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 Associate (Gift Processing), National Museum of African American History and Culture / Grade: 9 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: July 19

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution implements its latest strategic plan, expands its 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) seeks an Advancement Associate to process membership revenue and work with the caging vendor staff to ensure that gift data is entered accurately into the fundraising database. This position has a primary role in preparing all membership gifts for deposit and a secondary role in managing the museum’s matching gift program. The Associate reports directly to the Business Operations Manager and will play a key role in collaborating with the Membership Staff to support NMAAHC Members.

The Advancement Associate works closely with the members of the Advancement Operations Unit in processing gifts, updating financial spreadsheets and producing financial reports. The Associate will be also responsible for preparing deposits and reconciling gift data to insure timely and accurate processing by the caging vendor.

Qualified candidates will have one year of experience reconciling financial transactions, analyzing financial data, updating financial information using MS Excel, and using fundraising software such as Advance or Raiser’s Edge to input data and run reports.

Candidates will also successfully demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills; skill in using Microsoft Office; the ability to work independently and as part of a team; superior organizational and time management skills, and excellent customer service skills.

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 July 19, 2019 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.

Advancement Associate, National Museum of African American History and Culture / Grade: 9 / Location: Washington, DC / Open to All / Closing: July 19

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution implements its latest strategic plan, expands its 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)  seeks a detail-oriented individual to fill the position of Advancement Associate to provide a high level of correspondence support, database management and project coordination for the Advancement Operations Unit. This position has a primary role in the interaction via correspondence with donors and members and secondary role in the development and production of fundraising reports and requests. The Associate reports directly to the Business Operations Manager and will play a key role in collaborating with Office of Advancement staff to support the Museum’s donors and contact engagement efforts.

This position works closely with the members of the Advancement Operations Unit in processing gifts; drafting, editing, and submitting written content for letters, reports, and other associated materials; providing customer service to members and donors; performing the monthly production of, and mailing of pledge reminders; maintaining a tracking system to ensure the timely fulfillment of pledges; maintaining various databases and spreadsheets with accurate and up-to-date donor information; and generating donor reports on a weekly or as needed basis. In addition, the Associate will serve as a backup in preforming daily deposits, gift reconciliation, and responding to donor inquiries.

Qualified candidates will have one year of experience providing support to front line fundraisers, composing donor correspondence, and using fundraising software such as Advance or Raiser’s Edge to input data and run reports.

Candidates will also successfully demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills; skill in using Microsoft Office for mail merges and spreadsheet management; the ability to work independently and as part of a team; superior organizational and time management skills, and high ethical standards of integrity and discretion while working with confidential donor information.

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 July 19, 2019 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.

Director of Donor and Volunteer Engagement, 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 Director of Donor and Volunteer Engagement will work as a senior manager within the Smithsonian’s central office of Advancement to lead programs and outreach that engage volunteer leaders, donors and prospects associated with the Smithsonian, with overarching goals of broadening financial support for the Institution and building the foundation for our next comprehensive campaign.  

With a focus on volunteer engagement, donor relations and events, the director will shape and oversee the execution of coordinated annual programmatic, messaging and engagement strategies for key Smithsonian-wide volunteer leadership and donor audiences, including the Smithsonian Regional Councils, the Smithsonian National Board (SNB), and institution-wide top donor stewardship groups. S/he will work with colleagues and senior leadership in the central office and across all Smithsonian museums and centers in developing and executing programs that highlight the Institution’s initiatives and priorities.

The Director will oversee the Volunteer Engagement, Events and Programming team, directly managing the Associate Director for Volunteer Engagement, the Associate Director of the Regional Council Program and the Donor Relations and Events Manager.  Strong management, organizational and communication skills are required, as is experience working with high level donors and experienced volunteer leaders.  Experience working in a fast-paced environment, executing high-profile events and programs is also a must.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • The Director visions and oversees implementation of pan-institutional top donor stewardship programs, fostering a culture of philanthropy through meaningful recognition and outreach programs and events for high-level donors.
  • S/he oversees the execution of coordinated annual programmatic and messaging strategies for the Smithsonian National Board and Regional Councils, ensuring that advisory board members and volunteers are inspired, informed and connected through meaningful work, programs and communications showcasing the depth and breadth of content and expertise at the Smithsonian.
  • S/he visions, develops and executes high-profile programs and events for volunteers, donors and prospects across the country.  This includes program development and speaker management.
  • The Director develops and maintains ongoing and active relationships with key internal and external constituencies. S/he collaborates with the museums and centers to produce strategic outreach efforts that support cultivation and solicitation plans associated with their fundraising plans.
  • S/he manages the volunteer engagement, events and programming budgets.

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 July 31, 2019. 

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

Chief Advancement Officer, Intermittent, 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 Institution, Office of Advancement has an opening for an experienced and dynamic Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) to serve on an intermittent basis. The CAO will be detailed to assist units with advancement efforts while a lead advancement position in a unit is vacant or the staff member appointed to the permanent position is on personal leave. The CAO participates in the overall strategic planning, integration, oversight, and execution of advancement programs and activities in the assigned area of responsibility with specific focus on: 1) donor development and engagement; 2) proposal development, 3) event planning; and, 4) board relations. The CAO also supervises unit advancement staff during this period. Travel is required and work during the evenings and weekends may be necessary.

This position is an intermittent position and will be employed on an as-needed basis.  Employees who are on an intermittent work schedule do not earn annual or sick leave and are not eligible for other Smithsonian benefits.

The successful candidate will have six or more years of successful experience in major gift fundraising in a complex organization. An established record of accomplishment of building long-term donor relationships and closing 6-7 figure gifts is a must. S/he will have demonstrated success in staffing major advisory boards with emphasis on development within a major museum, university, or cultural institution. Superior communication skills, both oral and written and excellent interpersonal skills are necessary. A Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is highly desired.

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 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. This is not a Federal Position, and intermittent status positions are not eligible for Smithsonian benefits. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to oastaffing@si.edu by July 31, 2019. 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.

Major Gift Officer, Intermittent, Office of Advancement / Grade: 13 / 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 Institution, Office of Advancement has an opening for an experienced and dynamic Major Gift Officer (MGO) to serve on an intermittent basis. The MGO will be detailed to assist units with advancement efforts while a gift officer position in a unit is vacant or the staff member appointed to the permanent position is on personal leave. The MGO actively contributes to securing funding from individual, corporation and foundation donors for the Institution. The MGO plays a leadership role in building support for initiatives through managing a portfolio of prospects to include identifying and qualifying prospects, cultivating productive relationships, soliciting and securing gifts, and ongoing stewardship.

This position is an intermittent position, and will be employed on an as-needed basis.  Employees who are on an intermittent work schedule do not earn annual or sick leave and may be ineligible for certain benefits.

Successful candidates will demonstrate proven success in securing significant contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations 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 MGO will develop and execute strategies for discovery, engagement, present opportunities for support, and complete solicitations. A minimum of four years of progressive 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 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 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. This is not a Federal Position, and intermittent status positions are not eligible for Smithsonian benefits. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to oastaffing@si.edu by July 31, 2019. 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.