Director of Advancement

Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

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Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution implements a new comprehensive strategic plan and expands the programming, educational, and scholarly activity of its museums and research centers.

Following a successful national 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 position offers exciting opportunities for the successful candidate to make a significant impact on the future of the Smithsonian.

Established in 1997, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (APAC) is a national resource for discovering the consequence and complexity of the Asian Pacific American experience through collaboration, exhibitions, programs, and digital experiences. Its vision is to enrich the American Story through the voices of Asian Pacific Americans. The Center accomplishes this mission and vision through its own innovative national programming and digital engagement in addition to working with units across the Smithsonian.

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 seeks to hire an accomplished chief advancement officer with proven fundraising experience to build and manage a portfolio of prospects and donors to execute a fundraising program focused on high capacity giving at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (APAC). The incumbent is responsible designing, implementing, and managing the fundraising strategies and tactics for the Center. The chief advancement officer will secure contributions from individuals, foundations, corporations, and other organizations by discovering and cultivating a productive relationship with prospective and current donors. This position supervises one administrative support staff.

The position has a dual reporting structure to the Director of APAC and administratively to the Director of Individual Advancement at the Office of Advancement. This provides an awareness of the Center’s priorities and goals across the Institution’s broader advancement community. The incumbent works closely with the Office of Advancement to coordinate with colleagues as appropriate on matters relating to proposals, gift agreements, budgets and reporting, and other policy and process areas.

  • At least four years of specialized experience in major gift fundraising, preferably within a major, arts-related institution, non-profit organization, educational institution, or other environment of similar complexity.

  • Demonstrated ability to raise funds, to be a strategic, creative thinker, and to complete projects in an efficient fashion.

  • Experience working with Asian Pacific American donors or organizations and/or a familiarity with topics and issues related to Asian Pacific Americans is preferred but not required.

How to Apply

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. To learn more about the Smithsonian, please visit Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to by August 26, 2019.

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

Posted on July 31