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Campaign Operations Manager

Smithsonian Institution
District of Columbia, United States
$94,199.00 - $106,759.00
Closing date
Dec 20, 2023

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Position Type
Fundraising, Capital Campaigns
Employment Type
Full Time

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time at the Smithsonian.  What is the Smithsonian’s vision for the future? It’s quite simple: to build a better future for all. Smithsonian Secretary Bunch and the institution’s leadership have begun work on a campaign that will fund this vision. The Smithsonian Campaign for Our Shared Future will secure funds for all Smithsonian museums and centers as the institution reimagines its mission to find solutions for collective challenges in a rapidly changing world. The campaign will provide a foundation for critical research to ensure people and nature thrive together, build unparalleled education programs with families and partners, collect the world’s most precious objects, document the present while reflecting on the past, and reimagine the visitor experience both in-person and online. We will bring the Smithsonian off the National Mall and across the country through dynamic programming and affiliate partnerships, creating access for all. The Smithsonian is also developing two 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 while working with designated units across the campus. There is no better time to join this amazing 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.


 Key Responsibilities

The Smithsonian Office of Advancement seeks an experienced candidate to fill the position of Campaign Operations Manager.  This position is on the Constituent Engagement team in the Office of Advancement, reporting to the Constituent Engagement Director and working closely with the Assistant Secretary for Advancement (ASA) and the Associate Director for Advancement/Liaison to the Office of the Secretary (ADA). The individual in this position is a pivotal member of the campaign planning team and is responsible for managing overall constituent engagement and campaign operations and projects. The responsibilities associated with this position have a significant impact on the campaign both in the Office of Advancement and across all units.

 The incumbent works with the Constituent Engagement director and team leads to ensure efficient team operations, creating and maintaining an overall project calendar for the Constituent Engagement team and ensuring coordination among senior managers on an ongoing basis about timing of major projects and deliverables. The incumbent monitors the overall budgets for the Constituent Engagement team, including the team’s campaign spending, and works closely with the Constituent Engagement Director on forecasting and trends. This position supervises one staff member. The incumbent also serves as the primary point of contact for internal audiences and campaign consultants regarding projects and strategic initiatives related to the campaign and communicates in person, in writing and over the phone with colleagues to ensure that they have all information required and are as engaged as possible in the campaign plans. The Campaign Operations Manager works with the Assistant Secretary for Advancement’s office, drafting and/or finalizing presentations, agendas, and materials for campaign meetings with Smithsonian leadership and external stakeholders.

 Skills, Knowledge, and Expertise

Successful candidates will have:

  • Experience in an advancement office preferred, including familiarity with database management, prospect management, fundraising pipeline management and capital campaigns.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and managing a multi-year departmental budget, including addressing fluctuating needs throughout the fiscal year.
  • Experience in managing diverse revenue streams such as those from gifts and revenue generating activities ensuring compliance with all accounting procedures.
  • Demonstrated experience in understanding and adhering to complex procurement procedures.
  • Experience in managing staff preferred. 
  • Skill in written and oral communications.

 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 package.

 Any false statement in your application may result in your application being rejected and may also result in termination after employment begins.

 Application Instructions

The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a diverse workforce. Join us in "Inspiring Generations through Knowledge and Discovery." Interested candidates should submit their resumes using this link by December 1, 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. Relocation expenses are not paid.

 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 Inclusion

The Smithsonian Institution provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation should contact  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.

 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:

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