Gift Officer (Tribal, Foundation, and Corporate)

National Museum of the American Indian
District of Columbia, United States
$112,015.00 - $145,617.00
Closing date
Apr 6, 2023

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Position Type
Fundraising, Fundraising Administration, Major Gifts
Employment Type
Full Time

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in the Smithsonian’s history as we prepare for the Smithsonian Campaign for Our Shared Future. This ambitious fundraising campaign’s public phase will run from 2024 to 2026, culminating with the nation’s 250th anniversary. It will expand the Smithsonian’s reach and impact, empowering the institution to find solutions to today’s most pressing challenges. The Smithsonian is also planning two exciting new 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. The Smithsonian has built a model fundraising organization, driven by talented staff across our many museums, research centers and cultural centers. 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 Gift Officer

The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) seeks a dynamic major gift officer who has experience with foundation, corporate, and tribal fundraising. 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 advancement office at NMAI with prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities for foundations, tribal nations, and corporations. The incumbent is responsible for providing a high level of support for the museum’s top-level prospects and donors and managing a portfolio of institutional prospects with the capacity to support the mission of NMAI with annual and major gifts. 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 relationships across a spectrum of foundation, corporations, and tribal donors. Progressive fundraising experience, experience with diverse constituents, and ability to close major gifts should be demonstrated in your application. This position requires knowledge of and experience with writing proposals and reports, preparing complex budgets and grant management. Candidates must have strong organizational and communication skills, and the initiative and ability to work independently. Experience with tribal organizations, in complex higher education or a large cultural organization is preferred. The position is based in Washington, DC and reports to the Associate Director for Advancement.  Travel is required at least 25% of the time. Occasional weekend and evening work may be required.


About the National Museum of the American Indian and Smithsonian Institution

Established in 1989, through an Act of Congress, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is an institution of living cultures dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding of the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of the Native peoples of the Western Hemisphere. The National Museum of the American Indian is comprised of two premier centers for exhibitions and public programs— a museum in Washington, D.C., on the National Mall, and a second museum in Manhattan in New York City – the only Smithsonian to have two museum locations. The museum also has a collections, research and conservation facility, the Cultural Resources Center, which is in Suitland, Maryland. The three facilities of the National Museum of the American Indian make it one of the leading museums for and about Native peoples of the Western Hemisphere and a popular cultural and art destination.


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 resume, cover letter, and a sample of a recently funded major gift proposal to by April 7, 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 .


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.


Travel is required. Occasional weekend and evenings may be required.

Can we also request a sample of a recently funded major gift proposal?


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