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Project Manager - Oakland Museum of California

Project Manager - Oakland Museum of California

The Project Manager manages and coordinates all aspects of project management functions related to the organization, development, and implementation of temporary in-house exhibitions, 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 Center for Experience Development and Collections. This position will also be called upon to assist with other institutional project management needs. The Project Manager functions as the lynchpin for their assigned projects through which most, if not all, of the related activities, are filtered, and is relied upon to be an advocate for their successful completion.



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 and Exhibition Management

  • Manage all aspects of project management functions related to the organization, development, implementation, and archiving of temporary in-house exhibitions, permanent gallery rotations, and traveling exhibitions in accordance with the Exhibition Development process established by OMCA

  • Develop and oversee project budgets and work schedules in consultation with relevant personnel; monitor project expenditures and report against targets; track and continually revise schedules and timelines

  • Review, create, manage, and disseminate contracts with independent contractors related to projects assigned

  • Plan, lead and facilitate core and cross-functional team meetings; foster productive relationships and mutual understanding between project team members and stakeholders

  • Collaborate with Curators, Experience Developers, and Designers as an equal and pivotal member of exhibition core teams

  • Manage cross-departmental projects as assigned


  • Assist in the annual budgeting process for the Center

  • Continually strive to improve project management processes across the institution



  • Ability to deliver results, facilitate and influence others and problem solve beyond temporary solutions

  • 5-7 years of related experience required

  • English, fluent in both spoken and written form

  • Some content knowledge in the areas of California art, natural sciences or history is a plus

  • Some knowledge of the process of exhibition development and installation

  • Some knowledge of the roles played by educators, developers, designers, programmers, curators, and marketers

  • Strong communication and written skills; ability to draft business plans to determine the feasibility of undertaking new projects

  • MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Smartsheet, Google Apps, Filemaker



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The environment may include:

  • 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 dedicated to diversity, inclusion, accessibility and equity. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ability/disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We highly encourage our diverse community to apply for available employment, internship, fellowship and volunteer positions at the Museum, as we aim to ensure our staff reflects the diversity of our visitors and the surrounding community. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, OMCA will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities.