Ruhnau Clarke Architects Ruhnau Clarke Architects Employer:
Riverside, CA, USLocation:
Fri, Aug 18 '17Posted on:

Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke is currently in a growth mode and we are looking for employees who are driven and love a challenge.  We have a position available in our Riverside office for a Principal. We are architects specializing in K-12, higher educational facilities, public use projects, medical facilities and retail projects.  Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke offers excellent benefits and compensation commensurate with experience.            


Talent Summary:

A Principal for RRC will be responsible for planning, coordinating, and overseeing the concerns of one or more of the firm’s client(s)s including overseeing a major project or projects through all phases of development.  Where applicable, gives direction to assigned staff and leads as the main day to day point of contact for the client relationship and coordinates with other Studio leaders in the process of assigning appropriate staff to the projects they oversee.


As a Principal, you will establish and maintain your project budgets, schedules, and monitor adherence of the terms of contract expectations.  You have the direct responsibility for client contact and authority to direct, control, and monitor all project activities. A Principal must have the strong ability to multi-task, prioritize and adjust to various project and business concerns daily as needed.  A Principal must oversee several groups performing work or supporting studio workload while having the responsibility for ongoing marketing and business development, and maintaining a consistent backlog of work.  A Principal for RRC must be responsible for becoming a known presence in community that they serve and the markets segments (both current and strategic) they serve.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Education:  Architectural degree from an accredited university or equivalent demonstrated proficiency.

  • Experience:  Minimum of 12 years’ experience in production and coordination of documents in all phases of architectural practice and in management of projects desired; business development and client relationship building skills; Architectural License strongly recommended. 

  • Software: Microsoft Office Suite Products (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, etc.) or demonstrated equivalent and proficiency.



The following are the minimum expectations that the Executive Leadership requires of a Principal in the firm:



  • Establish productive working relationships, and deal effectively and cooperatively with clients, team members, consultants, and government agencies.

  • Display willingness to make decisions; exhibit sound and accurate judgment; support and explain reasoning for decisions; include appropriate people in decision-making process; make timely decisions.

  • Resolve issues related to client concerns, team members, and consultants in a timely manner.

  • Provide coaching, mentoring, and performance-enhancing feedback to assigned team members.

  • Provide and direct the overall verbal and graphic communication of complex project concepts to clients, public agencies, and project team members, and be primary point of contact for all client issues.

  • Resolve project financial issues, including staffing adjustments, review of contractual obligations, and scope of service.

  • Promote the mission, values, guiding principles and culture of the firm in a positive manner.

  • Collaborate with Firm Executive Leadership, Design, Project Management, Technical, and Marketing Leaders to help communicate and execute the firms desired strategic mission and vision.

  • Listen and communicate effectively and professionally in a wide variety of settings inside and outside the firm.

  • Coordinate and provide assignments to office support and technical project staff, consultants, and vendors clearly, effectively, and professionally.

  • Monitor employee performance and take appropriate action to provide feedback both positive and constructive performance.

  • Supervise and manage multiple clients and project managers for all phases of projects; including the ability to supervise several groups.

  • Ability to lead and inspire others with integrity, commitment, and dedication to accomplish client, project, and firm objectives.

  • Self-motivated and ability to work as part of a team or independently, depending upon the situation.

  • Ability to travel as needed.

  • Write responses to client requested RFQ’s/RFP’S and negotiate contracts and fees with clients and consultants.

  • Understands all aspects of project implementation.

  • Ensure that the documents meet the client standards and RRC’s minimum standard of care.

  • Write articles for professional publications.

  • Write training material for staff development as directed by Executive Leadership.


Business Development:

  • Write and develop project marketing interview materials; participate and lead in project marketing interviews.

  • Primary proponent for project pursuit.

  • Ability to market project capability through public presentations and professional publications.

  • Attend conferences, events, and other networking opportunities.

  • Ability to develop new client contacts while also developing a network of current, past clients and industry partners.

  • Develop relationships with governing and other agency leaders.

  • Represent RRC’s culture, values, and ethics in the industry and in the community at large.

  • Coordinate with Executive Leadership to maintain an appropriate backlog of work for the firm.

  • Acquire work that is in line with RRC’s goals and expectations.

  • Possess a strong client/customer service orientation.



  • Must demonstrate a motivation in seeking new responsibilities and challenges.

  • Able to set goals, prioritize, and plan work activities for self-management and use time efficiently.

  • Review and assist project staff in setting budgets, goals, and preparing work plans that clearly define their expectations, and take appropriate action when they are met and when they are not met.

  • Encourage professional and beneficial multi-level network relationships with various consultants that are alignment with project/client expectations.

  • Monitor and adjust staffing plans to projected workloads to meet expected project timelines and project budgets.

  • Coordinate with Executive Leadership on the adjustment of staffing when needed.

  • Resolve collection of aged accounts and any financial issues with clients.

  • Responsible for ensuring that all RRC practices, procedures, standards, and policies are followed.

  • Identify and manage risk as directed by Executive Leadership.

  • Campion as the lead for a Marketing Go/No Go decisions of project pursuits.

  • Serve as an example of RRC’s leadership that strives to achieve the firm’s strategic and business goals.

  • Provide support and leadership to the Executive Leadership, studios, and project groups. 

  • Ensure that project managers support design and follow design intent and quality on all projects.

  • Ensure that project design supports firm's design goals. 

  • Ensure that documents are reviewed for quality, coordination, and compliance with the requirements of deliverables and client standards and RRC minimum standard of care in all phases.

  • Review cost estimates and conduct value analysis as required on projects.

  • Resolve plan check and approval issues with the agencies and client on projects.

  • Ensure that materials and systems meet client standards and RRC’s minimum standard of care and are within budget.

  • Oversee and resolve issues during construction phase of all work under their supervision. 



For consideration please submit a cover letter with resume to

Must have legal right to work in US

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