Director of Project Management & Integration, Obama Presidential Center

Obama Foundation, Chicago, IL

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About the Obama Foundation

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 our time unless we solve them together.” So join us. 

For more information, please visit www.obama.org.

Purpose of the Role

The Director of Project Management & Integration will coordinate and integrate a variety of interdependent projects and work streams across the broad Obama Presidential Center project, ensuring that it fulfills the Foundation’s ambitious mission and opens on time. You will work closely with OPC team leadership and individual project managers across multiple teams to create a comprehensive OPC Project Plan and Schedule that integrates the work of construction, design, museum, operations, technology, creative & communications, and other teams to enable visibility into key milestones, interdependencies, and deliverables across the OPC project. You will consolidate and streamline the tracking of activities and progress, ensuring that priorities are clear, staff members have access to up-to-date project information, and individual teams are meeting deadlines and focusing their time on the most critical items. You will proactively identify and consolidate delays, blocks, and other risks from across the project, leading team-wide efforts to problem solve, mitigate, or overcome them to ensure the project’s success.

Core Job Responsibilities

  • Lead the creation and implementation of an integrated OPC Project Plan and Schedule that incorporates key milestones and activities from individual project schedules across all teams to enable a holistic view across the project. Includes integration of schedules from all OPC teams (Museum, OPC Operations & Implementation) as well as OPC-related projects led by other teams (e.g., Creative & Communications, Product & Technology, Public Engagement, and Development). Maintain schedule through the opening of the OPC, communicating and coordinating relevant changes with team members. 
  • Coordinate and lead weekly OPC project schedule check-in meetings with key project management leads across teams. Actively track progress to milestones for all OPC projects. 
  • Strategically surface items in need of strategic conversation and decisioning, ensuring the right parties are involved in a streamlined decision-tracking process.
  • Manage consolidated risk register for all OPC-related projects. Proactively identify and flag areas of concern and lead efforts to problem solve to overcome them.
  • Prepare schedule updates and reports for senior leadership, campus committee, Board, and others as needed. 
  • Coordinate with Chiefs of Staff across the project to ensure that teams are aware of interdependencies and deadlines, and spending their time on most important priorities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Key Deliverables / Outcomes

  • Creation of OPC Project Plan and Schedule that provides a consolidated view of schedules, deliverables, and interdependencies of all OPC projects
  • Establishment of effective ongoing processes for tracking and reporting progress against milestones across individual OPC projects
  • Proactive identification of schedule delays or other risks to enable timely problem solving 
  • Workstreams and deadlines are prioritized appropriately across the project to ensure that team members are spending time on the highest priority tasks
  • Ultimate deliverable is providing critical project management support and coordination across the team to ensure the successful opening of the OPC

Required Qualifications

  • Proven experience successfully managing complex, large-scale capital projects and meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience with architectural design and coordination, exhibition design and installation, experiential design, and/or integrated physical and digital environments highly desirable
  • Thorough understanding of project management techniques and methods, as well as project management software (Asana or an equivalent program)
  • Outstanding leadership and organizational skills
  • Excellent problem-solving ability


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.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Foundation is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply. If you are a qualified candidate with a disability, please e-mail us at [email protected] if you require a reasonable accommodation to complete this application.

About Obama Foundation

The Obama Foundation was established in January 2014 to carry on the great, unfinished project of renewal and global progress. Officially established as an operating, 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, the Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors chaired by civic leader Martin Nesbitt. In the near future, the Foundation will oversee the design and construction of the Obama Presidential Center to be designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects | Partners and Interactive Design Architects in Jackson Park on the South Side of Chicago. When it’s complete, the Center will include a library holding the Presidential archives, a museum focusing on the Obama Presidency and issues of our time, and space for ongoing programs and initiatives that advance our mission.

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