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Senior Project Manager [Oakland Museum of California, CA]


The Oakland Museum of California values are fundamental to our institutional culture and guide our work together.

Excellence: We are committed to excellence and working at the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.

Community: We believe everyone should feel welcome and part of our community, both within the Museum and with our visitors and neighbors.

Innovation: We embrace innovation and calculated risk-taking to achieve our mission.

Commitment: Our work at the Museum demonstrates a sense of purpose and a shared accountability for the institution’s success.

The Senior Project Manager oversees the management and coordination of all aspects of the development, organization, and implementation of temporary in-house exhibits, permanent gallery rotations, and traveling exhibitions. This includes responsibility for drafting schedules, developing and tracking budgets, writing agendas, leading meetings, facilitating communication between centers and cross-functional teams at all levels, and contributing to the overall functioning of the Museum’s galleries and other project management needs. This position may at times be called upon to assist with other institutional project management needs. The Senior Project Manager directs and supervises Project Managers and the Editor and is relied upon primarily to be an advocate for the successful completion of all exhibition and gallery projects museum-wide.

The following reflects OMCA’s definition of essential functions for this position, but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned. OMCA may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.

• Support the Museum’s mission, values, vision, and core commitment to the visitor experience, community engagement, and institutional relevancy for the future
• Contribute to and support the OMCA strategic plan, annual priorities, and institutional initiatives such as diversity advancement
• Contribute to a positive organizational culture based on mutual respect, a spirit of collegiality, cooperation, and openness to many perspectives
• Participate in a culture of ongoing learning, collaboration, innovation, creativity, and community engagement

General Project Management
• Ensure adherence to institutional goals and priorities as the senior manager of assigned project teams
• Develop and oversee project budgets and work schedules in consultation with relevant personnel; monitor progress of project expenditures and report against targets; track and continually revise schedules and timelines in accordance with the approved development processes established by OMCA
• Review, create, manage, and disseminate legal contracts with independent contractors related to projects assigned
• Lead and oversee Center and project-related business planning, budgets, and resource management
• Plan, lead, and facilitate core and cross-functional team meetings; foster productive relationships and mutual understanding between project team members and stakeholders

Exhibition Management
• Oversee and/or directly manage all aspects of the development, organization, and implementation of temporary in-house exhibitions, permanent gallery rotations, and traveling exhibitions
• Collaborate with Curators, Experience Developers, and Designers as an equal and pivotal member of exhibition core teams
• Manage editing, translation, and graphic design processes on assigned projects

• Supervise, manage, and mentor direct reports and project team members to ensure consistency of processes across all projects, deliver exceptional results, and ensure appropriate collaboration with staff
• Work in close contact with senior management teams to actively determine and implement strategic priorities for the Center
• Continually strive to improve project management processes across the institution
• When called upon, represent OMCA and projects in meetings with outside stakeholders


A combination of experience and education that demonstrates possession of the necessary knowledge and abilities for this position is required as noted:
• High School diploma, GED or equivalent required
• B.A. in relevant field preferred
• 6–8 years of related experience required

• Strong understanding of management skills, principles of supervision, financial management procedures, and practices of museum administration
• Ability to perform all functions of the Project Manager and direct, coordinate, supervise, and mentor Project Managers
• Strong knowledge of museum policy and procedures and ability to communicate to and instruct staff at all levels about said policies and procedures
• Some content knowledge in the areas of California art, history, or natural sciences
• Some knowledge of the roles played by educators, experience developers, programmers, curators, and marketers
• Ability to represent Museum interests with community partners, Board members, and other stakeholders

• Strong communication and writing skills; ability to draft business plans to determine feasibility of undertaking new projects
• English, fluent in both spoken and written form
• MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Smartsheet, Google Apps, Filemaker
• Valid CA Driver License

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently exposed to the following:
• Noise, such as groups of people working in enclosed areas
• Typical office environment
• Ability to lift up to 25 pounds

The Oakland Museum of California is a multicultural organization, committed to diversity and practicing equal opportunity employment in recruitment and hiring. Qualified candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for open positions.

Job Information
  • Oakland, California, 94607, United States
  • 28707871
  • May 25, 2016
  • Senior Project Manager
  • Oakland Museum of California
  • Exhibitions
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • None


  1. Gabriela Esqueda

    I am interested in this position. How can I apply?

  2. Christina Errico

    Hi Gabriela!

    If you’re interested in the position, please feel free to contact the institution directly.

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