Seven Generations Architecture & Engineering (7AE), seeks a motivated individual to take on the role of Director of Operations within its diverse working environment. The Director of Operations will be a member of the 7GAE team at its Kalamazoo, Michigan location. This is a full-time, exempt position which reports to the President of 7GAE.
Seven Generations Architecture & Engineering is a Native American owned firm specializing in planning, engineering, architectural, real estate, and environmental services for State, Federal, and Tribal governments. Our philosophy is that each generation is responsible to ensure the survival of the seventh generation. This simple yet holistic concept is our approach toward every aspect of our work.
We bring new technologies into our endeavors while keeping the traditional ways of Native American Indian cultures. Everything about our Core Values is aimed at being the Go-to-Firm for Tribes, Federal, and State agencies for physical infrastructure and real estate development and preservation, while providing long-term career opportunities for Native American Citizens.
The Director of Operations is responsible for the financial management of the office, as well as providing overall direction for client service activities and providing leadership to staff. The Director of Operations will focus on financial performance, staff development, project management, operational efficiencies, and business growth in our targeted markets.
Typical functions of the Director of Operations job include, but are not limited to:
Manages project managers and staff to ensure that production of design and contract drawings are produced in a timely and cost-effective manner.
Ensures standards for project quality and staff performance are maintained.
Reviews, monitors and approves project work plans including milestones, workflow, staffing and project budgets.
Processes all client invoicing and billing.
Initiates recommendations on purchases of new equipment and improvements to office.
Monitors, reports, makes recommendations, and implements solutions on operating costs within functional areas.
Ensures contract documents are produced according to quality standards and coordinates with QA on all issues related to project development.
Assures adherence to budgets, monitoring all project earnings, collections and expenditures.
Assists with the development and implementation of a training and development plan for staff.
Works with company leadership to achieve annual revenue and profitability goals.
Monitors performance against business plan and recommends adjustments as necessary to realize goals.
Develops metrics to measure market performance and enhance business planning.
Assists Project Managers in the completion of projects within time and budget constraints.
Ensures all contracts and proposals are prepared according to company standards. Consults with Director of Architecture and Director of Business Development as needed.
Continusly evaluates client satisfaction and ensures continuous improvement in the quality of service provided to clients.
Candidates for this position will be assessed based upon these attributes and qualifications:
Master’s Degree in Architecture from an NAAB accredited institution
Registered Architect in Michigan, or able to obtain in 3 months
Minimum 10 years of experience in an architectural practice and 5 years of experience in a leadership position.
Minimum 7 years of experience as a project manager
Proficiency in the use of AutoCad and Revit Software
Basic proficiency in business processes, including contractual and legal procedures
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, excellent organizational abilities and technical skills
Experience in all phases of the design process from project planning and concepts through working drawings and construction administration.
Strong problem solving skills related to a wide variety of building projects, from renovation to new construction
Demonstrated ability to interact in a cooperative and effective manner
Self-motivated, able to multi-task
Ability to work independently, take initiative, set priorities and see projects through to completion
Demonstrated ability to provide financial and budget oversight; detail oriented.
Strong service orientation
Valid driver’s license
Ability to travel as needed
Satisfactory criminal background check
LEED credential preferred
Experience in the Federal Marketplace preferred
About Seven Generations A+E
Mno-Bmadsen is the economic development enterprise of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi. Our mission is to use the tribe’s independence to create businesses for future generations. Our vision is to lead through inspiration and implementation of sustainable businesses to provide opportunities for a better quality of life for our citizens, our employees and our communities for the next seven generations. Our values are the Seven Grandfather teachings: love, wisdom, respect, bravery, honesty, humility and truth.
Mno-Bmadsen is organized as a diversified holding company to invest in, support and manage businesses that meet our investment criteria in pursuit of our mission and vision. To date, the Mno-Bmadsen Family of Companies consists of Seven Generations Architecture & Engineering, WBK Engineering, Seven Generations Construction, D. A. Dodd, Accu-Mold and the Bent Tree Market.