Design Director - Interiors

Gensler Gensler Employer:
Oakland, CA, USLocation:
Wed, Jul 13 '22Posted on:

Your Role

Gensler’s Oakland studio, an award-winning, international design practice, is seeking a Design Director with exceptional design skills and a portfolio of innovative design solutions with an emphasis on Workplace Design projects, particularly with Professional and Financial Services Clients. As a Gensler Design Director, and a member of a studio’s leadership team, you will collaborate with talented colleagues to enhance Gensler’s culture for design excellence, elevate the quality of design, and achieve recognition for our clients and the firm. You are a mix of strategic and creative, with the ability to create great form while embracing sound business strategy. Use your unique design perspective to lead design teams, develop next-generation talent, bring new approaches to the design process, and help our clients redesign what’s possible.

What You Will Do

  • Lead the creative efforts of multiple interior design teams on projects from the initial marketing stages through construction and installation

  • Develop and own overall design concepts, storytelling and design presentation strategies

  • Be a fearless integrator and advocate for diverse points of view and expansive thinking.

  • Drive alignment in our designs with our, and our clients’, sustainable goals.

  • Build and sustain client relationships; act as the primary design interface with clients, team members, and a wide range of consultants and collaborators, both internal and external.

  • Creatively align solutions to budgets.

  • Mentor and develop Gensler designers; provide creative direction to design teams

  • Participate in business development, marketing and recruiting efforts

  • Interaction with clients while representing Gensler at meetings and presentations.

  • Be a voice in our Community for the Power of Design

Your Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school of design or architecture

  • 15+ years of diverse interiors experience, including experience in a leadership role

  • NCIDQ Certification or AIA Licensure required

  • Experience leading design teams through all phases of the design process

  • LEED accreditation, preferred

  • Strong leadership, communication, and relationship management skills

  • Understanding proficiency  in design software programs (SketchUp, Revit, Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator), with proficiency in Indesign, Powerpoint, Miro and sketching.

  • Demonstrated commitment to sustainability and sustainable building practices required. Portfolios should include at least 1 project with this particular focus, and candidates should be prepared to talk to this in their interview, especially built projects with LEED, Living Building Challenge, WELL Building Standard , Fitwel and /or Net Zero Building certification

Life at Gensler

At Gensler, we are as committed to enjoying life as we are to delivering best-in-class design. From curated art exhibits to internal design competitions to “Well-being Week,” our offices reflect our people’s diverse interests.

We encourage every person at Gensler to lead a healthy and balanced life. Our comprehensive benefits include medical, dental, vision, disability, wellness programs, flex spending, paid holidays, and paid time off. We also offer a 401k, profit sharing, employee stock ownership, and twice annual bonus opportunities. 

As part of the firm’s commitment to licensure and professional development, Gensler offers reimbursement for certain professional licenses and associated renewals and exam fees. In addition, we reimburse tuition for certain eligible programs or classes. We view our professional development programs as strategic investments in our future. 


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