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Major Gifts Officer (Foundation Relations Officer)

Smithsonian Institution
District of Columbia, United States
$106,000.00 - $121,000.00
Closing date
Feb 10, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Capital Campaigns, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, 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. 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 Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture seeks an experienced candidate to fill the role of Foundations Relations Officer to execute a fundraising program focused on foundation outreach and relations to support the Museum and other pan-institutional priorities. The incumbent will identify, track, manage and cultivate a wide range of potential and active foundation prospects and donors; ensure that stewardship and reporting requirements are met to ensure successful foundation partnerships; and monitor, evaluate, and provide statistical reports designed to advise leadership on progress towards meeting goals.  

A minimum of 5 years of experience managing foundation relations with a demonstrated track record in cultivating and soliciting major gifts from foundations and other organizations, a passion for learning and exploration, and the desire to join a dynamic and growing operation should be demonstrated in your application. Strong organizational, relationship, collaboration, and communication skills as well as the ability to work independently are essential. Experience in complex higher education or a large cultural or environmental organization is preferred. A Bachelor’s degree is required.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans.

The Smithsonian offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. To learn more about us visit This is not a federal position but has similar requirements and benefits. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and cover letter to by January 22, 2022.  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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