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To apply to any of the following positions, email careers@qka.com a PDF of your resume, cover letter and link to your portfolio. No calls, please.

 

DIRECTOR OF DESIGN

The Director of Design (DoD) provides design leadership for staff in our Santa Rosa and Oaklandoffices. The position provides a firmwide leadership role to guide, develop, mentor, and teach QKA staff. This senior-level position requires leadership, collaboration, and communication skills. An ability to inspire, lead and have a keen awareness of how to bring the best out of those they work with. The DoD is responsible for raising the level of design across a firm to ensure consistency and high quality are maintained. This is an exempt and salaried position.

Typical ResponsibilitiesThese responsibilities are typical but are not all encompassing. Each person is expected to work collaboratively as a team and to help out in whatever duties are required to deliver a quality product on schedule, within the project budget and the budgeted hours provided.

  • Develop and foster an ethos of design excellence throughout QKA.
  • Provide design leadership and mentorship to QKA project teams to reinforce a culture of collaboration design throughout the project, including;
    • Facilitating in-house design charettes, design reviews, and pin-up session
    • Working with project teams to establish initial design concepts
    • Attend client meetings and presentations with project teams as needed
    • Guide project teams and prepare presentation and design packages
    • Assist with master planning and programming efforts
  • Review and approve the conceptual design of all new construction and major modernization projects.
  • When needed, take a more active role in developing project design concepts.
  • As a member of the QKA Leadership Team contribute to the management and strategic planning of the firm and be a champion for design quality in that process.
  • Research and develop new design concepts, materials, and trends. Coordinate office-wide continuing education and standards updates with the Director of Practice and Construction Administration to incorporate them into projects.
  • Supervise and collaborate with the Interior Design Team.
  • Supports partners and marketing team on business development including design competitions, awards, submissions, proposals, interviews, and marketing communications.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Bachelor of Architecture / Master of Architecture (preferred)
  • Licensed Architect
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in Architecture including all aspects of the design process
  • Preference for experience and educational design including A4LE Accredited Learning Environmental Planner (ALEP) credential.
  • A passion for design with a keen awareness of the role design plays in the built environment.
  • Highly motivated and focused on the goals and aspirations for the project and Firm’s success.
  • Ability to inspire and mentor those you work with and a commitment to the success of others as they advance in their careers.
  • Experience working collaboratively with a team to produce superior design work.Superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • A commitment to sustainability and an understanding of design’s role in environmental stewardship. LEED accredited professional certification or some similar preferred.
  • Expertise in digital design and presentation software including Building Information Modeling (BIM), Graphic Design (Adobe Creative Suite), and presentation software.

 

 

PROJECT ARCHITECT/DESIGNER

Licensed architect or nonregistered professional responsible for particular parts of a project within parameters set by others. Develops design direction on projects and supervises BIM Modeling and document production on a project. This is an exempt and salaried position.

Typical Responsibilities: These responsibilities are typical but are not all encompassing. Each person is expected to work collaboratively as a team and to help out in whatever duties are required to deliver a quality product on schedule, within the project budget and the budgeted hours provided.

  • Responsible for the development and execution of the project design and leadership of the project team.
  • Technical development of project including responsibility for detailing and specifications.
  • Management of in-house team and direct supervision of the development of the project, both in the BIM Model and 2D documentation, to ensure overall quality and accuracy. Includes development and monitoring of project work plan.
  • Detailed coordination and management of consultant work to identify and resolve conflicts and design issues.
  • Primary point of contact and responsible for communication with client regarding the project in collaboration with the Project Manager/Associate.
  • Responsible for compliance with all building codes, DSA (and other agency) procedures, related forms, applications and processes.
  • Training and mentorship of team members to grow their skill set and increase their knowledge.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Architectural License preferred but not required.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in the field of Architecture, experience with K-12 schools preferred.
  • Must be proficient in the use of BIM software and associated computer programs.
  • Strong written, graphic and verbal communication skills and experience communicating with clients and consultants.
  • Knowledge of building codes, standards, and experience working with governmental agencies.
  • Knowledge of sustainable design, construction materials, engineering disciplines and construction techniques.
  • Experience working collaboratively as part of a team.

 

 

JOB CAPTAIN

The Job Captain is responsible for the construction of the BIM Model and production of 2D documents. This position acts as a primary resource throughout the project, from start to finish, working collaboratively with the Project Architect and Design team. This is a non-exempt position, paid hourly.

Typical Responsibilities: These responsibilities are typical but are not all encompassing. Each person is expected to work collaboratively as a team and to assist in any duties required to deliver a quality product on schedule, within the project budget and the budgeted hours provided.

  • Primary responsibility for production of BIM Model(s) and project drawings and for the quality and consistency of the work product.
  •  Leading the constructing and maintenance of the project BIM Model(s) at the direction of the Project Architect/Designer.
  •  Produce phase deliverable documents and presentation materials according to office standards, project contract requirements and the design direction of the Project Architect.
  • Review and coordinate the work of BIM Modelers and Junior Designers to ensure overall quality and accuracy of the BIM Model and 2D documentation and adherence to QKA standards.
  • Organize, collaborate with and lead with other members of the project team in production of BIM Model and 2D documentation.
  • Ensure compliance, in cooperation with the Project Architect, with all building codes, DSA (and other agency) procedures, related forms, applications and processes.
  • Coordination of consultant work in cooperation with the Project Architect, including review and integration of 3D BIM Models and 2D work.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture or equivalent education/experience required.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in the field of Architecture developing BIM Models and 2D Documentation.
  • Understanding of BIM standards and practices.
  • Must be proficient in the use of BIM software and associated computer programs.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • General knowledge of sustainable design, construction materials, engineering disciplines and construction techniques.
  • Experience working collaboratively as part of a team.

 

 

CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION PROJECT MANAGER

The Construction Administration Project Manager is responsible for the planning and supervising a wide range of construction projects. Serves as the primary client contact on projects during construction. Coordinates with the Studio Lead, Project Architect/Designer, outside consultants, Constructions Manager, Inspector, Owner, and our team to ensure construction issues are resolved and communication is clear and timely from award of Construction Contract or Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP). This position also provides guidance and support to the Assistant CAPM and Project Coordinator and provides construction-related input during the development of design concepts and documents. This position is non-exempt and paid hourly.

Responsibilities: These responsibilities are typical but are not all-encompassing. Each person is expected to work collaboratively as a team member and to assist in whatever duties are required to deliver quality projects on schedule, within the project budget and the budgeted hours provided.

  • Act as the primary daily contact on the project for all members of the construction team, including Contractor, Owner, Inspector, and Construction Manager throughout the phase of the project.
  • Act as an advocate for the Owner throughout the construction process.
  • Lead the design team in resolving construction issues in a collaborative and well-documented manner with the assistance of the Project Coordinator and/or Assistant Project Manager.
  • Supervise the Assistant CAPM and Project Coordinator in daily tasks and processes.
  • Review and respond to RFI’s and Submittals.Training and mentorship of team members to grow their skill set and increase their knowledge.
  • Review Costs related to the Project in the form of COR’s, ensuring Prime Contract Change Orders are completed accurately.
  • Conduct regular site visits and Owner-Contractor-Architect meetings on each project.
  • Coordinate with Inspector of Record and DSA Field Engineer to make sure all required documentation is in place.
  • Provide project-based construction remedies to design teams and firm to correct and refine projects during the design process.
  • Provide construction-related review and input during development of design concepts and documents.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Minimum of 2 years of experience performing similar duties in commercial or public works construction; experience with K-12 schools preferred.
  • Knowledge of DSA Construction procedures and requirements preferred.
  • Well versed in standard construction procedures and terminology.
  • Comfortable reading and understanding construction drawings.
  • Excellent, organization, prioritization, problem-solving, budgeting, and multi-tasking skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Experience with Procore or a similar database program is preferred.
  • Strong leadership and management skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience working collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Willingness to learn and adapts easily to new procedures and practices.
  • Ability to handle and constructively resolve problems and conflicts in a fast-paced and demanding construction environment.