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The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) is one of the world’s leading rural development NGOs. It maintains a staff of 300+ in nine countries across Africa, Asia, and North America. For over 60 years, IIRR has worked in more than 50 countries to improve the health, education, environment, and economic conditions of rural communities through the delivery of sustainable and scalable solutions.

IIRR is seeking an innovative and experienced Project Manager to oversee a new and ambitious global art project. The project is a public engagement campaign created to raise awareness about the threat of climate change to our world – and to Small Island Developing States in particular – by using the arts to visually communicate the reality of climate change.

The Project Manager role is an ideal position for a highly ambitious professional who has excellent time management and organizational skills to perform in a multi-faceted role. Candidates who have demonstrated success in securing new partnerships and cultivating funds are skilled at working with diverse stakeholders and have significant experience in overseeing project operations including budgeting and event logistics are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate has experience working with value-driven organizations and a passion for environmental and other social issues.

The position will have an initial one-year fixed-term contract with the possibility of renewal.

The Role
Key areas of responsibility for the Project Manager include:

  • Lead on securing funding and support for the project by presenting its vision and rationale to external partners
  • Lead on conceptualization, management, and delivery of a multi-city global project
  • Assist with curating the exhibition, and showcasing the exhibition items in order to engage the public and raise awareness
  • Oversee operations, including budget oversight, team management, and event logistics
  • Work with external art institutions in creating educational materials that will be featured at the exhibition
  • Mobilize strategic investments in supporting climate adaptation strategies

Job Activities

  • Develop and implement an annual project plan to include all aspects of the project
  • Lead efforts on grant writing, fundraising, and other financing methods to support the full scope of the traveling exhibition
  • Coordinate all aspects of transporting exhibition items, including carbon-neutral transport of exhibition items between international cities, customs requirements, and import logistics\Design and manage major launch event/gala to include speakers, activities, communications/publicity, and budget.
  • Identify and manage relevant support services (e.g., advertising agency, show production company, etc.) to ensure successful promotion of exhibition to identified cities as well as new markets.
  • Consult with legal counsel for all matters pertaining to the drafting of contracts, liability, etc.
  • Coordinate with relevant partners to develop educational materials and a website to increase the visibility and impact of the project.
  • Develop evaluation metrics and methodology to measure success in achieving stated project objectives.
  • Provide close oversight of project budget and expenses at all stages and make recommendations for adjustments as needed.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • Minimum of ten years of experience in managing people, projects, and budgets.
  • Mid-level exposure to the arts; direct curatorial experience preferred.
  • Successful track record in fundraising and grant writing.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Professional proficiency in Spanish is strongly preferred.
  • Creativity with close attention to detail.
  • Highly competent at creating and implementing strategies for effective public and stakeholder relations.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work independently in a remote office setting.
  • Ability to work well under pressure in meeting project timeline milestones.
  • Flexibility and comfort working across time zones.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team player.\Residence in the greater New York area is strongly preferred

How to Apply
Send cover letter, CV, salary expectation, and available start date to: recruitment.usoffice@iirr.org. Include “Project Manager” in the Subject Line.

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