compensation: $70-$90/hr 1099 (flexible based on level of experience) employment type: part-time
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Our client is a very famous museum in Washington DC. They are a museum that’s more than just your typical museum – they are trying to make the world a better place as part of their mission. They are looking for an innovative and passionate individual to join their team. They are seeking a Project Manager to help with a product designed for digital teaching and learning.
Their product is a digital teaching and learning tool for undergraduate students and instructors. It allows instructors and students to engage directly with primary sources related to the content they provide. Instructors can set up customized courses to create customized learning experiences featuring original diaries, letters, testimonies, art, and other materials. These sources were carefully selected, translated, and contextualized by corresponding scholars.
The product has required a user login in order to access its content since its prototype phase. Login requirements were common for free, open educational resources when the tool was originally conceived and launched between 2014-2016. However, in the tool's first evaluation year (2017-2018), the team received feedback from current and prospective users that the login requirement is an impediment to classroom adoption.
In this project, we will remove the login requirement for the site. This significant site architecture change would enable access to the site's contextualized primary source materials in a number of ways:
• Immediate links in course management software and course syllabi;
• Associative access through Museum links/social media/and Encyclopedia; and
• Allow the site to be indexed by Google and available via google search.
The option of creating a login would be retained and optimized in order to make certain features of the site (i.e., bookmarking pages; creating a personalized dashboard) possible.
As a part of this work, several forward-facing and back-end mechanisms will need to be redesigned, including the home page, user dashboard, and in-tool reporting. Additionally, because the content will now be accessed via Google search, the site design and information architecture will need to be revisited to ensure that users arriving at the site from search are provided with the context to understand the site and discover related content.
The Project Manager contractor will work with a dedicated core team including of Product Managers, UX lead, front end and back end engineers to establish and manage a backlog against project timeline and budget.
You will also manage research projects to identify how other have solved similar problems and incorporate findings in an iterative process to the end solution.
This will be an agile project and the PM will also conduct daily stand ups, retrospectives and work with the team and museum management to identify and clear issues and obstacles for the team.
Work Location and Equipment:
The contractor is expected to provide his/her own computer and needed software. The contractor will have use of the Museum's accounts for shared systems and software. The contractor will work remotely and be available to manage meetings via video chat or in-person for daily standup meetings, team planning sessions, work sessions with team members (product owner, front end developer, etc.), stakeholder meetings. Contractor must be available to come into the Museum offices in Washington, DC occasionally for in-person meetings.
• 5+ years of direct project management experience in research heavy projects, with rich content and technology in an agile environment.
• Experience managing projects where all resources are remote
• PMP – CSM
• Experience managing projects with multiple work streams, keeping an eye on both the detail and big picture.
• Experience working with educational organizations or museums
• Proven ability to deliver creative products on deadline in collaboration with a team.
• Familiarity with project management and collaboration tools such as Slack, Trello, Google Drive, and Jira and has used them with a core team that is not co-located.
• Effective and patient collaborator in an environment with diverse stakeholders that can require multiple reviews and buy-in at many levels
This is a long term/part time contract position, with the initially term set at 7 months. Our client expects this work to be completed over the 7 month period with 25-30 hours per week. There is the potentially for extension, and also other projects with this client as work arises. Compensation will be commensurate with your level of experience, and market rate for this type of work.
If this sounds like you, please respond with your compensation requirements as soon as possible.
We are focused candidates local to the greater Washington DC area, so that they would be available to be on-site as required. Please do not respond if you can’t be on-site in DC on an occasional basis.
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