Gift Officer

Smithsonian Institution
District of Columbia, United States
$89,834.00 - $116,788.00
Closing date
Aug 30, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Annual Fund, Capital Campaigns, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Prospect Research
Employment Type
Full Time
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Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in the Smithsonian’s history:  the creation of the Smithsonian American Women's History Museum. Decades in the making, the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum will recognize women’s accomplishments, the history they made, and the communities they represent. To create a more equitable America, the Smithsonian is researching, disseminating, and amplifying the histories of American women through its American Women’s History Initiative in preparation for the future Museum. The Smithsonian wants the role of women in American history to be well-known, accurate, acknowledged, and empowering. The legislation creating the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum was established by Congress in December 2020.

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. The Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum seeks an experienced and dynamic gift officer. This is an exceptional opportunity for an energetic professional with strong frontline fundraising skills to play an important role in building private support for public programs, exhibitions, educational, and outreach activities, research, and endowment needs of the Museum. The incumbent will assist the Smithsonian American Women's History Museum with prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities. The Gift Officer will work creatively to match donor interest with unit priorities, develop funding proposals and negotiate complex gifts.

The successful candidate will possess strong leadership and communications skills, and a track record in building philanthropic relationships with individual, corporate and foundation prospects and donors to achieve aggressive fundraising goals. Progressive fundraising experience, experience with diverse constituents, a drive to succeed, and ability to close major gifts should be demonstrated in your application. Applicants must have strong organizational and communication skills, and the initiative and ability to work independently. Experience working in a complex higher education, or a large cultural organization is preferred. Interest and passion for museums, history, and identity and gender issues desired.

The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum, education, and research complex, comprised of 21 museums and galleries, nine research centers, libraries, the National Zoological Park and more than 200 affiliate museum partners. The Smithsonian is dedicated to “the increase and diffusion of knowledge”—encouraging curiosity, igniting wonder, and sparking the joy of learning.

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 by August 12, 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 affiliation.

The Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum supports flexible work schedules and promotes hybrid telework. Teleworking employees are required to work onsite in our Washington, DC offices 1 – 4 days per week.  Remote positions (100% telework) are not available.

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.

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