers) are protected from discrimination and unfair treatment in the workplace regardless of their race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, gender stereotyping, pregnancy, and sexual orientation), age, disability, genetic information, marital status, parental status, or political affiliation and are free from reprisal against protected activities. In addition, other Smithsonian policy prohibits discrimination based on membership in an employee organization or other non-merit factors, and political affiliation.

The Smithsonian provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need an accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the contact person listed in this announcement. The decision on granting a reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in the Smithsonian’s history during the creation of two new Smithsonian museums. The National Museum of the American Latino and the Smithsonian American Women's History Museum share the experiences and perspectives of Latinos and women across history and deepen our shared understanding of what it means to be an American. These museums build on the legacy and impact of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which has helped transform the nation’s understanding of American history since its opening in 2016. 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.

About the Staff Assistant
The National Museum of African American History and Culture seeks a creative and energetic Staff Assistant to join its Advancement Office who excels in office management, planning and time management. This position offers an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to make an impact by ensuring the administrative needs of the Chief Advancement Officer and the Advancement Office are accomplished.

The Staff Assistant is responsible for maintaining the Chief Advancement Officer’s calendar; working as an initial point of contact for inquiries; managing travel planning by obtaining appropriate authorizations, coordination of schedules, and reservations for transportation and lodging; writing and editing communications, talking points for public events, materials, and reports; representing the Chief Advancement Officer at meetings; maintaining data in various information systems; and collecting and analyzing data necessary to meet reporting requirements.

The successful applicant will have at least one year of experience providing executive support, maintaining a calendar, assisting with travel planning, and ensuring the administrative needs of an office are accomplished. Qualified applicants will also successfully demonstrate strong communications skills, excellent computer skills, an ability to successfully manage multiple deadlines, superior organization skills, and a demonstrated ability to work independently. The incumbent will be self-motivated and detail-oriented, accurate and professional always; must be precise, diplomatic, dedicated, and mature as well as flexible and able to work well under pressure. Experience in a large, complex non-profit organization desired.

About the National Museum of African American History and Culture and Smithsonian Institution
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the largest national museum for the study and exhibition of African American history and culture. Its primary purposes are to acquire, maintain and preserve objects which document social, cultural, political, military, technological and scientific developments in the United States related to the African American experience; to conduct scholarly research designed to make significant contributions to the body of knowledge in the field of African American history; to publish findings for both scholarly and general audiences; and to interpret historical developments through public exhibits and programs as well as digital content.

The Smithsonian Institution is a unique complex of 21 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research centers. 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. Its exhibitions, programs, collections, and outreach touch the lives of millions of Americans every year, as well as many who visit us from abroad.

Benefits and Application Instructions
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 February 6, 2023. 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.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Smithsonian Institution ensures its employees (federal and trust), applicants, and affiliated persons (interns, research associates, fellows, and volunteers) are protected from discrimination and unfair treatment in the workplace regardless of their race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, gender stereotyping, pregnancy, and sexual orientation), age, disability, genetic information, marital status, parental status, or political affiliation and are free from reprisal against protected activities. In addition, other Smithsonian policy prohibits discrimination based on membership in an employee organization or other non-merit factors, and political affiliation.

The Smithsonian provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need an accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the contact person listed in this announcement. The decision on granting a reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

The Star-Spangled Banner, Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch, the Greensboro Lunch Counter, Julia Child’s kitchen, the Ruby Slippers—these are just a few of the three million objects collected and cared-for by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (NMAH). The Museum empowers people to create a just and compassionate future by exploring, preserving, and sharing the complexity of our past. By 2030, the Museum’s vision is to serve audiences that reflect the full racial, class, gender, ethnic, and geographic demographics of the United States.

About the Major Gift Officer
NMAH has an opening for an experienced and dynamic Major Gift Officer to help build the base of individual support for the Museum’s exhibitions, collections, educational and outreach activities, and endowment needs. The MGO will discover and qualify new prospects with a giving capacity of $50,000 and higher. Managing a portfolio of up to 125 prospects, the MGO will secure 5-7 figure gifts that contribute toward the Museum’s major fundraising goal as part of the Smithsonian’s second comprehensive campaign. This front-line fundraising position reports to the Director of Individual Giving.

Duties:

  • Manage a portfolio of up to 125 prospects rated at $50,000 and higher.
  • Develop and implement strategies to solicit 5-7 figure gifts.
  • Close 15-20 gifts per year toward an annual, individual dollar goal.
  • Collaborate with individual giving team to drive unrestricted annual giving through the Council for American History mid-level giving program.
  • Contribute to cultivation and solicitation strategies for the Museum’s legacy society.
  • Create written materials to support fundraising, including visit reports, letters, and proposals.
  • Staff Museum executives, volunteer leadership, and content experts by accompanying in meetings and writing briefings, talking points, and follow-up letters.
  • 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.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred; Master’s degree is highly desired.
  • Two or more years of successful experience in major gift fundraising in a complex organization, preferably a museum or cultural institution.
  • A track record of building long-term donor relationships and closing 5-7 figure gifts.
  • Successful experience in identifying prospects and making cold calls.
  • Superior communication skills, both oral and written, as well as excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to articulate a compelling case for support across the Museum’s broad areas of content and work with colleagues and donors across diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Understanding of and dedication to the mission of the National Museum of American History and a commitment to advancing its goals of becoming the most accessible, inclusive, relevant, and sustainable public history institution in the nation.
  • Willingness to travel nationally, approximately 4-6 days per month, and to work evenings and weekends as needed.

Application Instructions
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to oastaffing@si.edu by February 10, 2023. Please include the position title in your 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. Starting Salary for an IS-13 is $112,015 per year plus benefits.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Smithsonian Institution ensures its employees (federal and trust), applicants, and affiliated persons (interns, research associates, fellows, and volunteers) are protected from discrimination and unfair treatment in the workplace regardless of their race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, gender stereotyping, pregnancy, and sexual orientation), age, disability, genetic information, marital status, parental status, or political affiliation and are free from reprisal against protected activities. In addition, other Smithsonian policy prohibits discrimination based on membership in an employee organization or other non-merit factors, and political affiliation.

The Smithsonian provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need an accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the contact person listed in this announcement. The decision on granting a reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in the Smithsonian’s history during the creation of two new Smithsonian museums. The National Museum of the American Latino and the Smithsonian American Women's History Museum share the experiences and perspectives of Latinos and women across history and deepen our shared understanding of what it means to be an American. These museums build on the legacy and impact of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which has helped transform the nation’s understanding of American history since its opening in 2016. 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.

About the Special Events Planner
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has an immediate opening for an experienced special events candidate for a leadership position that will manage all special events at the Hirshhorn including two annual galas, exhibition openings, cultivation events, and external events. The successful candidate will be responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing all events. Additionally, the candidate will be responsible for a variety of donor communications including writing letters on behalf of the Director, event invitations and program calendars, remarks for events, briefings, and website content updates.

Successful candidates will have:

  • Four or more years of successful experience in planning and executing special events, preferably at a museum or other cultural institution. Experience in an art museum is highly desired.
  • Demonstrated experience with gala event planning and fundraising.
  • Demonstrated experience with designing and writing materials in support of fundraising.
  • Superior communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Ability to easily change writing styles to fit the author, audience, and voice of the piece.
  • Successful experience in meeting aggressive revenue goals.
  • Superior communication skills, both oral and written, as well as excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Understanding of and dedication to the mission of the Hirshhorn Museum.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is highly desired.
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends and to travel as needed.

About the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and Smithsonian Institution
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is a leading voice for contemporary art and culture and provides a national platform for the art and artists of our time. We seek to share the transformative power of modern and contemporary art with audiences at all levels of awareness and understanding by creating meaningful, personal experiences in which art, artists, audiences, and ideas converge. We enhance public understanding and appreciation of contemporary art through acquisition, exhibitions, education and public programs, conservation, and research.

The Smithsonian Institution is a unique complex of 21 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research centers. 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. Its exhibitions, programs, collections, and outreach touch the lives of millions of Americans every year, as well as many who visit us from abroad.

Benefits and Application Instructions
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 February 10, 2023. 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.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Smithsonian Institution ensures its employees (federal and trust), applicants, and affiliated persons (interns, research associates, fellows, and volunteers) are protected from discrimination and unfair treatment in the workplace regardless of their race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, gender stereotyping, pregnancy, and sexual orientation), age, disability, genetic information, marital status, parental status, or political affiliation and are free from reprisal against protected activities. In addition, other Smithsonian policy prohibits discrimination based on membership in an employee organization or other non-merit factors, and political affiliation.

The Smithsonian provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need an accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the contact person listed in this announcement. The decision on granting a reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in the Smithsonian’s history during the creation of two new Smithsonian museums. The National Museum of the American Latino and the Smithsonian American Women's History Museum share the experiences and perspectives of Latinos and women across history and deepen our shared understanding of what it means to be an American. These museums build on the legacy and impact of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which has helped transform the nation’s understanding of American history since its opening in 2016. 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.

About the Gift Officer
Supporting the success of the Smithsonian’s second comprehensive capital campaign and the goals of the Office of Principal and Planned Giving, the Gift Officer is responsible for coordinating planned and principal gift fundraising for the central Office of Advancement and for the Smithsonian’s museums, research and education centers. The Smithsonian seeks experienced and creative candidates who will identify, manage, cultivate and solicit a portfolio of highly qualified planned and principal gift donors and prospects. The incumbent will close a range of outright, blended and deferred gifts including Charitable Gift Annuities, Charitable Remainder Trusts, Charitable Lead Trusts and gifts real estate and other complex assets. The Gift Officer will assist advancement staff at museums, research and education centers with assessments of their current planned/principal gift efforts and will work closely with them to establish a targeted gift strategy for significant blended gifts to the Institution including endowments for positions and spaces.

Successful applicants will demonstrate passion for the Smithsonian and an ability to cultivate new relationships for the Institution with people across the country. Strong organizational, relationship, collaboration, and communication skills as well as the ability to work independently are essential. A minimum of four years’ experience within an advancement team, 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.

About the Office of Advancement and Smithsonian Institution
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 21 museums and galleries, the National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, and nine research centers. Its exhibitions, programs, collections, and outreach touch the lives of millions of Americans every year, as well as many who visit us from abroad.

Benefits and Application Instructions
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 February 20, 2023. 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.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Smithsonian Institution ensures its employees (federal and trust), applicants, and affiliated persons (interns, research associates, fellows, and volunteers) are protected from discrimination and unfair treatment in the workplace regardless of their race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, gender stereotyping, pregnancy, and sexual orientation), age, disability, genetic information, marital status, parental status, or political affiliation and are free from reprisal against protected activities. In addition, other Smithsonian policy prohibits discrimination based on membership in an employee organization or other non-merit factors, and political affiliation.

The Smithsonian provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need an accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the contact person listed in this announcement. The decision on granting a reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in the Smithsonian’s history during the creation of two new Smithsonian museums. The National Museum of the American Latino and the Smithsonian American Women's History Museum share the experiences and perspectives of Latinos and women across history and deepen our shared understanding of what it means to be an American. These museums build on the legacy and impact of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which has helped transform the nation’s understanding of American history since its opening in 2016. 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.

About the Membership Assistant
The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute seeks a creative and energetic Advancement Associate to join its Membership Team. This position offers an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to make a significant impact on expanding the scope and scale of the Membership Program. The Advancement Assistant provides customer service to constituents of the Zoo’s Membership Program by responding to and resolving inquiries; ensuring data integrity within membership databases by updating biographical and demographic information, and correspondence; and working with other personnel to ensure correct gift recordation and acknowledgment. The incumbent assists in the development and implementation of strategies to attract and retain members. The individual writes and edits communication in response to inquiries using appropriate grammar, spelling, punctuation, and style. The role reports to the Membership manager.

The successful applicant will have at least one year of experience providing customer service to members/donors via email, phone, and/or direct mail; experience using relational databases or CRM software (e.g., Blackbaud Luminate, Ellucian Advance or Tessitura) to manage information, execute email communications, and generate reports is required. Qualified applicants will successfully demonstrate strong communications skills, an ability to successfully manage multiple deadlines, superior organization skills, and a demonstrated ability to work independently. The incumbent will be self-motivated and detail-oriented, accurate and professional always; must be precise, diplomatic, dedicated, and mature as well as flexible and able to work well under pressure. Experience in a large, complex non-profit organization desired.

About the National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute and Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute includes a 163-acre exhibition complex in the District of Columbia, within the US National Park Service's Rock Creek Park, and a 3,200-acre conservation research facility outside Front Royal, Virginia, contiguous with the Shenandoah National Park and the Appalachian Trail. The Institute’s goals include excellence in animal care, research on endangered species, and education and high-quality visitor experience. On-going renovation and upgrade of the facilities to meet the highest standards of animal care and state-of-the-art research and education requirements, with over 100 buildings, some over 100 years old, requires a major investment of funds, only some of which is provided by the Federal appropriation to Smithsonian and the Zoo. Support for public programming and research is significantly dependent upon revenue from concessions income, special events, donations, grants, and contracts.

The Smithsonian Institution is a unique complex of 21 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research centers. 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. Its exhibitions, programs, collections, and outreach touch the lives of millions of Americans every year, as well as many who visit us from abroad.

Benefits and Application Instructions
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 February 13, 2023. 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.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that a workforce comprising a variety of educational, cultural, and experiential backgrounds support and enhance our daily work life and contribute to the richness of our exhibitions and programs. See Smithsonian EEO program information.

The Smithsonian Institution provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation should contact the Human Resources Specialist listed. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. To learn more, please review the Smithsonian’s accommodation procedures.

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in the Smithsonian’s history during the creation of two new Smithsonian museums. The National Museum of the American Latino and the Smithsonian American Women's History Museum share the experiences and perspectives of Latinos and women across history and deepen our shared understanding of what it means to be an American. These museums build on the legacy and impact of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which has helped transform the nation’s understanding of American history since its opening in 2016. 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.

About the Advancement Assistant
The Advancement Assistant works in the Advancement Office at the National Air and Space Museum to support its membership program, the National Air and Space Society (NASS), and the Wall of Honor (WOH) donor recognition program. For NASS, the incumbent manages acknowledgement letters, monthly renewal notices, and member correspondence. For WOH, the incumbent manages the upload of honoree profiles to the Museum’s website, coordinates the quarterly installation of honoree names, responds to inquiries, and facilitates all correspondence.

Qualified candidates will successfully demonstrate strong written communications skills, an ability to successfully manage multiple deadlines, superior organization skills, and a thirst for learning. Experience working in Advancement and/or in a large, complex non-profit organization preferred.

About the National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian Institution
The 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 https://airandspace.si.edu.

The Smithsonian Institution is a unique complex of 21 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research centers. 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. Its exhibitions, programs, collections, and outreach touch the lives of millions of Americans every year, as well as many who visit us from abroad.

Benefits and Application Instructions
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 February 24, 2023. 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.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Smithsonian Institution ensures its employees (federal and trust), applicants, and affiliated persons (interns, research associates, fellows, and volunteers) are protected from discrimination and unfair treatment in the workplace regardless of their race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, gender stereotyping, pregnancy, and sexual orientation), age, disability, genetic information, marital status, parental status, or political affiliation and are free from reprisal against protected activities. In addition, other Smithsonian policy prohibits discrimination based on membership in an employee organization or other non-merit factors, and political affiliation.

The Smithsonian provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need an accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the contact person listed in this announcement. The decision on granting a reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in the Smithsonian’s history during the creation of two new Smithsonian museums. The National Museum of the American Latino and the Smithsonian American Women's History Museum share the experiences and perspectives of Latinos and women across history and deepen our shared understanding of what it means to be an American. These museums build on the legacy and impact of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which has helped transform the nation’s understanding of American history since its opening in 2016. 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.

About the Individual Giving Manager
The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden seeks a charismatic and accomplished Individual Giving Manager with proven fundraising experience to help build and manage a portfolio of prospects and donors to execute a program focused on upper and mid-level giving. The Individual Giving Manager is responsible for fundraising efforts resulting in contributing to the museum’s overall fundraising goal. Reporting to the Director of Advancement, the Individual Giving Manager will work to raise support for the Hirshhorn through individual giving, patron membership, and special event giving. This position oversees and manages select events to ensure meaningful engagement of volunteers and patrons; ensure the efficient use of resources, and maximum revenue generation; develop event programming that serves a diversity of audiences while yielding new donor prospects and increasing the volunteer and prospect base. Individual Giving Manager will maintain a relationship with Smithsonian’s central Office of Advancement, coordinating with colleagues as appropriate on matters relating to proposals, gift agreements.

Individual Giving Manager must be passionate about the Hirshhorn Museum, its history, and its important position in the international contemporary and modern art landscape, to deliver a persuasive message about investment in the programs and collections of the museum.

The successful candidate will have at least two years of specialized experience in fundraising, preferably within a major, arts-related institution, non-profit organization, educational institution, or other environment of similar complexity. S/he must have superior development skills and highly effective interpersonal communication abilities. Application materials should show a demonstrated ability to raise funds, to be a strategic, creative thinker, and to complete projects in an efficient fashion. Experience managing and fundraising for special events is a plus. A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.

About the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and Smithsonian Institution
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is a leading voice for contemporary art and culture and provides a national platform for the art and artists of our time. We seek to share the transformative power of modern and contemporary art with audiences at all levels of awareness and understanding by creating meaningful, personal experiences in which art, artists, audiences, and ideas converge. We enhance public understanding and appreciation of contemporary art through acquisition, exhibitions, education and public programs, conservation, and research.

The Smithsonian Institution is a unique complex of 21 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research centers. 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. Its exhibitions, programs, collections, and outreach touch the lives of millions of Americans every year, as well as many who visit us from abroad.

Benefits and Application Instructions
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 February 24, 2023. 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.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Smithsonian Institution ensures its employees (federal and trust), applicants, and affiliated persons (interns, research associates, fellows, and volunteers) are protected from discrimination and unfair treatment in the workplace regardless of their race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, gender stereotyping, pregnancy, and sexual orientation), age, disability, genetic information, marital status, parental status, or political affiliation and are free from reprisal against protected activities. In addition, other Smithsonian policy prohibits discrimination based on membership in an employee organization or other non-merit factors, and political affiliation. The Smithsonian provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need an accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the contact person listed in this announcement. The decision on granting a reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.