|The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
The Burke Museum is involved in a multi-year transformation project that will culminate in a new museum facility. The “New Burke” will be a groundbreaking museum of natural history and culture that inspires wonder and pride about the Northwest and our place in the world.
Typically, museums display only a small percentage of their objects. The New Burke will break down barriers between public and “back-of-house” spaces, integrating collections and research labs with traditional galleries to create an experience that invites everyone—from curators to visitors, educators to students—to engage in the dynamic process of scientific and cultural discovery.
On behalf of the museum, The University of Washington has contracted with Olson Kundig Architects to design the new museum. Schematic design will begin in January, 2014. Architectural and exhibit design are expected to be complete by 2015. The museum hopes to begin construction in 2016, with a goal of opening the new facility in 2018 or 2019.
Our Burke Museum has an outstanding opportunity for a Project Manager. As a critical team member of the Director’s Office, the Project Manager works closely with the Executive Director to serve as the critical link between the Burke Museum and the Capital Projects Office, UW Architect’s Office, the design team, and the construction team for the New Burke. The primary purposes of this position are: to serve as a single, internal point of communication who can manage the Burke’s response to requests from external parties; and to facilitate decision-making and ensure follow-through by the Director to keep the project moving ahead on schedule. He/she has knowledge of all facets of the museum’s operations, is fully committed to the mission of the museum, and advocates strongly for building decisions that support both the museum’s operations and its mission.
|• Bachelor’s degree in business, operations management or related field.
• Minimum two years’ experience coordinating projects within a team environment.
• Familiarity with the operational needs of a natural history museum.
• Ability to communicate clearly with diverse groups that include architects, museum staff, designers, board members, etc.
• Demonstrated skills in teamwork and collaboration with colleagues of varied backgrounds and areas of expertise.
• Ability to remain neutral and retain objectivity, always advocating for decisions that benefit the museum as a whole.
• Ability to maintain confidentialities, elicits cooperation, and garners trust of all parties.
• Ability to exercise initiative and good judgment in anticipating problems before they arise.
• Extremely organized and detail oriented.
• Strong communication skills, both written and spoken.Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
|• Knowledge of museum operations, including collections care, research activities, pest management, environmental controls, security, maintenance, visitor needs, and staff support.
• Understanding of how building systems support museum-specific operations.
• Familiarity with the organizational structure of a natural history museum.
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|Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check