Have you ever been told that you have a "big ego," "you're never satisfied" or "you're too much of a big picture thinker"? Well, let us be blunt (which we know you'll appreciate), WE LIKE THAT! If being a leader comes naturally to you, and your goal-oriented mentality and ability to influence and excite others with your passion and vision actually produces results, then there's no way that our high-growth, constantly evolving environment will ever leave you feeling unchallenged. Just bring your self-starting capability, sincere optimism and relentless drive, and we'll give you the resources to successfully lead our teams, clients and projects. Then we'll get out of your way!
CR is currently searching for an experienced Director to provide clear leadership, vision, and strategic direction to our Higher Education architecture team and clients. With a focus on delivering successful higher education projects like student housing and residence life, this Director is an enthusiastic change agent and dynamic "go-to" thought leader in the firm and in the field.
What You Will Do
Work with Executive and Marketing teams to develop an annual business plan to advance the firm's higher education program
Successfully manage the vision of your strategic clients
Business Development & Client Relations:
Engage with and leverage the business development team on new business development efforts
Assist in the development of proposals, review submittals, RFQ's, RFP's, interview process etc.
Build, strengthen and nurture relationships with new and existing clients with the goal of creating long-term partnerships and repeat business
Operational Management & Leadership:
Ensure financial and operational success of your assigned architecture team by meeting Revenue, Profitability, Quality, and Utilization goals
Provide cradle-to-grave leadership for projects and clients, ensuring projects are delivered on-time, within budget, and exceeds client expectations
Lead design discussions and provide proactive workload management and allocation of resources
Involvement in the staffing process and performance management of your assigned team
Provide Quality Control of projects
Serve as a thought leader in the industry through involvement in speaking engagements, professional organizations, white paper creation, etc.
Act as a firm ambassador and enthusiastically motivate and mentor for professional development
Professional degree (Master or Bachelor) in Architecture from an accredited program, or like industry experience
Licensed Architect is preferred but not required
Minimum 15 years of post-graduate industry experience is preferred
Minimum 5 years’ experience managing a studio, office or practice group while accountable for planning, profit, revenue and resource management
Deep understanding of the higher education market especially in areas of forecasting, innovation, operational improvement, planning, and strategic positioning
Experience in residence life, student housing, dining halls, etc. strongly preferred
Technical competence and skill in construction documentation/administration
Experience working with a business development team to secure and grow new and existing clients
Collaborative champion of client relationships and team management with ability to quickly build trust
Dynamic communicator to both internal and client stakeholders while influencing and inspiring others
Self-starter with effective problem solving skills, strong business acumen and strategic thinker
Reputation as an expert in the industry and active in professional/industry associations is preferred
Ability to travel as needed
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: CR offers a competitive base salary taking into consideration your years of experience, education, skills, and certifications. Other benefits including variable compensation bonus plan, 401(k) savings plan, medical/dental/vision/life insurance, parking/transit allowance, professional development reimbursement are also offered as part of the total compensation package.
CR architecture + design manages eight areas of market expertise nationally and strives to be recognized as the national design expert in the market segments in which we serve. Our Commercial, Higher Education, K-12, Government, Hospitality, Housing, Senior Living and Retail groups focus on design creativity, technology, energy, value and most importantly, client service. As a market driven design... firm, we maintain a balanced project workload, equally divided between the public and private sectors. Our commitment to our practice and the clients we serve continually fosters new ideas and platforms that are monitored and evaluated.