Senior Project Manager

Clark Nexsen Clark Nexsen Employer:
Virginia Beach, VA, USLocation:
Thu, Nov 1 '18Posted on:

Position Open: October 31, 2018 

Position Close: Until filled 

Clark Nexsen is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status. AAP. Drug-free workplace. E-verify. Applicants must be legally authorized to work for Clark Nexsen Inc. without employer sponsorship. We do not typically sponsor H-1B or any other work visa petitions.

Must apply online through corporate website at

Firm Description

Clark Nexsen is a national architecture and engineering firm focused on creating innovative design solutions for U.S. and global clients. We are passionate about our work and are prominently ranked on numerous industry lists. Building Design + Construction ranks Clark Nexsen as a Top 20 architecture and engineering firm and we have been named to the Architect 50 list of top U.S. firms for the past four years. Our culture supports the pursuit of excellence to engage and inspire the best professionals.

Our firm is headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with 450 employees in office locations in Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, and Texas. We offer outstanding compensation, benefits, and growth opportunities in a positive work environment. We believe we can create a better world through our work. Giving back is also a guiding philosophy. As a company and as individuals, we proudly volunteer and give back to the surrounding communities where we live and work.

Generous benefits: Health, Dental, Vision, 401k, Short and Long term Disability, Paid Time Off, Aflac, Flexible benefits, and Legal Resources benefits are available.

Job Description

We seek to hire a Senior Project Manager in our Virginia Beach, VA office who will be responsible for planning, coordinating, and managing activities on single or multi-discipline projects of moderate to large scope involving architecture, engineering, planning, interior design or other areas of the firm’s practice. Senior Project Managers are also responsible for mentoring and overseeing the work of Project Managers.  This position will have a primary focus on federal DOD projects.

By virtue of the knowledge and experience gained during their years of practice a Senior Project Manager will be capable of successfully managing multiple projects or very large and complex projects to ensure project success.  They shall provide leadership and supervision of project support staff and also participate in firm activities to improve the processes and procedures used during the design, documentation, and construction administration activities of a project.  They shall also be actively involved in the marketing and business development activities of the company and develop strong professional and personal relationships with our clients, contractors, and consultants to foster repeat business.

General responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

·         Leading, motivating, and effectively communicating with a project team during scope and project execution

·         Working with the Managing Principal and Design Manager to develop and present projects to clients, contractors, project team members, AHJ's, and members of the public through all stages of the project

·         Coordinating with clients to ensure successful completion of projects that may involve either new construction or renovation

·         Facilitating a professional and successful relationship between client, contractors, and the project team

·         Running project meetings and participating in management meetings

·         Actively support Managing Principals and Marketing in the Company’s marketing and business development activities

·         Preparing contracts and fee proposals for MP review and participating in contract negotiations on large projects

·         Ensuring staff compliance with quality control policies and procedures

·         Developing and managing project planning, budgeting, and critical project objectives

·         Verify project consultants are properly licensed and insured

·         Managing the work, training, and vacation of project staff

·         Assemble staff for project teams with input and concurrence from Managing Principals, Department Directors, and Department Heads

·         Working with, responding to, and taking direction from Managing Principals and senior management

·         Mentoring and developing Project Managers

·         Ability to travel is required

Project responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

·         Perform Managing Principal duties as assigned

·         Monitor scope/schedule creep for potential additional services

·         Provide weekly progress reports to Clients

·         Maintain project documentation in electronic form and Newforma

·         Assemble and maintain design discipline sheet mock-ups and work plans

·         Prepare and monitor project budgets and schedules with input from each discipline and consultants

·         Facilitate project team meetings to review project scope, project progress,  and schedule issues as well as team coordination, coordination with consultants, and problem solving

·         Review RFI and shop drawing submittal responses for appropriateness and completeness

·         Prepare draft monthly invoices, 12 month invoice projections and monitor accounts receivable

·         Review and approve project related expenses and consultant invoices

·         Assemble and review design “milestone” submittal deliverables and ensure completeness and quality of the submittal

·         Perform project closeout and archiving tasks

·         Schedule QC/QA and “gray team” reviews

·         Schedule and/or conduct periodic site visits during construction


·         A bachelor’s degree in engineering, architecture, interior design or planning may be given additional consideration

Licenses, Certifications and Accreditations

·         Licensure as a Professional Engineer, Registered Architect, or Interior Designer is preferred

·         Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) is desirable

·         Understanding of sustainable design principles and design practices with LEED AP accreditation is preferred

·         Additional certifications such as CDT, CCS, or CCCA are encouraged to reflect personal growth in the profession and an ever increasing knowledge base to enhance the design and documentation process

Software Skills

A Senior Project Manager should be able to effectively utilize current company software programs for word processing, e-mail, accounting, and information management. 

Working familiarity with design and production software to a point of being able to understand the capabilities and limitations of the programs and interact with the project team in their use of the software is highly desirable. 

Career Experience

A Senior Project Manager will typically have significant experience as a Project Manager in a leadership role in the areas of the firm’s practice

Senior Project Managers will have demonstrated skills and abilities to mentor Project Managers, lead large projects, and develop new business.

Previous experience with DoD projects may be given additional consideration.

Other Criteria

·         Ability to prepare effective and concise documents

·         Possess technical precision and creative design skills

·         Ability to make presentations to a variety of groups

·         Have a client-oriented attitude with a desire to provide outstanding professional services

·         Be dedicated to his or her professional development as well as the success of colleagues and the firm as a whole

·         Demonstrated recognized leadership within the firm and outside the firm

·         Possess excellent team leadership capabilities and abilities

·         Specialized experience in one or more areas of the firm’s practice

·         Possess knowledge and expertise to prepare and negotiate complex proposals and contracts with minimal oversight by a Managing Principal

·         Demonstrated ability to consistently deliver significant project volume on-time, on-budget and exceeding client and firm expectations

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