Exhibit Project Manager

    • Baltimore, MD

Exhibit Project Manager

The Exhibit & Design team is looking for an experienced Exhibit Project Manager to help the National Aquarium translate project goals into successful project execution. This role is responsible for coordinating a wide range of exhibit and interior architecture projects, from concept through final production, and beyond. This is a unique opportunity to work on an exciting campus for a culturally significant institution.

This creative collaborator will have a skillset rooted in resourcefully managing project schedules, budgets, and process. A strong communicator, the role will proactively develop and maintain relationships with exhibit team members, internal stakeholders, cross-functional partners and external agencies.

Job Requirements:

  • Simultaneously manage multiple exhibit, design, construction, and operational projects of varying scales, typically from $10,000 to $500,000.
  • Manage project budgets, schedules, and project documentation. Negotiates win-win solutions between conflicting needs to meet project goals. Provide excellent service and innovative creative solutions that are timely, effective and aligned with specified budgets and timelines.
  • Facilitiates project communication, including agendas and notes.
  • Focus on team building and team process both within design team comprised of 3-D and 2-D designers, developer, multimedia, and exhibit fabricators, and with cross-functional teams including Animal Curators, Facilities, Marketing, Development, Conservation, Finance, and Guest Engagement.
  • Facilitates requests for proposals and contract documents for assigned projects. Manage external project teams of designers, consultants, vendors and contractors. Monitors contract/installation progress to ensure completion within project budget and schedule.
  • Performs project-related administrative duties, including invoice submittals and compliance with grants.
  • Collaborate closely with Exhibit & Design Team, Directors of Exhibits & Design and Fabrication & Operations, and VP Planning & Design to ensure successful project execution.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in a design-related field
  • Minimum of 5 years progressive work experience managing projects, preferably in an institutional setting of zoo, aquarium, or museum.
  • Must be able to read blueprints and have contract administration experience. Facility with Microsoft Office Suite, AutoCad, Vectorworks, Sketch-up or similar drafting and modeling software.
  • Strong visual, written and oral communication skills
  • Highly organized
  • Cover letter submission required
  • Project portfolio submission preferred
  • PMP Certification is a plus

The National Aquarium is committed to diversity and invites individuals who bring a diversity of culture, experience and ideas to apply.


The work environment at the National Aquarium is high-energy and high-performance. The pace is very fast, and change is constant. In those ways, it is not like a more traditional nonprofit workplace where work responsibilities might be fixed and unchanging, or expectations unclear. Here, we hold ourselves to very high expectations. It is a stimulating workplace that attracts unique and energetic people. It’s also a culture of continuous improvement, which means we’re constantly seeking to move from good to better to best.

The reason for this is the urgency is our mission. We are focused on changing the way humanity cares for our ocean planet. Our mission and communications are rooted in evidence-based science. We are at the center of Baltimore’s renaissance, a major player in restoring its iconic Inner Harbor, and deeply committed to inspiring our guests to become “hope-filled conservationists” on a national and international scale. If you believe this is the kind of environment where you could thrive, we want to we want you on our team. If your talents and our culture are a match, you will grow in ways you never imagined.


Recently named one of Baltimore’s Best Places to Work, the National Aquarium opened in 1981 as a nonprofit aquatic education and conservation organization, the jewel of the city’s Inner Harbor redevelopment. SmartCEO Magazine honored the National Aquarium with the Healthiest Workplace award and the Corporate Culture award in 2016. With a mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures, the Aquarium is consistently ranked one of the nation’s two top aquariums and has hosted over 51 million guests since opening.

Today, the National Aquarium builds on a 36-year history of local, regional and global conservation initiatives that provide real solutions for protecting marine life, ecosystems and aquatic communities. Its Animal Rescue team has rescued, rehabilitated and released hundreds of marine mammals and endangered sea turtles throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. It’s Animal Welfare and Science teams participate in important research efforts to confront pressing ocean conservation issues and advocate for smarter policies at local, state and federal levels. Through education, research, conservation action and advocacy, the National Aquarium is pursuing a vision to change the way humanity cares for our ocean planet.

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