Project Manager - (digital / web projects) Museum Exhibition

Remote/East Coast, or Washington, DC area
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Amy Izzo

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Aquent's client, a National Museum seeks a project manager to shepherd the adaptation, migration, and/or archiving of the online exhibitions. We expect the project to continue through Aug 2022. This role is expected to be 25-30 hours per week. 

The Museum currently hosts 22 individual microsites related to special exhibitions—some of which were last on display 20+ years ago. Many of the sites include rich content that is not available on other Museum digital platforms. Yet, the majority of them were not designed for viewing on multiple devices and rely on outdated technology such as Adobe Flash that is no longer supported by web browsers.


The Museum seeks a project manager to shepherd the adaptation, migration, and/or archiving of the online exhibitions. We expect the project to begin in mid-April 2021 and continue through the end of the calendar year.

The work involved in this project includes:
● Creating a content inventory of all pages and assets (text, images, videos) associated with each site.
○ Note: Sitemaps for each exhibition (page inventory) were created during the Content Audit/Recommendation Phase of the project. They do not include asset-level tracking, however.
● For sites to be archived (i.e., taken offline), developing a plan and checklist to be followed by content producers and/or developers to ensure any usable content/assets are available elsewhere (e.g., Museum Encyclopedia). This could include developing a plan to make archived content or files available internally for Museum staff.
● For sites to be adapted (i.e., content moved to Museum website or Museum Encyclopedia), developing a plan specific to each site that includes appropriate level of historical review, verification of image rights/permissions, and content editing.
● For sites to be migrated to the custom CMS for exhibitions, assembling a project team consisting of content producer, UX designer, front-end developer, content researcher, and historian who will determine how best to re-imagine the exhibition using the available templates and features of the CMS.

It is anticipated that of the 22 sites, about half (11) will be archived, five (5) will be adapted, and six (6) will be migrated to the custom CMS for exhibitions.


Their responsibilities include and are not limited to:
● Working with the dedicated Museum team of product owners, historian, content researcher, content producer, UX designer, and front-end developer to create and manage a project timeline, create and manage a backlog using agreed upon Museum tools
● Creating and managing the backlog with assigned team; for sprint planning on a bi-weeky basis and updating project timeline as needed based on progress
● Ensuring that the team has what they need, identifying and clearing obstacles that may include the acquisition of image rights, availability of historians, reviews and approvals along with other needs;
● Communicating with stakeholders both formally and informally to ensure they are aware of the status and needs of the project. This would include a weekly status report; check-in with the project sponsor and the product owners; and, reaching out as needed when problems or moments to celebrate arise.
● Ensuring that the stakeholders review and approve work that is proposed, in development and completed.
● Understanding and approving planned work and assisting in removed obstacles for work in progress,
● Identifying ways to enhance team effectiveness and work with the team to implement changes that improve the quality of their work by conducting retrospectives every few weeks and working with the team to implement agreed upon changes.



  • The candidate must work in the eastern or central time zones.
  • 4+ years of experience managing digital / web projects 
  • A bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Samples of (i.e., links to) comparable digital projects managed are required for consideration.
  • Familiarity with the history of the Holocaust and/or contemporary genocide is a plus.