The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages the recruitment and retention of qualified candidates for all positions. PAFA encourages members of all diverse groups to seek employment with us.

PAFA strives to offer its employees a competitive and comprehensive benefits package. Our employees are our most valuable resource. Through our benefits partners, PAFA hopes to provide choices to best the needs of our employees and their families.

Benefits offered by PAFA include:

  • Comprehensive Medical Insurance
  • Life Insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
  • Short- and Long-Term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Time Off
  • Qualified Transportation Benefits
  • PAFA Tuition Assistance
  • Professional/Career Development
  • Portfolio/Art Supply Store Discounts
  • PAFA Membership Privileges

Certain terms and limitations apply. PAFA reserves the right to amend or terminate any employee benefit programs or to require or increase employee premium contributions toward any benefits at its sole discretion. This reserved right may be exercised even in the absence of financial necessity.

Current Job Opportunities

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to an environment that 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.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover letter: Must include salary requirements
  • Resume and/or CV
  • Position desired
  • Employment references: A minimum of 3 is preferred

Applicants missing the requested information will not be considered.

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.

Cover Letter LastName-FirstName-CoverLetter
Resume/CV LastName-FirstName-Resume-CV
Additional Supporting Documents LastName-FirstName-DocumentName

Application & Interview Process

All applications are stored on file for up to one (1) year. If your application meets the minimum qualifications for the expressed position, the Human Resources Department will forward your resume to the Hiring Manager. In addition, you may be considered for any position for which you are qualified.

We are unable to provide any additional information regarding job opportunities beyond what is provided in the advertisement.

Due to the number of resumes received, we cannot answer specific questions about your status. Be assured that we will contact you in the event of an appropriate match.

We appreciate the interest of all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted by the Human Resources Department. Due to the significant volume of resumes received, we cannot answer your questions about status.


Interns work with the professional staff of PAFA and participate in the work of a department. They are placed within PAFA based on their interests, educational experience, preferences, and availability. Most PAFA internships are unpaid and are available throughout the year.

Interested in an internship? Send your resume to the Human Resources Department at Any requests for internships sent to PAFA staff members will be forwarded to the Human Resources Department for consideration.

PAFA also collaborates with schools including the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware to provide opportunities for specialized fields. PAFA students are encouraged to talk with the Career Services Department about internships.

About PAFA

Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is America's first school and museum of fine arts. A recipient of the National Medal of Arts, PAFA offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the fine arts, innovative exhibitions of historic and contemporary American art, and a world-class collection of American art. PAFA’s esteemed alumni include Mary Cassatt, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Thomas Eakins, William Glackens, Barkley L. Hendricks, Violet Oakley, Louis Kahn, David Lynch, and Henry Ossawa Tanner.