Director of Museum Projects and Initiatives

Website New Orleans Museum of Art

JOB TITLE: Director of Museum Projects and Initiatives
REPORTS TO: Director


SUMMARY: The Director of Museum Projects and Initiatives, directs and ensures the successful execution of NOMA’s project and programming priorities including the annual exhibition program, working across all departments to effectively coordinate all associated efforts.  Serving as a member of senior staff and reporting to the Director of NOMA, the Director of Museum Projects and Initiatives creates, communicates, collaborates and drives articulated plans encompassing all facets of identified projects including exhibitions. Facilitates interdepartmental communication.



  • Serves as lead and partner to the leadership team to articulate all elements of project and exhibition planning
  • Owns and insures a shared plan for execution.
  • Provides support, guidance and direction as needed to management and staff colleagues in the development and execution of exhibition programs.
  • Provides an institutional timeline for institutional projects, with departmental benchmarks; timeline is vetted with, and clear to staff colleagues.
  • Anticipates issues, challenges and obstacles to timeline and execution, and actively works to resolve those before they become problematic
  • Leads necessary meetings among colleagues and between appropriate parties to inform, instruct as necessary and/or resolve any questions or issues
  • Creates and implements an on-going institution-wide planning process, where exhibition project roles and responsibilities are clear
  • Models and trains staff on effective project management skills and competencies
  • Creates multi-year schedule for exhibitions/special projects with Director and Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, ensuring that such schedule can be operationalized effectively
  • Demonstrates respect for and advocates for all departments and their respective contribution to a successful exhibition season, and creates an equitable team environment
  • Special projects as requested by management.



  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and to lead with both direct and indirect authority.
  • Ability to act with integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality.
  • Thorough knowledge of museum exhibition elements and planning considerations
  • Proficient with Microsoft Project Management, Asana or related software.
  • Proficiency with or the ability to quickly learn the organizational construct and adapt as necessary
  • Demonstrated project management success
  • Demonstrated ability to use both emotional and cognitive intelligence



  • Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Business, Museum Studies or in a related business field or equivalent combination of education, training, or experience.
  • 8-10 years of experience, including in management roles
  • Experience in Project Management or lead role in complex project/organization
  • Related museum experience



  • This is sedentary work that requires the following physical activities:
  • Sitting for long periods of time, walking, finger dexterity, feeling, repetitive motions,
  • talking, hearing, and visual acuity.
  • Occasional lifting (up to 10 pounds of computer equipment or paper supplies).



  • Normal office environment.
  • May be subjected to fast-paced decision making, crisis situations.
  • After hours or weekend work as required


NOTE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this position. These statements are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of employees in this position.

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