Part of Cooper Hewitt’s Advancement Department, the Institutional Giving Officer is responsible for the development and implementation of an annual workplan generating contributed revenue from public and private foundations, Smithsonian Institution sources, and government agencies in support of museum exhibitions and programs, special initiatives, and general operations. The Gift Officer reports to the Chief Advancement Officer and liaises with colleagues in the Advancement Department, at Cooper Hewitt, and across the entire Smithsonian Institution to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward gifts.

Gift Officer maintains an active institutional portfolio and is responsible for participating in prospect qualification, building relationships with funders, developing, writing and editing effective LOIs, proposals and solicitations with supplementary materials as required, and achieving annual contributed revenue goals through new and renewed support. Responsibilities also include execution of gift agreements, general correspondence and invitations, budget oversight, acknowledgements and recordkeeping.
The incumbent plans and manages a calendar of stewardship and engagement activity, including benefits fulfillment, which may include the timely submission of interim and final reports, reconciling budgets, and ensuring compliance with policies, guidelines and grant agreements. They collaborate with colleagues and volunteer leaders to elicit information, align proposals with upcoming program offerings and to fulfil reporting requirements.
The incumbent will take on other duties as assigned, including representing the museum and interacting with a wide range of colleagues and supporters, participating in development-related special events that entail some evening and weekend hours.

Five to seven years’ experience in raising funds from and stewarding relationships with leading foundations and government agencies.
A demonstrated track record of success.
Familiarity with or interest in Cooper Hewitt’s mission and programs.
Effective communication skills, attention to detail and organization.
A team spirit, the ability to take both initiative and direction, and a comfort level with problem-solving and prioritization.
Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office and relational databases)

SALARY RANGE: $96,808 to $100,035
The Smithsonian uses the General Schedule (GS) pay scale for Trust and Federally funded positions. This is a Trust funded position at
Grade 12 / Step 1 – 2.

TEMPORARY TRUST APPOINTMENT: One-year full-time appointment that may be extended beyond the one year (based on performance and budget).

A telework policy is in place across the Smithsonian and is expected to continue, with a requirement for onsite work between one and three days per week.

The permanent duty station is 2 East 91st Street, New York, NY 10128

Thank you for your interest. Please submit a cover letter and resume in a single PDF titled “Institutional Giving Officer” to Veronica Bainbridge, Chief Advancement Officer at

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