The Star-Spangled Banner, Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch, the
Greensboro Lunch Counter, Julia Child’s kitchen, the Ruby
Slippers—these are just a few of the three million objects
collected and cared-for by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of
American History (NMAH). The Museum empowers people to create a
just and compassionate future by exploring, preserving, and sharing
the complexity of our past. By 2030, the Museum’s vision is to
serve audiences that reflect the full racial, class, gender,
ethnic, and geographic demographics of the United States.
About the Major Gift Officer
NMAH has an opening for an experienced and dynamic Major Gift
Officer to help build the base of individual support for the
Museum’s exhibitions, collections, educational and outreach
activities, and endowment needs. The MGO will discover and qualify
new prospects with a giving capacity of $50,000 and higher.
Managing a portfolio of up to 125 prospects, the MGO will secure
5-7 figure gifts that contribute toward the Museum’s major
fundraising goal as part of the Smithsonian’s second comprehensive
campaign. This front-line fundraising position reports to the
Director of Individual Giving.
- Manage a portfolio of up to 125 prospects rated at $50,000 and
- Develop and implement strategies to solicit 5-7 figure
- Close 15-20 gifts per year toward an annual, individual dollar
- Collaborate with individual giving team to drive unrestricted
annual giving through the Council for American History mid-level
- Contribute to cultivation and solicitation strategies for the
Museum’s legacy society.
- Create written materials to support fundraising, including
visit reports, letters, and proposals.
- Staff Museum executives, volunteer leadership, and content
experts by accompanying in meetings and writing briefings, talking
points, and follow-up letters.
- Design and execute appropriate events for the cultivation and
stewardship of major donors.
- Maintain a comprehensive and detailed knowledge of the
Smithsonian’s infrastructure, policies, and procedures.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and
experience is preferred; Master’s degree is highly desired.
- Two or more years of successful experience in major gift
fundraising in a complex organization, preferably a museum or
- A track record of building long-term donor relationships and
closing 5-7 figure gifts.
- Successful experience in identifying prospects and making cold
- Superior communication skills, both oral and written, as well
as excellent interpersonal skills.
- Ability to articulate a compelling case for support across the
Museum’s broad areas of content and work with colleagues and donors
across diverse cultures and backgrounds.
- Understanding of and dedication to the mission of the National
Museum of American History and a commitment to advancing its goals
of becoming the most accessible, inclusive, relevant, and
sustainable public history institution in the nation.
- Willingness to travel nationally, approximately 4-6 days per
month, and to work evenings and weekends as needed.
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com by February 10,
2023. Please include the position title in your 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. Starting Salary for an IS-13 is $112,015 per year plus
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and
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.