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Fellows Program Assistant

Position: Fellows Program Assistant

Reporting to: Director, Fellows Program

Location: Bentonville, AR

Art Bridges seeks a driven, enthusiastic, detail-oriented emerging professional to join our growing team. The Fellows Program Assistant supports all aspects of research, development, and project management for the new Art Bridges Fellows Program. Launched in fall 2021, the Art Bridges Fellows Program is dedicated to creating diverse museum leadership with a national cohort of emerging arts professionals and mentors. The Fellows Program Assistant will be committed to advancing Art Bridges’ DEAI (diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion) priorities.

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 United States. 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 170 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 Assistant will provide coordination, follow-through, and accountability as we launch and grow the Art Bridges Fellows Program. By collaborating with Art Bridges colleagues from Awards & Cohorts, Evaluation and Learning & Engagement; Collection Loans & Exhibitions; Curatorial; Digital Resources; Human Resources; and Marketing & Communications, the Assistant will help develop all components of the Art Bridges Fellows Program.

Preferred candidates will be passionate about expanding access to art with skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, research, writing, and building interpersonal relationships. The Assistant should possess intellectual curiosity, imagination, flexibility, and openness to giving and receiving feedback. They will be interested in American art, community engagement, social justice, and DEAI. The Assistant will have the ability to work with diverse partners, listen, ask questions, adapt, and collaborate.


  • Support all aspects of research, development, and project management for the new Art Bridges Fellows Program
  • Provide coordination, follow-through, and accountability as we build the program
  • Assist with documentation and evaluation of program activities
  • Oversee content and resource creation for the Art Bridges website and social media
  • Support and mentor the AB Fellows Program intern 
  • Maintain contacts and accounts in Salesforce (CRM) as well as research and track partner outreach
  • Participate on the Art Bridges DEAI Committee and Interdepartmental Project Support team
  • Schedule meetings, prepare agendas, and manage calendar for the department
  • Take meeting notes and assist with developing presentation materials

Attributes that support your success

  • Enthusiasm to join a new organization that’s evolving and poised to have a major impact on the museum field
  • A commitment and passion for the power of art to transform lives
  • Positive attitude, collaborative spirit, and sense of humor
  • Creativity, flexibility, and curiosity
  • Ability to anticipate and solve problems proactively 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to mediate diverse opinions to address shared needs
  • High degrees of initiative and discretion

Qualifications and skills

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Two years in a professional environment
  • Demonstrated skill in project management
  • Outstanding analytical skills with a special emphasis on attention to detail
  • Excellent people skills (in person, online, and via phone)
  • Willingness to learn new technology and databases
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated adaptability under changing needs and priorities
  • Ability to deliver on short and long-term goals and make recommendations for improvement

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. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate. Some overnight travel may be necessary.

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.

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 first priority is to create a safe workplace.

Equal opportunity

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.