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Advancement Specialist

Office of Advancement Smithsonian Institute
District of Columbia, United States
$78,592.00 - $102,166.00
Closing date
Jun 15, 2023

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 Smithsonian’s Office of Advancement seeks an experienced and creative Advancement Specialist to manage the fundraising activities for the Smithsonian Corporate Membership Program (SCMP). The Advancement Specialist is responsible for the following activities:


  • Establishes strong relationships with current and prospective SCMP members to drive renewals/acquisitions and deepen engagement with the Smithsonian.
  • Delivers stewardship and benefits for existing members (i.e. arranging private tours, event rentals and employee engagement), often developed and executed in collaboration with unit colleagues.
  • Generates SCMP prospect lists and leads solicitation outreach, calls, and meetings.
  • Manages renewal and revenue processing for SCMP dues.
  • Monitors SCMP program budgets and reporting.
  • Develops program marketing materials, proposals and stewardship reports.
  • Works with unit advancement staff on strategies to cultivate SCMP members for unit-based sponsorships and expand member engagement across the Institution.
  • Plans and coordinates SCMP member events and activities
  • Provides general administrative support.


Qualified candidates will successfully demonstrate strong communications skills and customer-service orientation, an ability to successfully manage multiple deadlines, superior organization skills, and a thirst for learning. Experience working with external funders in a large, complex non-profit organization and/or development department preferred.


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 by June 8, 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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