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 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.

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 Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden seeks a charismatic and accomplished Director of Advancement with proven fundraising experience to help grow a high-performing advancement department to serve the philanthropy needs of the museum today and for the future. The incumbent will develop and manage the museum’s fundraising program and raise major gifts from individual donors, corporations, and foundations for exhibitions, public programs, museum collections, and other initiatives. In addition, the Director of Advancement will be responsible for planning, implementing, and managing a multiyear capital campaign to support our Sculpture Garden revitalization efforts.

The Director of Advancement oversees the advancement program for the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, with responsibility for planning, generating, and executing fund-raising initiatives with an emphasis on major gifts. S/he manages a portfolio of prospects including qualification of new prospects, and the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors through in person visits and communications. The Director supervises the advancement staff of six full-time staff members. This position oversees the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Board activities. S/he develops written annual work plans, visit and solicitation goals in conjunction with the Museum Director, and prepares reports on activities. The Director collaborates with museum staff and other Smithsonian units on programs and solicitations.

The Director of Advancement 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 five to seven years of successful experience in major gift fundraising, preferably in a major, arts-related institution, non-profit organization, or educational institution. Application materials should show experience in building long-term donor relationships and closing 5-7 figure gifts. Hands-on board management experience with a proven history of fundraising success, including cultivation through solicitation and stewardship as well as experience working with planned giving, grant writing, and annual fund strategies should be demonstrated in application. Candidates must have superior oral and written communication skills, as well as excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills. Application materials should show experience building an advancement program for a cultural organization. A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.

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 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 February 16, 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. 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 Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden seeks a charismatic and accomplished Gift Officer with proven fundraising experience to help build and manage a portfolio of prospects and donors to execute a program focused on high capacity giving. The Gift Officer is responsible for fundraising efforts resulting in contributing to the museum’s overall fundraising goal. Reporting to the Director of Advancement, the Gift Officer will work to raise support for the Hirshhorn through individual giving, patron membership, general membership, and gala 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 major gift prospects and increasing the volunteer and prospect base. The Gift Officer will maintain a relationship with Smithsonian’s central Office of Advancement, coordinating with colleagues as appropriate on matters relating to proposals, gift agreements.

The Gift Officer 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 major gifts 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.

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 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 February 16, 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 Office of Advancement seeks an experienced, technical, and creative candidate to serve as Digital Fundraising Manager as part of the Online Engagement and Fundraising team, reporting to the Director of Online Engagement and Fundraising. The Digital Fundraising Manager is responsible for planning and executing digital strategy for the Friends of the Smithsonian membership and donor programs, as well as digital engagement projects aimed at growing the Smithsonian’s email list. This includes developing outbound strategy and content for appeals and list-growth campaigns, inbound strategy around testing and optimization, as well as analyzing performance and metrics to advise on future efforts.

The Digital Fundraising Manager also manages the Blackbaud “Convio” Luminate Online platform on behalf of the Smithsonian Office of Advancement and serves as lead technical consultant for OA and all Smithsonian museums and programs using Luminate Online for their digital marketing and fundraising efforts. This includes partnering with the Office of Advancement’s Advancement Technology and Information Services teams on projects related to data flow, hygiene, storage, and segmentation.

The Digital Fundraising Manager is part of a team of three, and also acts as a liaison with vendors and/or contract employees. As part of the Smithsonian’s central Advancement office, the Digital Philanthropy team also offers guidance and best practices, as needed, for the online fundraising needs of the various museums and research centers that fall under the Smithsonian umbrella. The Digital Fundraising Manager offers strategic and technical guidance and assistance on an as-needed basis and periodically conducts training in online fundraising best practices.

The successful applicant will demonstrate a strong background in fundraising strategy, communications, and technical knowledge of digital marketing practices and techniques. Strong writing and editing skills and experience in the creation of web-based content is preferred. S/he will have an expert understanding of nonprofit online marketing and fundraising, including growing an email list, developing compelling content, designing effective engagement and conversion opportunities. Demonstrated understanding of ongoing stewardship techniques for correspondence with donors, supporters, and the public.

The ideal applicant will have knowledge, experience and/or proficiency with the following software and technological skills:

  • Blackbaud “Convio” Luminate Online platform, including the Email, Donation, Pagebuilder, Survey and Constituent360 modules
  • Web markup, including HTML5 and CSS3
  • Clientside scripting languages and libraries (e.g. JavaScript, jQuery) to create rich interactive content as well as the ability to integrate the ReST-based Luminate Online APIs and/or custom serverside code to produce dynamic pages
  • ReSTbased APIs, JSON, XML strongly preferred
  • Responsive design, standards, and frameworks (e.g. Bootstrap)
  • Current web design, UX, and UI standards and trends as well as Web Accessibility implementation standards
  • Developing crossbrowser and crossplatform compatible web solutions and data flow
  • Web analytics, particularly Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager, including implementation.
  • SQL, Python, and or R
  • Email Service Providers such as MailChimp
  • Search Engine Marketing, particularly Google Ads
  • Google Optimize web testing platform
  • Drupal 8
  • Demonstrated quality assurance skills including meticulous attention to detail and experience with version control.
  • User testing

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 and guidance to development 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 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 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.