Design Director / Workplace Interiors - Senior/Director Level

by leslie_taylor 3 years ago Oakland, Oakland, California

Gensler’s Oakland office is a small, entrepreneurial group of design professionals serving the local client community.  The rest of the world is now recognizing what we have known for quite some time—that the East Bay is an ideal location for business, leisure activities and the arts. Oakland is at the heart of a resurgence of community spirit and economic growth that is bringing vigor to urban neighborhoods and spreading new business opportunities throughout the East Bay. Oakland is our destination because we believe that we can contribute to positive changes in the business community, foster growth in the neighborhoods and help shape the cityscape as Oakland re-imagines its future. From the busy nexus of commerce that is Oakland, we can better serve both our local East Bay and our global clients. As a leading Bay Area-headquartered design firm, we can offer our clients specifying power, strong vendor and dealer relationships, and a wide range of resources in the design and corporate sectors. We have the power to help bring about change.

Gensler is a global design firm, with 47 offices and 5,000+ employees worldwide. Gensler helps clients succeed by focusing on the needs of the people they serve, whether they are employees, customers, sports fans, students, passengers or guests. Founded in 1965, Gensler has deep expertise in design and architecture across 31 practices, including commercial office buildings, professional services, retail, aviation, planning and urban design, entertainment and hospitality, sports stadiums and education facilities. The firm also holds practices focusing on brand strategy, environmental graphic design, mission-critical facilities, and has recently invested in consulting for real estate workplace and sustainable design.

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Gensler is seeking a design leader for one of the Oakland studios.

If you —

are an original thinker; yet you listen and actively collaborate with others;

not only enjoy staying current but promote curiosity, enthusiasm, and confidence;

foster creativity and a commitment to design excellence within your studio and on your projects;

engage clients, so yours is the company they want to keep;

recognize, recruit, and nurture the best talent;

give leadership, both inside and outside your firm;

support and strengthen the vision, values, and culture of your firm;

want to be part of a firm that believes that design empowers people and transforms organizations …

then Gensler would like to meet you.

At Gensler, design is at the center of every project. Design Directors are a select group of designers who are responsible for leading the creative efforts on specific projects. It is the role that provides conceptual interior architecture and stylistic direction resulting in distinctive and successful projects. Design Directors bring new approaches to design process and strategy, they coach and develop next-generation talent, and they represent the firm in the larger design community.

Gensler is dedicated to using the power of design to create business solutions for their clients. The Gensler Community thrives on a positive, collaborative, fun, and inspiring environment. They depend on communication and connectivity to get things done.  If you have have a commitment to providing high-quality professional design services for clients in the Workplace market sector and thrive working within a creative and collaborative client-focused design environment, Gensler is the place to be.

Leadership Role:

Gensler is organized around a highly collaborative studio leadership model, reflecting its core values and working style. Design Directors work in concert with other colleagues to achieve goals related to project quality and process, while satisfying client requirements — a hallmark of all Gensler projects.

Design Directors play a major leadership role by orchestrating the work of project teams focused on design, development, and delivery of outstanding solutions for the many dimensions of client work.

Design Directors are involved with projects from the initial marketing stages through completion of construction and installation. During the life of a project, a Design Director will work directly with the client, team members, and a wide range of consultants and collaborators both internal and external. In addition to direct project involvement, Design Directors have responsibility for building and sustaining client relationships.

As a member of a Studio’s leadership team, Design Directors based in the Oakland office will also collaborate with other practice leaders in the Northwest/Asia Region and across the platform of the firm to enhance the culture for design excellence, elevate the quality of design, and achieve recognition for clients and the firm.



  • Lead design team through all phases of interior projects including guiding, advising, and mentoring other designers on projects, developing design direction and leading design critiques/forums

  • Act as primary design interface with clients

  • Assist in managing client expectations, team communication and consultant coordination

  • Collaborate on interiors projects, including programming client needs, conceptual and schematic design, design development, and management of budgets and schedules

  • Participate in business development and marketing efforts

The ideal candidate must meet the following qualifications to be considered:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design or Architecture, LEED accreditation, and 15+ years of diverse interiors experience, including experience in a leadership role

  • Prior experience in Food + Beverage interiors strongly desired

  • Ability to work in a team environment with good collaboration skills

  • Excellent presentation abilities

  • A mix of strategic and creative bent, with ability to create great form while embracing sound business strategy

  • Passionate about design and able to be the design inspiration for multiple highly-creative project teams

  • Experience directing and providing leadership for design teams from business development presentations through developing strategy and design concepts

  • Strong leadership, organization, communication and relationship management skills

  • Ability to provide critical design review to design teams, communicating design ideas and direction quickly

  • Demonstrated success building, nurturing and fostering new client relationships

  • Ability to work closely with design directors across the firm to promote an inter-disciplinary design approach and philosophy,  and to facilitate its advancement across the firm

Gensler is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participant in the U.S. Federal E-Verify program. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.


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