Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution continues work on a 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 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 Institution’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), one of the most visited museums in the United States, invites you to be a part of its dynamic fundraising team, as the Museum conducts a $230 million campaign, which is part of an overall Smithsonian Comprehensive Campaign.

The Museum is seeking an experienced and creative candidate to fill an Advancement Specialist position. Under the direction of the Annual Giving Officer, the Advancement Specialist will plan and execute both the on-line and direct mail annual fund appeals and renewals/fundraising strategy to maximize online and offline annual giving. The incumbent will develop and implement new digital outreach/engagement strategies to identify and solicit potential donors and expand the overall base of support and will also be responsible for the development and implementation of multi-channel donation forms for websites, email, direct mail, events, and telemarketing campaigns and will develop and produce reports using a variety of reporting tools including, data analytics, event registrations, communications statistic tools.


Successful candidates will demonstrate a strong background in fundraising strategy, communications, and possess technical knowledge of digital fundraising practices and techniques, demonstrated by experience in creation of web-based content and with a variety of web-based fundraising tools (Luminate Online/Convio). Interpersonal skills to facilitate work with a diverse group of individuals and ability to work well under pressure and tight deadlines while handling multiple assignments also required.


  • Pre-employment Background Investigation must be successfully completed.
  • Irregular tour of duty to include evenings and weekends may be required for special events.

The Museum has attracted eight-figure gifts in each of the last five years. Our challenge now is to leverage the extraordinary strength of the higher levels of the donor pyramid. We are growing the Museum’s donor base at the five-, six- and seven-figure levels, acquiring new donors through annual giving, and moving funders through the giving cycle. Identifying, cultivating, and soliciting new donors at all levels will be critical to the success of the current campaign and NMNH’s future fundraising efforts. To learn more about the Museum, please visit

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.

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 to by April 6, 2016.

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


Job Information
  • Washington, Dist. Columbia, 20560, United States
  • 27333309
  • March 11, 2016
  • Advancement Specialist (Online Giving), National Museum of Natural History
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Development/Membership
  • No