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Sr. Design Manager, Public & Higher Education

Phoenix, AZ
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Gensler — Career Opportunities

Sr. Design Manager, Public & Higher Education

Careers Site Location: Phoenix, AZ, US


Senior Design Manager – Public and Higher Education

Gensler is one of the world’s leading architecture, design and planning firms, with staff in locations around the world. Our work reflects an enduring commitment to sustainability and the belief that design is one of the most powerful strategic tools for securing a lasting competitive advantage. At Gensler, you will join a highly creative, collaborative team dedicated to innovative problem solving and design excellence. Gensler’s Phoenix office is currently seeking an experienced Design Manager with a successful track record on Public and Higher Education work.

The Design Manager has overall project responsibility for client management and development, client satisfaction, quality control, financial performance of projects, and a successful track record of managing all phases of a project.


  • Manage all phases of assigned projects, including project set-up, design and construction administration
  • Prepare project proposals, negotiate contracts and fees, coordinate bidding process
  • Create and communicate clear and attainable project objectives and project requirements for the team
  • Manage scheduling, budgets, staffing, project set-up with clients, sub-consultants, vendors and contractors
  • Manage and develop project teams
  • Track financial performance of projects
  • Develop and maintain client relationships, for both single projects and multi-project global accounts
  • Ensure projects conform to contract
  • Lead the project team and client to produce space plans, design development packages, construction documents, furniture plans
  • Knowledge of furniture manufacturer’s systems and ability to prepare budgets, furniture plans and detailed specifications


  • Experience leading municipal and higher education projects in the local community; experience with large scale and complex projects and teams
  • 15 - 20 years of related experience
  • Integrated into the local community with a client base
  • Professional degree (Master or Bachelor) in Architecture or Interior Design from an accredited program
  • Must have the ability to maintain existing client relationships and build new client relationships
  • Strong leadership, organization, communication and interpersonal management skills
  • Experience leading, managing and mentoring multiple project teams
  • Knowledge of building codes, standards and building structures
  • Experience negotiating project scope and fees
  • Proven fiscal accountability and responsibility on past projects
  • Proficiency with PM software: MS project a plus
  • Working knowledge of Revit


Life at Gensler

At Gensler, we are as committed to enjoying life as we are to delivering best-in-class design. From curated art exhibits to internal design competitions to “Well-being Week,” our offices reflect our teams’ diverse interests.

We encourage our employees to lead a healthy and balanced life. Our comprehensive benefits include medical, dental, vision, disability, wellness programs, flex spending, paid holidays and paid time off. We also offer a 401k, profit sharing, employee stock ownership and twice annual bonus opportunities. 

As part of the firm’s commitment to licensure and professional development, Gensler offers reimbursement for certain professional licenses and associated renewals and exam fees. In addition, we reimburse tuition for certain eligible programs or classes.    We view our professional development programs as strategic investments in our future. 


Applications will not be considered without uploaded portfolio/work samples

Gensler is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participant in the U.S. Federal E-Verify program, Women, minorities, disabled and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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