Major Gift Officer

Job Title: 
Major Gift Officer
Job Description: 

Major Gift Officer

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution continues with a comprehensive strategic plan, expands the programming, educational, and scholarly activity of its museums and research centers, and completes its very first Institution-wide fundraising campaign. 

The Smithsonian is building 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.  There is no better time to join this amazing Institution.

The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum seeks a creative and energetic individual to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward individuals for major gifts. Duties include expanding the Museum’s donor community; creating and implementing innovative strategies for securing major gifts; managing a portfolio of prospects; and preparing proposals and other donor communications. The position is based in New York, NY and reports to the Associate Director, Strategic Development, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.   

Progressive fundraising experience, a drive to succeed, and ability to close major gifts should be demonstrated in your application. Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; the ability to meet frequent/changing deadlines; and arts and humanities knowledge are essential to success.  Three plus years of experience in gifts fundraising at a national organization is desired. Experience in complex higher education or a large cultural organization is preferred.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. Cooper Hewitt educates, inspires, and empowers people through design by presenting exhibitions and educational programs and maintaining active publications.

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 oastaffing@si.eduby March 6, 2017.   

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

Smithsonian Institution, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
To Apply:
Start Date: 
Tue, 02/07/2017
Job Location City: 
New York
Job Location State: 
Job Location Zip: 
Job Time: 
Job Website URL:
Job Contact Name: 
Office of Advancement Staffing
Job Contact Email:

Fundraising Day in New York 2017

Learn about Fundraising Day in New York 2017. View now>


Become A Member

AFP NYC offers a variety of valuable member benefits to help you further your fundraising career.