Advancement Associate (Membership)

Job Type

Full Time




District of Columbia
United States


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 Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) has an opening for an Advancement Associate to provide technical and administrative support for the NMAAHC Membership Program. This position is located in the Office of Advancement at the NMAAHC and reports to the Senior Advancement Program Officer (Membership and Annual Giving)

The National Museum of African American History and Culture's purposes are to acquire, maintain and preserve objects which document social, cultural, political, military, technological and scientific developments in the United States related to the African American experience; conduct scholarly research; publish findings for both scholarly and general audiences; and to interpret historical developments through public exhibits and programs, as well as digital content.

The Advancement Associate (Membership) works as the NMAAHC liaison with members and external constituents; assists with the online strategy and implementation for the museum's campaigns; resolves inquiries that come from the NMAAHC Call Center; generates correspondence for current, former and prospective NMAAHC members; writes and edits materials in response to inquiries; updates records in the membership databases and assists with database programming to ensure correct donation processing; develops reports on online transactions and for list management; monitors and reconciles the data entry of information by the gift processing company to ensure accuracy; and works with the SI Office of Advancement to ensure the accuracy of data.

Qualified candidates will have one year of related experience providing support to a membership fundraising program; responding to member inquiries and resolving problems; utilizing fundraising software to update and reconcile donor information; and writing and editing fundraising materials designed to devise ways to increase membership. Candidates will also successfully demonstrate strong communication skills, an ability to successfully manage multiple deadlines, and superior organizational skills. A Bachelor's degree is highly desired, a Master's degree is preferred.

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 by March 23, 2018 to Please include the position title in your email 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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Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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