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Job Opening: Senior Advancement Officer

Job Title
Senior Advancement Officer,
Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program
For all inquiries, email
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
February 17, 2012
Office of Advancement

Update February 21 – This position is now closed.

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional moment in Smithsonian history. The Institution is implementing a groundbreaking comprehensive strategic plan that expands the programming, educational, and scholarly activity of its museums and research centers, and undertakes its very first Institution-wide fundraising campaign. In planning for the 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 new position offers exciting opportunities for the successful candidate to make a significant impact on the future of the Smithsonian. This is the time to join this amazing Institution.

The Senior Advancement Officer, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program (APAP), plans and accomplishes all aspects of fundraising for the organization in support of its goals. The position reports to the Director of the Asian Pacific American Program.

Specific duties include:

— Works collaboratively with APAP Director and other staff in establishing funding priorities
— Establishes and maintains relationships with a variety of key donors and prospects and plans and executes effective fundraising approaches to meet funding priorities
— Manages the work of the APAP Advisory Board and APAP’s relationship with the board members
— Develops effective and creative ways to advance the mission of the APAP
— Coordinates efforts closely with the Smithsonian Office of Advancement

Successful candidates will demonstrate experience and success in fundraising, strong organizational and communication skills, the initiative and ability to work independently, and the capacity to think creatively about expressing the importance of history, art and culture. A minimum of four years of progressive fundraising experience, a passion for learning and exploration, and the desire to join a dynamic and growing operation should be demonstrated in your application. Experience in complex higher education or a large cultural or environmental organization is preferred. Extensive travel required.

Smithsonian human sunburst.

Smithsonian human sunburst.

Founded in 1998, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program (APAP) provides vision, leadership, and support for all Asian Pacific American activities for the Smithsonian and works to better reflect the contributions of Asian Pacific Americans to the American experience, world culture, and the understanding of our planet and the natural world throughout Smithsonian collections, research, exhibitions, education, and outreach. To this end, APAP curates public programs, educational materials, and traveling exhibitions with a community-based approach and focus.

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.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to by February 17th. Please indicate “APAP” in your e-mail subject line.

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


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