Institutional Giving Officer

Smithsonian Institution, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
May 04, 2021
Jun 02, 2021
Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts
Employment Type
Full Time

The Institutional Giving Officer is responsible for the development and implementation of an annual workplan generating contributed revenue from public and private foundations, corporations, and government agencies in support of museum exhibitions, special initiatives, and general operations. The Gift Officer reports to the Chief Advancement Officer and liaises with colleagues in the Advancement Department, at Cooper Hewitt, and across the entire Smithsonian Institution to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward gifts of $25,000 - $1,000,000.


Front-Line Fundraising
Gift Officer maintains an active institutional portfolio and is responsible for participating in prospect qualification, building relationships with funders, developing, writing and editing effective LOIs, proposals and solicitations with supplementary materials as required, and achieving annual contributed revenue goals through new and renewed support. Responsibilities also include execution of gift agreements, general correspondence and invitations, budget oversight, acknowledgements and recordkeeping.

Stewardship and Reporting
The incumbent plans and manages a calendar of stewardship and engagement activity, including activations and benefits fulfillment, which may include the timely submission of interim and final reports, reconciling budgets, and ensuring compliance with policies, guidelines and grant agreements. They collaborate with colleagues and volunteer leaders to elicit information, align proposals with upcoming program offerings and to fulfil reporting requirements.

The incumbent will represent the museum and interact with a wide range of colleagues and supporters, participating in development-related special events that entail some evening and weekend hours.


Five to seven years' experience in raising funds from and stewarding relationships with leading foundations, corporations and government agencies.

A demonstrated track record of success.

Familiarity with or interest in Cooper Hewitt's mission and programs.

Effective communication skills, attention to detail and organization.

A team spirit, the ability to take both initiative and direction, and a comfort level with problem-solving and prioritization.

Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office and relational databases)

$89,537 - $92,523

A remote work policy is in place through December 31, 2021 (and may be extended); the candidate must be prepared and available to report to work in person at 2 East 91st Street, New York, NY 10128 from January 3, 2022.

Life Insurance (including Optional Life Insurance)
Voluntary Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
Long Term Disability
Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield)
Dental (Delta Dental)
Vision (Vision Services)
Flexible Spending Accounts
Commuter Benefits

Annual Leave (13 days)
Sick Leave (13 days)
Federal Holidays (10 days)
Family Friendly Leave
Family Friendly Workplace
Telework+Alternative Work Schedules
Historic and landmark offices/library and garden (New York)
Design Library
Curatorial Talks and Tours (Cooper Hewitt)
92Y Fitness Center
Employee Assistance Program
Smithsonian Network
Museum Shop (employee discount)
Free Admission to most NYC museums
Smithsonian Discounts

Thank you for your interest. Please submit a cover letter and resume in a single PDF titled “Institutional Giving Officer” to Veronica Bainbridge, Chief Advancement Officer at


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