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Director of Institutional Relations, Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

Smithsonian Institution
Washington, DC 20001
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    112655078

Grade: 14
Location: Washington, DC
Status: Open to All
Closing: August 30

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.

The Smithsonian Institution seeks to hire an accomplished Director of Institutional Relations 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 National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute (NZP-SCBI). The incumbent is responsible designing, implementing, and managing the foundation and corporate fundraising strategies and tactics for NZP-SCBI. The Director of Institutional Relations will secure contributions from foundations, corporations, and other organizations by discovering and cultivating a productive relationship with prospective and current donors.

This position supervises one administrative support staff and receives additional support from the Senior Manager of Institutional Relations and reports to the Chief Advancement Officer. The incumbent works closely with the Office of Advancement to coordinate with colleagues across the Smithsonian as appropriate on matters relating to proposals, gift agreements, budgets and reporting, and other policy and process areas.

Required Qualifications and Experience
  • A broad background with at least seven years of progressive experience in frontline fundraising within a complex environment with multiple stakeholders; experience as a senior development professional with a record of progressive accomplishment in the management of an institutional relations; encompassing work in all relevant areas such as prospect research, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gifts, and reporting.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; an engaging manner, and the capacity to inspire and motivate staff, administrative and leaders, volunteers, donors, and prospects; ability to work collaboratively with colleagues across the Institution while demonstrating cultural sensitivity and a strong respect for differences.
  • Exceptional presentation skills, including the presence to deal effectively with senior level administrators, volunteers, and high net worth individuals; excellent communication skills, including the ability to write, edit, and speak clearly and effectively, and deliver an effective, coherent, and consistent message—a communication style that is open, cordial, and issues-focused.
  • Must possess a passion for the Smithsonian, its museums and research centers, and the goals and mission of the Institution; a natural connection to the work of the Smithsonian and an innate enthusiasm to broadly champion its programs, entities, and values. Experience in an environmental, conservation or animal welfare setting preferred.
  • Creativity in strategy development, engagement of stakeholders. Tracks trends and stays current with new approaches to fundraising, effectively evaluating, testing and leveraging new ideas into NZP-SCBI processes.

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.

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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 www.si.edu. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to oastaffing@si.edu by August 30, 2019.

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

PI112655078

<br/><b>Grade: </b>14<br/><b>Location: </b>Washington, DC<br/><b>Status: </b>Open to All<br/><b>Closing: </b>August 30<br/><br/>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. <br><br>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.<br><br>The Smithsonian Institution seeks to hire an accomplished Director of Institutional Relations 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 National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute (NZP-SCBI). The incumbent is responsible designing, implementing, and managing the foundation and corporate fundraising strategies and tactics for NZP-SCBI. The Director of Institutional Relations will secure contributions from foundations, corporations, and other organizations by discovering and cultivating a productive relationship with prospective and current donors.<br><br>This position supervises one administrative support staff and receives additional support from the Senior Manager of Institutional Relations and reports to the Chief Advancement Officer. The incumbent works closely with the Office of Advancement to coordinate with colleagues across the Smithsonian as appropriate on matters relating to proposals, gift agreements, budgets and reporting, and other policy and process areas.<br><br><strong>Required Qualifications and Experience</strong><br> <ul><li>A broad background with at least seven years of progressive experience in frontline fundraising within a complex environment with multiple stakeholders; experience as a senior development professional with a record of progressive accomplishment in the management of an institutional relations; encompassing work in all relevant areas such as prospect research, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gifts, and reporting. </li> <li>Strong interpersonal skills; an engaging manner, and the capacity to inspire and motivate staff, administrative and leaders, volunteers, donors, and prospects; ability to work collaboratively with colleagues across the Institution while demonstrating cultural sensitivity and a strong respect for differences.</li> <li>Exceptional presentation skills, including the presence to deal effectively with senior level administrators, volunteers, and high net worth individuals; excellent communication skills, including the ability to write, edit, and speak clearly and effectively, and deliver an effective, coherent, and consistent messagea communication style that is open, cordial, and issues-focused.</li> <li>Must possess a passion for the Smithsonian, its museums and research centers, and the goals and mission of the Institution; a natural connection to the work of the Smithsonian and an innate enthusiasm to broadly champion its programs, entities, and values. Experience in an environmental, conservation or animal welfare setting preferred.</li> <li>Creativity in strategy development, engagement of stakeholders. Tracks trends and stays current with new approaches to fundraising, effectively evaluating, testing and leveraging new ideas into NZP-SCBI processes.</li> </ul><br>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. <br><br><a href="https://giving.si.edu/sites/default/files/nzp_dir_8.1.19.pdf">DOWNLOAD THE DESCRIPTION</a><br><br>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 <a href="http://www.si.edu">www.si.edu</a>. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to <a href="mailto:oastaffing@si.edu">oastaffing@si.edu</a> by August 30, 2019.<br><br><em>The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.</em><br/><br/> <img src="https://analytics.click2apply.net/v/ygbwPgtbmkRbukAdFWXaD"> <p>PI112655078</p>
Posted: 2019-08-08 Expires: 2019-09-09

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