We're thrilled to announce an exciting opportunity at Otak. We're on the lookout for a Senior Project Manager to join our team within the Architecture Practice based in beautiful Portland, OR. In this role, you'll be at the heart of our Residential, Commercial, and Retail design Market Sector.
As a key player, you'll team up with some of the brightest minds in the industry to bring to life a diverse range of projects, including multifamily residences, mixed-use spaces, hospitality venues, and various commercial ventures. Your mission as a Senior Project Manager will be to ensure the successful delivery of projects, demonstrating unwavering dedication to technical excellence, fostering robust client relationships, and promoting seamless collaboration within the team.
Leading by example, you'll guide and mentor all members of the project team, overseeing their efforts to ensure projects are completed within the defined schedule and budget. You'll also play a pivotal role in managing client expectations, keeping them aligned with project progress. Moreover, your expertise will extend to diligently supervising project documents throughout every phase, including essential design and jurisdictional reviews.
What you’ll do:
Lead 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.
As the primary point of contact, lead the client in defining distinctions or points of clarification to achieve project goals.
Oversee 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:
Bachelors or master’s degree in architecture or equivalent experience.
Must have obtained architectural registration, license in Oregon and Washington a plus.
Must have at least 10 years of professional architectural experience with at least five years of demonstrated project management experience.
Demonstrated experience around complex urban project types with competing and conflicting interests focused on mixed use, multi-family, and hospitality desired.
Have advanced knowledge and experience of applicable zoning codes, applicable codes, and implications on design.
Ability to plan and manage design team efforts to effectively meet deadlines and budgets.
A general understanding of computer-aided design software such as AutoCAD and/or REVIT.
Bluebeam experience preferred.
At our core, we believe that supporting our communities begins with supporting our employees. No matter what stage you’re at in your career, we have a comprehensive total rewards program to enhance your quality of life, help support your family, and assist you in achieving your personal and professional goals. Otak employees enjoy competitive salaries; discretionary performance bonuses; no-cost medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, HRA/HSA; a 401(k)-retirement match that is 100% vested immediately; a hybrid work schedule; Paid Time Off (PTO) accrual based on your industry experience rather than your seniority plus 9 paid holidays per year; a commuter allowance (based on your office location); support for your professional registration and/or certification fees; and much more! If you are out of the area and interested in relocating for this opportunity, relocation assistance may be provided.
Why work at Otak?
We’re not just looking for skills and experience, having shared values is just as important! 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.
What is it really like to work at Otak? Watch this short video: Our Why
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.
Otak is proud to be an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. The Equal Opportunity policy at Otak, Inc. provides a fair and equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, religion, nation origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, protected veteran status or disability or any other status(es) protected by law. Otak ensure nondiscrimination in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and mandatory supplements to EEO (revisions).
At Otak, we recognize that inclusion is a practice and we are determined to lead our industry by embedding that practice into our work. Cultivating an inclusive workplace environment is ongoing and consistent work, requiring dedication and commitment from every member of the organization. This commitment is reflected in Otak’s promise to significantly increase employee diversity, impact the communities in which we work, and establish ongoing relationships within these communities.
Otak’s Vision for an Inclusive Environment includes the following:
We embrace diverse identities, and willingly engage across difference
All employees can experience the workplace safely and show up as their authentic selves
Fostering unique perspectives and an open exchange of ideas
Engaging one another with curiosity rather than judgment
Relationships are built on mutual trust, dignity, and respect
If you are a minority, veteran, person with a disability, or a member of the LGBTQA Community, we strongly encourage and welcome you to apply to any open position of interest. If you want to learn more about Otak, this position, or the company’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, contact our Human Resources Department at GRPHumanResources@otak.com.
*Please note, Otak is not accepting resumes from 3rd party recruitment agencies at this time.
Our 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 pr...oject. We carefully consider how our work will affect future generations and that leads us to novel yet effective ways of addressing common challenges.