Senior Director of Strategy, Finance and Operations

Position Title: Senior Director of Strategy, Finance and Operations

Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer

Location: Bentonville, AR

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 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.

What you will do

You’ll join a top-notch team who are focused on serving Art Bridges partner institutions across the country. As the Senior Director of Strategy, Finance and Operations, you will report to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and work closely with the CEO and other senior staff to help implement the operational and financial aspects of Art Bridges consistent with its strategic vision. The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker who has the ability to proactively recognize operational efficiency needs, anticipate issues and opportunities and recommend value-added solutions. This will involve establishing and evolving Art Bridge’s processes in support of building a more collaborative, impactful, and data-driven organization. The Senior Director will provide flexible capacity to enable sustainable operational practices, manage projects, develop and implement new processes, and liaise with Art and Wellness Enterprises (AWE) to optimally leverage the network of resources for Art Bridges. The Senior Director will also manage and oversee several senior leaders and their teams.

The core operational work includes coordinating and contributing to company strategy development; implementing management process and policies to ensure core operational functions and capabilities are in place to achieve business objectives; assisting in establishing and managing budgets; overseeing the program & project management process including governance, team leadership, monitoring, prioritization, communication, and quality controls. The Senior Director will be a member of the Management Team and regularly attend weekly Management Team meetings.

Core Areas of Responsibility

  • Analyzes overall business and operational capabilities to recognize needs, understand structures and interdependencies of the organization, develop operational solutions that enable the organization to achieve its goals, work as a liaison between stakeholders (Finance, IT, HR, Communications, Legal, Facilities, etc.), to ensure comprehensive inclusion and connectivity and determine most efficient and sustainable plans of action to solve business problems.
  • Contributes to and oversees implementation of overall strategy & direction by: analyzing business objectives and departmental needs of each vertical component of the business; developing, communicating, building support for, and implementing business strategies, plans, and practices; determining resource requirements; evaluating operational processes; measuring outcomes to ensure desired results; identifying and capitalizing on improvement opportunities; promoting a cross-functional team environment; and demonstrating adaptability and sponsoring continuous learning.
  • Partners with leadership and other cross-functional team members across the organization to manage complex and/or large projects, ensure cross-collaboration and resourcing, and make recommendations to project trajectory as necessary. Proactively maintains existing relationships and develops new relationships with internal and external business partners and vendors.
  • Liaise with and/or manage advisors, vendors and partners (including museum partner relationships, accountants, consultants, and systems and technology service providers) and proactively coordinate with all to ensure that needs and objectives are met
  • Acts as an altruistic servant leader and is consistently humble, self-aware, honest and transparent while using experience and subject matter expertise to optimize the day-to-day operations and facilitate coordination and execution of strategy in a highly cross-functional organization.
  • Work closely with the President of Client Services and the CFO on the annual planning process, including development of an annual operating budget and organization-wide, strategic objectives
  • Manage the quarterly operating budget-to-actual reports, and help develop and manage spending forecasts; strategically interpret financial information and data to facilitate decision making
  • Partner with the eco-system’s financial resources on financial analyses, modeling, projections and ad hoc analyses / projects / initiatives
  • Work closely with the CIO and technology team on the roll-out of any new technology systems.
  • Provide vision, direction, and leadership to teams. Act as a player coach, managing direct reports, as well as mentoring and coaching staff at various levels.

Who we are looking for

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors or Masters degree in relevant field
  • 10+ years experience in strategic planning, finance/budgeting, and operations
  • Significant experience in systems development and vendor selection and management
  • Excellent project management skills and structured thinking skills
  • Strategic planning, implementation and budgeting experience
  • Supervisory experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy

Knowledge, skills and abilities that will support your success

  • The ability to motivate the team, delegate effectively, and manage performance; widely viewed as a strong developer of others
  • Strong organizational skills that reflect the ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail
  • Experience building operational efficiencies though business analysis, discipline, and metric driven accountability
  • Highly resourceful team-player, solution-oriented, and comfortable operating with incomplete information
  • Enthusiasm about joining an organization that’s new, evolving, and poised to have major impact on the art museum field
  • Understanding of basic value proposition to ensure the company’s assets are maximized.
  • A leader who is viewed by others as having a high degree of integrity and forethought in an approach to making decisions; the ability to act in a transparent and consistent manner while always considering what is best for the organization

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.

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.