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Construction & Exhibitry Project Manager

Audubon Institute New Orleans, LA

  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description

General Summary:


58,000.00 - 65,000.00 USD Annual

 The Construction & Exhibitry Project Manager’s primary role is to direct and provide project management of construction projects for Audubon Nature Institute. This includes but is not limited to the management and coordination of design activities internally (Construction & Exhibitry Staff, Executive Staff, the Senior Vice Presidents of Facility Operations, Facilities Staff, Husbandry Staff) and externally (Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Designers, Fabricators, Consultants) to design and fabricate construction projects, exhibits, graphics, and interpretive materials for Audubon Nature Institute facilities. This position also coordinates the review and execution of contracts in cooperation with the Purchasing Department of Design Professionals hired by Audubon Nature Institute. This position will provide expertise in managing capital funding contracts and assists in compliance of local rules and regulations.

To deliver on the Audubon mission, the Construction & Exhibitry Project Manager will:

Provide a guest experience of outstanding quality

• With the support of the VP of C&E, direct and oversee projects, ensuring that all planning, architectural, and engineering aspects are strictly and effectively adhered to and reported on

• With the support of VP of C&E, direct major repairs and improvements, ensuring consistent “Audubon quality” enhancements and “campus” look and feel to existing Audubon assets

• With the support of VP of C&E, coordinate graphics, signs, and interpretive materials with Education/Interpretive Planning Staff and Marketing Staff to ensure that they are properly planned and integrated throughout the design and construction process

• With the support of VP of C&E, direct onsite construction firms, ensuring that proper construction protocol and operations coordination are effectively maintained.

• Represent Audubon Nature Institute at meetings with partners and city agencies regarding assigned projects

• Conduct standing meetings with the Senior Vice President of Facility Operations and project teams during the design and construction phases of projects

• Coordinate and collaborate with appropriate internal departments to ensure that all elements of a project are completed by agreed-upon deadlines

• Monitor schedules and scope of assigned C&E projects to maintain timely completion of projects within budget

Weave quality entertainment through the guest experience

• Ensure that a professional work environment is maintained during construction projects with minimum negative impact to guests, staff or animals

• Supervise outside Contractors, Consultants, Architects, Fabricators, and Designers to meet installation goals

• Coordinate location and plan of signs, graphics, interpretive materials, videos, computer interactive/games, and other show services

• Maintain a high standard for design and execution of projects for best guest experience and well-being of all of Audubon’s living creatures

Construction & Exhibitry Project Manager Job Description, page 2 of 3

Operate a financially self-sufficient collection of museums and parks.

•  Manage budget, schedule, and scope expectations of Executive Team

•  Effectively monitor actual expenditures to budget, providing management with timely expenditure variances

•  Develop project implementation phasing that minimizes negative impact on revenue generation

•  Minimize impact of changes throughout design and construction stages of capital projects

•  Prepare timely reimbursement requests for state, city and federal funded projects, ensuring accurate details and all necessary backup documentation.

The above listed duties are general statements of required major duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis. They do not exclude other duties as assigned.

To deliver on the Audubon service promise, the Construction & Exhibitry Project Manager will:


•  Make eye contact with every customer encounter, smile at every person, offer friendly phrases and greetings.

•  Wear identification badge.

•  Walk individual to destination instead of pointing; offer assistance to people who look confused.

•  Assume ownership of potential safety hazards (wipe-up spill, pick up trash). Always have the camera-ready look.


•  Maintain positive attitude, pleasant tone of voice (remember it is not what you say, but how you say it).

•  Coach coworkers on service expectations.

•  Utilize the power of teamwork to give excellent service.

•  Know when to involve management from other departments.


•  Know the answers to questions or seek out the answers.

•  Ensure work area is free of food, socialization, and personal business.

•  Follow Dress Code Policy on clothing and grooming.

•  Keep unpleasant concerns behind closed doors (vent backstage).

Internal Supervision: Not Applicable

Experience: Minimum 3 years construction management, project management, architectural, environmental, exhibit design, or interpretive design experience at the management level

Education: Minimum Bachelor of Arts in Construction Management, Design, Architecture, Planning or related field.

Licensure/Certification: PMP or CCM preferred

Software Requirements: Working knowledge of basic computer software programs, i.e., Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and Outlook, preferred proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite: Illustrator, Photoshop, and familiarity with AutoCAD or other computer assisted design software

Machinery/Tools/Equipment Requirements: Must have the ability to use mobile devices, computer, fax, scanner, and phone and copy machine.

Physical Requirements:

1. Medium Work: exerting up to 25 pounds of force occasionally, or a negligible amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. May involve sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time.

2. Sitting or standing, bending, stooping, and the ability to carry items weighing up to 50 pounds.

3. Constant adequate range of motion and mobility required.

4. Regular near acuity with clarity of vision at 20 inches or less required.

5. Typical ability to collect and analyze numerical and written data and verbal information to reach logical conclusions and ability to determine the time, place and sequence of operations or actions required.

6. Regular talking and the ability to express and exchange ideas by means of language expected.

7. Regular hearing and the ability to perceive the nature of sounds.

8. Constant ability to read, record, or type data quickly and accurately required.

9. Standing for extended periods to construct or install signage or exhibit graphics

10. Sitting, kneeling, crawling on floor or ground.

11. Climbing, standing on a ladder or scaffolding.

12. Using various paints, solvents and chemicals.

Environmental/Working Conditions:

1. Working long hours between breaks or meals required.

2. Ability to work under and handle stress in an appropriate manner required.

3. May be exposed to high, medium, or low noise intensity.

4. Constant contact with co-workers required.

5. Affinity for animals preferred.

6. Exposure to fluctuations in temperatures may be required.

7. Exposure to outdoor conditions may be required.

Audubon Institute


New Orleans, LA
70118 USA



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