Advancement Specialist

Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian American Art Museum
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Oct 8, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Annual Fund
Employment Type
Full Time

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.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)—the oldest and largest of Smithsonian art museums—seeks a creative and entrepreneurial individual to create scalable growth for the Annual Fund and Director's Circle membership program. The incumbent will join a collegial and successful advancement team that is responsible for raising support for core museum priorities. The incumbent must be able to plan, execute, and manage an annual fund strategy in coordination with counterparts in External Affairs and Digital Strategies and be familiar with best practices in philanthropic messaging and digital communications. This position is also responsible for managing an ambitious membership program to increase acquisition, improve renewal rates, implement innovative donor stewardship, and increase overall membership revenue. The incumbent will manage a portfolio of prospects and conduct visits to recruit new members and develop a robust pipeline for SAAM's major donor and gift planning programs. Event and programmatic experience is vital to the success of both annual giving and membership. Responsibilities include preparing donor communications including solicitations, renewals, and acknowledgments; tracking and reporting on membership; managing direct mail appeals; creating compelling marketing materials; and coordinating membership events.

Strong written and verbal communication skills; the ability to manage multiple deadlines; and superior organization skills are essential to success. Experience at a cultural organization is preferred. Minimum of three years of relevant experience, including managing a membership and annual fund program, is desired.

SAAM believes that recruiting and maintaining an equitable, inclusive, and diverse staff is critical to our mission. To learn more about the museum, please visit

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 October 5, 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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