Director of Partnerships

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Position: Director of Partnerships

Reporting to: COO

Location: Bentonville, AR

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

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

A new position, the Director of Partnership at Art Bridges, will spearhead the development and execution of strategies to expand our partner network (Institutions we fund). The role will support building a growing partnership team and advancing the organization's mission through process design, coordination across programs, and go-to-market planning. This role involves collaborating with new and existing partner museums, cultural institutions, and community organizations the Foundation funds to drive mission-aligned impact and increase access to American art across the country. The Director of Partnership will be responsible for identifying new opportunities, nurturing pipeline development and throughput, and developing innovative strategies to promote awareness of and partnerships with the foundation.


  • In coordination with organizational leadership, develop and implement a comprehensive, evergreen partnership strategy aligned with Art Bridges' mission and goals, including recommendations for sustainable growth and how to further “meet partners where they are.”
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with current and potential museum partners and other cultural institutions.
  • Work closely with the Art Bridges team to identify and pursue new partnership opportunities.
  • Oversee the coordination and management of partnership strategies and projects, ensuring they are impactful, on time, and within budget.
  • Collaborate with the marketing and communications team to promote partnerships and their impact.
  • Lead and mentor a team dedicated to partnership development and management.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of partnerships, providing regular reports and insights to senior management.
  • Represent Art Bridges at relevant conferences, meetings, and events to build the organization's network and profile.

Attributes that Support Your Success

  • Strong leadership and relationship-building skills.
  • Excellent communication and presentation abilities.
  • Strategic thinker with a creative approach to problem-solving.
  • Deep understanding and appreciation for cultural organizations and art museums in particular across a range of institutional sizes, types, and geographic regions.
  • Ability to work collaboratively across departments and with external partners.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in all aspects of partnership work.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience in Business Administration, Development, Partnership Growth, or a related field. Coursework or related experience with art history a plus.
  • 8+ years of experience in partnership development, fundraising, or marketing, preferably in the arts, cultural sector, or nonprofit organizations.
  • Proven track record of developing and managing successful relationships.
  • Strong project management skills and experience.
  • Familiarity with CRM systems and data-driven decision-making.

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.

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.

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 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.