Career Opportunities

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

Office of Advancement: Career Opportunities

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Open Positions

Director of Advancement, Anacostia Community Museum / Grade: 13 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to all / Closing: February 4

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history. With our new 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 Institution is the world's largest museum, education and research complex, comprised of 19 museums and galleries, nine research centers, 21 libraries, the National Zoological Park and more than 200 affiliate museum partners. 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.

With dynamic leadership throughout the Institution, we are focused on broadening our reach by engaging new audiences who haven’t always been represented in museums and creating a more robust virtual Smithsonian that complements and amplifies our collections, our expertise, our exhibitions in ways unimaginable just a few years ago. Through this digital strategy we plan to touch every home and every school in America. Marrying the possibilities of digital access with the strong educational and programming offerings housed in our museums and research centers, we will provide equal and effective educational access to all primary and secondary school children.

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. As we continue to build on our success, the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum seeks an experienced, dynamic, front-line fundraiser to assume the role of Director of Advancement. 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. As the museum welcomes a new director, strategic plan, and vision, the ideal candidate will develop and execute creative strategies to maximize fundraising and stewardship opportunities that reflect its new direction.


  • Directs the advancement program for the Anacostia Community Museum, with responsibility for strategy and execution of fund-raising initiatives and events with an emphasis on exhibition and program support from individual, corporate and foundation donors
  • Build and manage a portfolio donors and prospects, including qualification of new prospects, and the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors through in-person visits and regular communications
  • Staffs and supports museum director on all donor related fundraising activity and supervises one advancement specialist
  • Oversees Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum Advisory Board activities
  • Develops written annual work plans, visit and solicitation goals in conjunction with the museum Director, and prepares reports on activities
  • Collaborates with museum staff and other Smithsonian units on programs and solicitations


  • 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
  • Experience building a development program for a cultural organization
  • 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
  • Understanding of and dedication to the mission of the Anacostia Community Museum

The Anacostia Community Museum (ACM) was established by the Smithsonian Institution in September 1967 as the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum in Southeast Washington, D.C.  Its vision is to challenge perceptions, generate new knowledge, and deepen understanding about the ever-changing concepts and realities of communities. The Museum’s mission explores social issues impacting diverse populations in the DC Metropolitan area to promote mutual understanding and strengthen community bonds through the development of collections, exhibitions, research, education and public programs. ACM collects artifacts, works of art, photographs, documents and paper records, and audiovisual media.


The Smithsonian Institution offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive package of benefits including excellent professional development opportunities through the Institution’s own Advancement Academy. This is not a Federal Position but has similar requirements and benefits. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to by February 4, 2020. 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.