Otak has two exciting Architecture positions available!
Architecture Public Sector Leader:
Otak is seeking an experienced, collaborative, and strategically minded Senior Architect professional to join our team and lead our growing public architecture business company-wide, as the Architecture Public Sector Leader. This person will be working on all phases of management of the architecture business, including: preparing business plans, meeting performance goals and targets, business development, contracts, design, project management, and working with clients on diverse public projects. This position will require working directly with our Business Unit Leaders as well as our senior architecture team to identify growth markets and establish overall growth strategies for the group. This position can be staffed out of our Redmond, Washington, Portland, Oregon, or Denver, Colorado office.
Experience with local, state, federal, and educational agencies is preferred. The role will require excellent skills in business development, building teams, design, project delivery, quality assurance, and setting/meeting financial goals. This individual should be a highly self-motivated leader, able to demonstrate outstanding written and verbal communication skills, have a proven and successful history of managing/leading public sector projects. Leadership qualities should include the ability to motivate and mentor staff, foster a culture of teamwork, inspire creativity, as well as manage the financial performance of the public sector architecture team.
What You’ll Do:
In collaboration with the Director of Architecture + the Public Studio Leader and within the framework of Otak’s overall Strategic Business Plan, develop and implement the Architecture Public Sector Business Plan.
Identify target segments and clients to pursue within the market sector and build relationships with new clients that align well with the goals in the Architecture Public Sector Business Plan.
Partner with Public Studio leader, Project Managers and key clients to monitor and enhance client satisfaction and oversee corrective actions in response to negative client feedback including taking on day-to-day project management responsibilities when needed.
Monitor the market sector’s key performance indicators including revenue, profit, accounts receivable, utilization, backlog, and project variances and write-offs and correct deficiencies as needed.
Foster a nurturing environment that helps develop others and motivates them to grow within both the Business Unit and the organization as a whole. Collaborate with other leaders in the Business Unit to create opportunities for mentorship and training to ensure competency of staff based on roles and responsibilities.
Provide operational management and vision within the overall Business Unit, inspiring the team to ensure that Otak’s vision, mission and values are fulfilled while achieving financial and operational benchmarks.
What You'll Need:
At least 25+ years of professional experience in the architectural field in the public sector markets described above
Bachelor’s or Masters’ degree in Architecture or similar discipline from an Accredited program
NCARB certificate is preferred (required upon employment) and Oregon and Washington state architecture licensure is desired
Documented experience leading and mentoring an architectural team of 15+ staff within a larger organization
Experienced in business development and driving revenue growth, preferably in target markets, Oregon, Washington, and Colorado
Experience preparing annual business plans and meeting business plan targets
Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, both verbal and written
Must have strong organizational and time management skills
Must work well in a team environment and collaborate across departments throughout the organization
LEED Accredited Professional or other sustainable accreditations
Strong business skills
Evidence of deep portfolio in at leas tone of three markets: Local, State, or Educational
High emotional intelligence and empathy skills
Knowledge and commitment to fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion into our practice
Knowledge and experience with computer-aided design software such as AutoCAD and/or REVIT
Familiarity with MS Office Suite and Deltek Vision
Architectural Senior Project Manager
Otak is looking to hire an Architectural Senior Project Manager who has a mix of experience in multifamily housing, commercial, and mixed-use projects. This individual will work in partnership with the project teams and will be accountable for the studio success. The manager will be charged with Client Development, Client Management, Financial success and project teams success. S/he will coordinate with all project team members to ensure the work is completed within the project schedule, maintain and manage client expectations, and lead the documents throughout all phases, including the necessary design and jurisdictional reviews. This position will be based out of our Portland, Oregon office.
Otak’s Architects and Urban Designers produce enduring structures and designs. We establish places that are creative, yet practical, and modern, yet timeless. Our experts bring sustainable design and design excellence to every project, from multifamily housing and transit centers to community buildings, and everything in between.
What you’ll do:
Collaborate with project teams to ensure design intent and conformance to quality assurance, quality control and best practice standards
Mentor and direct the work of less experienced staff; collaborate and energize the design team to develop solutions to design problems
Utilize problem solving skills to solve technical and design challenges, while effectively meeting deadlines
Work in partnership in the preparation of client presentations and present design concepts, drawings, models, etc.
Interact with the client to define distinctions or points of clarification to achieve project goals
Participate in project reviews regarding project costs, budgets and adherence to schedule
Develop new client relationships and support the marketing and business development activities of the office
What you bring:
Must have approximately 18+ years of professional architectural experience
Bachelors or Master’s Degree in Architecture or equivalent experience
Must have obtained architectural registration
License in Oregon and Washington a plus
Have advanced knowledge and experience of applicable zoning codes, applicable codes, and implications on design
Knowledge about sustainability and integrated design
Knowledge of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Project Delivery methods
Ability to plan and manage design team efforts to effectively meet deadlines and budgets
Experience with Revit, AutoCAD and SketchUp is a plus
Historic preservation, public or federal project experience is a plus
Why work at Otak?
When you work at Otak, you aren’t just joining a firm — you’re joining a community. We believe our best work happens in a culture of collaboration and inclusion, where the expertise of diverse individuals can thrive in a foundation of teamwork. The work environment we create is built on a simple concept: working on interesting projects with interesting people. However, we don’t just believe in cultivating our own community; we’re also committed to enriching the communities around us with smart, creative solutions. We know our employees make an investment in us, so we’re committed to making an investment in them. Seasoned experts and young professionals work together to encourage personal growth and skill development at all experience levels. Plus, we’re expanding — and we’re dedicated to developing an internal infrastructure with the strength and talent to support that growth.
Otak employees have a progressive mindset and sustainable community perspective. We encourage our staff to volunteer in their communities by giving them an option to earn extra vacation time for their volunteer hours. Otak combines the best of a small firm mentality with strong collaboration across disciplines with the plentiful opportunities to work on exciting projects offered by a growing firm. We also encourage life balance and foster a fun work environment. Our Northwest sensibilities are reflected in our commitment to sustainability and diversity. And believing that diversity fosters innovation and strengthens our skills, we embrace a culture of inclusion and equity in our company and in our communities.
We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability. We will provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with a disability where appropriate.
Does this sound like a team you’d like to join while advancing your career and improving the natural and built environment? Join us! Please apply online and include a cover letter that shares with us why you believe you are a great fit for this important position at Otak.
Additional Salary Information: To determine a fair salary, we perform a comprehensive market analysis involving industry-wide pay standards as well as the candidate's experience, education, certifications, and location. We also ensure we are maintaining internal pay equity.
About Otak, Inc.
Otak's drive to make positive change in our communities is about more than just technical work–it’s equally from the deep personal connection we all have to the places we work–which happens for us to be place we live and play as well. As a leading planning, design, sustainable engineering, and project management firm, we bring our expertise to natural and built environments across the United States, making them more vibrant, beautiful, and functional.
Since our founding in 1981, our urban designers, architects, engineers, planners, landscape architects, surveyors, and project managers have demonstrated that it is possible to be both practical and innovative. It is what we do; but why we do it is equally important and it has led us to our best work: whether that is integrating transit into a dense urban neighborhood or engaging with a community to put a mixed-use high-rise in a sensitive community context or working in the unique and sacred environment of a National Park. We are deeply interested and invested in the projects we do, with a passion for our clients’ vision. With a team of multidisciplinary experts, we add diverse experience and a forward-thinking approach to every... project. We carefully consider how our work will affect future generations and that leads us to novel yet effective ways of addressing common challenges.
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