Design Coordinator

BrightBuilt Home BrightBuilt Home Employer:
Portland, ME, USLocation:
Tue, Sep 20 '22Posted on:

Seeking: Design Coordinator

Do you appreciate a vibrant studio atmosphere, working with collaborative, earnest souls who genuinely like working together? If so, we might just be the team for you. 

BrightBuilt Home is an architectural design firm that guides the expedited delivery of attainable net-zero energy homes primarily through the use of offsite construction. We believe deeply in our mission to more rapidly expand the supply of attractive, attainable, high-performance homes for all by utilizing the existing infrastructure of offsite construction and assembly companies as partners.

We’re looking for an affable individual with proven experience with project management. Strong communication, writing and editing skills are vital. Ideally, you have passion, drive, bright ideas, engaging energy, and an interest in people.

We are seeking candidates who live within commuting distance of our office in Downtown Portland, but offer a flexible environment with options for both in-person and remote work. You must be able to attend construction site visits within a 3-hour range of Portland, Maine, attend regular in-person client meetings, and in-person office events.

This Position Reports to:

Director, Principals


A Design Coordinator works autonomously to design and coordinate single-family homes for individual homeowners or developers, assist in development of new process initiatives, and collaborate and actively participate in the execution and growth of BrightBuilt’s mission.


Required: Minimum BS or BA in Architectural Design completed or substantial field and design experience. 3-5 years of relevant work experience w/demonstrated ability to execute all responsibilities. Location within commuting distance of our office in Portland and the ability to attend construction site visits within a 3-hour range of Portland, regular in-person client meetings, and in-person office events, occasionally on weekends. Access to the office requires climbing one flight of stairs. Construction Administration requires navigating job sites lacking accessibility features.

Preferred: Concentration in sustainability practices and design.


Required: Excellent aesthetic and technical design skills, strong written and verbal communication skills, drafting with BIM modeling experience

Preferred: Education/interest/experience in the field of sustainable design, understanding of high-performance building assemblies and general Building Science design principles, proficiency with Mac, Archicad, Microsoft Office, Gsuite, Adobe Creative Suite, Keynote or Powerpoint


Design Skill:

·       Independently develop design layouts and features, which require researching, compiling, and recording information for assigned project work

·       Develop assembly details, as required

·       Coordinate review and approval of conceptual designs with colleagues or mentors, as desired

Technical Ability:

·       Provide Building Information Modeling, research, renderings as required

·       Plan and prepare Construction Documents, if required

Project Management:

·       Serve as a primary liaison with clients, builder, and manufacturer to bring projects to completion on schedule, within budget, and with maximum client satisfaction

·       Coordinate production work and work with Assistant Design Coordinators


·       Be relied upon to present directly to the client on technical and design solutions

·       Manage all project communications and documentation that pertain to the design and specs for the project

·       Write reports, notes, and provide correspondence as projects require


·       Work in a collaborative team structure with other architects and designers on single-family and multi-unit single family residential projects

·       Contribute to continued refinement and development of internal & project processes

Industry Awareness:

·       Strive to incorporate sustainable solutions throughout your work

·       Produce work that is consistent with the quality and design aesthetic of the firm, and the region

·       Participate in relevant industry organizations


·       Participate in office culture

·       Strive for professional and personal development


·       Coach Assistant Design Coordinators through drawings and project materials production, as required

·       Take on specific initiatives to support firm’s sales, marketing, and mission-related efforts such as 3D printing, renderings, energy modeling, etc.

·       Resolve project conflicts with support from leadership, and facilitate solutions that satisfy needs of all parties

Compensation, Timing, and (Excellent!) Benefits

Anticipated salary range for this role, commensurate with experience: base salary of $48,000 - $70,000 with a total compensation package up to $57,360 – $80,140. We offer salaries at or near the top levels for the region.

This offer includes 3 weeks of paid vacation / personal / sick time annually. Our benefits package also includes 100% medical coverage on Health Insurance and 100% coverage on Disability Insurance.  Additionally, BrightBuilt Home offers a 401K benefit plan that allows you to save for retirement. With this plan, BrightBuilt Home will match your contributions up to 4% of your salary. There is no waiting period to receive this benefit; you are eligible to join the 401K plan upon hire. Salary and all benefits will be prorated based on the number of days worked per week. We value your time and a healthy work-life balance. We observe a 40-hour work week, and time spent on project work beyond your weekly obligation is reimbursed as comp time. 

We also offer 10 paid holidays and 3 paid floating holidays. A commuting stipend of $60/mo. will be provided, and may be either spent towards a parking space, bus pass, or kept by you if an alternate form of transportation is used. Bonuses are distributed in accordance with hours worked and success of the office. Annually, every employee has the opportunity to spend up to $500 and two days pursuing professional development, which might include attending a conference, taking a class, or participating in another approved activity. Designers interested in achieving licensure also enjoy access to company-paid training materials and reimbursement of ARE expenses upon successful completion of tests. We also offer one paid Community Day with the entire office and up to 24 matched hours over the year for any a Community Service project you would like to pursue. 

BrightBuilt Home maintains an open, collaborative team approach and a collegial studio atmosphere in a fast-paced environment. We believe deeply in working to reverse climate change, and strive to practice what we preach. We enjoy company happy hours, birthday lunches, and occasional bowling parties, as well as a dedicated Slack channel for sharing photos of your canine companion. As if that’s not enough, let’s just say that after hours, we aren’t afraid to push up our sleeves and turn the conference room table into a ping pong court. 

If you’re interested in joining a team of energetic thinkers, designers, innovators, and doers who want to change the world, and you have some thoughts on what you could bring to the table, we’d love to sit down with you.

To view some of our work and our philosophy, please view

Ready to join our firm? Please send a resume, brief cover letter, and examples of work to (please limit file sizes to 5 MB or less). Our first test for consideration is rigorous: please also mention your most useless superpower in your initial response. No calls, thank you.

BrightBuilt Home

102 Exchange Street

Portland, ME 04101

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