Senior Advancement Program Specialist (Major Gifts), National Museum of African American History and Culture

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the newest museum in the Smithsonian family, implements a new strategic plan, expands its programming, educational, and scholarly activity, and continues its first comprehensive fundraising campaign.

This museum is building a model fundraising infrastructure, one that will meet the growing needs of this unique organization and offer excellent professional opportunities.  This position offers exciting opportunities for the successful candidate to make a significant impact on the future of both the museum and the Smithsonian itself.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) has an opening for an experienced and dynamic Senior Major Gift Officer to help build the base of individual support for the Museum’s exhibitions, collections, educational and outreach activities, and endowment needs.   This position will discover and qualify new prospects with a giving capacity of $50,000 and higher; manage a portfolio of up to 125 prospects in order to secure 5-7 figure gifts that contribute toward the Museum’s annual and campaign goals; work with the Planned Giving Office to coordinate cultivation and solicitation strategies for planned giving prospects; create written materials to support fundraising efforts; and design and execute appropriate events for the cultivation and stewardship of major donors. This front-line fundraising position reports to the Assistant Director of Advancement.


Qualified candidates will have one year of specialized experience developing and building long-term donor relationships, stewarding donors, and successfully closing 5-7 figure major gifts in a complex organization, preferably a museum or cultural institution.

Candidates will also successfully demonstrate superior oral and written communication skills; excellent interpersonal skills; a willingness to work evenings and weekends and travel approximately 4-6 days per month; and the ability to use a donor database system to document and track prospect and donor information and interactions. A Bachelor’s degree is highly desired, a Master’s degree is preferred.

The Smithsonian Institution offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive package of benefits.  This is not a Federal Position, but has similar requirements and benefits. To learn more about the Smithsonian, please visit Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter by March 19, 2018 to   Please include the position title in your e-mail subject line.


Please note: This temporary position is for two years with the possibility of extension.

The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


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