The Exhibitions New Projects Manager works collaboratively with the Director of Galleries and Exhibitions, Manager of Exhibitions, curators, designers and teams. S/he is responsible for the initial project scoping, management of process and workflow across multiple projects, management of team communications, and for project logistics with consultants and vendors. S/he contributes as a team member to the development of exhibit experiences, managing content development process, supporting evaluation, and managing text writing and editing workflows. Some research, coordination with Collections and managing experiences that may include media development and production is in scope. The Project Manager conceptualizes the project process and maintains the big picture view through concept development, design, production, launch and installation phases.
The Exhibitions New Projects Manager consistently delivers high-quality exhibit experiences across a number of projects under the direction of project leadership, and pursues or develops best practices in all areas of exhibit creation.
The MIT Museum is building a team to begin the formative phases of exciting work to determine its future in its new location at Kendall Square (opening fall 2021) The museum looks to convey and contribute to the unique problem-solving ethos of MIT with exhibitions and programs that exemplify the leading edge of knowledge both past and present. To that end, the Exhibitions New Projects Manager will work closely with a diverse group of teams including scientists, technologists, curators and practitioners on cross-disciplinary presentations.
Scope project workflows within time and budget parameters. Lead project implementation and coordination of the project processes, integrating concepts, resources and teams through detail design. Manage project logistics and communication with internal teams and outside vendors as assigned. Meet project budgets and schedules. Lead team meetings, developing agendas and meeting notes. Lead coordination of project advisors, and contracts with vendors and contractors. Coordinate project budgets with exhibition management and track expenses. Develop and coordinate project schedules with exhibition management. Facilitate communication between core team members and subgroups. Create and edit all project reports and milestone documents. Monitor any funding obligations related to the exhibition. Foster a team approach to exhibition development. Manage multiple projects simultaneously. Research exhibit resources and assist with development of exhibit ideas and programs. Assist with exhibit prototyping and conduct evaluation. Assist with research for exhibition assets as assigned. Other tasks: Contribute to writing and/or editing exhibit copy. Support a collaborative project environment. Remain informed of current trends in science museums and the informal science education field broadly. Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
BA/BS (MA/MS preferred) degree in science, math, engineering, science education, social sciences or a field related to informal teaching and learning.
EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS:
A minimum of 5+ years of experience project managing museum exhibitions, preferably in interactive science or art environments. Requires excellence in initial project scoping and managing the workflow of teams, as well as excellent time management, strong attention to detail and the ability to manage positive and collaborative relationships. Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills. A willingness and ability to work as part of a team and collaborate with science researchers and non-specialists. Excellent research and organizational skills; must be detail oriented, self-motivated, conscientious, thorough, task-focused and able to manage and track multiple demands in a fast-paced environment. Excellent technical proficiency with MS Office software including Word, Excel, PPT and Google docs. Specific science content knowledge with respect to one or more of the following scientific/technological fields is preferred: mathematics, physics, engineering, architecture, computer or life sciences.