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Jacobs Design Manager in CHARLOTTE, North Carolina

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Your Impact:

At Jacobs, we don’t settle – always looking beyond to raise the bar and deliver with excellence. We apply our expertise and knowledge as we look into the future with great optimism and focus. We don’t settle until we give our best and know that we’re making a difference.  

We are looking for a driven and curious Design Manager to support a K12 capital improvement program in the southeast. This entails the design management and contract administration of Architectural/Engineering firms providing contract documents for new facilities, additions, and capital renewal.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Administer various design transition meetings and coordinate all reviews for due diligence items accounted for, not accounted for, and/or not needed. Communicate this information in various report formats to capital programs leaders.

  • Assist in the development and review of the assigned programming criteria for multiple school projects. Notify Program Director if there are omissions or discrepancies.

  • Assist with due diligence reports and site approvals.

  • Provide review of architect/consultant proposals associated with the pre-design phase and design phase.

  • Maintain Design Summary Sheets for each project. Summary sheets should contain project name, scope description, and key contacts (architects, consultants). For new/replacement projects, the summary sheets should include site considerations and proposed phasing descriptions.

  • Ensure design team understands document management requirements.

  • Verify that design and code requirements have been defined by the project architect and have been indicated on the design documents. Code requirements include life safety and building codes. Design requirements include Design Requirements and Educational Space Standards.

  • Establish design review sessions using Bluebeam (and hardcopy reviews as necessary). Assist and coordinate SME plan reviewers in interpretation of design documents. Obtain timely design review signoffs from key end-users.

  • Conduct a high-level review of the design documents (drawings & specifications) to assess compliance with Owner’s Standards, Design Requirements, and the approved programmed criteria.

  • Review submitted design documents to verify the quality of submissions comply with industry standard requirements.

  • Review architectural drawings to assess document coordination and finish schedules.

  • Assist in preparing/updating educational specifications and design requirements documents.

  • Monitor schedule milestones associated with design (including design submittal dates, design review periods, and estimate milestones). Notify Program Director and Program Scheduler of delays or potential delays.

  • Ensure Design Issues List is maintained for each project by the project architect and distributed to client personnel as necessary. Track the resolution of issues and alert the Program Director if timely responses are not received.

  • Conduct design meetings with architectural team on a regular basis to assess design progress and quality. Meetings shall be conducted at a frequency consistent with the stage of design, and shall generally be more frequent during the earlier stages of design. Include the senior project manager in these meetings.

  • Ensure that the assigned programmed criteria is updated at the conclusion of each design phase.

  • Maintain design checklist in preparation for transition to construction.

  • Ensure that the requisite State, fire marshal, and building code reviews occur at the appropriate design milestone (as applicable). Assist in the reconciliation and implementation of comments received.

  • Provide review of invoices associated with design phase services.

  • Support the evaluation process for architects and for consultants associated with the pre-design and design phase.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Architectural and/or Engineering degrees with a minimum 15 years of experience in programming, planning, design reviews, and schedule management with increasing job responsibilities.

Essential Functions:

Intermittent sitting, walking, standing, bending, squatting, climbing, kneeling, twisting, and lifting. Lifting requirements limited to 20 lbs. in the form of supplies, drawings, etc. Longest distance carried of 50 feet. Hand manipulation is required for simple grasping, pushing and pulling, and fine manipulation. Right and/or left hands utilized. Occasional need to reach and/or work above the shoulder, for supplies, as well as below the shoulder for same. No foot controls necessary. Must be alert to equipment in the field, there will be occasional travel, will work near construction job site equipment when in the field, occasional need to work near hazardous equipment and machinery, occasional need to walk on uneven ground, exposure to dust, gas or fumes, exposure to noise, extremes in temperature or humidity, and potential work at heights.

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