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

Major Gifts Officer, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden / Grade: 12 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: June 25

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 Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden seeks a charismatic and accomplished Major 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 Major Gift Officer is responsible for fundraising efforts resulting in contributing to the museum’s overall fundraising goal. 

Reporting to the Assistant Director of Advancement, the Major Gift Officer will work to raise support for the Hirshhorn through individual giving, patron membership, general membership, and gala giving. The Major 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 Major Gift Officer must be passionate about the Hirshhorn Museum, its history, and its important position in the international contemporary and modern art landscape, in order to deliver a persuasive message about investment in the programs and collections of the museum.   

The Major Gifts Officer will: 

  • Maintain an active portfolio of major gift prospects, including members of the Collectors Council and Acquisitions Council, developing appropriate cultivation and solicitation strategies for donors and prospects, moving constituents in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure.
  • Oversee and manage select events including donor cultivation and Collectors Council membership 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.
  • Coordinate administration of general membership program.
  • Work with Hirshhorn senior administrators and curators to identify potential donors, key team members involved in cultivation and solicitation, and strategies that will enhance the likelihood of success; participate in moves management-based cultivation and solicitation efforts in an appropriate and timely manner.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • At least two years of specialized experience in special gifts fundraising, preferably within a major, arts-related institution, non-profit organization, educational institution, or other environment of similar complexity.
  • Superior development skills, highly effective interpersonal communication abilities, and a sense of urgency. 
  • 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.
  • 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 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 to oastaffing@si.edu by June 25, 2018.

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

Associate Director of National Museum of African Art (Chief Advancement Officer), National Museum of African Art / Grade: 14 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: June 27

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 African Art is seeking a highly motivated candidate to fill the Associate Director (Chief Advancement Officer) position that is responsible for directing all functions and aspects of fundraising, communications and external affairs for the National Museum of African Art. The incumbent provides expert, authoritative advice to the Director on all aspects of advancement; makes substantial recommendations for policy changes and new program directions; and plans, establishes, and leads major fundraising initiatives, including but not limited to annual and planned giving, corporate sponsorships, donor circles, major donors, endowments, and annual campaigns, to support the broad and ever-evolving programmatic needs of the Museum. The associate director manages cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. S/he works closely with the Public Affairs Specialist and Communications team in setting museum priorities and messaging. The associate director devises advancement and public relations strategies for accomplishing programmatic, exhibition and capital fundraising objectives and also marketing campaigns and partnerships. S/he supervises the museum’s advancement, communications and external affairs staff.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is highly desired
  • Five to seven years of successful experience in major gift fundraising, preferably in museum or community-based nonprofit setting
  • A track record of building long-term donor relationships and closing 5-7 figure gifts
  • Superior oral and written communication skills, as well as excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills
  • Thorough knowledge of all aspects of the fundraising function from managing prospective donors and reporting to superiors to coordinating with fellow fundraisers
  • Previous experience with staff supervision
  • Understanding of and dedication to the mission of the National Museum of African Art

The National Museum of African Art showcases the arts and cultural heritage of Africa, the cradle of humankind. As the continent plays an ever-more central role in the world, the museum’s collections have even greater value for scholars, educators and visitors.

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 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 with the title in the subject line by June 27, 2018.

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

Operations Manager for External Affairs, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery / Grade: 12 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: June 29

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution continues a comprehensive strategic plan, and expands the programming, educational, and scholarly activity of its museums and research centers. The Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery seek to sustain the momentum of the Smithsonian’s recently concluded comprehensive campaign and the museums’ reopening in October, 2017, after extensive renovation and reinstallation of their galleries.

The Freer|Sackler seek an Operations Manager to provide high-level support and manage all internal operations of its hard-working, fast-paced advancement and external affairs teams. This position is located at the Freer|Sackler and reports to the Director of External Affairs. 

The Operations Manager oversees and provides a variety of advancement, budget, procurement and human resources services. The position is responsible for overseeing budget planning and execution, human resources administration, database management, prospect management, gift processing, stewardship, the museums’ Friends and Silk Road Society membership activities, and general department operations.

Successful candidates will have:

  • Demonstrated experience in developing and managing a multi-year departmental budget, including addressing fluctuating needs throughout the fiscal year.
  • Experience in managing diverse revenue streams such as those from gifts and revenue generating activities ensuring compliance with all accounting procedures.
  • Demonstrated experience in understanding and adhering to complex procurement procedures.
  • Experience in Human Resources functions including hiring, performance evaluations and other policies and procedures involved in organizational personnel actions.
  • Experience in managing staff and effective teamwork. 
  • Skill in written and oral communications.
  • Experience in a development office a plus, including a familiarity with database management, prospect management, fundraising pipeline management and capital campaigns.

The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery are respectively the oldest and the youngest art museums at the Smithsonian Institution. The museums hold the nation’s extraordinary collections of Asian art and of American art of the late nineteenth century aesthetic movement. The mission of the Freer|Sackler is to encourage enjoyment and understanding of the arts of Asia through exhibitions and original research and the preservation of the cultural heritage of Asia.  To learn more about the museum, please visit www.freersackler.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 a Trust position, not a Federal Position, but has similar requirements and benefits. The salary is comparable to that of a Federal grade 12 position, $81,548 - $106,012. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to Asiaexaffstaff@si.edu by June 29, 2018.   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 Communications Specialist, National Portrait Gallery / Grade: 11 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: July 2

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 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 July 5, 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.

Principal Gift Officer, Office of Advancement / Grade: AE / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: July 31

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 Office of Advancement seeks a charismatic and accomplished Principal Gift Officer with proven fundraising experience to help grow a high-performing advancement office to serve the philanthropy needs of the Institution today and for the future. The Principal Gift Officer will maintain an active portfolio of donors and prospects who are capable of gifts of $5 million or more to the Smithsonian. S/he will develop appropriate cultivation and solicitation strategies for donors and prospects, moving constituents in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure. S/he will work closely with board members, volunteers, senior leadership and other senior administrators, unit directors and advancement directors to most effectively engage donors to achieve annual fundraising goals and to build and maintain a robust advancement function to fund Institution priorities. The Principal Gift Officer will have a specialized focus on the priorities of the art units and initiatives at the Institution.  

Qualified candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and at least five years of progressively responsible advancement leadership, preferably within a major, arts-related institution, non-profit organization, or educational institution. Must have hands-on board management experience with a proven track record of fundraising success of gifts at the $5 million level and beyond, including cultivation through solicitation and stewardship. In addition to possessing superior people management and advancement skills, highly effective interpersonal communication abilities, and a sense of urgency, the successful candidate must be hard working, genuinely collaborative, and have the gravitas and leadership presence to interact with high level donors and arts patrons, as well as curatorial, administrative, and board leadership. 

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 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 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 July 31, 2018.    

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