Job Opportunity – High Desert Project Manager

High Desert Museum Job Opportunity – High Desert Project Manager

Title:   High Desert Project Manager
Division:   Programs
Classification:   Salaried, regular full-time exempt
Reports To:   Program Development Manager
Supervises:   N/A
Salary Range:   $50,000-$55,000 DOE

High Desert Museum – Organization Description

Since opening in 1982, HIGH DESERT MUSEUM has brought together wildlife, culture, art and natural resources to promote an understanding of the natural and cultural heritage of North America’s High Desert country. We do so through indoor and outdoor exhibits, wildlife in natural habitats, living history demonstrations and dynamic programs on a beautiful, 135-acre campus in the pine forest. The Museum is a nonprofit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is a Smithsonian Affiliate, was the 2019 recipient of the Western Museums Association’s Charles Redd Award for Exhibition Excellence and was awarded the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Services. During the 2018-19 fiscal year, 195,000 visitors enjoyed the Museum.

The Museum is located in Bend, Oregon, a fast-growing, charismatic city nestled against the Cascade Range at the edge of the High Desert. We strive to be inclusive, culturally humble, relevant, curious, and mindful. As a team, we work together to wildly excite and responsibly teach, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert.

Job Summary

The High Desert Project Manager is responsible for the design, planning, implementation and evaluation of the High Desert Project. This new and dynamic initiative will use the power of unique and immersive interdisciplinary experiences to bring together diverse people to spark dialogue and connection, increase understanding of and respect for differences and advance appreciation for our shared accountability to the High Desert region. The Manager collaborates with the Museum’s Executive Director, Program Development Manager, Director of Communications, and external advisors to coordinate activities related to the initiative and contribute to its long-term direction and vision.


We recognize and honor that the qualifications required to excel in this position can come from a range of both professional and lived experiences and a variety of fields and backgrounds. We strongly encourage anyone who feels passionate about this work and believes they have what it takes to thrive in this role to apply. Some of the qualifications we are looking for with this position include experience managing projects that require collaboration with nonprofits, tribal agencies and Native organizations, government agencies and/or other community organizations; ability to plan, manage, facilitate and implement dynamic programs from a cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approach, perspective and understanding; strong facilitation skills, including knowledge of group dynamics and conflict management; and awareness of systems change models, community organizing, and/or experiential learning theories.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in related field.
  • Knowledge of the High Desert region, including its population, communities and significant issues.
  • Experience in programs like the Civic Collaboratory, the National Institute for Civil Discourse, and Kolb Experiential Learning model.
  • Bilingual in Spanish.
  • Working knowledge of developing and implementing collaborative programs that enhance conversation and dialogue and experience facilitating group dynamics.
  • Experience using digital platforms and experiential learning for engaging groups.

Responsibilities and Tasks

  1. Prioritize, plan and coordinate project activities in alignment with the strategic direction and plan for the High Desert Project event series and related programming.
  2. Develop and maintain a multi-year plan for the High Desert Project, which includes short- and long-term priorities and action items, in collaboration with Executive Director, Program Development Manager, Director of Communications, and High Desert Project advisors.
  3. Develop relationships with organizations and community members to raise the visibility and expand the High Desert Project.
  4. Work with the HDM Communications department to develop and support messaging, outreach opportunities and marketing plan for the High Desert Project
  5. Recruit speakers, artists, and other participants for the event series.
  6. Collaborate with the Program Development Manager and other staff to collect and organize feedback from participants and develop and implement evaluation related to the High Desert Project.
  7. Manage the budget for the High Desert Project.
  8. Create and manage contractual terms and agreements, in partnership with the Museum’s finance department, for program presenters and participants.
  9. Organize third-party providers and vendors to create and deliver programs and elements for the project.
  10. Assess potential risks and challenges and develop appropriate plans and mitigation strategies.
  11. Act as primary contact for the High Desert Project.
  12. Contribute to the long-term vision for the High Desert Project by identifying new opportunities for the initiative.
  13. Build positive working relationships with the Museum team.
  14. Analyze and resolve High Desert Project issues in a timely and accurate manner.
  15. Embrace, support, and help implement the Museum’s continued learning and commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion
  16. Execute other duties as assigned as needed to help abide by the Museum’s values, drive our vision, and fulfill our mission

The Museum provides an equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/transgender status, age, disability, veteran or marital status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


The High Desert Museum wildly excites and responsibly teaches through innovative, interdisciplinary experiences, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert

Please send a resume, cover letter and portfolio materials to the High Desert Museum at