Manager of Development Events: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

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POSITION: Manager of Development Events

The Manager of Development Events is responsible for the vision and strategic development of events in support of the fundraising initiatives and goals of the development department. The Manager serves as lead planner for a portfolio of events, including PAFA’s two keystone revenue generating events; the Annual Student Exhibition Preview Party and Bacchanal Wine Auction & Gala and all other cultivation and stewardship events.

The ideal candidate will be creative and innovative, with the ability to conceive and execute high quality special events that meet or exceed annual revenue goals, and will have exemplary relationship building skills with donors and across the institution. In collaboration with the Chief Development Officer and Director of Development Operations, the Manager is responsible for managing PAFA’s special events committees and serving as a liaison to PAFA’s Women’s Committee.

The Manager of Development Events must have volunteer management experience and display a high level of maturity and personal integrity. The ability to interact comfortably and tactfully with varied internal and external constituencies is essential. Reporting to the Director of Development Operations, the Manager plays a key role on the Development team.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of experience managing Development events and working with donors at all levels. Volunteer management experience required.
  • Knowledge and ability to create, execute, support, and oversee a comprehensive series of donor events.
  • A strategic thinker who understands how events impact donor engagement and who demonstrates excellent social skills, with large groups as well as with individuals.
  • Proven skills and ability to manage multi-phase projects from inception to completion, including the ability to build consensus among team members and balance multiple concurrent priorities.
  • Experience partnering with marketing colleagues on collateral materials, digital presence, press releases, and event remarks. Strong understanding and experience with digital marketing pieces, including digital communications and social media.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, including the appropriate delegation of responsibilities.
  • Highly detail-oriented, organized, focused and goal-oriented, with a high level of initiative and energy.
  • Adept at problem solving and using judgment in situations requiring independent initiative and tact.
  • Solid skills in Word, Outlook, Excel, and Development database management tools; Raiser’s Edge NXT knowledge and auction software experience preferred.
  • Ability to work flexible and varied hours, including evenings and weekends.
Education Level:
Bachelor’s degree
To Apply

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts accepts digital applications only. A complete application should include the following:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

When submitting your application online, please save your documents as Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx) or PDF (.pdf) files. To help us process your applications as efficiently as possible, please save your files with the following filename format:

  • LastName_FirstName_Resume
  • LastName_FirstName_CoverLetter

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Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is America’s first school and museum of fine arts.  Located in center city Philadelphia, PAFA is intimate in scale with a strong sense of community.  PAFA’s undergraduate degree offerings include a BFA in Studio Art and a coordinated BFA with the University of Pennsylvania. Graduate programs include an MFA and Low-Residency MFA degree, and a Post-Baccalaureate certificate. PAFA’s museum has an outstanding collection of American art, and the museum actively collects and exhibits contemporary art, including work in new media.  Additionally, PAFA is home to the Brodsky Center, a print and papermaking center focused on the creation of innovative editions by contemporary artists.


Because we were the nation’s first art museum and art school, we believe PAFA has a moral obligation to ensure that every member of our community can study and work in an environment where they feel a sense of belonging.  We have the additional obligation of ensuring that our community reflects that rich tapestry of beauty and diversity that surrounds our world.  We are committed to modeling diversity and inclusion for the entire arts, cultural and educational sector, and to maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all.  PAFA is committed to maintaining an inclusive learning environment, and a diverse community of students, faculty and staff.

PAFA is an equal opportunity employer. Women and diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply to work in our pluralistic community.