SmithGroupJJR is an international idea-oriented design firm that is committed to creating inspiring places that enrich the human spirit. We believe that extraordinary projects are created when the design process is based on the principles of exploration, experimentation, innovation, sustainability, research, and collaboration. Our expertise in providing thoughtful and innovative solutions keeps SmithGroupJJR at the forefront of architectural, engineering and planning firms around the world. According to the 2017
Building Design Construction
magazine “Giants” ranking, SmithGroupJJR is the 7th largest architecture/engineering firm in the U.S.
The Boston office of SmithGroupJJR, is looking for a Higher Ed Studio Leader to join our team. The ideal candidate will be committed to winning work and building a studio in an organization that values design excellence, teamwork and innovative spirit. The Boston Higher Education Studio will be an integral part of the Boston Office and the SmithGroupJJR National Higher Education Practice.
CORE PROJECT TYPES
The Studio Leader’s engagement is inclusive of all project typologies that the Higher Education Studio current executes plus the determination and evaluation of new work that it aspires to. Core project types within the Higher Education Practice currently include:
Planning for Higher Education including Campus Master Planning
Health Sciences Education (Nursing, Allied Health, Dental, Medical) Facilities
STEM Education (Science and Engineering) Facilities
Professional Schools (Business, Law)
General Classroom Facilities
Student Life Facilities (Residential, Dining, Recreation)
STUDIO LEADER ROLE
In collaboration with the Office Director and Higher Education National Practice Director, the Studio Leader establishes the general direction and strategy for Studio activities such as business development, target clients, client relationships, and advocacy for design excellence within the office through a holistic and collaborative approach to design and the practice. The Studio Leader consistently exhibits and demonstrates a commitment to SmithGroupJJR core values – Collaboration, Creativity, Community, Integrity and the Environment. As a whole, these items create a culture for the studio that shapes it as a high-achieving, very market-competitive, and sustainable enterprise.
Working with us, you will be responsible for:
The successful candidate for the Studio Leader position demonstrates, via a proven track record, the ability to consistently win work, develop and maintain client relationships and assist teams in profitably delivering design excellence and client satisfaction.
The marketing of our services by working closely with the Office Director, Business Development, Marketing and Design and Engineering Principals of the firm.
Identification of target clients and development of a business development plan with the Office Director and Business Development partner within the Boston Office, in collaboration with the Higher Education Practice Director
Consistent application and participation in all Studio go/no-go evaluations
As client ambassador and team leader, the Studio Leader will often remain engaged in the project, participating in the project kick-off, feasibility studies, strategic planning, master planning, programming, conceptual studies, schematic, design, design development, construction documentation, bidding and award, construction administration, move-in, follow-up and on-going client relationship maintenance.
HIGHER EDUCATION EXPERTISE
The Studio Leader is responsible for the development of higher education specific expertise within the Boston office and represents the Boston Office Higher Education Studio at the National Practice level. In collaboration with the Corporate Practice Director, the Studio Leader will
Develop and execute higher education initiatives
Represent SGJJR higher education expertise in the New England region through attendance and/or presentations at local, regional and national conferences
Share higher education expertise from across the Higher Education practice with project teams
Lead regular Studio Meetings (monthly or bi-monthly) for Studio and others interested within the office: project updates, relevant educational or informational discussions
Attend and participate in National Practice and cross practice meetings
Participate in Client Advisory Board Roundtables
The Studio Leader also oversees the operational requirements of the Studio and will
Participate in monthly Operations meetings
Review financial forecasting and budgeting prepared by Project Managers to help create a viable Studio budget in concert with the Office budget
Work with the Office Director and the Director of Operations to ensure that revenue and project performance targets are achieved and studio issues are addressed
Coordinate communication efforts within assigned studio and between other studio leaders
The ideal candidate has:
A minimum of a professional degree in Architecture, Interior Design, Engineering or equivalent combination of related experience and/or training
• A minimum of 15 years related experience preferred and/or training (or equivalent combination of education and experience) in the AE Industry
• Professional registration as an architect, interior designer, or engineer
• Certification as a LEED AP/GA and/or commitment to achieve certification within 6 months of accepting the position
Successful track record winning work, inspiring and motivating others with a high degree of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management skills
SmithGroupJJR offers competitive compensation and an excellent benefit package, including 401(k) and continuing educational reimbursement. We offer 3 weeks of paid time off within the first year of employment, with the option of purchasing additional time off, and pay for 8 federal holidays. We also offer an alternative work schedule that provides employees with an additional 15 days off per year (usually Fridays) to help with work/life balance.
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