Senior Project Manager, Construction

The Metropolitan Museum of Art The Metropolitan Museum of Art Employer:
New York, NY, USLocation:
Mon, Jul 19 '21Posted on:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art collects, studies, conserves, and presents significant works of art across all times and cultures in order to connect people to creativity, knowledge, and ideas.

The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in two iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters. Since it was founded in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum's galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures.


The Construction department leads the planning, design and construction of the institution’s capital projects, including gallery renovations and expansions, permanent casework, and infrastructure upgrades. Projects range from the 65,000SF renovation of the Michael C Rockefeller wing which includes the redesign of the galleries for the Art of Africa, Oceania, and Americas, to the 60,000SF skylight replacement program over the European Paintings Gallery. The Construction Department establishes the prioritization and timing of capital projects, and is the institution’s “client” group that aligns and synthesizes internal stakeholder inputs into clear directives for the external professional team spanning architects, engineers, construction managers, sub-contractors, and other vendors. 

The Senior Project Manager reports to the Head of Construction and oversees a portfolio of capital projects. The position is responsible for leading projects of significant complexity and scale; these projects must be architecturally relevant and enduring, while maintaining programmatic, budget, and schedule alignments. 


·       As the “client,” the position serves as primary interface between the institution and external professionals

·       Determine design direction and render critical decisions that maintain design intent, constructability, and adherence to other constraints including the program, budget, and schedule.   

·       Lead projects across all phases including architect selection, pre-design through construction documents, bidding, enabling work, construction, art de-installation and re-installation. 

·       Additional scope includes preliminary project budgeting and schedule determination, contract and fee negotiations. 

  • Solicit, align, and synthesize input from key stakeholders and departments, including: Executive and Director’s Offices, curatorial, object’s conservation, scientific research, security, facilities, design, among others.   
  • Ensure the integration of architecture, infrastructure, exhibition design, and digital media. 

·       Manage direct reports 


Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum 15 years of relevant experience in a related role 
  • Track record of leading both internal teams and large, sprawling consultant teams
  • Operational experience, including project staffing (internal and external), contract and fee negotiations
  • Collaborative and strategic problem-solver
  • Strong organizational skills; impeccable attention to detail 
  • Comprehensive understanding of the budgeting, scheduling, and buyout process
  • Advanced knowledge of all design software and design for digital platforms
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines
  • Strong communication and presentation skills

Knowledge and Education:

  • MArch required

·       Minimum ten years related experience working for a Museum or Non-profit institution 

·       Licensed Architect preferred


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