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,
libraries, and archives 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 National Museum of African American History and Culture
seeks an experienced and creative candidate fill the position of
Assistant Director to provide leadership and supervision to the
Museum’s individual giving, foundation and corporate fundraising
teams; developing fundraising strategies and annual fundraising
plans; and tracking and reporting progress towards fundraising
goals. The incumbent will also be responsible for managing a
portfolio of individual prospects, developing opportunities to
expand their portfolio, and overseeing programs and events designed
to cultivate and steward donors. This position reports directly to
the Museum’s Chief Advancement Officer.
Successful candidates will be very detail-oriented, demonstrate
strong organizational and discretionary communication skills, and
be able to productively support multiple priorities and needs.
Candidates should have a minimum of 10 years of experience managing
a broad range of development/fundraising functions to include major
gifts, corporate, planned and foundation giving, donor relations
and stewardship in order to oversee, evaluate and insure
comprehensive and cohesive fundraising efforts in a complex
organization, preferably a museum or cultural institution.
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 an Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to
promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To
date, the Museum has collected more than 40,000 artifacts and
nearly 100,000 individuals have become members. The Museum opened
to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th museum of the
The Smithsonian Institution is a unique complex of 21 museums
and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research
centers. 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 email@example.com by June 24, 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 ensures its employees (federal and
trust), applicants, and affiliated persons (interns, research
associates, fellows, and volunteers) are protected from
discrimination and unfair treatment in the workplace regardless of
their race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender
identity, gender stereotyping, pregnancy, and sexual orientation),
age, disability, genetic information, marital status, parental
status, or political affiliation and are free from reprisal against
protected activities. In addition, other Smithsonian policy
prohibits discrimination based on membership in an employee
organization or other non-merit factors, and political
The Smithsonian provides reasonable accommodation to applicants
with disabilities. If you need an accommodation for any part of the
application and hiring process, please notify the contact person
listed in this announcement. The decision on granting a reasonable
accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.