Partner Museum Relations and Development Manager

Art Bridges Foundation
May 25, 2023
300 SW 24th Street, Bentonville, Arkansas
Job Type
Annual Base Salary
$55,000 - $65,000
Location Type
Work at location


Position: Partner Museum Relations and Development Manager

Reporting to: Senior Director of Strategy, Finance, and Operations
Location: Bentonville, AR

Salary Range: $55,000 - $65,000

About Art Bridges

Art Bridges is the vision of philanthropist and arts patron Alice Walton. The mission of Art Bridges is to expand access to American art in all regions across the nation. Since 2017, Art Bridges has been creating and supporting programs that bring outstanding works of American art out of storage and into communities. Art Bridges partners with a growing network of nearly 220 museums of all sizes and locations to provide financial and strategic support for exhibition development, loans from the Art Bridges collection, and programs designed to educate, inspire, and deepen engagement with local audiences. The Art Bridges Collection represents an expanding vision of American art from the 19th century to present day and encompasses multiple media and voices.

About the position

The Partner Museum Relations and Development Manager is a key position for leading Art Bridges’ national partner growth. This position leads museum engagement efforts by driving and coordinating outreach across the foundation. The Partner Museum Relations and Development Manager proactively contacts museums to introduce our mission and program areas and supports them to become an Art Bridges partner. The Partner Museum Relations and Development Manager will collaborate with Art Bridges colleagues to convert conversations with museums into active programs where partner museums undertake an Art Bridges project, such as an Art Bridges Collection Loan, a Traveling Exhibition (organizer or venue), a Collection Loan Partnership (borrower or lender), an Evaluation Project (COVES), or Cohort Program (lead museum or cohort partner.)


  • Lead and support the expansion, growth and continuity of Art Bridges' national partner museum network and Art Bridges programs.
  • Orchestrate and coordinate outreach efforts to potential partner museums, current partner museums, and historic/inactive partner museums across Art Bridges. departments to encourage museums to undertake an Art Bridges program.
  • Work across all Art Bridges departments to assist with follow-up meetings and next steps with potential, current and former partner museums that will lead to confirmed projects.
  • Establish annual goals with leadership for acquiring new partners, renewing historic partners, and maintaining existing partners.
  • Develop strategy for partner growth across museum size (as defined by annual operating budget) and location (as defined by AAM regions).
  • Lead monthly outreach strategy meetings; delegate or execute action items from these meetings.
  • Track progress on outreach and engagement and provide accountability to Art Bridges leadership.
  • Maintain campaigns, data, and reports in “Friday,” Art Bridges Salesforce platform
  • Collaborate with Evaluation team and Data Engineering team to measure impact and progress across time and generate regular reports and materials for Art Bridges board meetings.
  • Collaborate with leadership on opportunities and strategies for:
    • Reaching new partner museums of all sizes in all regions
    • Building relationships with HBCU museums and galleries, tribal museums, and other historically underserved organizations
    • Re-engaging historic/inactive Art Bridges partners to launch new projects
    • Ensuring continuity and engagement with current/active partners
  • Make recommendations for sustainable growth and how to further "meet partners where they are."
  • Actively participate in convenings and conferences to further expand the partner network. Support planning for Art Bridges staff participation at conferences and other industry events where partner outreach activities can take place.
  • Travel on occasion to meet with partner museums.


Attributes that support your success

  • Outgoing and pro-active ‘sales’ mentality
  • Excitement to promote Art Bridges and its mission
  • Enthusiasm to contact and engage museum professionals around the country
  • Eagerness to join a new organization that’s evolving and poised to have a major impact on the museum field
  • Ability to manage peers, senior leaders, and support staff to accomplish outreach efforts
  • Results-oriented and passion for meeting goals
  • A commitment and passion for the power of art to transform lives
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds, including age, race, ethnicity, gender identity, and lived experiences
  • Positive attitude, collaborative spirit, and sense of humor
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to mediate diverse opinions to address shared needs
  • High degrees of initiative and discretion

Qualifications and skills

  • Familiarity with art museums, art museum programs and processes
  • 5+ years of experience in museum development/advancement, membership services or sales
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues to achieve measurable results
  • Experience with Salesforce or other Customer Relationship Management platforms

Physical demands and work environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands: Position requires utilizing a computer and telephone for prolonged periods of time, good eye/hand coordination, verbal, and written conversation with others, and lifting/carrying up to 10 lbs. Vision abilities required by the job include close vision.

Work environment: Work will be performed in an office environment full-time (Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM.) The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate. Some overnight travel may be necessary.

Vaccination policy

In accordance with our duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, and to do our part in safeguarding the health of our co-workers and their families as well as the community at large from COVID-19 that will be reduced by vaccination, we are requiring all Art Bridges staff and interns to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by their start date as a condition of employment. According to the CDC, “fully vaccinated” means it has been two weeks since a person received the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna or the single dose of Johnson & Johnson.

In accordance with all federal, state, and local rules and regulations, Art Bridges recognizes that there may be certain circumstances exempting an employee from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Employees in need of an exemption from this policy due to a disability, advice of a medical provider, or religious beliefs inconsistent with vaccination, must contact the HR group at AWE to initiate the interactive review process within the deadlines expressed in this policy.

We strongly hope this policy decision will help to change the current landscape of infection rates in our community by creating a sense of urgency and proactivity. Our desire is to continue to fulfill our vision of transforming lives through Art Bridges mission. To do this, our priority is to create a safe workplace.

Art Bridges and DEAI

At Art Bridges, diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion are central to all work and decisions within our organization. We support our colleagues and our partners in learning and growing together to make this important work part of our daily lives.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Art Bridges is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building and maintaining a culturally diverse workplace that is free of discrimination and harassment of any kind. We encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.



All offers of employment are contingent on your successful completion (where permitted by state law) of a confidentiality agreement, background check, and verification of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19. In addition, you will need to provide proper identification verifying your eligibility to work in the United States on your first day of work.


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