Career Opportunities

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

Office of Advancement: Career Opportunities

Resumes are only accepted in applications for listed positions. Please send a cover letter and resume to oastaffing@si.edu. Specify the position title for which you are applying in the subject line.

Open Positions

Advancement Assistant, National Zoological Park / Grade: 7 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: September 21

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution implements a new comprehensive strategic plan and expands the programming, educational, and scholarly activity of its museums and research centers. Following a successful national campaign, the Smithsonian has built a model fundraising organization, one that will meet the growing needs of this unique organization and offer excellent professional opportunities. This position offers exciting opportunities for the successful candidate to make a significant impact on the future of the Smithsonian.

The Smithsonian National Zoological Park (NZP) seeks a skilled self-starter interested in the field of advancement to join its team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in our history. We are seeking an Advancement Assistant with a passion for conservation and an interest in helping to save some of the world’s most endangered and beloved species. The Advancement Office is located in the heart of the Zoo, providing an opportunity to work collaboratively with animal keepers, scientists and conservationists who are world leaders in their respective fields. 

The Advancement Assistant will provide administrative support to the Chief Advancement Officer and NZP’s Office of Advancement. This position provides an excellent opportunity to gain experience in all facets of advancement, including individual giving, institutional support, events, donor relations and operations.

The Advancement Assistant will prepare presentations and status reports, maintain gift tables and other matrices to track activity toward strategic and campaign goals, update donor information in the Advancement database, run reports, conduct base level research, prepare correspondence, assist with special event logistics, and perform other administrative tasks associated with office management.

He/she will process all gifts received in the DC office, prepare acknowledgement and stewardship letters, and arrange tours for donors and prospects. He/she will process all department budget expenditures; ensuring funds are properly recorded in systems and reconciled on a regular basis.  He/she will make travel arrangements, prepare travel authorizations, book hotels and transportation, and arrange meetings.   

Successful candidates will have previous experience in a fundraising office, demonstrate strong attention to detail, have the ability to multi-task and an interest in strengthening his/her skills in advancement. The ability to take initiative and ownership of projects and work with minimal direction and supervision is critical.  Candidates should display strong interpersonal skills, an engaging manner, and the commitment to supporting the needs of the advancement team. A Bachelor’s degree is required.

The Smithsonian Institution is a unique complex of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research centers. The Smithsonian is a national and world treasure and is dedicated to its founding mission, “the increase and diffusion of knowledge.”  Its exhibitions, programs, collections, and outreach touch the lives of millions of Americans every year, as well as many who visit us from abroad.  

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The Smithsonian Institution offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive package of benefits. This is not a Federal Position, but has similar requirements and benefits. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to oastaffing@si.edu by September 21, 2018.  

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

Gift Officer (Corporate), National Air and Space Museum / Grade: 13 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: September 24

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution implements a new comprehensive strategic plan and expands the programming, educational, and scholarly activity of its museums and research centers. Following a successful national campaign, the Smithsonian has built a model fundraising organization, one that will meet the growing needs of this unique organization and offer excellent professional opportunities. This position offers exciting opportunities for the successful candidate to make a significant impact on the future of the Smithsonian.

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is in the quiet phase of a $250M campaign that will transform the Museum on the National Mall and is expanding upon its model fundraising organization, one that will meet the growing needs of one of the world’s most visited museums.  This position offers exciting opportunities for the successful candidate to make a significant impact on the future of the National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian.  There is no better time to join this amazing Institution.

The Gift Officer works in the Advancement Office at the National Air and Space Museum and actively contributes to securing corporate funding for the Museum. The gift officer plays a leadership role in building corporate support for NASM initiatives through managing a portfolio of corporate prospects to include identifying and qualifying prospects, cultivating productive relationships, soliciting and securing gifts, and ongoing stewardship.

Successful candidates will demonstrate proven success in securing significant contributions from corporations through creative discovery and cultivation of productive relationships with prospective donors. Strong organizational, relationship and communication skills and the ability to work independently are essential. The gift officer will develop and execute strategies for discovery, engagement, present opportunities for support, and complete solicitations.

A minimum of four years of progressive corporate fundraising experience, a passion for learning and exploration, and the desire to join a dynamic and growing operation should be demonstrated in your application. Experience in complex higher education or a large cultural or environmental organization is preferred. Travel is required and work during the evenings and weekends may be necessary.

The Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world. It is also a vital center for research into the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight, as well as planetary science and terrestrial geology and geophysics. To learn more about the museum, please visit www.nasm.si.edu.

The Smithsonian Institution is a unique complex of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research centers.  The Smithsonian is a national and world treasure and is dedicated to its founding mission, “the increase and diffusion of knowledge.”  Its exhibitions, programs, collections, and outreach touch the lives of millions of Americans every year, as well as many who visit us from abroad. 

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The Smithsonian Institution offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive package of benefits. This is not a Federal Position, but has similar requirements and benefits. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to oastaffing@si.edu by September 24, 2018. Please include the title of the position in the subject line of the email.

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

Advancement Communications Specialist, National Portrait Gallery / Grade: 11 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: October 7

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution continues a comprehensive strategic plan, expands the programming, educational, and scholarly activity of its museums and research centers, and completes its very first Institution wide fundraising campaign.

The National Portrait Gallery is seeking a talented writer with an exceptional eye for design and branding to serve as project manager, principal writer, designer, and editor for a wide variety of communications that focus on donor engagement, solicitation, and stewardship.  These will include:  major gift proposals, stewardship reports (both narrative and financial), case statements, project summaries (including budgets), letters on behalf of the Director, event invitations, remarks for events, briefings, brochures, presentations, and website content updates. 

The Museum has significantly grown its advancement department in the last two years and, as a result, has seen dramatic increases in fundraising performance. Our goal is to maintain this rate of growth for the duration of the museum’s $25 million comprehensive campaign, which concludes at the end of 2018, the Portrait Gallery’s 50th anniversary year. This position offers excellent opportunities for the successful candidate to make a significant impact on the future of the National Portrait Gallery. There is no better time to join this amazing museum.

Reporting to Commission and Operations Manager, the Advancement Communications Specialist will support the Director of the National Portrait Gallery, the Director of Advancement, our gift officers, and the Board of Commissioners. 

Duties:

  • Research, write, and design materials in support of fundraising priorities, managing them from inception through delivery
  • Maintain a clear understanding of advancement goals, strategies, and messages, and articulate this information appropriate and effectively
  • Independently incorporate changes, comments, and critiques from multiple reviewers using exceptional writing and editing skills
  • Develop and manage a strategic digital and online communications plan targeted for the museum’s external audience
  • Collaborate with colleagues on the museum’s Communications team to plan and implement communications that uphold NPG messaging, tone, and brand guidelines
  • Assist curators, historians, and other professional staff with proposal submissions, both for external and internal funding, and track all activity
  • Staff museum executives and volunteer leadership by writing briefings, talking points, and follow-up letters
  • In collaboration with gift officers, develop and execute stewardship plans for major donors
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously, and turn around projects on tight deadlines (often within one business day)

Successful candidates will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in English, Writing, or Marketing
  • Experience writing materials in support of fundraising
  • Superior communication skills, both oral and written
  • An exceptional eye for detail and design
  • Ability to easily change writing styles to fit the author, audience, and voice of the piece
  • Ability to translate complex ideas into language easily comprehensible to non-specialists
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies, principles, and techniques
  • Ability to take ownership of projects and work with minimal direction and supervision
  • Understanding of and dedication to the mission of the National Portrait Gallery

The Smithsonian Institution is a unique complex of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research centers. The Smithsonian is a national and world treasure and is dedicated to its founding mission, “the increase and diffusion of knowledge.”  Its exhibitions, programs, collections, and outreach touch the lives of millions of Americans every year, as well as many who visit us from abroad. 

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The Smithsonian Institution offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive package of benefits. This is not a Federal Position, but has similar requirements and benefits. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to oastaffing@si.edu by October 7, 2018. Please include the title of the position in the subject line of the email.

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

Senior Advancement Program Specialist (Major Gifts Officer), National Museum of African American History and Culture / Grade: 13 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: October 15

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution implements a new comprehensive strategic plan and expands the programming, educational, and scholarly activity of its museums and research centers. Following a successful national campaign, the Smithsonian has built a model fundraising organization, one that will meet the growing needs of this unique organization and offer excellent professional opportunities. This position offers exciting opportunities for the successful candidate to make a significant impact on the future of the Smithsonian.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) has an opening for an experienced and dynamic Senior Major Gift Officer to help build the base of individual support for the Museum’s exhibitions, collections, educational and outreach activities, and endowment needs. This position will discover and qualify new prospects with a giving capacity of $50,000 and higher; manage a portfolio of up to 125 prospects in order to secure 5-7 figure gifts that contribute toward the Museum’s fundraising goals; work with the planned giving office to coordinate cultivation and solicitation strategies for prospects; create written materials to support fundraising efforts; and design and execute appropriate events for the cultivation and stewardship of major donors. This front-line fundraising position reports to the Assistant Director of Advancement. 

Qualified candidates will have one year of specialized experience developing and building long-term donor relationships, stewarding donors, and successfully closing 5-7 figure major gifts in a complex organization, preferably a museum or cultural institution. Candidates will also successfully demonstrate superior oral and written communication skills; excellent interpersonal skills; a willingness to work evenings and weekends and travel approximately 4-6 days per month; and the ability to use a donor database system to document and track prospect and donor information and interactions. A Bachelor’s degree is highly desired, a Master’s degree is preferred.

The Smithsonian Institution is a unique complex of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research centers.  The Smithsonian is a national and world treasure and is dedicated to its founding mission, “the increase and diffusion of knowledge.”  Its exhibitions, programs, collections, and outreach touch the lives of millions of Americans every year, as well as many who visit us from abroad. 

DOWNLOAD THE DESCRIPTION

The Smithsonian Institution offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive package of benefits.  This is not a Federal Position, but has similar requirements and benefits. To learn more about the Smithsonian, please visit www.si.edu. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter by October 15, 2018 to oastaffing@si.edu.   Please include the position title in your e-mail subject line.

Please note: This position is temporary not-to-exceed 2 years with the possibility of extension. Travel, evening and weekend work are required.

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

Advancement Associate, National Museum of African American History and Culture / Grade: 9 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: October 15

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution implements a new comprehensive strategic plan and expands the programming, educational, and scholarly activity of its museums and research centers. Following a successful national campaign, the Smithsonian has built a model fundraising organization, one that will meet the growing needs of this unique organization and offer excellent professional opportunities. This position offers exciting opportunities for the successful candidate to make a significant impact on the future of the Smithsonian.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) has an opening for an Advancement Associate to provide technical and administrative support to the NMAAHC Advancement team.  This position is located in the Office of Advancement at the National Museum of African American History and Culture and reports to the Assistant Director for Advancement.

The Advancement Associate assists the Advancement Office staff with prospect cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities; composes and prepares acknowledgement letters, proposals, briefing packets, reports and other correspondence; uses fundraising software to input and analyze data, run reports and manage gift entries; develops reports and tracks status of contacts, follow ups, solicitations, and proposals; researches and track donor and prospect interests and status to match with unit and institutional priorities; assists with special event management; prepares travel authorizations and vouchers, maintains petty cash, prepares requisitions and small purchase orders, and compiles data for budget submissions; reviews and assesses the capacity of current donors to increase giving; develops a portfolio; and works collaboratively to cultivate, solicit and steward donors to support the Museum’s priorities.  

Qualified candidates will have one year of related experience providing support to front line fundraisers; researching donor information; and using fundraising software to input data and run reports. Candidates will also successfully demonstrate strong communication skills, an ability to successfully manage multiple deadlines, superior organizational skills, a willingness to travel locally and nationally approximately 4-6 days per month, and to work evenings and weekends as needed. A Bachelor’s degree is highly desired, a Master’s degree is preferred.

The Smithsonian Institution is a unique complex of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research centers.  The Smithsonian is a national and world treasure and is dedicated to its founding mission, “the increase and diffusion of knowledge.”  Its exhibitions, programs, collections, and outreach touch the lives of millions of Americans every year, as well as many who visit us from abroad. 

DOWNLOAD THE DESCRIPTION

The Smithsonian Institution offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive package of benefits.  This is not a Federal Position, but has similar requirements and benefits. To learn more about the Smithsonian, please visit www.si.edu. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter by October 15, 2018 to oastaffing@si.edu.   Please include the position title in your e-mail subject line.

Please note: This temporary position is for two years with the possibility of extension. Occasional travel, evening and weekend work are required.

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