Summary: This key role serves as design assistant to the university’s campus planning department and is responsible for the master plan, space planning, budget monitoring and reconciliation and contractor interface that ensures on-time, on-budget completion of campus building projects. This position requires versatility and the ability to do schematic design, sketch-up modeling, design development, cost estimating, project presentation, organization, scheduling and delivery. This position reports to the AVP for Design and Construction. This position is exempt from provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and is not eligible to earn overtime pay for hours worked over 40 each week.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Assist the AVP for Design and Construction on all current and envisioned projects.
Assist in implementing and updating the masterplan and working floor plans.
Create a master planning document and update all spatial program requirements.
Prepare high quality, compelling drawings and presentations for projects envisioned by the administration.
Prepare preliminary cost estimates for work to be coordinated internally.
Accept requests for campus projects, meet with internal clients and provide sensible solutions for campus users.
Meet with carpet, tile, paint and furniture vendors to discuss the requirements of the campus.
Maintain the materials library keeping products current.
Construct materials boards for use in finalizing product selections.
Negotiate product prices and delivery for approval by the AVP of Design and Construction.
Coordinate and assist in major moves that include interior finish work.
Other duties and special projects may be assigned to meet department and university goals.
Queens University of Charlotte is an equal opportunity employer and is firmly committed to supporting and celebrating all forms of diversity. Queens does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sex (including pregnancy, child birth and conditions related to pregnancy or child birth), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, national origin, disability, political beliefs, veteran status, genetic information or any characteristic protected by law in the administration of its educational and admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic programs, employment and hiring policies, or other University-administered programs.
Experience, Knowledge and Skills Required
Bachelor’s degree in Architecture or Interior Architecture, or equivalent combination of education and experience
Must be proficient at AutoCAD, including ability to create layers and strong Xref skills.
Must have proven experience in moving large-scale projects from schematics through construction.
Strong hand drawing skills and the ability to quickly sketch concepts to convey design ideas.
Must be able to do sketch up modeling or use Revit visualization tools.
Adobe Illustrator experience is a plus.
Proficiency in MS word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
Must have knowledge and experience working with general contractors.
Must have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to effectively prioritize multiple competing tasks and demands. Flexibility and agility is essential.
Exceptional follow-up and follow-through skills as well as ability to plan, organize and control projects through to completion.
Must have the ability to work collaboratively or independently.
Must have the ability to work with a variety of business levels with respect and integrity
Must exhibit the ability to identify and resolve problems in a timely, creative, collaborative manner.
Proven ability to skillfully address and resolve conflicts while maintaining rapport.
A high level of personal integrity and professionalism and a proven ability to maintain confidentiality at all times;
Ability to gather and analyze information and make workable recommendations in a timely manner.
Physical Requirements (with or without reasonable accommodation)
Visual Abilities: Read reports, create presentations and use a computer system – 75-100% of the time
Hearing: Hear well enough to communicate with co-workers, vendors and students – 75-100% of the time.
Dexterity, Grasping, Feeling: Write, type and use the telephone, copier, and computer systems – 75-100% of the time
Mobility: Open files and operate office machines; move between departments and attend meetings across campus – 75-100% of the time
Talking: Frequently convey detailed or important instructions and ideas accurately, loudly, or quickly – 75-100% of the time
Lifting, Pulling, Pushing: Exert up to 30 pounds for force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects – 0-25% of the time.
Cognitive/Emotional: Ability to critically think and concentrate. Must be able to respond quickly to changes in conditions – 75-100% of the time.
Work in office environment and outdoors on job sites, involving contact with contractors and sub-contractors, faculty, staff, students, parents, service providers and vendors.
Work has deadlines, multiple interruptions, high volume and may be stressful at times.
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