Associate Director

MN MN Diversity Badge Employer:
New York, NY, USLocation:
Tue, Aug 23 '22Posted on:

Associate Directors lead development and execution of MN's various projects. While supervising the development of project specific design and technical solutions, Associate Directors have the capacity to provide technical and communications guidance to her/his colleagues, as well as the ability to manage complex projects independently, demonstrating a keen awareness of the client communications standards, scope of work, schedule, budget, and bureaucratic processes necessary to bring a project to completion. Additionally, Associate Directors participate in the firm's business and growth development initiatives as strategized by the firm's leadership teams. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Oversee development of creative direction and design solutions for projects that they lead;

  • Capable of providing design and technical guidance to junior members of the team;

  • Able to take on unique assignments that require new or improved techniques;

  • Mentor junior staff and provide meaningful feedback to their work; 

  • Manage multiple consultants to meet MN’s goals and quality standards;

  • Understand the firm’s business objectives for every project;

  • Meet project goals and deliverables for every phase of the project;

  • Manages project schedule and staff allocations in the firm's management software.

  • Responsible for the accuracy of plans and specifications developed by the team;

  • Gather industry's best practices and implement firmwide

  • Provide full support to project team through every phase;

  • Evaluate and solve problems as they arise;

  • Develop and represent lead technical viewpoint on projects;

  • Manage client expectations through clear and timely communication;

  • Responsible for client satisfaction;

  • Act as a “brand ambassador” for the firm by promoting the firm’s mission and values to internal and external stakeholders;

  • Gather business intelligence about new projects and potential clients; cultivate relationships with developers, clients and “connectors” who can refer business to the firm;

  • Drive MN's office culture quality and goals.

What you need to succeed

  • Team-oriented; willing to participate where needed

  • Strong organizational skills and detail-oriented

  • Skilled at framing problems and solutions in design, production and managerial aspects of a project

  • Demonstrates leadership: goal setting, delegation and oversight

  • Ability to motivate and energize a team (develops people by identifying potential capacity)

  • Ability to solicit input, build team consensus and make timely decisions

  • Constantly re-enforces MN values and models a professional way of working

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (energetic listener)

  • Regular reporting and close, working relationships with senior colleagues

  • Successfully completed and is familiar with all phases of MN projects

  • Growth oriented and a strategic thinker

  • Demonstrates a long-range vision for the business

  • Demonstrates business skills:  relies on facts and data to inform decisions

  • Demonstrates sales aptitudes; confidence and presence

  • Ambition to be the best in a competitive field and to do so with integrity and honesty;

  • Builds transformational relationships


  • Bachelor of Architecture

  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, Rhino, Google Docs and Adobe CS

  • Diverse knowledge of architecture principles and practices

  • Uses advanced techniques

  • 8+ years of experience in high-end residential and/or commercial projects


Competitive local salary, based on experience, skill, and ability

Participation in office benefits program, including:

  • Healthcare plans, partially covered by MN

  • Dental and Vision plans, fully covered by MN

  • Commuter Benefits

  • Annual bonuses

  • Paid Time Off

  • Time off for National Holidays and last week of the year

  • Annual reviews

  • Quarterly lunches with Directors

  • Quarterly team updates 

  • Office social groups (Birthday Committees, Happy Hours, Brief Briefings, Breakfast Club, Green Thumbs and more)

  • Annual Weekend Office Retreat

About Us

MN is an architecture firm creating spaces that shape and define culture. Our New York City-based team is led by individuals united not only by our diverse backgrounds and perspectives but an optimistic commitment to designing spaces for the many.

MN seeks to redefine access to exceptional design. From the most public cultural institutions to private homes, our work prioritizes the experience of all users of a space. These excellent experiences are driven by precise, pragmatic and daring decisions — regardless of project size or type.

Diverse perspectives are pivotal to our work, and we partner with clients who share our belief that great design should not be elusive nor exclusive. For us, architecture is a collaborative effort between those who create and those who experience. We design for where those moments meet.

MN is an equal opportunity employer. 

Application Requirements

Please submit a resume and any relevant work samples or portfolio to  There may be a number of open positions at the time of your application. Clearly identify the position you are seeking in the email subject line.

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