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Major Gifts Officer

Smithsonian American Art Museum
District of Columbia, United States
$112,015.00 - $145,617.00
Closing date
Apr 1, 2023

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in the Smithsonian’s history during the creation of two new Smithsonian museums. The National Museum of the American Latino and the Smithsonian American Women's History Museum share the experiences and perspectives of Latinos and women across history and deepen our shared understanding of what it means to be an American. These museums build on the legacy and impact of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which has helped transform the nation’s understanding of American history since its opening in 2016. 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.


About the Major Gifts Officer

The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM), the oldest and largest of Smithsonian art museums, celebrates the extraordinary creativity of artists whose works reflect the American experience and global connections. During her six years at the helm, Stephanie Stebich, the Margaret and Terry Stent Director, has fostered a culture of philanthropy at the Museum. SAAM seeks a creative and energetic relationship builder with a demonstrated record of success with major gift fundraising to join a collegial and successful advancement team that raises support for the Museum’s exhibitions, education, public programs, collections care, and endowment needs. The Major Gift Officer will identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward individuals for major and leadership gifts. 


Duties include expanding the Museum’s donor community across the country; creating and implementing innovative strategies for securing major gifts; managing a portfolio of 125 prospects; organizing cultivation events; and preparing proposals and other donor communications. Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; the ability to meet frequent deadlines; and arts and humanities knowledge and experience at a major cultural or national organization desired.  Progressive frontline fundraising experience with a track record of achieving revenue targets required. The candidate must have the ability to staff evening and weekend events and travel across the U.S. approximately once a month.




About the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and branch museum, the Renwick Gallery, is the nation’s first collection of American art and craft. The two museums offer an unparalleled record of the American experience as displayed in two national historic landmark buildings. The collection of 48,000 artworks captures the aspirations, character, and imagination of the American people throughout three centuries. SAAM is dedicated to collecting, understanding, and enjoying American art. The Museum celebrates the extraordinary creativity of artists whose works reflect the American experience and global connections. To learn more about the museum, visit


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.


Benefits and Application Instructions

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 April 3, 2023. 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.


Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that a workforce comprising a variety of educational, cultural, and experiential backgrounds support and enhance our daily work life and contribute to the richness of our exhibitions and programs. See Smithsonian EEO program information.


The Smithsonian Institution provides reasonable accommodation to applicants where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation should contact the Human Resources Specialist listed. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.  To learn more, please review the Smithsonian’s accommodation procedures.

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