Program Manager, Bentonville Artist Fellowship

Job Title

Program Manager, Bentonville Artist Fellowship

Job Description

Walton Personal Philanthropy Group is seeking a skilled, highly motivated and entrepreneurial individual to join the team as a Program Manager. The ideal teammate will have the demonstrated ability to develop a diverse and inclusive fellowship community for visual artists to explore and actualize their creative process while participating in the Northwest Arkansas community.

About the Position
You’ll join a top-notch team and work with core program stakeholders to develop the structure of the initiative and goal of recruiting and retaining artists to Bentonville. You will ensure coordination and collaboration with key stakeholders, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The Momentary, Creative Arkansas Community Hub and Exchange, Walton Family Foundation Home Region and other stakeholders in support of the Bentonville Artist Fellowship.

What you will do
You will launch a multi-year pilot with the goal of proving out a fellowship model to recruit and retain artists to Bentonville; success will rely on collecting partner and program participant feedback to be used in scaling and adapting offerings over time. As of now, the core stakeholders of this program have mapped out their vision for a regional fellowship and are looking for a partner to help expand and execute upon said vision.

The successful candidate will also play a critical role in partnering with the senior leadership teams in strategic decision making and operations as the initiative continues to enhance its quality programming and build capacity. You will have experience with annual budgets, metrics, and staffing to support the overall goal of the program. You will serve as a community ambassador and oversee the implementation of a strategic approach to fundraising through grants and donor giving.

Responsibilities
• Work under the direction of the Director of Artist Initiatives and Curator, Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges and the Momentary and actively interface with all core program stakeholders to develop the initiative’s structure and goals to recruit and retain artists to Bentonville
• Actively work to recruit a diverse group of artists for the fellowship
• Develop and maintain a diverse artist national network of artists and arts professionals in support of the program’s goals
• Create and implement annual budget, track and analyze all relevant metrics, respond to requests for information by stakeholders
• Produce mid-year and annual reports with key findings and accomplishments to key stakeholders
• Communicate, work with, support and encourage the fellows on a regular basis, all to foster an environment for artists to thrive in Bentonville
• Serve as the ambassador for the initiative by hosting, attending program, and community events
• Use background in the arts to connect with the fellows and the community and to develop the fellowship’s reputation and national profile
• Develop and manage an annual staffing plan which will include hiring, supervising, conducting staff performance evaluations, developing and coaching.
• Plan and implement strategic goals & operating plans for continued growth
• Develop new sources of fundraising in conjunction with Crystal Bridges and The Momentary through foundations, grant-writing and interactions with donors to facilitate growth
• Use metrics to track success of financial, strategic & creative goals
• Collaborate with regional partners to advocate for artists engagement/inclusion in activities, events, projects, etc.
• Work with artists and community to develop an active market for works of art in Northwest Arkansas

Who we are looking for

Qualifications required for your success
• Bachelor’s degree in Arts or Non-profit Management, Arts Education or related field
• 10+ years’ experience in Non-profit management or equivalent combination of education, training and experience
• Experience in program development and growth
• Experience working directly with living visual artists
• Demonstrated experience in, and commitment to the areas of diversity, inclusion and equity
• Strong staff management, delegation and mentoring skills
• Capacity to understand the big picture and plan effectively for future needs
• Exemplary written, verbal, and listening communication skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and professionally
• Proficient in use of Microsoft Office applications to include Word, Outlook, and Excel
• Ability to work flexible hours to accommodate programming & community events on some evenings and weekends

Personal attributes that support your success
• You have a passion for the arts
• You can work able to work independently and effectively
• You have the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
• You can adapt to change
• A trusted partner, who can understand and maintain the highest levels of confidentiality
• You are able to act as a trusted advisor to principals and colleagues while demonstrating expertise and integrity
• You are helpful, a team player, and show respect while collaborating with others
• You are results oriented and exercise sound judgment in your work
• A lifelong learner, who is inquisitive and solves problems with bold thinking and innovation
• A visionary who plans for the future with imagination and wisdom
• You are dedicated to achieving excellence and work with others to tackle the tasks at hand

About the Walton Personal Philanthropy Group
The Walton Personal Philanthropy Group (WPPG) provides services to the family of Sam and Helen Walton to support their individual philanthropic activities. These services for the family and their related entities include program and grant management, strategy consulting and grant administration. WPPG is a part of Walton Enterprises, the family office of the Walton family.

About Walton Enterprises
Walton Enterprises supports the personal, philanthropic and business activity for the Walton family. We are a family-led organization, supporting multiple generations of Sam & Helen Walton’s family.

Walton Personal Philanthropy Group 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.

Basic Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in Arts or Non-profit Management, Arts Education or related field
• 10+ years’ experience in Non-profit management or equivalent combination of education, training and experience
• Experience in program development and growth
• Experience working directly with living visual artists
• Demonstrated experience in, and commitment to the areas of diversity, inclusion and equity
• Strong staff management, delegation and mentoring skills
• Capacity to understand the big picture and plan effectively for future needs
• Exemplary written, verbal, and listening communication skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and professionally
• Proficient in use of Microsoft Office applications to include Word, Outlook, and Excel
• Ability to work flexible hours to accommodate programming & community events on some evenings and weekends