Donor Relations and Stewardship Manager, National Museum of African American History and Culture

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution implements a new comprehensive strategic plan, expands the programming, educational, and scholarly activity of its museums and research centers, and completes its very first Institution-wide fundraising campaign.

Through this national campaign, the Smithsonian is building a model fundraising organization, one that will meet the growing needs of this unique organization and offer excellent professional opportunities.  This new 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 Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) has an opening for an experienced and dynamic Donor Relations and Stewardship Manager to help build the base of individual support for the Museum’s exhibitions, collections, educational and outreach activities, and endowment needs. This position ensures that donors experience high-quality interactions with the NMAAHC that foster long-term engagement and investment. The incumbent’s efforts contribute to facilitating gifts and retaining donors that fulfill a significant amount of the unit’s overall fundraising goals, the progress of various internal programs, and/ or the funding of substantial number of Trust positions.  This fundraising position reports to the Director of Advancement.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture’s purposes are to acquire, maintain and preserve objects which document social, cultural, political, military, technological and scientific developments in the United States related to the African American experience; conduct scholarly research; publish findings for both scholarly and general audiences; and to interpret historical developments through public exhibits and programs, as well as digital content.

The Donor Relations and Stewardship Manager, implements and maintains a consistent donor recognition program that incorporates opportunities and mechanisms for meaningful donor recognition. Manages and oversees donor recognition through correspondence materials, events, programs, and opportunities such as include large-scale events and intimate gatherings.  Advises the Director of Advancement and NMAAHC senior staff of information and materials that should be made available to donors and approaches for the donor relations program. Evaluates the impact and effectiveness of donor relations efforts and advises management on ways to improve. Develops a communications schedule and implement programs designed to engage donors, including: preparing newsletters; sending electronic and written correspondence; scheduling donor events; developing invitation lists to events and activities, responding to donor inquiries, and providing updates on the museum’s progress. Designs and executes appropriate events for the cultivation and stewardship of major donors and supervises Donor Relations and Stewardship staff.

Qualified candidates will have one year of related experience managing a donor recognition program, identifying prospects and making cold calls, advising on donor relation and stewardship strategies, and developing procedures designed to steward and build long-term relationships with donors in a complex organization, preferably a museum or cultural institution.

Candidates will also successfully demonstrate successful experience in identifying prospects and making cold calls; superior communication skills, both oral and written, as well as excellent interpersonal skills; skill in analyzing donor relations programs and developing recommendations to improve and a willingness to travel locally and nationally, approximately 4-6 days per month, and to work evenings and weekends as needed. A Bachelor’s degree is highly desired; Master’s degree is preferred.

The Smithsonian Institution is a unique complex of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research centers.  The Smithsonian is a national and world treasure and is dedicated to its founding mission, “the increase and diffusion of knowledge.”  Its exhibitions, programs, collections, and outreach touch the lives of millions of Americans every year, as well as many who visit us from abroad.

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