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 Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History
and Culture seeks a candidate to fill an Advancement Associate
position to assist with the management of the Museum’s overall
strategy for campaign and general fundraising. Responsibilities
include developing constituent engagement strategies that support
NMAAHC initiatives and maximize opportunities for donors;
supporting administrative functions related to efficient and
accurate operation of the unit and fundraising activities;
assisting in the development and distribution of stewardship
reports for individual donors; and maintaining accurate and
complete records of all individual giving activities. Occasional
evening work is required.
The incumbent will also be responsible for monitoring department
resource accounts for donor inquiries; helping to execute events
for the cultivation and stewardship of major donors; preparing and
assisting with grant agreements, gift agreements, correspondence,
and other materials related to individual donors; and assisting in
the planning and execution of meetings, programs, and events.
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 at least one year of experience providing
technical and administrative support to fundraising staff; using a
donor information system to document prospect and donor information
and interactions; and performing prospect research. Experience in
complex higher education or a large cultural or environmental
organization is preferred.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by August 3, 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.