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Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, Inc.

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Design Manager


Philadelphia, PA
ID: 20396

Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson is a dynamic, 100% employee-owned consulting firm of more than 2,000 professionals that provides a full range of multi-disciplined architecture, engineering, information technology, and related services for K-12 schools, higher education, and to public agencies and private clients throughout the United States. JMT is currently ranked #59 on Engineering News-Record’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms.

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We are seeking a dynamic, innovative, and quality-oriented Architect or Engineer with a minimum of 10 years of experience who is interested in taking an important role in the JMT Project Management group.  The successful candidate should be comfortable working with internal and external clients, demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills, and possess the ability to manage multiple projects at one time. The candidate will be responsible for managing all phases of public-school K-12 architectural and engineering work from site and building evaluations and conceptual design through construction administration. The primary skills will include the demonstrated ability to manage a capital project program as well as staff of design professional servicing as project managers.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Serves as Design Manager for the management of planning and design for new construction and renovation capital improvement projects
  • Plans, organizes, and directs the oversight of large, multi-faceted capital improvement projects and architectural/ engineering studies
  • Provides overall project oversight, reporting, and coordination for large, single-and multi-phased capital improvement projects at various phases (planning, and design)
  • Manages the internal and external architecture/engineering design teams, c to ensure the study or project is being completed on time and on budget
  • Ensures that schedules are maintain project milestones are met
  • Resolves project design issues
  • Maintain and updating client design standards, technical specifications, and education specifications
  • Oversees preparation and documentation for facility’s feasibility studies, planning studies, and site studies
  • Reviews, comments upon, and approves engineering designs of in-house and consultant engineers
  • Reviews drawings, specifications, cost estimates, and calculations to ensure compliance with design standards and intent
  • Interprets codes, regulations, and requirements
  • Participates in community engagement and committee meetings with community and school stakeholders
  • Oversees preparation of historic property’s Determination of Eligibility, as needed
  • Performs constructability reviews during the design process to find potential sources of conflict
  • Investigates project sites to document existing conditions and identify project opportunities and constraints
  • Participates in and conducts meetings with consultants, school administrators, the public and others
  • Participates in project advertisement, bidding, and procurement process
  • Participates in pre-bid meetings with contractors and representatives of other agencies
  • Assists with answering contractor questions during bid phase of project
  • Meets with and coordinates project work with school-based administrators, contractors, and others
  • Analyzes complex building issues and recommends a course of action based on analysis
  • Prepares and presents detailed studies and reports
  • Works with engineers, architects, maintenance staff, and others to investigate and resolve facility issues
  • Navigates and prepares the review and approval of projects with the code, zoning, and other outside agencies
  • Prepares correspondence relating to projects
  • Review and provide comments for project cost estimates, design/technical submittals, change orders, and schedules
  • Review data and information with electrical, mechanical, and civil engineers; prepares preliminary design solutions
  • Manage design project plans, schedules, and budgets. Oversee and approve design projects as they progress
  • Visits project sites, evaluates the existing conditions; meets with the principals and other school administrators for their input

Nonessential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Required Experience

  • Bachelors of Architecture, Professional degree in Architecture, or Bachelors of Engineering
  • Minimum of 10+ years of architectural or engineering design experience
  • Professional Architect or Engineers License
  • Familiar with computer-assisted design software such as Revit and AutoCAD
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Preferred Experience

  • Professional Architect or Engineers License in Pennsylvania
  • Experience managing public school agency projects and capital budgets
  • LEED AP accreditation preferred
  • NCARB accreditation preferred (Architects only)

Working Conditions

Work is generally sedentary in nature but may require occasional standing and walking. Lighting and temperature are adequate and there are no hazardous or unpleasant conditions caused by noise, dust, etc. within the office environment

Duties will require travel to sites throughout Philadelphia and movement through project sites, buildings, and areas under construction

Work may include walking, standing, climbing of ladders, and exposure to potential hazards, such has traffic, heavy equipment, and adverse site conditions/weather when on construction sites

JMT is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity, and we are proud to be building an inclusive and diverse workforce.


This position is located at 1600 Market Street, Suite 520, Philadelphia, PA. View the Google Map in full screen.