Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution implements a new comprehensive strategic plan and expands the programming, educational, and scholarly activity of its museums and research centers.
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. This position offers exciting opportunities for the successful candidate to make a significant impact on the future of the Smithsonian.
The Director of Donor and Volunteer Engagement will work as a senior manager within the Smithsonian's central office of Advancement to lead programs and outreach that engage volunteer leaders, donors and prospects associated with the Smithsonian, with overarching goals of broadening financial support for the Institution and building the foundation for our next comprehensive campaign.
With a focus on volunteer engagement, donor relations and events, the director will shape and oversee the execution of coordinated annual programmatic, messaging and engagement strategies for key Smithsonian-wide volunteer leadership and donor audiences, including the Smithsonian Regional Councils, the Smithsonian National Board (SNB), and institution-wide top donor stewardship groups. S/he will work with colleagues and senior leadership in the central office and across all Smithsonian museums and centers in developing and executing programs that highlight the Institution's initiatives and priorities.
The Director will oversee the Volunteer Engagement, Events and Programming team, directly managing the Associate Director for Volunteer Engagement, the Associate Director of the Regional Council Program and the Donor Relations and Events Manager. Strong management, organizational and communication skills are required, as is experience working with high level donors and experienced volunteer leaders. Experience working in a fast-paced environment, executing high-profile events and programs is also a must.
Primary Responsibilities Include:
The Director visions and oversees implementation of pan-institutional top donor stewardship programs, fostering a culture of philanthropy through meaningful recognition and outreach programs and events for high-level donors.
S/he oversees the execution of coordinated annual programmatic and messaging strategies for the Smithsonian National Board and Regional Councils, ensuring that advisory board members and volunteers are inspired, informed and connected through meaningful work, programs and communications showcasing the depth and breadth of content and expertise at the Smithsonian.
S/he visions, develops and executes high-profile programs and events for volunteers, donors and prospects across the country. This includes program development and speaker management.
The Director develops and maintains ongoing and active relationships with key internal and external constituencies. S/he collaborates with the museums and centers to produce strategic outreach efforts that support cultivation and solicitation plans associated with their fundraising plans.
S/he manages the volunteer engagement, events and programming budgets.
The Office of Advancement oversees and guides fundraising strategy for the entire Smithsonian and is home to a central development team. The advancement team raises significant support for a variety of Smithsonian initiatives and provides services to development teams across the institution, helping them fulfill their funding priorities.
The Smithsonian is a distinctly American institution of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, nine research centers and 21 libraries. It is a national—and global—treasure, 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 from abroad, online and in person.
The Smithsonian offers a competitive salary and comprehensive package of benefits. This is not a federal position, but has similar requirements and benefits. Interested candidates should submit their resumes, writing samples and a cover letter to email@example.com by July 31, 2019.
The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.