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.
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is a leading voice for
contemporary art and culture and provides a national platform for
the art and artists of our time. We seek to share the
transformative power of modern and contemporary art with audiences
at all levels of awareness and understanding by creating
meaningful, personal experiences in which art, artists, audiences,
and ideas converge. We enhance public understanding and
appreciation of contemporary art through acquisition, exhibitions,
education and public programs, conservation, and
Duties and Responsibilities
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has an immediate
opening for an experienced Special Events Planner for a position
that will manage logistics and assist in fundraising for
Advancement events at the Hirshhorn including four annual
fundraisers, exhibition openings, cultivation events, and external
event rental. This candidate will also manage select donor
relationships, assist with gift solicitations, and be responsible
for a variety of donor communications, including writing letters on
behalf of the Museum Director, event sponsorship decks,
invitations, solicitations, program calendars, remarks for events,
briefings, and website content updates. This position will work
closely with the Director of Advancement, to ensure all events are
executed properly and event fundraising goals are achieved.
Skills, Knowledge, and Expertise
The successful candidates will have:
- Four or more years of successful experience in planning,
executing, and fundraising for special events, preferably at a
museum or other cultural institution. Experience in an art museum
is highly desired.
- Demonstrated experience with gala event planning and
- Demonstrated experience with designing and writing materials in
support of fundraising.
- Superior communication skills, both oral and written.
- Ability to easily change writing styles to fit the author,
audience, and voice of the piece.
- Successful experience in meeting aggressive revenue goals.
- Superior communication skills, both oral and written, and
excellent interpersonal skills.
- Superior organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Understanding of and dedication to the mission of the Hirshhorn
- Bachelor’s degree is required; master’s degree is highly
- Willingness to work evenings and weekends and to travel as
Applicants, who wish to qualify based on education completed
outside the United States, must be deemed equivalent to higher
education programs of U.S. Institutions by an organization that
specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational
credentials. This documentation is the responsibility of the
applicant and should be included as part of your application
Any false statement in your application may result in your
application being rejected and may also result in termination after
Benefits and Application Instructions
The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a diverse
workforce. Join us in "Inspiring Generations through Knowledge and
Discovery". The Smithsonian Institution offers a competitive
salary and a comprehensive package of benefits. Relocation expenses
are not paid.
Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover
letter using this
link by 11:59 pm on September 29, 2023. 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.
What To Expect Next: Once the vacancy announcement closes, a
review of your resume will be compared against the qualification
and experience requirements related to this job. After review of
applicant resumes is complete, qualified candidates will be
referred to the hiring manager.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and
The Smithsonian Institution provides reasonable accommodation to
applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants
requiring reasonable accommodation should contact
firstname.lastname@example.org. Determinations on requests for reasonable
accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. To learn
more, please review the Smithsonian’s Accommodation
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