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Job Title:  Development Specialist
Agency:  Smithsonian Institution
Job Announcement Number:  14R-DP-298973-TRF-NMAI

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$53,500.00 to $69,545.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, November 06, 2013 to Friday, November 22, 2013
Full-Time, Permanent. - This is not a Federal Position, but has similar requirements and benefits.
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This position is open to all candidates eligible to work in the United States.


This position is located in the George Gustav Heye Center of the National Museum of the American Indian-NY (NMAI-NY), Smithsonian Institution. The employee is responsible for helping to secure private and government funding for NMAI, primarily through the development and administration of funding proposals.

The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a diverse workforce. Join us in "Inspiring Generations through Knowledge and Discovery."


  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
  • Complete a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer


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  • Works with the Director of Development to achieve fund-raising goals articulated by the Advancement Office’s annual plan to include implementing fund-raising priorities and adhering to yearly program plans.
  • Carries out long-term museum development strategies; cultivates and solicits foundations, corporations, and government agencies; writes proposals, reports, and letters of inquiry based on research and identification of prospective donors to NMAI; and ensures grants compliance and processes all grants-related administrative paperwork and conducts prospect research.
  • Represents the Director of Development at meetings with potential donors, program and exhibition staff of the NMAI, NMAI membership, and Smithsonian representatives to explain funding opportunities, donor approach strategies, SI sponsorship/donor policies, provide information on the status of the fundraising goals of the NMAI, and provide information on the status of fundraising activities planned for NMAI-NY.
  • Assists with special events management, implementation and gift administration; tracking and reporting on gifts for fundraising benefits; generating donor lists; and generating event-related correspondence.


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Experience: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the Grade 7 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position specialized experience is defined as experience writing fundraising grant proposals and reports; researching and contacting appropriate funding prospects in a foundation, corporate, and/or government sector; and processing administrative paperwork associated with institutional funding from private and government sectors.
Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.
Or Education: Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree OR two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's OR equivalent degree related to the position may be substituted to meet the experience requirements.
Or a Combination: Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications; for example, a half year of experience and a half year of education in the field may be qualifying.
Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.


Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:

  1. Knowledge of concepts, principles, and practices of the professional fundraising field, including writing grant proposals, solicitation letters and reports; developing techniques of prospect research; donor relations; working with volunteers and boards; and correspondence management.
  2. Skill in oral communications, including communicating with colleagues and external stakeholders such as visitors, donors, professional colleagues, prospects and Board members, to effectively convey information about the museum’s mission, programs and exhibitions and develop strategies to address funding opportunities.
  3. Ability to use donor database systems, including generating reports for tracking donors and for other fundraising activities using the database.
Important Note: Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire or other assessment tool for consistency. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Your resume should provide detailed information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.
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The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, vacation and sick leave, holidays, commuter benefits, health/life insurance, and accidental insurance.


Please see Benefits at for a complete description.


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Click on the "Apply Online" button on the upper right side of the page. Please Note:
  • You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button and submit required supplemental documents (if they are relevant to you).
  • You may submit required documents by uploading them online during the application process; OR You may manually fax required documents. Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine. Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date. Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.
  • The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
  • If you are unable to apply online, paper applications may be accepted with prior approval of the Contact Person listed below.


Your application package should include the following documents:
  • Detailed resume created in the USAJOBS Resume Builder.
  • Unofficial school transcripts, if the position has an education requirement or if you are using education to qualify. If selected for the position, you must provide an official transcript before appointment.
  • Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable.


Dana Pinkney
Phone: 202-633-6309
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 202-633-6409
Agency Information:
Office of Human Resources
POB 37012, 600 Maryland Avenue, MRC 517
Suite 5060
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


At the end of the application process you will be able to create and save a PDF file that contains your responses to the assessment questions. You may save this file as initial receipt of your application. After the job announcement closes, you will receive an email from the Smithsonian with confirmation of receipt. The Smithsonian receives many applications for each job. Each application is reviewed carefully which may take a few weeks. We will send you an e-mail to update you as we go through phases of the application review process. You may also check your application status by logging into and selecting the tab "My USAJOBS;" e-mailing; or by contacting the Office of Human Resources Representative listed. Additional Information:
  • Tips on applying for Smithsonian jobs are available at
  • The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses.
  • The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity (

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