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The American Academy in Rome is the oldest overseas center for research and study in the arts and humanities. Each year, the Academy awards the Rome Prize to a select group of artists and scholars who are invited to live and work in a dynamic international community in the heart of Rome. To support the work of these Fellows, the Academy also hosts programming in Rome, New York, and around the United States.

AAR is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Head Chef

The American Academy in Rome, founded in 1894, awards the Rome Prize to a select group of artists and scholars, after an application process that begins in the fall of each year. The winners, announced in the spring, are invited to Rome to pursue their work in an atmosphere conducive to intellectual and artistic freedom, interdisciplinary exchange, and innovation. The community includes Fellows, Residents, Affiliated Fellows, Visiting Artists and Scholars, and members of academic Summer Programs. The organization employs a staff of 50 in Rome and 15 in New York.

The Academy’s Rome Sustainable Food Project (“RSFP”) was founded in 2006 under the guidance of Alice Waters, and provides its community with seasonal, nutritious, and delicious food that nourishes conviviality. Guided by the spirit of the Roman table and using the Academy’s vegetable garden as well as that of nearby farms and organic suppliers, it is the Academy’s aim to provide simple, sustainable food. The RSFP includes an internship program and volunteers from the Academy community and is a member of Rome’s Slow Food Community.


The Head Chef is responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive menu and food program for the Academy, taking direction from the Deputy Director for Programs and Administration (from now on DDPA) and working in partnership with the Academy managers to align the food program with the mission and needs of the Academy. The Head Chef works on all matters related to community and staff meals and catering, and ensures that the food program is within the approved budget and supports the budgetary goals of the RSFP, which are managed by the DDPA. The Head Chef oversees all kitchen personnel, including staff, visiting cooks, interns, and volunteers, together with the Deputy Director for Finance and Administration and ensures that food preparation and production comply with applicable laws and kitchen certifications, together with the Operations Manager.

The Head Chef resides in Rome and is part of a program that is held on evenings, weekends, and holidays. This position is offered for an initial term of two years 2022-2024 and includes housing.


The Head Chef reports to the Deputy Director of Programs and Administration in Rome. The Head Chef works with and directly supervises cooking staff, bar staff and interns.


A. Menu Development and Food Production

  • Responsible for developing lunch and dinner menus throughout the year within RSFP principles and budgetary guidelines
  • Supervises and regularly cooks community and staff lunches and dinners and catering using daily inventory
  • Standardizes food production and ensures consistent quality of all food
  • Performs other menu development and food production responsibilities as needed and directed

Kitchen and Staff Management

  • Ensures that the kitchen is maintained and stocked with ingredients, supplies, and equipment, with the assistance of the Administrative Assistant
  • Responsible for scheduling and supervising cooking staff, visiting cooks, interns, and volunteers, and scheduling and supervising contractors and non-cooking staff
  • In consultation with DDPA and with assistance from the Administrative Assistant, manages the internship program, including reviewing applications and selecting interns, developing an educational program, teaching and mentoring interns, and supervising and evaluating performance
  • In consultation with the Operations Manager, ensures adherence to high health and safety standards in the kitchen, including compliance with HACCP and kitchen certification
  • In consultation with the Superintendent for Gardens, collaborates with the garden staff on all aspects of the kitchen garden, including the cultivation of organic vegetables
  • Performs other kitchen and staff management responsibilities as needed and directed.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function at a high level. The requirements below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or ability required.

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in the field, as chef, sous chef, or similar senior position, with demonstrated skill in sustainable and seasonable cooking
  • Proven knowledge of and commitment to the values of the Slow Food Movement and sustainability
  • Experience and skill in teaching, mentoring, and developing educational programs
  • Demonstrated experience and skill in budget and staff management and food service administration
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently, with significant accountability, motivation, flexibility, willingness to collaborate, and problem-solving skills
  • Good judgment and discretion in handling proprietary, confidential, and sensitive information
  • Ability to represent the institution professionally, to interact diplomatically, and to work productively, with a wide range of internal and external constituents including Fellows, management and support staff, funders, and vendors
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including Word and PowerPoint, as well as Google applications including Gmail and Google Drive
  • Proficiency in English required and working knowledge of Italian preferred
  • Accessibility and availability to work outside of normal business hours in order to participate in specific evening and weekend programs and events

Interest applicants should complete an online application and include a résumé and cover letter at Deadline: April 22, 2022.

The American Academy in Rome (AAR) is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Associate Director, Institutional Giving

The American Academy in Rome New York office is seeking an Associate Director, Institutional Giving who will be responsible for all foundation, government, and corporate fundraising and reports to the Vice President of Development. The Associate Director, Institutional Giving is a critical contributor to the Academy’s annual fundraising goals. The Associate Director, Institutional Giving is a member of the Development team in New York who works in close coordination with Development staff in Rome.


  • Develop and implement a comprehensive acquisition and engagement strategy for all foundation, government, and corporate giving toward a goal of over $1 million annually
  • Cultivate meaningful and long-term relationships with donors and serve as lead relationship manager for institutional contacts
  • Conduct active and continuous research to identify new prospects; analyze past and current funders to find new avenues of support
  • Work closely with leadership and colleagues to obtain a thorough understanding of the Academy’s priorities and successfully convey these in effective, direct and compelling letters, proposals, and grant requests
  • Oversee expenses and revenue from institutional giving activities
  • Manage all institutional relationships in donor database Raiser’s Edge (RE), track solicitations through proposals in RE
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual reports tracking financials and progress to goals from institutional giving activity
  • Manage the fulfillment of sponsor and funder benefits
  • Responsible for compliance with endowment and grant-related reports
  • Prepare strategic talking points and other materials for donor meetings, draft correspondence for leadership
  • Provide management and other support of Development initiatives as needed and directed


May supervise a Development Intern if one is hired to support the Institutional Giving Program.

Minimum Qualifications and Education

  • Master’s degree in arts or humanities preferred
  • At least 7 years of institutional fundraising experience required
  • Experience with arts and education institutional fundraising required
  • Impeccable writing skills, ability to produce proposals and letters quickly and meet deadlines
  • Proven track record of successful solicitations
  • Proven strength in effectively prioritizing and managing time, taking initiative, communicating potential needs, juggling multiple projects with strong attention to detail
  • Willingness and flexibility to support shifting priorities
  • Outstanding oral and interpersonal communication skills, with ability to interact professionally and work productively with a wide range of constituents
  • Experience working with development databases; Raiser’s Edge experience a plus
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Italian language proficiency helpful but not required


  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access, as well as Google applications, including Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Drive
  • Knowledge and aptitude for working with a development database especially Raiser’s Edge
  • Excellent judgment and discretion in handling confidential and sensitive information
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends for events and programs

How to Apply

Interest applicants should complete an online application and include a résumé and cover letter at

The American Academy in Rome (AAR) is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).