Overview

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 Outreach & Engagement 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 Outreach & Engagement Manager proactively contacts museums to introduce our mission and program areas and supports them to become an Art Bridges partner. The Partner Outreach & Engagement 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.)

Responsibilities

  • 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:

o Reaching new partner museums of all sizes in all regions

o Building relationships with HBCU museums and galleries, tribal museums, and

other historically underserved organizations

o Re-engaging historic/inactive Art Bridges partners to launch new projects

o 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

Work will be performed in an office environment, museum spaces, and in communities served. Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required. Work hours during normal activities are 8-5, Monday through Friday, in the Art Bridges offices.

Art Bridges believes that diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion are central to all work and decisions within our organization. Our goal is to support each other and our colleagues to learn and change together and make this important work part of all daily activities.

All offers of employment are contingent on your successful completion (where permitted by state law) of a confidentiality agreement and a background check. Art Bridges requires all employees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment, or meet Arkansas state requirements, subject to accommodations. 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 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.