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Advancement Specialist

Smithsonian Institution
District of Columbia, United States
$82,764.00 - $93,798.00
Closing date
Feb 16, 2024

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Position Type
Fundraising, Annual Fund
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.


Key Responsibilities

The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)—the oldest and largest of Smithsonian art museums—seeks a creative and entrepreneurial individual to create scalable growth for the Annual Fund and Director’s Circle membership program. The incumbent will join a collegial and successful Development team that is responsible for raising support for core museum priorities. The incumbent must be able to plan, execute, and manage an annual fund strategy in coordination with counterparts in External Affairs and Digital Strategies and be familiar with best practices in philanthropic messaging and digital communications. This position is also responsible for managing an ambitious membership program to increase acquisition, improve renewal rates, implement innovative donor stewardship, and increase overall membership revenue. The Annual Giving Manager will manage a portfolio of prospects and conduct visits to recruit new members and develop a robust pipeline for SAAM’s major donor and planned giving programs. Event and programmatic experience is vital to the success of both annual giving and membership. Responsibilities include preparing donor communications including solicitations, renewals, and acknowledgments; tracking and reporting on membership; managing direct mail appeals; creating compelling marketing materials; and coordinating membership events.


Skills, Knowledge, and Expertise

Minimum of three years of relevant experience, including managing a membership and annual fund program, is desired. Strong written and verbal communication skills; the ability to manage multiple deadlines; and superior organization skills are essential to success. Experience at a cultural organization is preferred.


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 February 9, 2024. 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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