Knowledge and R&D Coordinator

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates Employer:
New York, NY, USLocation:
Mon, Apr 3 '17Posted on:

Award-winning global architecture firm headquartered in the heart of New York City seeks an organized, detail-oriented, and pro-active Knowledge and R&D Coordinator with good people skills and similar experience, ideally in the A/E/C industry.

Undertaking a brand new role at the firm, s/he will champion "R&D" and knowledge collection, organization, analysis and dissemination for the firm, serving as the information custodian and resource for global practice. The Knowledge Coordinator will be the firm’s central resource for information and research so must be able to work and communicate effectively with multiple parties concurrently. As the firm’s “knowledge champion,” s/he must be exceptionally well-organized, detail-oriented and passionate about information management, research analysis and communication and knowledge sharing.

KPF is a creative, dynamic, and progressive environment and we seek a like-minded individual that is equally creative, innovative, forward-thinking, as well as communicative and service-oriented to oversee our digital archives and knowledge base across our offices around the globe.

S/he will work closely with architects, graphic designers, marketing professionals, and other colleagues globally to ensure the collective vital institutional knowledge of the company, as well as industry standards and opportunities, are captured and remain current and relevant to the firm as a whole.

S/he will also work closely with our programmers to fully integrate the knowledge capture onto the global intranet and disseminate this knowledge in the most judicious manner. Contributing directly with hands-on programming and UX design would be an advantage.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Managing the project database, the digital resource library, establishing protocols for data collection, cataloging and curation and ensuring relevancy, timeliness and accuracy of data
  • Managing project data archiving, including conversion from paper to digital and extraction of data and content
  • Harvesting data, information, content and assets from architectural projects including post-occupancy data and metrics
  • Coordinating the knowledge sharing effort (announcements, seminars, training sessions, etc.) for pro-active internal dissemination of information
  • Performing research and analysis (internal and external data) for projects and pursuits including trends, benchmarks, best practices, etc.

Preferred skills and experience

  • Knowledge of data management, metadata, organization and cataloging structures
  • Experience with database technologies
  • Familiarity with data visualization and analytics approaches useful
  • Knowledge of Content Management Systems (CMS); SharePoint preferred
  • Comfort with various software applications and strong overall technology skills
  • Some programming skills desirable (Java, XML, AngularJS, SQL)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills

The ideal candidate has a related Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited program and ideally 2-3 years professional experience working with data, document and digital asset management systems, knowledge capture and information management, web and database technologies.

Previous experience and a strong interest in the Architecture/Engineering/Construction vertical or related design industries are valuable. Familiarity with the architectural profession’s concepts, practices, procedures and digital assets is ideal.


If this sounds like you, we want to hear from you. Please send a cover letter, resume, work samples and salary requirements to David Niles at

Thank you.

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