Director of Cohorts

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Position: Director, Cohort Program

Reporting to: COO

Location: Bentonville, AR

Salary Range: $115,000-$144,000

About Art Bridges Foundation

Art Bridges Foundation 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. Founded in 2017, Art Bridges creates and supports programs that bring outstanding works of American art out of storage and into communities. Art Bridges partners with a growing network of more than 230 museums of all sizes and locations to provide financial and strategic support for exhibition development, loans from the Art Bridges and its partners Permanent Collections, and programs designed to educate, inspire, and deepen engagement with local audiences.

About the Position

The Director of the Cohort Program at Art Bridges will play a crucial role in building and managing the Foundation’s growing Cohort program. A new role, this position will involve designing, implementing, and overseeing expansion of the Cohort program nationally. The Cohort program brings together museums and cultural institutions in collaborative exhibition design, collection sharing, and programing to drive access and community engagement with American art. This position oversees a team of two, including a Cohort Manager and Cohort Coordinator, in expanding participation in the program. To be successful in this role, the Director will support the continued evaluation and evolution of the Cohort program, allowing it to drive the desired impact within the field while supporting the Foundation's other work.


  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with current and potential museums and cultural institutions to support the program's success.
  • Identify, recruit, and engage a diverse range of partner institutions from across the country, and support their development of multi-year Cohorts.
  • Support partners in the design and facilitation of Cohort funding applications, exhibitions, convenings, workshops, and other collaborative activities.
  • Foster a supportive and dynamic learning environment that encourages sharing of ideas, expertise, and experiences.
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact of the Cohort program, adjusting as necessary to meet the evolving needs of participants and the Foundation.
  • Collaborate with internal teams and external partners to ensure the successful delivery of cohort programs.
  • Develop and manage the budget for Cohort initiatives.
  • Serve as a key liaison between Art Bridges and Cohort participants, building strong relationships and maintaining ongoing communication.
  • Represent Art Bridges at relevant conferences and events, promoting the Cohort program and the organization's broader mission.

Attributes that Support Your Success

  • Strong leadership and facilitation skills.
  • Excellent program/project management skills, financial acumen, and relationship building abilities.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills across varied stakeholders and geographies.
  • Proven record of accomplishment in managing national scale programs
  • Ability to engage and inspire a diverse group of professionals.
  • Commitment to fostering inclusive and collaborative collection sharing, sector innovation, and program design.
  • Strategic thinker with a creative approach to problem-solving.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree, or significant experience in Art History, Program Design, Education, Business Administration, Museum Studies, or related field.
  • 8-12+ years of experience in program development, public private partnerships, national partnership initiatives, or similar roles within the arts, cultural sector, or nonprofit organizations.
  • Proficiency in budget management and program design.
  • Strong network within the arts and cultural sector is a plus.
  • Exceptional strategic thinking with a strong bias for action and implementation.

Work Schedule

This is a full-time, Monday to Friday, in person role. Our Flexible Work Policy allows an option to work one day per week from home between Tuesday and Thursday. Occasional evening or weekend work may be required. 10-20% travel overnight and weekends.

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: Occasionally, while performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to travel independently, regionally, and in communities served. This position requires working at a desk and utilizing a computer and a telephone for prolonged periods of time and good eye/hand coordination, bending and stretching for filing, and physical stamina to lift a minimum of 25 pounds to a height of at least three feet for art materials storage and preparation and as appropriate for the demands of the office. Visual acuity to review written materials is required for this job.

Work environment: Work will be performed in an office environment, museum spaces, and in communities served. Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required. The noise level in the office is usually low to moderate.

Art Bridges and DEAI

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

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 all qualified applicants including 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 and background check. 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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Share your passion for increasing access to American art.