The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM) in its search for a Director of Individual Giving.
The NASM's Office of Advancement (OA) seeks an entrepreneurial, charismatic, and creative Advancement professional to lead its hard-working, fast-paced Individual Giving team. The incumbent will play an important role in building private support from individuals for NASM's $250M TransformationCampaign and educational initiatives. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience cultivating, soliciting, closing, and stewarding major gifts from individuals, as well as experience supervising fundraising professionals. This position, which requires an ability to think creatively about project-driven fundraising in order to identify new prospective donors, develop fundraising strategies, and articulate giving opportunities for exhibition and education initiatives, is located in the National Air and Space Museum's Office of Advancement, currently located across the street from the Museum at L'Enfant, and reports to the Director of Advancement.
This is an exceptional time in NASM's history, as construction begins on the most ambitious
reimagining of its flagship building on the National Mall since it opened its doors in 1976. This transformation will take place over the next five to seven years, during which every one of the 23 galleries will be completely redesigned with state-of-the-art exhibitions and innovative digital features that will give visitors a hands-on museum experience. Through it all, the Museum will remain open for the millions of people who visit every year. This new position offers exciting opportunities for the successful candidate to make a significant impact on the future of NASM. There is no better time to join this amazing Institution.
The NASM Office of Advancement oversees and guides the fundraising efforts for the Museum and coordinates with the Smithsonian's Central Office of Advancement. The office engages with staff throughout NASM in accomplishing their goals.
NASM's mission is to "Commemorate, Educate, Inspire." At both of its locations, the Museum presents programs, educational activities, lectures, and performances that reflect the American spirit, and the innovation, courage, and optimism that have led to triumphs in the history, science, and technology of flight. At the Museum in Washington, DC, which opened in 1976 and is located in the heart of the Smithsonian complex, some of the most awe-inspiring icons of flight are on display. The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, located near Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia, is a massive structure with open, hangar-like settings that accommodate large aircraft and spacecraft, as well as entire collections of aviation and space artifacts.
A Bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least six years of progressively responsible front-line fundraising experience, preferably within a large cultural institution or a complex higher education environment. Supervisory experience is preferred. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and resume.
The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum complex and research organization. Composed of 19 museums and a many additional research centers in this country and around the world, the Smithsonian was created by an act of Congress in 1846. In accordance with the terms of the will of James Smithson of England, the Institution’s mission is “the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” It carries out this mission through innovative research, expanding and strengthening its national collections, developing and building new facilities, opening state-of-the-art exhibitions, and reaching out to America’s many diverse communities.Sixteen Smithsonian museums and the Zoo are in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and two museums are located in New York City. The newest Smithsonian museum to be established is the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which will be located on or near the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The Smithsonian is the guardian of many of America’s greatest artistic, scientific, and historic treasures. Supported by authoritative scholarship, the Institution connects Americans to their cultural heritage and also acts as an international leader in scientific research and exploration.