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, Office of Advancement / Grade: 14 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to all / Closing: November 30

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 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. As we continue to build on our success, the Smithsonian’s Office of Advancement seeks an experienced and creative Major Gifts Officer (MGO) as a member of its Major Gifts and Discovery (MG&D) team.

This position offers an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to make a significant impact on expanding the scope and scale of the Smithsonian’s vision through philanthropic efforts. The MGO will play a critical role in furthering an engagement strategy for key regional markets, developing and managing a portfolio of regional major gift prospects and helping formulate strategy and implement plans to achieve ambitious fundraising goals.

Successful candidates will demonstrate proven success in securing significant contributions from individuals through creative discovery and cultivation of productive relationships with prospective donors. Strong organizational, relationship, collaboration and communication skills as well as the ability to work independently are essential. The MGO will develop and execute strategies for discovery and engagement, present opportunities for support, and complete solicitations for mission critical projects across the Smithsonian.

A minimum of four years of progressive major gift 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 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 pan-institutional initiatives, the Office of Advancement provides support to advancement offices across the Institution.  The MG&D team collaborates with staff throughout the Smithsonian to help accomplishing their goals.

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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 Major Gifts and Discovery MGO in the subject line by November 30, 2019.

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

Online Marketing Specialist, Office of Advancement / Grade: 11 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to all / Closing: December 4

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 Office of Advancement seeks experienced and creative candidates for the position of Online Marketing Specialist. Reporting to the Director of Online Engagement and Fundraising, the Online Marketing Specialist is instrumental in raising more than $2.5 million in unrestricted revenue on behalf of Friends of the Smithsonian, and also offers guidance and support to all museums, centers and programs under the Smithsonian umbrella in their online fundraising efforts.

Successful candidates will demonstrate experience with nonprofit fundraising strategy, communications, and technical knowledge of digital marketing practices and techniques, as well as strong writing, editing and/or graphic design skills and experience in the creation of conversion-driven, multi-channel content.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage production calendars and coordinate email and website production for the Online Engagement and Fundraising team;
  • Research, write, edit, and produce emails, web content and online experiences for cultivation and revenue-generating opportunities for the Online Engagement and Fundraising team and other Office of Advancement departments, including fundraising campaigns, appeals, newsletters, event invitations, and web articles;
  • Track, analyze and report on analytics;
  • Facilitate internal communications and support for online fundraising within the Office of Advancement and Advancement teams across the Smithsonian;
  • Serve as project manager for processes necessary to acquire and approve new technology for the benefit of Smithsonian-wide Advancement;
  • Facilitate collaboration and coordination with other marketing teams at the Smithsonian.

Required knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding of and experience with of nonprofit online marketing and fundraising strategy;
  • Strong writing skills, particularly creating content for mission-based organizations and getting audiences to take a desired action;
  • Strong project management skills and familiarity with project management suites and products such as such as JIRA, Basecamp, Asana, etc.
  • Basic graphic design skills preferred;
  • Proficiency with the Blackbaud Convio Luminate Online Platform, particularly developing for the Email, Donation, Pagebuilder, Survey and Constituent360 modules; and/or other digital marketing platforms or email service providers.
  • Experience with web markup, including HTML5 and CSS3;
  • Proficiency with the Drupal CMS platform, or similar;
  • Strong understanding of current web design, UX, and UI standards and trends as well as Web Accessibility implementation standards;
  • Understanding of responsive design standards, and frameworks (such as Bootstrap);
  • Strong understanding of web analytics and related platforms (example: Google Analytics);
  • Experience in user testing preferred; demonstrated quality assurance skills including meticulous attention to detail and experience with version control.

The Office of Advancement oversees and guides fundraising strategy for the entire Smithsonian and is home to a central development team. The advancement team raises significant support for a variety of Smithsonian initiatives and provides services to development teams across the institution, helping them fulfill their funding priorities.

The Smithsonian is a distinctly American institution of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, nine research centers and 21 libraries.  It is a national—and global—treasure, 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 from abroad, online and in person.

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The Smithsonian offers a competitive salary and comprehensive package of benefits. This is not a federal position, but has similar requirements and benefits.  Interested candidates should submit their resumes, writing samples and a cover letter to oastaffing@si.edu by December 4, 2019.

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