Advancement Specialist (Principal Gifts)
- Office of Advancement
- District of Columbia, United States
- $78,592.00 - $102,166.00
- Closing date
- Apr 19, 2023
- Position Type
- Fundraising, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Programs, Other Programs, Administrative, Office Administration
- 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 Advancement Specialist
The Advancement Specialist works in the Office of Advancement at the Smithsonian Institution on the Principal Gifts team, ensuring that donors and volunteer leaders experience high-quality interactions with the Institution to foster long-term engagement and investment. The Specialist will develop and execute a comprehensive stewardship plan for principal gift donors. Major duties include writing reports and other stewardship materials; managing stewardship report deadlines and requirements; managing gift documentation and acknowledgments; assisting with the development of proposals and the pipeline; and developing and implementing a calendar of events for and programs targeted to principal gifts donors.
Applicants should have a minimum of four years of experience working in the Advancement field, developing engagement strategies; assisting with donor stewardship and reporting; and utilizing a fundraising database. Must successfully demonstrate strong writing and communications skills, an ability to successfully manage multiple deadlines, superior organizational skills, and a thirst for learning. Experience in a large, complex non-profit organization preferred. Occasional work during the evenings and weekends will be necessary.
About the Office of Advancement and Smithsonian Institution
The Office of Advancement oversees and guides the fundraising efforts of the entire Smithsonian and is home to the central advancement organization for the Institution. In addition to raising significant support for a variety of Smithsonian initiatives, the Office of Advancement provides support services to advancement offices across the Institution. The office engages with staff throughout the Smithsonian in accomplishing their goals.
The Smithsonian Institution is a unique complex of 22 museums and galleries, the National Zoo, and eight 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 Information 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 email@example.com by April 17, 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); average number of hours worked per week; and salary requirements.
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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