The Smithsonian’s Office of Advancement seeks an experienced and creative Major Gifts Officer (MGO) as a member of its regional major gifts team. Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time as the Smithsonian surpasses its first-ever Campaign goals and translates new philanthropic capacities and visibility across the country. The regional major gifts team plays an important role in building and growing philanthropic communities across the country and working collaboratively with our museums and centers to identify, cultivate, and steward donors across the country.
The Smithsonian is the largest museum and research complex in the world with 19 museums and centers and research and scholarship that ranges from astrophysics to art history and from conservation biology to civil rights. Successful candidates will be able to articulate an appreciation of, and embrace, the depth and breadth of this research and scholarship as well as James Smithson’s unique vision for an organization to increase and diffuse knowledge.
The MGO will play a critical role in furthering an engagement strategy for key regional markets, while developing and managing a portfolio of regional major gift prospects, expanding the scope and scale of the Smithsonian’s philanthropic efforts, and helping formulate strategy and implement plans to achieve fundraising goals.
Successful candidates will demonstrate proven success in securing significant contributions from individuals through creative discovery and cultivation of productive relationships with prospective donors. Strong organizational, relationship and communication skills and the ability to work independently are essential. The MGO will develop and execute strategies for discovery, engagement, present opportunities for support, and complete solicitations.
A minimum of four years of progressive fundraising experience, a passion for learning and exploration, and the desire to join a dynamic and growing operation should be demonstrated in your application. Experience in complex higher education or a large cultural or environmental organization is preferred. Travel is required and work during the evenings and weekends may be necessary.
The Office of Advancement oversees and guides the fundraising efforts of the entire Smithsonian and is home to the central development 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.