Director of Architecture, Civil, Structural for Life Sciences in Conshohocken, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States

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Position Summary


Primarily manage the Architectural-Civil-Structural department working under minimal supervision. Apply comprehensive understanding of the routine aspects of facility design principles, concepts and industry standards. Provide guidance to less experienced personnel. Provide general oversight of all management activities within the department and for some projects be the Architectural-Civil-Structural of Record. Have a familiarity with the programs, staff, and operating procedures of the company and implement those on behalf of the department; potentially take advantage of various advancement opportunities within the organization if desired. The department consists of approximately 60 employees and this position will report directly to the Director of Engineering.

    Primary Responsibilities (may include but are not limited to):
    • Function as the Department Manager by providing direction and oversight for Architectural-Civil-Structural Department administrative tasks.
    • Ensure, at a high level, that the total delivery of the Architectural-Civil-Structural deliverables meet the quality expectations, schedule and are within performance budgets.
    • Provide department staff forecasting on a monthly basis.  Manage the department staff level to balance the number of resources with the amount of work. This includes increasing staff, loaning to and/or borrowing from other offices or shifting work between offices. 
    • Hire, recruit, and maintain (through training) skill sets required to execute our work.
    • Evaluation of employee performance and make recommendations for career advancement 
    • Monitor the quality of the work performed within the department and make design and/or corrective decisions as required. 
    • Assign department personnel to project teams and direct the work of those assigned as Lead Architects and Engineers. 
    • Provide technical guidance and oversight to less experienced personnel as necessary including encouraging/assisting with their career advancement. As a mentor, provide technical instruction as required.
    • Assist in project proposals by ascertaining scope, determining the required architectural and engineering/design budgets 
    • Research/resolve technical challenges and other unusual design issues that affect one or more projects.
    • Work with others as required to incorporate code and safety requirements into designs.
    • Maintain effective communications with department members, higher management and clients. 
    • Ability to network and build relationships with our Global Life Sciences offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. 
    • 15 years minimum of architectural experience is desired.
    • Bachelor or Masters of Architecture
    • Architectural license is required; Architectural license in one or more states or ability to obtain is preferred.
    • Must have experience in leading the design on a variety of projects of different sizes.
    • Demonstrated Networking capability within the industry.
    • Experience using or familiarity with design software (such as AutoCAD, Revit, Sketchup; others) required.
    • Proficiency with MS Office software (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) required.
    • Have the ability to travel as needed by project and department requirements


    At Jacobs, we help prepare people for new opportunities and challenges. With positions at every level, openings in multiple disciplines, expertise in a range of markets and offices around the globe, we create an environment where you can learn, grow, and thrive. From our competitive benefits program to our Health and Safety initiative of Beyond Zero workplace injuries, we believe that you'll find a flourishing career here at Jacobs.




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