National Museum of the American Indian | Smithsonian Institution
Associate Director of Advancement
Washington, D.C. or New York, NY
A diverse and multifaceted cultural and educational enterprise, the National Museum of the American Indian is an active and visible component of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex. The National Museum of the American Indian cares for one of the world's most expansive collections of Native material, including objects, photographs, archives, and media covering the entire Western Hemisphere, from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego.
The National Museum of the American Indian operates three facilities. The museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., offers exhibition galleries and spaces for performances, lectures and symposia, research, and education. The museum in New York City (George Gustav Heye Center) houses exhibitions, research, educational activities, and performing arts programs. The Cultural Resources Center in Suitland, Maryland, houses the museum's collections as well as the conservation, repatriation, and digital imaging programs, and research facilities. The museum's off-site outreach efforts, often referred to as the "fourth museum," include websites, traveling exhibitions, and community programs.
The National Museum of the American Indian is an institution born out of necessity and committed to serving indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere in their continuing struggle for social, economic, and political justice. The museum seeks to counteract ignorance and bias with knowledge and perspective. The museum believes in the American people and American institutions, and is convinced that when they are properly informed, they will support programs, projects, and policies that promote the self-determination of Native Nations.
The Associate Director of Advancement serves as chief advancement officer and oversees all aspects of the National Museum of the American Indian's external affairs activities, inclusive of development, membership, special events, marketing, and communications/public affairs functions, and leading corresponding staff in the museum's Department for External Affairs. Reporting to the museum director, with dotted-line responsibility to the Smithsonian Institution's central Office of Advancement, the Associate Director of Advancement will be charged with significantly increasing contributed revenue, high impact partnerships, awareness, and powerful connections with both the museum's existing stakeholders and emerging audiences. S/he will work closely with the museum director to create advancement plans and enterprise-wide marketing goals reflecting the larger strategic goals of the museum. The Associate Director of Advancement also collaborates with the museum director, as well as other members of the Museum Associates Council (the museum's senior management group), on overall organizational strategy. The Associate Director of Advancement may be based in Washington, D.C. or New York City.
The museum seeks an innovator in philanthropy who has deep experience in major gifts fundraising and campaign strategy and execution. S/he must be a student of modern philanthropy and able to effectively leverage complementary advancement functions through strategic, forward-thinking integration. The successful candidate will be a proven leader, manager, mentor, and collaborative colleague who is comfortable driving major initiatives and supporting the leadership of others, and has a track record of effectively managing organizational change.
Required qualifications and experience: dedication to the mission and goals of the National Museum of the American Indian, and a working knowledge of key issues impacting Native communities; bachelor's degree, advanced degree preferred; minimum of seven to 10 years of experience in progressively responsible development leadership positions, which includes work in all functional areas (individual giving, institutional giving, annual giving, planned giving, stewardship, board relations) and participation in a major capital campaign, preferably within a major cultural institution, nonprofit organization, educational institution, or other environment of similar complexity; demonstrated ability to provide management oversight, leadership, and direction with at least five years of significant supervisory experience, including experience creating and managing a budget; particular strength in developing the case for support and strategic, complex, and innovative fundraising plans, and executing against those plans to achieve goals and objectives; hands-on experience with six and seven-figure gifts and greater, including cultivation through solicitation and stewardship, as well as experience working with annual giving strategies for grooming the next generation of annual leadership and major gift donors; experience in high-level, New York metropolitan area philanthropy is preferred; demonstrated ability in planning and executing integrated, strategic marketing and communications in support of achieving programmatic, institutional, event, and fundraising goals; functional understanding of how to effectively leverage various communication mediums and distribution channels for optimal exposure and impact; experience identifying, nurturing, and motivating volunteers, particularly board members, and an appreciation for their role in building an effective fundraising network; and an ability to extract and analyze data to make effective, efficient decisions about donor strategy and process.
The Smithsonian Institution has retained Diversified Search to assist in this confidential search process. Inquiries, nominations and applications (current resumes and cover letters) should be directed electronically to:
Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.
Practice Leader – Development & Philanthropy
The Chrysler Building, 405 Lexington Avenue, 49th Floor, New York, NY 10174