Come and be a part of our transformation! Formerly known as the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Chicago Architecture Center is a nonprofit cultural organization with tours, exhibitions, programs and events for all ages. Our mission is to inspire people to discover why design matters. The CAC is the leading organization devoted to celebrating and promoting Chicago as a center of architectural innovation. As Chicago’s forum for the exchange of ideas on urban design, the CAC inspires people to participate in the building of vibrant communities and to demand the highest standard in urban design.
The Project Manager will oversee a variety of special projects and cross-departmental initiatives vital to the success of the newly-opened center. The successful candidate must have strong project management skills, keeping sight of the “big picture” while managing many levels of detail, with the ultimate goal of creating a world-class architecture center that provides an unrivaled visitor experience.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Develop a deep understanding of the CAC’s mission, vision, values, strategic plan, and programming, appreciating the depth and breadth of the organization’s capabilities.
Plan, execute, and evaluate a variety of projects that are critical to the success of the organization. Work includes building and managing project teams, reporting regularly to CEO and leadership team, and ensuring that projects are on time, within budget, and meet objectives.
Coordinate institutional reporting and data collection across the organization.
Manage the grant fulfillment process, coordinating with Development and the Education/Programs teams to track budgets and requirements and deliver timely reporting.
Collaborate with the leadership team to provide regular updates on departmental objectives and their alignment with the Strategic Plan.
Build strong, healthy relationships with internal/external stakeholders, project teams, and vendors, ensuring that project delivery expectations are clearly defined and met.
Drive project team accountability for deliverables, monitoring project milestones.
Ensure appropriate use of project management tools, processes, and methodologies.
Assess, manage, resolve and escalate (if necessary) risks and issues.
Facilitate and coordinate cross-functional, inter-departmental dialogue and collaborative activities while continuously communicating and ensuring a closed feedback loop with the CEO and leadership team.
Review and summarize reports, trends analysis and other relevant documents to support the CEO and leadership team, as needed
Achieve operational objectives by providing information and recommendations to the CEO and leadership team, considering trends, and the strategy for implementing change.
Minimum of 7 years of project management experience in a leadership capacity, with a track record of successfully completing large, complex projects.
Extensive knowledge of project management tools and methodologies.
Ability to analyze complex problems and develop alternative strategies.
Demonstrated negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
Experience with budget management and cost control for projects of all sizes.
Ability to establish and maintain collaborative and effective working relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders at all levels.
An intelligent and creative problem solver, with the vision and common sense to see possibilities and opportunities while managing day-to-day details.
Excellent skills in written and oral communication, with the ability to independently develop and produce documents, reports and PowerPoint presentations.
Expertise with Microsoft Office and project management software applications.
Knowledge of non-profit governance and operations.
About Chicago Architecture Center
Formerly known as the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) is a nonprofit cultural organization with tours, exhibitions, programs and events for all ages. Our mission is to inspire people to discover why design matters. The CAC is the gateway for our docent-led tours, exciting programs and imaginative, new interactive exhibits including the expanded, popular Chicago Model.