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Seeking Job Applications for a Development Position!

Do you like fundraising and libraries?  If so, we have the job for you!

The Smithsonian Libraries is seeking a Development Associate! This position will assist the Director of Development by managing the Libraries’ annual giving program and help with the preparation, planning and execution of donor-centered events associated with development and fundraising. We are looking for someone with two to four years of successful experience in annual gift fundraising (preferably in a library, university, or museum setting), and with exceptional writing and communication skills.

The Smithsonian Libraries is a dynamic enterprise that serves the information needs of Smithsonian staff and researchers and the general public worldwide. The Libraries builds and maintains nationally prominent collections in the fields of Smithsonian interest and hosts a website that reaches annually over 3.4 million individual visitors. The collections of over 1.7 million volumes, including 50,000 rare books and manuscripts, are particularly strong in natural history and biodiversity; history of science and technology; American, Asian, African, and contemporary art; design and decorative arts; aviation history and aerospace technology; and conservation. Electronic collections comprise over 4,000 online journals and databases. Libraries staff provide direct, personal service to Smithsonian scientists, researchers, and visitors through a network of 20 branch libraries located in museums and research facilities.

The Libraries offers an outreach program of exhibitions, lectures, publications, and other programs for the public. We seek to secure funding for the acquisition of new materials in all formats, including print and electronic. Other fundraising priorities include establishing a Director’s Fund to finance strategic initiatives that further the mission of the Smithsonian Libraries; raising money for digitization of materials for the Biodiversity Heritage Library, the American History and Culture collections, and world art & design collections, and establishing an endowed fellowship program for recognized scholars and researchers to use the Libraries’ special collections.

Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to by February 6, 2012. Please indicate the organization for which you are applying in the subject line of your e-mail.

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Good luck!


One Comment

  1. David Rentals

    Really great! I know someone that would be really interested in that position. Thanks for sharing!

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