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Manager of Design Services

California State University, Northridge
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jun 6, 2023

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Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Management
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Employment Type
Full Time

Manager of Design Services

At CSUN we aspire to continually grow as an inclusive, cooperative community!

CSUN strives to be a destination workplace, where everyone understands that they belong to a community that is vital in advancing student success and providing exemplary service to all stakeholders. We foster an environment of success, both for our students and our employees. We have a relentless passion for celebrating diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as being an employer of choice. You will also have the opportunity to realize your own personal goals and be recognized for the work you do and enjoy the unique value the CSUN community can offer. As a leader you will have the opportunity to thrive in a community in which our leaders share common traits as identified in our Leadership Principles If this sounds like you, you've come to the right place.


Under general supervision of the Director of Design and Construction, the Manager of Design Services provides general oversight of all aspects of design phase management, as well as the administrative design processes for all campus capital projects (new and renovations). The incumbent collaborates with faculty and staff of the academic colleges, Academic Affairs, CSUN auxiliaries, Physical Plant Management, campus community, and the CSU Chancellor's Office, to plan various campus projects.
  • Works with the FPDC Capital Program Manager for project planning, administrative processes for project approvals, building codes consultation and questions, and managing feasibility studies and the design phase of campus projects.
  • Participates in the selection of outside design professionals, negotiates design contracts, and oversees their work.
  • Provides general coordination of document phases, required submittals to the Chancellor's Office, code analysis/compliance reviews, and plan-checking of projects.
  • As a leader, demonstrates a commitment to student success that is mission aligned with the university's vision, values and priorities. Establishes an ethical and collegial work environment, promoting a collaborative, accountable and inclusive team. Encourages a courageous and resilient solution-oriented environment by participating in new opportunities to further the mission of the university. Participates in developing initiatives that further support the campus mission with a service-oriented and catalytic mind set. Strengthens employees by being communicative and a talent builder that develops team attributes, furthering departmental goals.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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  • Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Architecture or job-related field. Masters in Architecture preferred.
  • Equivalent to five (5) years of progressively responsible professional/administrative experience. Experience in architecture firms and/or large institutional owners in project planning, design, drafting, bidding and construction administration, and code compliance required. Two of the five years in a managerial role preferred.
  • Direct experience with college or university project planning and execution of projects, either as an outside consultant or project manager, at a large institution is highly desired.
  • Possession of a current California State Architectural license.
  • Possession of a California Certified Access Specialist (CASp) certification, or the ability to achieve certification within three (3) years.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Leadership
  • Working knowledge of CAD applications and their use in a design and construction environment; the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 2010 ADA Standards, the California Building Code, and other pertinent federal, state and local regulatory requirements is required.
  • Must possess: familiarity with the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Quality Act; excellent English language skills including comprehension and oral and written communications; clarity, correctness, and professionalism in all types of communication.
  • Lead diverse teams to support the operational mission and vision of employers by fostering an ethical, inclusive and collegial work environment.
    • Demonstrated ability to support ongoing improvement through courageous, resilient, and catalytic leadership.
    • Lead varying initiatives through a collaborative, service-oriented and communicative approach.
    • Demonstrated commitment to employee development, recognition, and accountability to further operational goals.

    Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
    • Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience. The University offers excellent fringe benefits.
    • The anticipated HIRING RANGE: $128,000 - $140,000 annually, dependent upon qualifications and experience.
    • The position is currently hybrid (4 days in office, 1 day remote); however, this is subject to change based on student and/or operational needs.

    General Information
    • This position is a sensitive position as designated by the CSU.
    • A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
    • The person holding this position may be considered a 'limited reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
    • In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California.
    • Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN on-line application. To submit an application and for more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit this link:

    • This job opening has been re-posted and will remain OPEN UNTIL FILLED.
    • CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. To learn more, visit our Matadors Forward site:

    Equal Employment Opportunity

    CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, covered military and veteran status, and disability. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Recruitment Services at 818-677-2101.

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