Chief Education and Engagement Officer

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Philadelphia, PA, USA



Full time

Dec 30


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.

Diversity Statement

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.

Job Summary

Reporting to the President, the Chief Education and Engagement Officer (CEEO) is a senior staff member and provides entrepreneurial leadership and strategic direction for planning, delivering, reporting, and evaluating museum and community education activities, workforce training programs, customized skills development training, continuing education, and professional development responsive to market-driven educational needs that meet institutional priorities and achieve financial objectives.

The Chief Education and Engagement Officer is responsible for museum education, public programming, and credit and non-credit bearing options for creative exploration in the arts, on-campus, online, and through summer intensives, to adult and pre-college learners. This position will explore diversifying the delivery models for the existing programs and imagining different modalities for new programs, ensuring that programs and learning opportunities are available to an extensive range of students and professionals. Finding the correct balance of online, on-site, and hybrid delivery is critical in staying relevant and increasing enrollment. Program examples include: Continuing education courses and institutes for teachers, school administrators, and professionals. Expand museum education opportunities to teach students with artifacts, dioramas, and immersive PAFA exhibitions to foster learning by young children about the historical and cultural contexts of PAFA’s museum; Community outreach, family programs, and summer camp; and Pre-College programming.


In addition to day-to-day operations, this position will initiate, plan, and manage a diverse portfolio of grants that support institutional efforts and increase earned revenues from program participants. Working collaboratively with the Development team, this position will assist in cultivating donors and general fundraising activities to benefit the program area and cultivate interest among its audiences for enrollment in PAFA’s education programs.

Essential Functions:

This position will inspire, lead, guide, and direct administrative, instructional, and support staff to deliver valuable, meaningful, and personally rewarding arts education and curated museum learning experiences. The CEEO will lead the analysis of market opportunities to expand educational opportunities to diverse learners in the region and beyond; increase engagement in learning programs; support community and workforce needs in the region; and enhance the reputation and reach of PAFA. More specifically, the essential functions of the position include:

  • Coordinate the development, implementation, and administration of educational programs, budgetary processes, and community outreach.
  • Plan, create, administer, and evaluate high-quality, sustainable, growth-oriented workforce and continuing education programs that generate net revenue.
  • Develops and implements customized training program offerings directed toward meeting the needs of the business community and regional economic development efforts by increasing the number of business and industry partners participating in contract and/or customized training.
  • Identify relevant funding sources and complete applications for grants related to training and development.
  • Develop, implement and monitor department budgets and grant/contract budgets.
  • Prepare annual budget request and supervises the expenditures of funds.
  • Assist in developing manuals, guides, and other materials necessary to efficiently and effectively administer instructional programs.
  • Develop and implement quality control systems for the effective delivery of non-credit instruction.
  • Oversee all aspects of the evaluation of professional and support staff involved in conference services, youth programming and summer camps, customized training, occupational skills training, and general interest in continuing education.
  • Provide leadership in developing and managing grants from external agencies in cooperation with the Chief Development Officer.


Qualified candidates will possess a master’s degree as well as a minimum of 7 years of experience in program development and coordination of education and non–credit courses, including workforce training and economic development. Prefer supervisory experience and background in working with community organizations and outreach programs. Well-developed skills that support creative approaches for working with adults, families, schools, teachers, and general museum audiences alike are imperative. The ability to work and lead effectively in a collegial and participatory manner emphasizing team-building with all segments of the campus community.

  • Must possess administrative, supervision, professional development, and community relations expertise. Strong full-time business management experience and skills, including writing business plans, entrepreneurship, contract training responsibilities, etc. Experience working in an educational environment.
  • Proven ability to grow revenue, successfully cultivate new business relationships and meet revenue targets.
  • Proven ability to identify opportunities for learning and performance to yield measurable business outcomes.
  • Evidence of entrepreneurial leadership in developing and implementing sustainable learning programs.
  • Evidence of expertise in learning and education best practices. Expert knowledge of Learning Sciences, Instructional Design, Modern Learning Experience Tools, and Methodologies.
  • Evidence of success in establishing and maintaining partnerships with external organizations and employers.
  • Candidates will possess strong leadership skills and a proven track record as competent manager with sophisticated skills in problem-solving, organizational strategy, and budget creation and management. Direct experience managing staff and/or similarly complex project management skills is required. Serious candidates will be excellent communicators and listeners with particular skills in written communication and oral presentation.
  • Effectively analyze problems, determine solutions, and take decisive action leading to successful outcomes.
  • The ability to anticipate conditions and plan to overcome challenges or capitalize on opportunities.
  • Demonstrated experience in employee supervision and performance management.
  • Must be computer literate with a working knowledge of the Internet, e-mail, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Microsoft Office. Ability to learn online functions such as scheduling, etc.

How to Apply

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

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

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*Due to the amount of potential applicants, we do not respond to voice calls or messages about the status of your application. Based on the criteria for the position, the most qualified candidates will be contacted directly. Thank you for your interest in PAFA.

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