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
This position is located at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur
M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art.
Committed to preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting exemplary
works of art, the Freer and Sackler house exceptional collections
of Asian art, with more than 42,000 objects dating from the
Neolithic period to today. Renowned and iconic objects originate
from China, Japan, Korea, South and Southeast Asia, the ancient
Near East, and the Islamic world. The Freer Gallery also holds a
significant group of American works of art largely dating to the
late nineteenth century. It boasts the world’s largest collection
of diverse works by James McNeill Whistler, including the famed
Unified administratively and joined physically, the Freer and
Sackler are dedicated to increasing our understanding of the arts
of Asia through a broad portfolio of exhibitions, publications,
conservation, research, and education. The museum is free and open
to the public 364 days a year.
The museum is seeking an Individual Major Gifts Officer (MGO) to
help grow the museum’s individual giving program. The incumbent is
responsible for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting a
portfolio of individual major donors with the capacity to support
the mission of National Museum of Asian Art through contributions
of $25,000 or more, including planned gifts. Working with
colleagues across the museum, the Individual Major Gifts Officer
will develop and implement strategies for solicitations and follow
established procedures for tracking, qualifying, and managing
prospects. The effective Individual Major Gifts Officer will have a
proven track record of securing philanthropic gifts, establishing,
and meeting deadlines, and will work to support the overall success
of the museum’s fundraising efforts.
This is an exciting time to join the Freer and Sackler. In the
lead up to the centennial of the Freer Gallery of Art in 2023, the
museum is in the second year of implementing its strategic plan and
its ambitious goals for the coming years. The Advancement
department has been strategically restructured over the last year,
with a highly motivated and capable team now in place to expand and
diversify the museum’s base of support.
This position reports to the Director of Individual Giving. The
position is located in the Freer and Sackler administrative
offices, with the option for partial remote work or telework.
- Demonstrated experience in individual fundraising
- A track record of building donor relationships and closing
gifts in five/six-figure ranges
- A track record of solid financial and operations skills
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Willingness to travel
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. Interested candidates should
submit their resumes and a cover letter to email@example.com by October 25,
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.