Chief Development Officer

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Philadelphia, PA


For over 200 years, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) – 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 American paintings, sculptures, and works on paper and for its exhibitions that are helping to broaden the story of American art to be more inclusive of women and artists of color. Its archives house important materials for the study of American art history, museums, and art training.


PAFA seeks an entrepreneurial and collegial fundraising leader to serve as the Chief Development Officer.  Reporting to the President & CEO, the successful candidate will be a key member of the Senior Leadership Team and will have four direct reports and will oversee a team of 12.  The successful candidate will support PAFA stakeholders including the Board of Trustees, senior leadership, 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 demonstrated ability to multitask over multi-timeframes and a record of closing principal and planned gifts, ideally within a museum, arts, or higher education environment. The successful candidate will build and expand the planned giving program.  S/he will systematically identify and build relationships with new sources of support and develop a national donor constituency. The Chief Development Officer will possess the stature and poise to work with philanthropic leaders. S/he will have the opportunity to launch Phase II of the capital campaign, which will include capital improvements for an historic landmark building and endowment.


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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