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Manager, Design Services

California State University, Long Beach

Last Updated: 5/20/23

Job Description

Manager, Design Services

Job No: 518227
Work Type: Management (MPP)
Location: Long Beach
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time

Job Summary
Under general direction of the Director, Design & Construction Services (D&CS) the Manager of Design Services manages the Project Managers, Interior Design Manager and team, and Production and Software Coordinator. Also manages all design activities for both Major and Minor Capital projects, related to the program and budget development, design, bid, and contract award of multiple, complex University projects. The incumbent will provide ongoing professional support through all planning and construction phases, until completion of the project. This includes leading a team of Project Managers and Interior Design Manager to provide analysis, development, and evaluation of projects to reflect the current and projected needs of the institution.
Key Responsibilities

  • Manages and supervises the Major and Minor Capital Project Managers and Interior Design Manager. The incumbent oversees the project's design, planning functions, construction documents, and construction administration for each University project that D&CS is responsible for. Responsible for projects from inception through completion in consultation with Customers, University Stakeholders, Capital & Space Planning, Construction Services, and Facilities Management. Manages all project and operational tracking systems to ensure timely project delivery within established budget, scope, schedule, and permit. Coordinates the campus review and outside agency review of the design & construction documents and initiates revisions to design packages when necessary.
  • Manages Production and Software Coordinator, managing all DCS databases and software, campus as-builts, and campus standards. Provides support to Facilities Management with the Production and Software Coordinator to ensure project as-builts and operation and maintenance manuals, and campus standards are being maintained.
  • Conducts quality assurance reviews on all department design documents prior to bid; ensures all project-related contract documents are obtained and processed in a manner consistent with department policy, scope and budget guidelines; ensures established procedures associated with all phases of project design development are followed consistently within the department. Provides support for improved operational performance and effectiveness by the Design & Construction Services Department.
Knowledge Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of the laws, ordinances, and other regulations applicable to building construction, maintenance, and repair including building codes for the State of California, fire codes, ADA regulations, industry standards and regulations. Knowledge of design and construction methods and procedures. Excellent administrative and organizational skills. Excellent interpersonal, oral and writing skills. Ability to represent the department in a professional manner to determine campus customers' needs and design requirements. Ability to communicate effectively at an executive level and work within an ethnically diverse campus environment. Proven ability to manage many projects simultaneously.

At least five years' experience in a computerized environment (AutoCAD, Bluebeam preferred). Working knowledge of personal productivity tools (personal computers, Word, Excel, and electronic mail.) Must be self-motivated and be able to manage a team independently.

Ability to communicate with an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community. Ability to follow all university policies, procedures, and guidelines including but not limited to safety, civility, information security, and non-discrimination policies and procedures. Ability to contribute to a positive university experience for each and every student, and assist in achieving the university's commitment to a "vision of excellence."
Education and Experience
Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture, Planning, Engineering, Industrial Design or ten (10) years equivalent experience. At least ten (10) years progressively responsible experience in the development of program scope, design and planning public works projects including preparation of bid documents and specifications, contract administration, and fiscal management in a large institutional setting, higher education preferred. History of managing other design Project Managers in an Architectural, Engineering, University, or other institutional setting preferred.
Licenses / Certificates
LEED certification preferred. Construction Management Certification preferred. CA Driver's License required.
Design & Construction Services
Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Administrator II
This is a management level position with an attractive benefits package, which includes a vacation accrual rate of 16 hours per month, and excellent choice of medical, dental, and vision insurance, long term disability coverage, life insurance, educational fee waiver, and retirement benefits.
Application Procedures
Click Apply Now to complete the CSULB Online Employment Application.
Additional Information
The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated 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 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

Due to the nature of this position, current CSULB employees are subject to a criminal record check unless they have successfully completed a criminal background check through CSULB within the past 12 months.

California State University Long Beach expects respectful, professional behavior from its employees in all situations. Acts of harassment or abusive conduct are prohibited. Demonstrated appropriate professional behavior, treating others with civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate abusive conduct is expected of all employees.

CSU Vaccination Policy

The 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 as a condition of employment. The system wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to
Out of State Employment Policy
California State University, Long Beach, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees upon date of hire to reside in the State of California.

As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.
Equal Employment Statement
California State University Long Beach is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that is strongly committed to promoting diversity in all areas of the campus community. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, physical or mental disability, gender or sex, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, and veteran or military status.

To view the University's Annual Campus Crime Report go to: Copies of the report are available upon request. To request a copy, contact the University Police Department at [Register to View] .
Conflict of Interest
The duties of this position will include participation in decisions that may have a material financial benefit to the incumbent. Therefore, the selected candidate will be required to file Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis, complete ethics training within 6 months of appointment, and attend this training every other year thereafter.

Application Closes: Sep 12, 2022 (11:55 PM)

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Company Details

Long Beach, California, United States
CSULB, one of the largest universities in the CSU system, is located in Long Beach on a beautifully landscaped, 320-acre campus near the ocean and the thriving downtown area. The school’s faculty and staff are engaged in a broad array of high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs, significant research, in addition to a wide range of community and professional service organizations.