Job Overview


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.

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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.