Vice President of Major Gifts

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 Vice President of Major Gifts.

The Vice President serves as a key frontline fundraiser for PAFA’s major gift program in support of its Capital Campaign, adding to a robust major gifts program and seeking new opportunities for future contributions. PAFA is seeking an achievement-oriented development professional to serve as a highly visible presence in the community.

PAFA has just publicly launched a Capital Campaign expected to raise a minimum of $25 million, as recommended by a feasibility recently completed by Schultz & Williams of Philadelphia. PAFA is already half-way toward completing the goal with one hundred percent of the Board participating. To make a transformational impact, the Campaign will fund facility renovations, improvements, endowment, and enhance school programming. PAFA has undertaken two important planning processes that will define the next five years of activities including a five-year Strategic Plan (2014-18), and long-range Campus Master Plan that was conducted by Westlake, Reed and Leskoisky (WRL), an award-winning Washington, DC and Ohio-based firm.

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, a two-year, 60-credit MFA, and a unique Low-Residency MFA program. In addition to its degree programs, PAFA serves more than 1,700 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. In 2014, PAFA established a new fund that is one of the largest institutional contemporary art acquisition budgets in the nation.

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 over one hundred cultural organizations, including other museums, the University of Pennsylvania, Philly Reads, and the Philadelphia Zoo.

PAFA has embarked on a $25 million capital campaign that will modernize and provide campus-wide improvements that will better promote our mission and support educational programming. To date, the campaign has raised nearly $15 million and begun work on numerous projects.

A bachelor’s degree is required for this position. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 5 years of experience and the proven ability to cultivate, solicit, and steward major gifts at the five- and six-figure level.

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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