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Associate Director of Advancement

Smithsonian Institution Washington $200,000+
Fundraising/Development Full Time

Job Details

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history. With our 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 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. 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. This position offers exciting opportunities for the successful candidate to make a significant impact on the future of the Smithsonian. There is no better time to join this amazing Institution.


About the Associate Director of Advancement

The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) seeks a charismatic and accomplished Associate Director of Advancement with proven fundraising experience to help grow a high-performing advancement department to serve the philanthropy needs of the Museum today and for the future. The incumbent in this position has the responsibility for the overall planning, management, and execution of NMAI’s fundraising efforts including major gifts, membership, special events programming, and donor engagement to include the Advisory Board.

The Associate Director of Advancement oversees the advancement program for NMAI with responsibility for planning, generating, and executing fund-raising initiatives with an emphasis on major gifts. The Associate Director manages a portfolio of prospects including qualification of new prospects, and the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors through in person visits and communications. The Associate Director provides oversight to the Advancement team including major gifts, events, engagement, and membership. The incumbent develops written annual work plans, visit and solicitation goals in conjunction with the Museum Director, and prepares reports on activities. The Associate Director collaborates with staff and other Smithsonian units on programs and solicitations. A duty station of either Washington, DC or New York City will be considered for this position.


Required Qualifications and Experience

  1. An accomplished background with at least seven to ten years of successful experience in major gift fundraising, preferably in a major, cultural institution, non-profit organization, or educational institution.
  2. Experience in soliciting gifts in the six to seven figure range for a variety of purposes including capital projects, endowment and current use (restricted and unrestricted). Proven history of fundraising success, including cultivation through solicitation and stewardship as well as experience working with planned giving, grant writing, and annual fund strategies should be demonstrated in application.
  3. Strong interpersonal skills; an engaging manner, and the capacity to inspire and motivate staff, administrative and leaders, volunteers, donors, and prospects; ability to work collaboratively with colleagues across the Institution. Ability to lead a team of varied professionals and skill sets. Hands-on board management experience.
  4. Exceptional presentation skills, including the presence to deal effectively with senior level administrators, volunteers, and high net worth individuals; excellent communication skills, including the ability to write, edit, and speak clearly and effectively, and deliver an effective, coherent, and consistent message—a communication style that is open, cordial, and issues-focused.
  5. Must possess a passion for the Smithsonian, its museums and research centers, and the goals and mission of the Institution; a natural connection to the work of the Smithsonian and an innate enthusiasm to broadly champion its programs, entities, and values.
  6. Creativity in strategy development, engagement of stakeholders. Tracks trends and stays current with new approaches to fundraising, effectively evaluating, testing and leveraging new ideas for NMAI.
  7. A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.


About the National Museum of the American Indian and Smithsonian Institution

Established in 1989, through an Act of Congress, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is an institution of living cultures dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding of the life, languages, literature, history and arts of the Native peoples of the Western Hemisphere. The National Museum of the American Indian is comprised of two premier centers for exhibitions and public programs— a museum in Washington, D.C., on the National Mall, and a second museum in Manhattan in New York City. The museum also has a collections, research and conservation facility, the Cultural Resources Center, which is located in Suitland, Maryland. The three state-of-the-art facilities of the National Museum of the American Indian make it a leading museum about Native peoples of the Western Hemisphere and a popular cultural destination for exploring Indigenous cultures – past and present.

The Smithsonian Institution is a unique complex of 21 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.


Benefits and Application Instructions

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 here: 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.


Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Smithsonian Institution ensures its employees (federal and trust), applicants, and affiliated persons (interns, research associates, fellows, and volunteers) are protected from discrimination and unfair treatment in the workplace regardless of their race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, gender stereotyping, pregnancy, and sexual orientation), age, disability, genetic information, marital status, parental status, or political affiliation and are free from reprisal against protected activities. In addition, other Smithsonian policy prohibits discrimination based on membership in an employee organization or other non-merit factors, and political affiliation.

The Smithsonian provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need an accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the contact person listed in this announcement. The decision on granting a reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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