National Museum of African American History and Culture | Smithsonian Institution
The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is the first and largest national museum solely devoted to the study of African American history and culture. It launched in 2016 and quickly became a pilgrimage site for millions of individuals from around the world. As the newest member of the Smithsonian family, NMAAHC is already reaching millions worldwide; leading cutting-edge scholarship and global collaboration; designing transformational education and public programs; creating award winning exhibitions; and building one of the largest collections of African American artifacts to preserve this rich history.
The Museum bridges a major gap in our national memory with exhibitions and public programs that focus on a wide arc of history: Slavery, Reconstruction, the Harlem Renaissance, the Great Migrations to the North and West, Segregation, the Civil Rights movement, and beyond, including issues of the 21st century. It also celebrates African American creativity and cultural expression through art, dance, theater, and literature.
As a digital museum with 155 video programs and 50 touch-screen and 14 tablet-based interactive stations, NMAAHC harnesses data and technology to develop innovative experiences, enhance educational programs, and facilitate research and institutional collaboration and partnerships. The Museum’s current award-winning digital presence includes the website, the mobile app, the social media program, and interactive experiences.
The Museum received $270 million from the United States Congress and because of the efforts of Founding Director Lonnie Bunch, the NMAAHC Advisory Council, and the Museum’s staff, an additional $400 million was raised in gifts and pledges to construct the Museum and build its collection. The first capital campaign serves as an exemplar for fundraising at the Smithsonian and is reflective of a far-reaching campaign with a diverse group of more than 170,000 donors throughout the United States and beyond. Approximately 70 percent of the 144 individual founding donors to NMAAHC contributing $1 million or more are African American. The capital campaign yielded leadership gifts of $10 and $20 million as well as an illuminating emergence of first-time donors to the Smithsonian. The vision for the Museum inspired a sense of shared ownership, and a widespread affinity motivated many donors to give at higher levels.
The overwhelming success of the NMAAHC capital campaign can be attributed, in part, to a well-established Museum Advisory Council. The Council and Museum leadership team wish to continue the momentum, visibility, and social and cultural currency with a second campaign that will secure the Museum’s financial well-being for future generations.
Amid this favorable, forward-looking context, NMAAHC seeks candidates for the newly created position of Campaign Director. The Campaign Director is a senior member of the NMAAHC Advancement team. This position will be primarily responsible for the overall strategy planning, implementation, and management of the fundraising campaign to build the Museum's endowment and secure financial support for current programs and initiatives. The Campaign Director will maintain and manage a personal portfolio of select high-potential campaign prospects in support of the Council and key volunteer solicitations. S/he will strive to attain a balance between the decidedly entrepreneurial, nimble development activity that led to the Museum’s initial philanthropic success and further develop campaign activities to ensure that the Museum is fully incorporating best practices and emerging trends in philanthropy, thereby optimizing campaign fundraising. The Campaign Director must champion strategic, data-informed decision-making, and an ethos of continuous improvement, transparency, and accountability.
Required qualifications and experience:
- Dedication to the mission and goals of NMAAHC, and broad cultural knowledge regarding African American philanthropic communities and a sophisticated understanding of key issues therein. A working knowledge of African American history is strongly preferred.
- Minimum of seven years of experience in progressively responsible development leadership positions, which includes work in all functional areas (individual giving, institutional giving, planned giving, stewardship, board relations) and participation in a major capital campaign (planning, implementation, management, and successful conclusion), preferably within a major cultural institution, nonprofit organization, educational institution, or other environment of similar complexity.
- Experience in developing, implementing, and monitoring strategic campaign plans, including creating and managing a budget, as well as reporting on progress to senior administrative leaders and board members. Skilled at goal setting and measuring success, and agility in addressing alternate program directions to meet goals when necessary.
- Particular strength in developing the case for support and strategic, complex, and innovative fundraising plans, and executing against those plans to achieve goals and objectives.
- Hands-on experience with six and seven-figure gifts, including cultivation through solicitation and stewardship. Success in identifying prospects and securing gifts from both defined and undefined constituencies.
- Demonstrated ability in planning and executing integrated, strategic communications in support of achieving fundraising goals.
- Experience in identifying, nurturing, and motivating volunteers, particularly board members, and an appreciation for their role in building an effective fundraising network.
- The ability to extract and analyze data to make effective and efficient decisions about strategy and process. A working knowledge of modern data management practices and techniques, including database information systems, data modeling, and analysis is a plus.
- The ability and willingness to travel as necessary, nationally and internationally.
Please note: The initial appointment to this position is designated not to exceed two years, but the appointment may be extended on a biannual basis.
The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
NMAAHC has retained Diversified Search to assist in this confidential search processes. Inquiries, nominations, and applications (current resumes and cover letters) should be directed electronically to:
Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.
Founder and Practice Leader – Development & Philanthropy
The Chrysler Building, 405 Lexington Avenue, 49th Floor, New York, NY 10174