Vice President of Major Gifts

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Philadelphia, PA


For over 200 years, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts – the oldest art museum and school in the nation – has supported a close-knit community of faculty, critics, scholars, curators, museum-professionals, and alumni and created a home for contemporary artists to reinvent tradition and make their own mark on the future.  PAFA is a national leader in fine arts education that brings together artists and the public through exceptional teaching programs, a world-class collection of American art, major exhibitions, and widely accessible public programs.


This specialized and unique art school attracts some of the most committed and promising art students from across the country and around the globe to study painting, drawing, printmaking, illustration, and sculpture with a distinguished faculty of working artists. The school holds a position of national prestige, with cutting-edge studio and classroom facilities, private studios for students, a historic cast collection, and the opportunity for students to exhibit in a world-class museum.  PAFA’s museum is internationally known for its collections of 19th- and 20th-century American paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. Its archives house important materials for the study of American art history, museums, and art training.


PAFA is currently in phase one of a $25M capital campaign focused on expanding, improving and modernizing its facilities. Together with the Executive Vice President of Development and other leadership, the Vice President will craft and execute a dynamic fundraising plan focused on increasing, diversifying, and sustaining support from individuals. PAFA seeks a Vice President of Major Gifts to serve as a visible frontline fundraiser and support PAFA stakeholders including senior leadership (the President & CEO, the Dean of the School of Fine Arts, the Edna S. Tuttleman Director of the Museum), academic leadership and faculty, curatorial leadership and staff, and colleagues to achieve strategic and campaign funding goals.


The ideal candidate for this opportunity will have a track record of closing major-level gifts ($25,000+), ideally within a museum, arts, or higher education environment.  The Vice President of Major Gifts will possess the stature and poise to work with philanthropic leaders and effectively support PAFA’s executive, volunteer, academic, and curatorial leadership.  In addition to focused energy and flexibility, the successful candidate will bring superior communication abilities and the professional maturity to build strategic alliances with external and internal constituencies.


PAFA has retained Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC to assist on this recruitment. Please send nominations, expressions of interest, and applications to FPS via e-mail:  To be fully considered, an application must include: an up-to-date resume and a formal letter of interest that specifically cites the experiences that best prepare the applicant for this role and why this particular opportunity is desired.  Additional materials and information will be requested during the review and interview process.


PAFA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to an environment which welcomes and encourages the recruitment and retention of qualified candidates from all diverse groups.  PAFA provides equal opportunity to applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or status as a veteran.

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