Ruhnau Clarke Architects

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Posted: 09.04.18


Practice/Office Information

ADDRESS 5751 Palmer Way, Suite B
CITY, STATE, ZIP Carlsbad, CA, 92010
CONTACT PHONE 951.684.4664

Job Information

JOB TITLE Project Manager
SALARY Commensurate with experience 

Job Description

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

Talent Summary:

A Project Manager for Ruhnau Clarke Architects is a key position in the firm and is considered a critical position in managing all phases of a project from schematic design through construction and project closeout.  As the primary day to day contact to the client and governing agencies, a Project Manager has the primary responsibility for assisting in the development and monitoring of the project scope budget, project schedule, and planning of a project as well as lead the design team in the development of the design documents (drawings and specifications) on a given project. Project Managers are to be critical observers in assessing and coordinating with the Principal in Charge any potential changes in project scope, service, and/or potential project risks.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Education:  Architectural degree from an accredited university or equivalent demonstrated proficiency.
  • Experience:  Minimum of 7 years’ experience in production and coordination of design documents in all phases of an architectural project; minimum 5-8 years coordinating with state, county, and local governing agencies that have oversight on a project, DSA experience preferred;  Architectural License strongly recommended.
  • Software: Microsoft Office Suite Products (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, etc.) or demonstrated equivalent and proficiency; AutoCAD & Revit production software.


  • Establish productive working relationships, and listen, communicate, deal effectively and cooperatively with clients, team members, consultants, and government agencies.
  • Coach, mentor, and provide performance-enhancing feedback of assigned team members.
  • Ability to professionally communicate and delegate respectfully both verbally and in writing to give assignments to office support staff, consultants, and vendors.
  • Be proficient with all Ruhnau Clarke Architects’ documentation and office practice systems; provide input on ways to improve communication processes and practices.
  • Write meeting minutes, AFO’s, change orders, RFI responses, and professional correspondence for self-managed projects.
  • Assist in review of scope of work and agreements with consultant are in alignment with project objectives.
  • Write RFP’S and negotiate contracts and fees with clients and consultants as directed and supervised by the Principal in Charge.
  • Have a support role in marketing for new work, interviews and writing marketing proposals as directed by a Principal or other firm leader.
  • Maintain primary contact with client and have excellent follow-through with client to help get repeat work.
  • Estimate project schedule and project phase hours for assigned tasks and finish tasks within agreed upon budget hours for said task(s).
  • Manage projects, budgets, schedules, staffing, and coordinate billing as requested.
  • Collaborate with design and production staff, construction administrator, and consultants.
  • Work to keep projects within designed work plans; contribute to firm profits and revenues, and use resources effectively.
  • Understand contractual liabilities as they relate to projects including fee calculations,
  • Assist in the preparation of plans of action with their supervisor for resolving project related problems.
  • Ensure that project conforms to contractual agreement with client, meeting all set budgets, goals, and work assignments for their project team that clearly defines project expectations.
  • Participate in project design charrettes.
  • Integrate design principles with project design team and maintain design integrity through all phases of the project.
  • Coordinate with government agencies, utility companies, and resolve plan check and approval issues with all governing agencies that have jurisdictional authority over the project.
  • Review documents to ensure the clients’ and Ruhnau Clarke Architects’ minimum standard of quality, coordination, and compliance with the requirements of deliverables in all phases of a project.
  • Guide and direct project team and consultants for appropriate materials and systems.
  • Review documents for code compliance in all phases and issue code interpretations.
  • Review cost estimates and conduct value analysis.
  • Review and approve changes in collaboration with the project design team and client.
  • Supervise and resolve issues in preparation of construction documents.
  • Demonstrate capabilities to support Construction Manager during the Construction Administration phase of the project.
  • Responsible for the coordination and completeness of the construction drawings and specifications.

For consideration please email cover letter, resume, and work samples including construction documents to

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