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Assistant Director, Foundation Relations

Smithsonian Institution
District of Columbia, United States
$90,000.00 - $100,000.00
Closing date
Feb 17, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, Other Fundraising, Programs, Grant Administration
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 Office of Advancement seeks a qualified candidate to serve as Assistant Director, Foundation Relations. The Office of Advancement oversees and guides the fundraising efforts of the entire Smithsonian and is home to the central development organization for the Institution.  In addition to raising significant support for a variety of Smithsonian initiatives, the Office of Advancement provides support services to advancement offices across the Institution.  The office engages with staff throughout the Smithsonian in accomplishing their goals.

With the Director of Foundation Relations, the Assistant Director will oversee foundation fundraising across the Smithsonian. This position manages a portfolio of national, regional, and local foundations, and actively works with colleagues to design actionable strategies and to cultivate, solicit, and steward these relationships. This position will work with gift officers and program staff within museums, research centers and outreach programs to aid in the foundation cultivation and solicitation process and create and execute unique stewardship opportunities for foundation donors. This position also will research and communicate philanthropic trends and best practices across the institution and design and facilitate educational opportunities for development staff.

A successful candidate is required to have three-to-five years of fundraising experience, ideally experience in cultivating and stewarding foundation donors.  They must also possess strong verbal and written communication skills, the ability to build and maintain strong working relationships both internally and externally at all levels, and a mature and professional demeanor. 

The Smithsonian Institution is a unique complex of 21 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 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 February 13, 2022. 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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