Chief Marketing Officer

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Pennsylvania

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted January 9, 2017
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in the search for a Chief Marketing Officer.

Reporting to the President and CEO, this position serves as a member of the senior management team and will be responsible for planning, development, and implementation of all of the organization’s marketing strategies, marketing communications, and public relations activities.

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.

Founded in 1805, PAFA is the nation’s first school and museum of fine art. PAFA provides both undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs. The long-established, 120-credit, four-year Certificate is a studio art-making program with majors in Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, and Printmaking. The PAFA BFA provides concentrations in the four studio disciplines and a rigorous program of liberal arts studies. PAFA also offers a BFA in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania, a joint program established in 1929. The large and vigorous graduate programs include a one-year Post-Baccalaureate Certificate and a two-year, 60-credit MFA. In addition to its degree programs, PAFA serves more than 1,100 non-matriculating students through its continuing education programs.

PAFA’s holdings have been described as one of the three best collections of American art in the world. It is particularly renowned for the works of 19th- and 20th-century masters such as Charles Willson Peale, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, and Stuart Davis. Recent major acquisitions of contemporary art include the work of painter Robert Ryman, sculptor Claes Oldenburg, and video artist Bill Viola. In 2010, PAFA received a milestone gift of nearly 400 works of art by women artists of the 20th and 21st centuries donated by patron Linda Lee Alter. Beginning in 1900, PAFA began collecting the works of African-American art, and today has one of the strongest collections in this area as well.

PAFA organizes the vast majority of its own exhibitions, and publishes significant new scholarship about American art; a number of these projects tour the country. It has made important recent contributions through monographic exhibitions about Henry Ossawa Tanner and George Tooker, for example, and is currently planning important projects about David Lynch, Peter Blume, and Norman Lewis.  

PAFA is committed to serving the entire spectrum of the community through its public programs. These include school visit programs, free family programs on weekends, summer camps, after-school and summer programs for high school students, public lectures and symposia, interactive evening programs, and workshops for teachers. PAFA works in partnership with numerous cultural organizations, including other museums, the University of Pennsylvania, Philly Reads, and the Philadelphia Zoo.

A bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications or a related field is required for this position. A master’s degree is preferred. The successful candidate will have 8-10 years of management experience in marketing, preferably in higher education, with a strong understanding of the arts and culture.

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (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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