Career Opportunities

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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

Director, Advancement Technology Services / Grade: 15 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: November 18

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 Director for Advancement Technology Services is a hands-on leader for technology supporting advancement, responsible for assessing, designing, implementing and operating systems and processes that support the functions of advancement.  The incumbent also oversees system operations, technical support, and data integrity for the Smithsonian’s Institution’s fundraising organization. The Director uses systems analysis, technical expertise, and a comprehensive knowledge of the fundraising business function to resolve highly complex operational issues and meet the philanthropic objectives of the Smithsonian. This is an exceptional opportunity for an energetic professional with demonstrated success. This senior level position will add value by:

  • Identifying and implementing opportunities to improve the Advancement function Smithsonian wide through technology, process improvement and other efficiencies.
  • Advocating for systems and technology with the user community through continuously improving end-user support, data quality, functionality and usability.
  • Ensuring maximum up-time and performance of the Advancement Information System and OA desktops, including application upgrades, OS and server patching, security compliance, production processing and database tuning.
  • Training, coaching and managing the Advancement Technology Services team to provide superior customer service.

Qualified candidates will have: 

  • Demonstrated experience with advancement information systems evaluation, implementation and operation, including experience with large and complex databases including specific technologies and best practices in data integration, query design, data validation/automation, analytic functions, electronic data warehouses, ETL (extract, transform, load) and relational database structure.
  • Excellent track record of user support.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in advocating for and delivering technology in support of the business function.
  • Demonstrated ability to anticipate problems, identify opportunities, and take a proactive approach to project management.
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to train, mentor, direct, and validate the work of team members, previous supervisory experience.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, presentation skills, and the ability to build relationships and inspire others.
  • Curious, creative and collaborative approach to challenges.

Ten years of directly related experience, demonstrating technical acumen and user satisfaction is required.

The Office of Advancement oversees and guides the fundraising efforts of the entire Smithsonian and is home to the central advancement 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 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. To learn more about the Smithsonian, please visit www.si.edu. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter by November 18, 2018 to oastaffing@si.edu. Please include the position title in your e-mail subject line.

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

Advancement Assistant, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center / Grade: 7 / Location: Edgewater, MD / Open to All / Closing: November 19

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 Environmental Research Center seeks a candidate to fill an Advancement Assistant position in Edgewater, Maryland. The Advancement Assistant will provide technical and administrative support to the advancement program. The incumbent will be responsible for preparing donor materials; processing gifts and acknowledgement letters; administering various databases; assisting in the preparation and submission of proposals; planning and conducting donor and visitor tours and other special events; coordinating activities of advisory board and volunteer committees; and maintaining files, budgets, and correspondence.. The Advancement Assistant reports to the Director of Advancement.

The ideal candidate will have the excellent oral and writing skills necessary to operate in a fundraising environment. In addition, knowledge and demonstrated experience in providing high-level administrative support, managing time and resources independently, managing multiple tasks and use of Microsoft Office software is required. S/he will bring demonstrated experience in managing databases (knowledge of advancement databases like Advance or Raiser’s Edge a plus). Event management and coordination, volunteer management experience and/or a working familiarity with national environmental issues is a plus. Prior experience in advancement and/or the Smithsonian Institution or a similarly large, complex non-profit organization is desired, but not required.

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center is a research institute of the Smithsonian Institution dedicated to ecological and environmental research and education. Research and education focuses on ecosystems and the impact of humans on the environment, especially in coastal zones. The center uses the special geographic features of Chesapeake Bay and other coastal sites in the U.S. and abroad to conduct long-term, intensive analyses of the complex landscape of interconnected ecosystems at the land/sea interface. For more information visit, www.serc.si.edu.

The Smithsonian Institution is a unique complex of 19 museums, 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. For a complete description of benefits, please visit www.sihr.si.edu. This is not a Federal Position, but has similar requirements and benefits. The anticipated starting salary for this position is $45,972. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to SERCAdvancement@si.edu by November 19, 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.

Special Events Position, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden / Grade: 11/12 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: November 20

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 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:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is highly desired.
  • Four or more years of successful experience in a special events, preferably at a museum or other cultural institution.  Experience in an art museum is highly desired.  
  • Experience with gala event planning and fundraising.
  • Experience writing materials in support of fundraising.
  • Experience designing documents.
  • 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.
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends and to travel as needed.  

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 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 November 20, 2018. 

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

Advancement Associate (Annual Giving), National Museum of Natural History / Grade: 9 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: November 28

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 Institution's National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), one of the most visited museums in the United States, is seeking an experienced candidate to fill an Advancement Associate position. This position is located in the Office of Advancement at the NMNH. Reporting to the Annual Giving Officer, the employee will work in coordination with NMNH Advancement staff.

The Advancement Associate will be a creative, innovative thinker who will help advance and grow the donor base, while providing technical and administrative support to the Museum’s advancement program. Working closely with the Annual Giving and Online Giving Officers, the Advancement Associate will coordinate and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies, including solicitations, stewardship mailings, organizing and managing events and other prospect communications, and implementing best practices. The incumbent will be responsible for cultivation, solicitation, and growth for the Museum's giving circles and streamlining the workflow of off-line fundraising campaigns.  The incumbent will also produce regularly scheduled and ad hoc reports to track and monitor annual fund performance, including solicitations and giving patterns.

Successful candidates will demonstrate excellent organizational and time management skills; knowledge of fundraising practices and techniques; ability to create productive working relationships within a large, complex organization; good writing and editing skills; ability to manage multiple project deadlines; proven ability to represent organizational needs and interests to a variety of audiences; and skill in a variety of automated systems such as Microsoft Office, Outlook, Excel Spreadsheets and related applications.  Candidates found qualified may be asked to provide a writing sample.

KEY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Pre-employment Background Investigation must be successfully completed.
  • Irregular tour of duty to include evenings and weekends may be required for special events.

The Museum has attracted eight-figure gifts in each of the last five years. Our challenge now is to leverage the extraordinary strength of the higher levels of the donor pyramid. We are growing the Museum's donor base at the five-, six- and seven-figure levels, acquiring new donors through annual giving, and moving funders through the giving cycle.  Identifying, cultivating, and soliciting new donors at all levels will be critical to the success of the current campaign and NMNH's future fundraising efforts.  To learn more about the Museum, please visit http://www.mnh.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. To learn more about the Smithsonian, please visit www.si.edu.

DOWNLOAD THE DESCRIPTION

The Smithsonian Institution offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive package of benefits. For a complete description of benefits, please visit www.sihr.si.edu. 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 November 28, 2018. 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. 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 Assistant, National Museum of American History / Grade: 7 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: December 5

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 Advancement Office at the National Museum of American History is seeking qualified candidates to serve as an Advancement Assistant.  The position reports to the Deputy Director for External Affairs and works closely with Associate Director and other members of the office’s leadership team to handle the gift processing function as well as other technical and administrative duties for the department.

Duties Include: 

  • Ensuring new gifts/payments/pledges are properly recorded by the Museum and the central Office of Advancement
  • Coordinates with the NMAH Finance Office as well as the SI Gift Registrar to resolve discrepancies, verify that information is current and accurate and reconciles records
  • Prepares deposit documents for gifts received and ensures that database is properly annotated
  • Prepares fundraising analyses, acknowledgement correspondence, PPT presentations, donor research and other needed documentation and reports
  • Prepares stewardship reports, proposals, lists and other departmental projects on an as-needed basis
  • Maintains a comprehensive and detailed knowledge of the Smithsonian’s infrastructure, policies, and procedures

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelors’ degree is required 
  • One or more years of relevant experience in fundraising and/or finance 
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Excel
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously

The Star-Spangled Banner, Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch, Ben Franklin’s suit, the Ruby Slippers—these are just a few of the more than three million objects collected and cared-for by the Smithsonian’s NMAH. As the only museum dedicated to telling the entire story of America’s history, the museum uses its collections, its people, and its programs to help visitors explore what it means to be an American.

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. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to oastaffing@si.edu by December 5, 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: December 12

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. 

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. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to oastaffing@si.edu by December 12, 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 Assistant, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden / Grade: 7 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: December 12

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 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. This position is a temporary position, funded for one year.

Duties include:

  • Coordinates donor communications including invitations, solicitation packages, and gift acknowledgements.
  • Prepares invitation lists, records RSVPs, and prepares event follow-up; assists with administrative tasks for development events as necessary.
  • Prepares fundraising analyses, acknowledgement correspondence, PPT presentations, donor research and other needed documentation and reports
  • Prepares stewardship reports, proposals, lists and other departmental projects on an as-needed basis
  • Maintains a comprehensive and detailed knowledge of the Smithsonian’s infrastructure, policies, and procedures
  • Books travel for development team and handles department supply and gift orders
  • Point person for general development inquires by email and phone

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelors’ degree is required
  • One or more years of relevant experience in fundraising and/or finance
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Excel
  • Working knowledge of fundraising database management
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously

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.

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 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. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to oastaffing@si.edu by December 12, 2018.   

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