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Assistant Director of Advancement

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Washington D.C., DC, USA

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. The campaign 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 to make a significant impact on the future of the Smithsonian. There is no better time to join this amazing Institution.


The Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service | Smithsonian Affiliations (SITES|SA) catalyzes public engagement and sparks curiosity and learning by connecting the knowledge, resources, and expertise of the Smithsonian with a vital network of cultural and educational organizations. SITES | SA works in partnership with Smithsonian museums and galleries, research facilities and education centers and in collaboration with museums, cultural, and education organizations around the nation and beyond.


Areas of Responsibility: 

Key Responsibilities

SITES|SA has an opening for an experienced and dynamic Assistant Director of Advancement responsible for developing and managing the fundraising program and generating private support for exhibitions, educational programs, and other priority projects with a broad range of exhibition host venues, Affiliates and in rural communities around the nation. The incumbent will secure contributions from individuals, foundations, corporations, and other organizations by discovering and cultivating a productive relationship with prospective donors; presenting opportunities for giving through solicitation efforts; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with individual donors and prospects; helping to steward board members and their networks; and helping to craft and implement a multi-year fundraising plan.

The position reports to the SITES|SA Director and coordinates closely with the Director of Institutional Advancement from the Office of Advancement. This reporting structure provides an awareness of SITES|SA’s priorities and goals across the Institution’s broader advancement community. The incumbent works closely with the Office of Advancement to coordinate with colleagues as appropriate on matters relating to proposals, gift agreements, budgets and reporting, and other policy and process areas. The Assistant Director of Advancement supervises one advancement team member who will help to craft and implement a multi-year fundraising plan for SITES|SA.


Skills, Knowledge, and Expertise

A minimum of six years of fundraising experience preferably in complex higher education or a large cultural or environmental organization is necessary. A proven success in securing significant contributions through creative discovery and cultivation of productive relationships with prospective donors should be demonstrated in your application. Strong organizational, relationship, collaboration, and communication skills as well as the ability to work independently are essential. The successful candidate will have a passion for learning and exploration, and the desire to join a dynamic and growing operation. Travel is required and work during the evenings and weekends may be necessary.

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.



$112,015 - $126,949

How to Apply: 

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 and a cover letter using this link by December 15, 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.


Additional Information: 

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Smithsonian Institution provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation should contact [email protected].  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:

Organization Info

Smithsonian Institution

Washington D.C., DC, USA
About Us

Through our unparalleled collections and research capabilities, and the insight and creativity we foster through art, history, and culture, the Smithsonian strives to provide Americans and the world with the tools and information they need to forge Our Shared Future.


The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museumeducation, and research complex. We are a community of learning and an opener of doors.

Why Work For Us?: 

The Smithsonian is the guardian of some of our nation’s most valuable scientific, historic, and artistic treasures, and is a leader in research, innovation, and discovery. By working here, you would be making an important contribution to an Institution beloved by the American public and visitors from around the world.

The Smithsonian workforce includes dedicated men and women located in the Washington, D.C., area; New York City; Cambridge, Mass.; several other U.S. states; and the country of Panama. Positions range from astrophysicist to security officer, from art historian to zebra keeper, and from science educator to software developer. The Smithsonian seeks to attract and maintain a creative workforce that is representative of America’s diversity. We are consistently ranked among mid-size agencies as one of the “Best Places to Work.”

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Nov 28 2023
Active Until: 
Dec 28 2023
Hiring Organization: 
Smithsonian Institution