Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution continues with 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.

The Smithsonian Office of Advancement seeks experienced and creative candidates for an Online Fundraising Manager as part of the Digital Philanthropy team. Reporting to the Associate Director, Digital Philanthropy, the Online Fundraising Manager is responsible for planning digital strategy for the Friends of the Smithsonian membership program and managing online and onsite digital engagement projects aimed at growing the Smithsonian’s email list. This includes developing strategy and content for appeals and list-growth campaigns, analyzing metrics, and advising best practices.

The Online Fundraising Manager also manages special projects in support of museums that fall under the Smithsonian umbrella. This includes crowdfunding campaigns (including but not limited to Kickstarter) and pan-institutional list-growth activities. The Online Fundraising Manager also oversees,, and the development of giving campaign microsites. Project management duties include development of content and strategy, convening colleagues from Smithsonian museums, and shepherding projects through internal review processes.

The Online Fundraising Manager is part of a team of four, and also acts as a liaison with vendors and/or contract employees. As part of the Smithsonian’s central Advancement office, the Digital Philanthropy team also offers guidance and best practices, as needed, for the online fundraising needs of the various museums and research centers that fall under the Smithsonian umbrella. The Online Fundraising Manager offers strategic and technical guidance on an as-needed basis and periodically conducts training in online fundraising best practices.


Successful candidates will demonstrate a strong background in fundraising strategy, communications, and technical knowledge of digital marketing practices and techniques, as well as strong writing and editing skills and experience in the creation of web-based content. The ideal candidate will have experience with Luminate Online (formerly Convio), as well as comparable email programs, HTML, and photo-editing programs.

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 and guidance to development offices across the Institution. The office engages with staff throughout the Smithsonian in accomplishing their goals.

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 June 19, 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
  • 28680109
  • May 24, 2016
  • Online Fundraising Manager
  • Smithsonian Institution, Office of Advancement
  • Development/Membership
  • No