Project Manager, Arts & Culture
New York City or Philadelphia, US
DVDL is an agency of innovators and strategists working at the intersection of cultural analysis and human behavior. We use our expertise to develop strategies, models, and concepts that bring the future of your community, city, corporation, or cultural institution into focus. We help our clients understand how to guide their work towards people, and the issues that they hold dear. In the past, you might have called us museum planners or place-makers. And yes, we do that work. But we think all organizations should, at their core, be about people first. That is why we keep our ears to the ground so that our clients can make sense of current trends as they develop, rather than playing the game of perpetual catch-up. Whether that is for a museum, architect, brand, neighborhood, or public space: we help innovate.
We are a growing team of NYC-based staff and freelance talent passionate about making inclusive, hybrid, interdisciplinary, flexible, and contextual programs for institutions and buildings that can connect to and grow with diverse audiences, opportunities, and challenges. Our clients range from museums, universities, art fairs, and libraries, to cities, parks, real estate developers, architects, and art collectors.
We are currently looking for a Project Manager, Arts & Culture: a resourceful multi-tasker leading our strategy, concept development and US based consultancy projects on art, people, and human impact. This role will work in close collaboration with David van der Leer, our Managing Director, and our freelance network. The position requires excellent strategic and concept development skills, a deep interest in arts and culture of the future, communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to interact professionally and clearly with the rest of the team as well as clients and people in our network.
- Development/rethinking of cultural institutions through curatorial and visitor strategies, building and renovation projects, and designer selection strategies
- Manage curatorial and editorial projects for US-based projects and clients
- Manage developing detailed project plans and timelines to monitor and track progress
- Collaborate in the definition of project scopes and objectives
- Overseas third parties/vendors/consultants/freelancers
- Delegate project tasks based on junior team members’ individual strengths, skill sets and experience levels
- Develop stakeholder and community engagement strategies for specific projects
- Oversee and collaborate on the development of project content and documentation
- Oversee changes to the project scope, project schedule and project costs
- Develop comprehensive project plans to be shared with clients and collaborators
- Interact with clients, drive meeting agendas, and make presentations to clients and stakeholders
- Ensure that projects are delivered on-time, within scope/budget with a high level of original creative and intellectual content
- Report and escalate to management as needed
- Interest and experience in art and cultural institutions, design and architecture, as well as forecasting about arts and culture generally
- Creative mind that can dream up projects from curatorial to organizational and that can project different futures
- Self-starter who can anticipate project needs and communicate proactively
- Excellent external and internal written and verbal communication skills
- Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multitasking.
- Work experience in art programming, museum curatorial or education, grant making, artists-in-residence programs, or public art commissions
- Experience with data analysis and visualization (tools, software, processes and best practices)
- Outstanding organizational and time management skills
- Discretion and confidentiality
- Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in art administration or curation, museum studies, sociology, anthropology or similar
- Excellent MS Office knowledge as well as Google Workspace
- Experience with the Adobe Creative Suite (mainly InDesign/Photoshop)
- 3+ years of industry experience
- Master’s degree with a concentration in art administration, museum studies, sociology, anthropology or similar
Work Hours & Benefits
This is a full-time position. The Project Manager, Arts & Culture will work in a hybrid/remote capacity 5 days per week. We provide industry standard holiday, vacation and sick day policies and offer health and dental insurance for roles over 20 hours/week.
At DVDL we think all organizations should, at their core, be about people first, including our own. We embrace diversity, equity and inclusion and are committed to building a team with a variety of backgrounds, skills and views. Cultivating a culture of inclusiveness isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s also the smart thing. We know that having varied perspectives helps generate better ideas and insights for our changing and increasingly interrelated world.
Interested applicants should email a cover letter, salary requirements and CV as a pdf to [email protected] with subject line “Project Manager, Arts & Culture.” Due to the volume of receipts, only qualified applicants will be contacted. Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits included.