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With dynamic leadership throughout the Institution, we are focused on broadening our reach by engaging new audiences who haven’t always been represented in museums and creating a more robust virtual Smithsonian that complements and amplifies our collections, our expertise, our exhibitions in ways unimaginable just a few years ago. Through this digital strategy we plan to touch every home and every school in America. Marrying the possibilities of digital access with the strong educational and programming offerings housed in our museums and research centers, we will provide equal and effective educational access to all primary and secondary school children.
- Following a successful national campaign, the Smithsonian has built a model fundraising organization, one that will meet the growing needs of this unique organization and offer excellent professional opportunities.
- As we continue to build on our success, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery seeks to hire an accomplished Director of Advancement responsible for planning, directing, implementing, and evaluating both annual and long-range comprehensive fundraising activities for the museum.
- The Director of Advancement reports to the Museum Director and serves as a member of the executive leadership team to set priorities and develop strategies to accomplish the museum’s goals.
- The Director oversees the work of a high-performing advancement team, comprised of eight full-time staff focused on advancement and special events including the gala production, to plan, direct and implement fundraising strategies and initiatives in the areas of major gifts, planned gifts, corporate and foundation support.
- Minimum of seven years of relevant experience in major gifts fundraising and management, preferably within a major cultural institution, nonprofit organization, educational institution, or other environment of similar complexity.
- Demonstrated success in building long-term donor relationships and securing five-seven figure gifts.
- Proven ability to lead, develop and supervise a team of advancement and special events professionals, and unpaid staff to include fellows, interns and volunteers.
- Experience in the development and implementation of strategic, complex, and innovative fundraising plans for an advancement program and executing against those plans to achieve goals and objectives. Experience working directly with senior members of an organization and the ability to effectively strategize and engage various groups and constituents.
- Superior written and oral communication skills; the ability to understand and translate information for all audiences; clarity, crispness, and elegance in writing and speaking.
- Excellent interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to work well with people at all levels of an organization across a diverse range of educational and social backgrounds, and to demonstrate an honest respect for each individual.
Company: Smithsonian Institution
Vacancy Type: Full Time
Job Functions: Others
Job Location: Hagerstown, MD, US
Application Deadline: N/A