50th Anniversary Project Manager, Yale Centre for British Art

Position Focus:

The 50th Anniversary Project Manager will lead and execute the Yale Center for British Art’s plan for its 50th anniversary in 2027. Reporting to the Deputy Director for Research, the project manager will oversee a broad range of events, programs, and projects that pertain to the activities of the museum’s 50th anniversary project. They will develop goals, establish timelines, conduct research, produce writing, and oversee the timely completion of deliverables. They will coordinate cross-departmental and cross-divisional meetings and serve as a liaison between different stakeholders. This is a highly collaborative position that requires regular problem solving, excellent time management, and strong communication skills. The Yale Center for British Art is a public art museum that houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. Presented to Yale University by collector and philanthropist Paul Mellon (Yale College, Class of 1929), the museum opened to the public in April 1977. The 50th anniversary project—which includes plans for digitization projects, exhibitions, programming, and publications, among other areas—is an opportunity to broaden and strengthen the museum’s outreach, partnerships, and research activities, as well as to expand access and give further visibility to its significant collections of British art. The project manager will play a pivotal role in the successful delivery of this anniversary project.

Specifically, this position will: Chair the 50th anniversary working group. Plan and lead cross-departmental and cross-divisional meetings pertaining to the 50th anniversary project; define the agenda, prepare summary documentation and presentations, and capture meeting minutes. Coordinate the activities of staff involved in the 50th anniversary project; schedule project milestones; ensure timely submission of contracts and other materials; monitor deadlines and deliverables. Manage the budget for the 50th anniversary project. Hire and supervise Graduate Research Assistants and other student workers involved in the planning and research activities of the 50th anniversary project. Act as source of expert information on 50th anniversary project; provide regular updates to stakeholders. Produce written materials related to 50th anniversary project for internal and external use.

This position has an anticipated start date of July 2024.

Essential Duties

1. Manages special projects ranging from academic to financial from inception to completion, which requires quantitative analysis, independent research, and the proposal of resolutions or conclusions. Creates and envisions programmatic initiatives and communication strategies. 2. Designs and develops communications strategies for special projects. Develops and exercises a keen understanding of the multiple audiences and contributing University offices involved in a given project to ensure that individual communications are rolled out within a structure planned in advance and with appropriate communication among key stakeholders. 3. Envisions, creates and authors a wide variety of sensitive and high-level written materials. Serves as coordinator and executor for a range of internal and external committees. May participate in decisions regarding committee work. Advises panelists on precedents and prior actions. 4. Serves as Secretary for committee(s), manages informal and formal resolution processes and voluminous correspondence. 5. May supervise the work of project coordinator and administrative staff. 6. Serves as liaison to other departments on all communications. 7. Contributes to design, organization, and maintenance of department website. 8. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and four years of related work experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Exceptional written and oral communication skills. Attention to detail and ability to proofread text.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Exceptional organizational skills, including the effective use of computer tools for planning and tracking progress of tasks associated with project plans.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Strong interpersonal skills and a proven track record of working collaboratively with a wide range of audiences and stakeholders.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Knowledge of art history or related field in the humanities.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Self-directed. Problem-solving skills.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

MA in the field of art history, cultural heritage, museology, or a related field and five years of experience, preferably in a museum environment.

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