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Director of Individual Giving

Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Aug 31, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts
Employment Type
Full Time
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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.

The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum is in the middle of a $250M campaign that will transform the Museum on the National Mall and is expanding upon its model fundraising organization, one that will meet the growing needs of one of the world's most visited museums. This position offers exciting opportunities for the successful candidate to make a significant impact on the future of the National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian. There is no better time to join this amazing Institution.

The Director of Individual Giving works in the Advancement Office at the National Air and Space and leads the team's major gifts fundraising from individual donors. The Director serves as a key member of the leadership staff and works with senior colleagues and Board members from the Museum and around the Smithsonian to meet ambitious fundraising goals for a variety of initiatives. The Director of Individual Giving supervises the highly effective team of major gift officers, as well as prospect management and support staff. In addition, s/he manages their own portfolio of principal gift donors and prospects, effectively engaging in all phases of the fundraising process.

Successful candidates will demonstrate proven success in securing 6 and 7 figure contributions from individual donors, as well as effective fundraising management experience. Strong organizational, relationship and communication skills and the ability to work independently are essential.

A minimum of seven years of frontline fundraising experience in increasingly responsible advancement leadership positions including significant work in individual major gifts is required as well as a passion for learning and exploration, and the desire to join a dynamic and growing operation. Applications should demonstrate the ability to provide management oversight, leadership, and direction with at least five years of supervisory experience, including experience creating and managing a budget. Experience working on major fundraising campaigns and/or working in complex higher education or a large cultural or environmental organization are preferred. Travel is required and work during the evenings and weekends may be necessary.

The Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world. It is also a vital center for research into the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight, as well as planetary science and terrestrial geology and geophysics. To learn more about the museum, please visit

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.

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 to by August 31, 2021. Please include the position title in your e-mail subject line. 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.

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


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