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Stanford University is currently seeking a Senior Associate Director, Architecture and Design. This role is currently designated as hybrid and may provide incumbents with flexibility for partial telecommuting.

This role will have the candidate perform the day-to-day management of a design and drafting team that supports numerous facility-related projects for a large university housing, dining, and hospitality facilities portfolio. Provide technical and managerial guidance to subordinates and bring highly specialized knowledge and expertise to high level administrative managers. Offer a thorough knowledge of architecture practice and develop/maintain design standards.

Core Duties:

  • Lead and manage a project design group, including recruiting, hiring, training, developing, evaluating, and setting priorities. Provide instruction on complex techniques and direction on projects. Evaluate the effectiveness of the organizational structure and programs to ensure success, development of employees, and appropriate use of staff resources.
  • Ensure design and drafting work completion within schedule, budgetary and design constraints; make decisions about analysis, design, and testing of assumptions; solve complex technical problems; and provide alternative methods for achieving goals when necessary.
  • Create and execute business and technical plans and revise as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements. Evaluate and assess metrics and program effectiveness; assess and proactively monitor trends.
  • Make independent decisions regarding projects, programs, and initiatives within confines established by management.
  • Develop and manage budgets for work group.
  • Oversee and/or assist in preparation and submission of documentation, such as proposals, presentations (color boards, sketches/drawings, samples, models, etc.), progress reports, or other contractual requirements.
  • Complete strategic planning for own work group; may assist higher level management in broader scope strategic planning.
  • Establish and maintain all furnishings and finishes standards.
  • Lead design efforts and space planning for both interiors and exteriors of a portfolio of housing/dining/hospitality facilities consisting of 7 million square feet across 300 buildings, including new construction, renovations, and historic preservation. Facilities include college dorms, historic houses, apartments for couples and families, dining halls and serveries, commercial kitchens, and retail cafes.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues to leverage the university/school’s resources for successful project completion.
  • Participate on and contribute to the leadership team led by the Assistant Vice Provost for Maintenance Operations and Capital Projects, Residential & Dining Enterprises.
  • Champion and further department’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging efforts, particularly in support of historically underrepresented and disenfranchised populations.

Minimum Education and Experience Required:

Bachelor’s degree in a related field, and five or more years of progressively responsible, relevant project management experience performing duties similar to those listed above or combination of education and relevant experience.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Experience leading and managing an organization of technical design and drafting staff.
  • Experience leading large, complex projects or programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize work and to manage multiple projects.
  • Exceptional and effective written and oral communication skills to address a wide variety of audiences.
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of university operations, administration, community, and mission.
  • Ability to productively assemble, engage, and lead cross-functional teams.
  • Demonstrated project management ability to employ integration, scope time management, cost, quality, human resources, communications, risk, and procurement components.
  • Demonstrated resilience, diplomacy, influence, relationship building, and problem-solving skills in a variety of situations.
  • Keen grasp of interpersonal and impact awareness.
  • Depth of knowledge in technical discipline/domain needed to deliver projects. 

Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Preferred:

  • Proficient in drafting software.
  • Thorough knowledge of architecture practice with emphasis on design, building materials, construction methods, integration of engineering disciplines, building costs/codes, and sustainable and universal design.

Certificates and Licenses Preferred:

  • Architectural (AIA) Credential highly desirable and sought after.
  • Registered architect (RA) in the state of California.

Physical Requirements:

  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, perform desk-based computer tasks and lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasionally use a telephone, write by hand, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp lightly/fine manipulation and lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 20 pounds.
  • Rarely kneel, crawl, climb ladders, reach/work above shoulder, grasp forcefully, carry, push, and pull objects that weigh up to 40 pounds or more.
  • Ability to maintain a valid non-commercial California Driver’s license.
  • Auditory acuity with ability to hear horns and bells.
  • Visual acuity with ability to determine colors for finishes.
  • Ability to climb scaffolding, ladders, stairs etc.

Working Conditions:

  • May work in active laboratories or outdoor environments.
  • May be exposed to extreme hot and cold temperatures, be exposed to high voltage electricity, radiation or electromagnetic fields, lasers, noise > 80dB TWA, allergens/biohazards/chemicals /asbestos, or heavy metals or work on roofs at heights greater than 10 ft.
  • May drive vehicle day and night.
  • Must wear personal protective equipment as defined/required by job assignments.
  • May work extended hours, evenings, and weekends.

Work Standards:

  • When conducting university business, must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University driving requirements.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide.
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