In addition to the base salary, you will be eligible for a profit-sharing bonus.
4 Year Degree
LDI's SF/TH studio is growing which means we are looking for a Principal to grow with it. We are in search of a Principal or Associate Principal to join our Single Family/TH studio to be partnered and responsible for operations, staff performance, financial profitability, staff development and growth of his/her group, consistent with LDI’s polices and approved business plan. Oversee Designers and Project Managers and assure technical and financial performance of all projects to meet Quality & Cost Assurance standards. Oversee the Group’s organizational staff development and administer LDI’s policies and programs.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Demonstrates leadership skills with ability and willingness to face challenges, solve problems, and motivate others, while maintaining effective relationships with customers by meeting or exceeding their requirements and expectations.
Develop and implement the Group’s business plan
Develop strong ties with clients (as Client Sponsors) and professional organizations
Increase LDI’s competitive position
Review and approve all group bids and proposals for thoroughness and accuracy
Negotiate bid price, work scope and proposed terms (consistent with LDI’s policy)
Recruit, train and supervise all of group personnel. Select, train and develop understudies for all key positions
Administer career development plans, quarterly Intern Development Program and annual evaluations for each direct report
Administer Group personnel, including hire, termination, performance and salary evaluations, promotions, demotions, achievement recognition, etc., in conformance with company policies).
Conduct Programming, Feasibility Studies
Assist in the design, production and construction administration so that accurate and coordinated project information can be consistently maintained (especially on stamped drawings prepared by others)
Produce top quality designs that meet Clients’ expectations without impacting profit
Respond to Construction Administration questions that require resolution by Architect, Engineer and Contractor
Write contracts and Proposal Agreements with the Project Managers to develop appropriate fees, achievable schedules, and accurate contractual terms
As licensed architect, it is expected that you will stamp and seal your drawings. You will obtain, with Lessard’s assistance, additional licenses as necessary
Develop all work scope, prepare budget, provide Quality Assurance and approve all work scope and budget for projects, subcontracts and all related addendums assigned to Group’s Associate Principals and Project Managers
When appropriate, review, assist in development and approval of all Project Management Plans of the assigned group.
Approve all group’s billings, variances and recommend write-off and other credits to Chief Financial Officer
Mentor Group management in all areas of management and executive: technical, administrative, financial and marketing management and executive. Function as “Senior Resource” to LDI staff-at-large
Negotiate Group’s contracts and budgets
Develop new business to replace completed projects in conformance to the approved business plan. Develop new clients and maintaining assigned clients
Maintain the group’s target labor utilization and coordinate with other Principals, Associate principals and Project Managers
Attain “Key Performance Indicators”, as negotiated for the Group and self
Support collection efforts, as required
Must have a thorough understanding of state/local codes and accessibility requirements meeting state and federal standards
Strong knowledge of building materials, detailing, construction techniques, related engineering principles, and building codes
Ability to make effective and persuasive presentations on complex topics to employees, clients, top management and/or public groups
Good judgment and reasoning ability, enabling problem solving with the constant shifting of priorities and daily tasks
Self-motivated personality to take on projects and assignments without the need for the micromanagement of a supervisor
Experience in negotiation and dispute resolution
Ability to manage time, deadline oriented, and takes initiative (self-starter)
Proficient in spoken/written English
Keen observation and detail-oriented skills
Decision-making and documents checking abilities
Must possess intellect, integrity, and influencing skills required to build strong professional relationships at all organization levels
Strong organizational skills and disciplined accuracy are required
The proven ability to exercise discretion and sound judgment
Track record in successful single-family projects
Strong aesthetic sense and interest in the arts
Knowledge of professional ethics, as applied to architecture
This position will require up to 50% local travel
This position will be responsible for the supervision of Designers, and Project Managers.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Education: Bachelor’s Degree (BA/BS), in Architecture, or related field
Architectural License: Required license in all states where projects are located
Experience: 15+ year’s exp. in Single Family Residential
Software Proficiency: AutoCAD 2014 (desirable), REVIT a plus, Word, Excel, Microsoft Project, Photoshop and InDesign
Building Type: Single Family / Towns Residential
Requires excellent good oral and written communication skills and ability to effectively communicate
Must be able to write reports and business correspondence in clear concise business English. Must be able to effectively present information and respond to questions from managers, clients, customers, and the general public in a professional, collegial manner.
Lessard Design is an international architecture and planning firm committed to creating environments that inspire connection, collaboration, community and commerce. Located in Tysons Corner, we also have offices in India, Boston and New York. Our understanding of global cultures is translated through design that is sensitive to cultural geographies, communities, traditions and values. Our firm leaders have experience working in nearly 20 countries with projects in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Our diverse international team provides the expertise to manage clients through all design phases – from feasibility, strategy and through construction.
We offer an expanding and challenging portfolio of projects, competitive salary, bonuses paid twice a year, free parking and a dynamic work environment including: Extensive professional development program and collaborative environment with happy hours, staff lunches, costume contests, summer and winter company sponsored events and much more. Lessard Design Inc. - We design room to grow. All applicants must include professional resumes and a portfolio of work samples (either attached or website address included).