The Director of Advancement has overall responsibility to plan, direct, implement, and evaluate the annual and long-range campaign activities for the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (CHSDM). The Director is responsible for managing and coordinating all aspects of a development program designed to advance Cooper Hewitt’s mission and goals.

The CHSDM is America’s design museum. Inclusive, innovative and experimental, the museum’s dynamic exhibitions, education programs, master’s program, publications and online resources inspire, educate and empower people through design.
As Director of Advancement, s/he will be responsible for leading and directing the advancement and membership team. This position reports to the Museum Director.

Working with the Director and the other senior staff, s/he will be an integral member of the senior management team. The incumbent will work closely with the senior team to set priorities, formulate policy, and develop strategies to accomplish the Museum’s strategic goals. S/he works closely with the Museum Director to solicit the active support and involvement of the Museum Board. This position serves as the top expert in philanthropy for Cooper Hewitt.

Provides strategic focus and tactical direction for the campaign and annual development operation.

Develops the overall strategic plan for a campaign model that supports the overall mission of the organization; and involves all staff and volunteers in the planning and development process to utilize their expertise and cultivate their support.

Serves as the chief fund-raising officer for the Museum. Assists the Director by setting fund-raising goals, and managing resources to ensure those goals are met.

Directs the Office of Development and Membership, which includes hiring, managing and coaching staff members, establishing performance goals, and monitoring activities and outcomes.

Manages a personal portfolio of prospects and donors, as well as provide strategy and direction over the full CHSDM portfolio.

Engages and collaborates with the Smithsonian Institution in building consensus in support of the campaign and the CHSDM mission.
Staffs the Director, board members and volunteers with donor engagement efforts and solicitation plans.

Assists in staffing the museum advisory board and its development committee to develop and maintain their role as volunteer fundraisers.

Collaborates with development partners in other Smithsonian museums and centers, and with the central development program to ensure coordination of fund raising processes.

Collaborates with other senior directors and professional staff to ensure that resource allocations and external communications are integrated with Museum program objectives.

Oversees special events to ensure functions reflect the standards and goals of the Museum.

Communicates to staff, external constituents and partners the overall needs, purpose and goals of fundraising.

Mastery level skill of fundraising and marketing methods, techniques and practices and the creativity and ingenuity to develop new concepts and approaches is required.

Demonstrated ability to lead fundraising efforts in a major cultural or educational nonprofit organization to secure external financial support exceeding $2.5 million annually.

Experience in development of comprehensive strategic plans and execution of strategic plans for an advancement program sufficient to outline communication techniques, program activity, budget requirements and establishment of milestones to achieve the assigned objective.

Skill in written communication sufficient to accomplish effective donor communications, grant applications, and sponsorship proposals that secure substantive financial support from foundations and corporations.

Ability to communicate orally sufficient to make effective and persuasive oral presentations for support of cultural projects that secure financial support from a wide variety of donors.

Ability to lead, develop and supervise a staff of 10 or more advancement and special events professionals, and unpaid staff to include fellows, interns and volunteers.

Ability to provide advisory service and expert guidance to board members, officers, and senior staff leadership of cultural or educational nonprofit organizations to achieve multi-million dollar campaign goals.

Skill in fiscal accountability and financial reporting methods.

Ability to analyze the connections between fund raising goals and donor interests to make recommendations about the prospects, and alternatives, for funding sources and possibilities.

This position is recognized as an expert regarding all philanthropic and outreach activities in promoting fundraising.

Background and interest in art and or design.

SALARY: Highly Competitive

TIAA-CREF (Defined Contributions – 12 percent)
Free Life Insurance
Voluntary Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
Long Term Disability
Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield)
Dental (Delta Dental)
Vision (Vision Services)
Flexible Spending Accounts
Free Transit/Commuter Benefits (up to $3,240 commuter costs paid per year)
Annual Leave (13 days) increasing after 3 years (20 days)
Sick Leave (13 days)
Federal Holidays (10 days)
Family Friendly Leave Family Friendly Workplace
Telework Policy
Historic Carnegie mansion and landmark offices
Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden
92Y Fitness Center
Free Entrance to Museums and Galleries
Design Library
Employee Assistance Program
Smithsonian Network
Tarallucci e Vino (Museum Cafe) Discount
Museum Shop Discount
General Employee Discounts

Please submit cover letter and resume (addressing qualification requirements) to
Director of Advancement (subject line).

Application deadline is: Open until filled