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Exhibits Project Manager

About Us: The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago is the largest and most interactive science museum in the Western Hemisphere. Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) exposes guests of all ages to awe-inspiring exhibitions that spark curiosity and bring science to life. MSI’s mission – to inspire the inventive genius in everyone – is realized through its world-class exhibitions and engaging guest experiences. The Museum of Science and Industry provides programs and experiences that deepen the engagement of students and teachers in science and science-related disciplines, with a vision to inspire and motivate our children to achieve their full potential in the fields of science, technology, engineering and medicine.

We offer a creative, collaborative, and innovative environment for our employees. Our employees get great perks such as: benefits starting day one of your employment, free admission to MSI for family and friends, free admission to other museums, free parking in MSI’s garage and more! If you are equally passionate about our vision and want to be surrounded by a team of dynamic, smart and innovative people, the Museum of Science and Industry is the right place for you!

The Job: Provide Project Management for new and existing exhibits, from initial concept through project completion, including AV integration, graphic production, fabrication, and installation. Reports directly to the Director of Exhibit Project Management and works with Senior Project Managers for given projects on a daily basis.

Responsibilities:

  • Manages and produces projects, varying in size from small to large and complex.
  • Works with internal stakeholders to assemble project teams and assign individual responsibilities.
  • Develops schedules, lead and coordinates all necessary resources to ensure timely completion of exhibit projects.
  • Works with Director and Design Team in guiding overall design priorities, strategy and team selection
  • Reviews all contracts related to exhibit assignments.
  • Develops, in consultation with Project Director, Design Team and wider Museum teams, project budgets and schedules.
  • Reviews and assists in managing project budgets and schedules
  • Participates in exhibit milestone reviews.
  • Identifies and manages creative and project development resources such as designers, writers, media producers, evaluators and fabricators with Creative Coordinator.
  • Develops and produces conceptual frameworks for new exhibit projects, revenue programs, mission, goals and objectives, key messages, key concepts etc.
  • Works together with internal and external evaluators to develop evaluation plans for front-end, formative and summative evaluation studies.
  • Develops and produces mock-up exhibit interactive and tests with Museum visitors (formative evaluation).
  • Researches market potential and implements business development programs for MSI’s alternative revenue programs (intellectual property, image assets, etc.)
  • Actively researches and solicits potential customers for MSI’s intellectual property and exhibit sales.
  • Manages database of potential customers and provide regular reports.
  • Works with team to develop, research and implement programs.
  • Works with all levels of staff and outside contractors and interact across all departments and divisions.
  • Oversees contractual commitments of project.
  • Monitors customer satisfaction to ensure that the project/product meets expectations.
  • Defines and implements the project management process, and champions ongoing process improvement initiatives to implement best practices for Agile Project Management.
  • Promotes empowerment of the team, ensures that each team member is fully engaged in the project and making a meaningful contribution, and encourages a sustainable pace with high-levels of quality for the team.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree and three (3) to five (5) years’ experience in project and/or design management experience in museum, entertainment, and/or touring presentations is required. Additional work experience in lieu of degree is acceptable.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to build relationships across departments and divisions, and with external constituents as needed.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop plans that accurately assess costs and potential revenue.
  • Ability to analyze and present summary data that allows multiple projects to be evaluated in relation to one another.
  • Prior experience with SCRUM/Agile methodologies with enterprise-level application development projects preferred.
  • Solid understanding of development life-cycle models, as well as knowledge of both Agile and traditional project management principles and practices (and the ability to blend them together in the right proportions to fit a project) preferred.
  • Creative approach to problem-solving with the ability to focus on details while maintaining the “big picture” view.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including mentoring, coaching, collaborating, and team-building.
  • Strong analytical, planning, and organizational skills with an ability to manage competing demands.

The Museum of Science and Industry is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, which includes providing equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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