Employment Opportunities


About the American Federation of Arts

The American Federation of Arts (AFA) was founded in 1909 following a discussion by congress. Throughout its history the AFA has been a leading champion of access to art and a critical voice for how art impacts everyday communities. Over the AFA’s history it has partnered and presented hundreds of exhibitions in museums throughout America in collaboration with the finest museums and collections world-wide. The AFA has approximately 100 partner member museums and continues to be a leading advocate for art in communities and cross-cultural exchange that unites visitors around the power of art and shared experiences. The AFA is a nimble organization and looks for fresh perspectives and new opportunities for exhibitions to inform the present and strengthen understanding among cultures. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access underpin its value system and form the foundation on which it strives to deliver the very best experiences for American museums. The AFA’s national-caliber Board brings together decades of museum experience, broad museum and art world connections and expertise to advise and guide the AFA’s mission and programs. Throughout its 113-year history the AFA has been dedicated to enriching the public’s understanding of the visual arts. Arguably now more than ever, the AFA’s commitment to art, diverse audiences and access to art, strengthens its position as the leader in traveling exhibitions internationally.

Key Responsibilities

  • In tandem with Director, create, manage, and execute all aspects of the organization’s special events, member events, and public programs. Events include an annual gala, annual spring luncheon, day trips, cultural travel program, museum visits, collector’s visits, artist studio visits, cultivation events, and other events as assigned
  • Manage AFA’s robust individual membership and museum membership program, working with Development Coordinator to send quarterly membership renewals, strategize and drive new members, and manage fulfillment of benefits (including coordinating art fair passes, exhibition invitations, catalog mailings, etc.)
  • Work with Director of Institutional Advancement on events-related sponsorship proposals; coordinate the fulfillment of sponsorship benefits
  • Work with Communications department to coordinate and produce printed and electronic materials for events (postcards, invitations, e-blasts, event programs, website and social media content, signage, etc.)
  • Interact with key patrons and donors inclusively, including Board of Trustees.
  • Functions as key staff liaison to Development Committee and ad-hoc event committees
  • Identify, cultivate, develop and maintain relationships with prospects; research and identitynew prospects to invite and participate in events
  • Collaborate with communications staff to advise on public relations and communications- related plans and strategies for events and programs
  • Work with staff in other departments to manage and produce public programs that directly relate to the AFA’s calendar of exhibitions
  • Supervise full-time Development Coordinator, interns and event volunteers
  • Identify and meet department and event goals and objectives with the Director and CEO


  • Undergraduate degree in arts related discipline, master’s degree preferred
  • 4-6 years’ experience with project management and special events
  • Excellent organizational, communication (written and verbal), and interpersonal skills
  • Candidate must be able to work independently, as part of a team and across departments
  • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks with attention to detail
  • Established ability to interact with donors at all levels
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge strongly preferred
  • Experience with Mailchimp and Canva desired

Salary Range: Competitive and commensurate with experience. Low to Mid 80’s.

Comprehensive Benefits Package including employer paid insurance premiums for medical, dental, vision, short and long term disability. Generous PTO including 15 vacation days (years 1-4 then 20 days per year after 4 years of service), 12 sick days, 4 personal days, and 10 paid holidays annually.

Hybrid Work Environment

To apply: Submit a cover letter and resume to hr@amfedarts.org by March 1, 2024