Director of Advancement Communications

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 Director of Advancement Communications reports to the Campaign Director and manages a team that produces a variety of communications and promotional products for use by the Office of Advancement, and the Smithsonian and its units. The Advancement Communications team's efforts engage audiences at every level - from building audience awareness, email marketing and online fundraising to highly customized proposals and case statements for multi-million-dollar gifts. The department oversees overarching advancement messaging for the Institution as a whole, and also functions as an internal agency for the nineteen museums, National Zoo, and nine research centers that make up the Smithsonian.

The director designs, develops and implements a comprehensive advancement communications plan and strategy. S/he develops and directs fundraising messaging, communications and marketing strategies for prospective and existing donors. S/he develops and integrates new fundraising materials and messages using print, video, online and other emerging technologies. S/he collaborates with the Office of Public Affairs for any media stories relating to fundraising initiatives. The director supervises a staff of ten fulltime employees.

Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to lead a team in implementing and sustaining effective communications activities on a schedule and within a large, complex organization. Demonstrated ability to develop productive networks and relationships within a large organization in order to successfully accomplish work goals is essential. Ability to manage multiple projects, adapt to changing priorities and meet deadlines is required. Fundraising and/or non-profit communications experience preferred.

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 services 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. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to by March 19, 2018.

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

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Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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