As a member of the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) Museum Team reporting to the Manager of Integrated Media, you will lead critical coordination and integration work focused on audiovisual systems supporting the museum exhibit spaces and related areas in the Obama Presidential Center. You will do this work in close collaboration with the OPC Operations & Implementation, Information Technology, and Product & Technology teams as well as construction project managers, architects, exhibition designers, and their sub-consultants.
You will work closely with the exhibition designers, architects, and their sub-consultants to review and finalize bid documentation around the audiovisual hardware and systems, including collecting and providing feedback on systems documentation deliverables, manage the procurement process for selecting the exhibit AV integrator and monitor installation of exhibit AV systems.
After the opening of the Obama Presidential Center, you will play a key role in maintaining the exhibit AV systems, planning for audiovisual needs and future evolution in the core and temporary exhibit spaces of the OPC, and directly supervising one or more audiovisual technicians.
Core Job Responsibilities
Strategy and documentation
Participate in planning, development, installation and maintenance of all OPC exhibit AV systems to support operational, experiential, security, and accessibility needs
Facilitate prototyping and testing of systems to ensure successful integrations, including collaboration with exhibit AV integrator and exhibit Media Producer(s), as well as with the OPC Manager of Integrated Systems.
Guide the creation of all exhibit AV systems manuals and as-built documentation
Develop and maintain mechanisms for tracking exhibit AV system needs, ownership, status, and budget
Advocate for accessibility and inclusive design needs, including coordinating with relevant consultants on exhibit AV systems design approaches
Vendor procurement, project management, and team supervision
Facilitate selection and procurement process for exhibit AV Integrator and oversee the creation of bid package documents and RFPs
Day to day management of exhibit AV Integrator throughout the fabrication and installation phases
Oversee the transition from design project to opening the OPC, including exhibit AV technical staffing to support ongoing maintenance of all exhibit AV systems
Coordinate with Museum Team on maintenance of exhibit AV systems and plans for temporary special exhibitions, and with OPC Operations & Implementation team on strategy for integrating and coordinating work with wider OPC and campus integrated systems
Coordinate with exhibit maintenance team and technicians; direct oversight of one or more audiovisual technicians
Perform other duties as assigned
Key Deliverables / Outcomes
Comprehensive review of exhibit bid package documentation related to exhibit AV systems
Management of smooth and effective bid and procurement process for exhibit AV integrator
Effective coordination of exhibit AV systems strategy and integration approach across exhibition and other OPC and campus-wide systems
Proven experience managing integration projects for the built environment, preferably in a museum or within the cultural sector
Demonstrated experience and expertise in planning and executing complex projects, including budget and schedule development/oversight, and a track record of working with vendors (especially media producers, architects and designers) and internal stakeholders to build trust, maintain positive working relationships and achieve win-win outcomes
Deep understanding of connected systems, including network design, show control, and building management and automation systems; as well as familiarity with cutting-edge technology in lighting, show control, A/V systems, and building management
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills and an ability to translate technical concepts for a general audience
Creative approach to problem solving, acknowledging that a more complex solution to implement may result in long-term efficiencies
Willingness and ability to travel and work long and/or unusual hours as necessary to accommodate deliveries/shipments, construction or exhibition installation schedules, and other operational requirements
In the interest of employee health and safety during the pendency of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Obama Foundation is requiring that all prospective employees present proof that they are fully-vaccinated against COVID-19, or seek a reasonable accommodation for religious or medical reasons, prior to their first day of employment.
At the Obama Foundation, we are guided by a core belief: that ordinary people working together can change history. Our mission is to inspire those people to take action, empower them to change their world for the better, and connect them so they can achieve more together than they can alone.
We were founded by community organizers, so when we seek change, we do it by bringing people together.
That approach begins at home, on the South Side of Chicago, where we are building the Obama Presidential Center. The Center represents a historic opportunity for Chicago: a chance to build a world-class museum and public gathering space that celebrates our nation’s first African American President and First Lady, steps away from where he began his career, where she was raised, and where—together—they made their home.
But that approach extends to all our work, whether it’s holding leadership training sessions in communities throughout the U.S., bringing local leaders together in countries around the world, working to support the global education of girls, or ensuring young men of color have pathways to opportunity.
As President Obama has said, “we cannot solve the challenges of ou...r time unless we solve them together.” So join us.
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