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Senior Design Manager

Department: Buildings
Location: Santa Ana, CA

Anser Advisory, is a premier California-founded program, project and construction management consulting firm providing services nationwide.

Our mission is clear. We help clients solve challenges by providing top talent to develop the right solutions at the right time. With forward-thinking and utilization of the most advanced technology on the market, we’re leaders in project management strategy and execution; providing the visibility our clients want to see. Our relationships are built on our credibility to deliver on our commitments, with unbeatable service levels to our clients, at Anser Advisory; we let our work product lead the way.


  • Develops, coordinates and updates LAUSD’s standards and guidelines, including Educational Specifications, School Design Guide and space program templates.
  • Meets with instructional staff, school sites, and architects to define facility attributes that will support and enhance the instructional programs.
  • Develops standards and guidelines to ensure that both new and modernized facilities meet educational requirements.
  • Coordinates with School Occupancy Transition Unit (Furniture and Interiors Group) to develop furniture and equipment solutions to meet educational needs.
  • Conducts post-occupancy assessments with instructional staff to determine necessary improvements or adjustments to District Standards.
  • Reviews and supports development of project space programs that align with District standard education specifications and respond to each school’s instructional needs.
  • Review project design deliverables and provide comments regarding the appropriateness of the space planning and the physical adjacencies.
  • Coordinates with California Department of Education (CDE) requirements. Supports review and submittal for CDE plan approval.
  • Manages, develops, and coordinates the District’s design process for the Facilities Planning and Development Division to ensure that plans are within functional program, budgetary, environmental and legal requirements.
  • Provides Architects with clear and consistent direction with regard to goals and objectives, standards, site, schedule, and budget for each project.
  • Ensures that all steps within the project are documented and that the documentation meets legal requirements.
  • Reviews design changes submitted to ensure project remains within budget.
  • Develops continuing education opportunities, i.e., seminars and workshops, to learn and share-upto-date information on working with architects and contractors.
  • Coordinates project activities with other District organizational branches and departments such as the Office of the Environmental Health and Safety, A/E Design Services, Maintenance and Operations, School Occupancy Transitional Unit, Asbestos Technical Unit and Local Districts.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

Required Experience:

  • 15 years full time paid professional experience managing the facilities design, project planning and preparation as well as the coordination of capital projects, particularly involved in the evaluation and assessment of design standards, planning and development and contract administration.
  • 5 years of this experience must be with the design, planning and construction of K-12 educational facilities.

Required Education:

  • Graduation from a recognized college or university with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture.  Preferred Education.

Preferred Education:

  • Master’s degree in Architecture.
  • Continuing education and training specific to educational facilities planning.

Preferred Certificates/Designations:

  • Accredited Learning Environments Planner (ALEP) designation or Recognized Educational Facility Planner (REFP) designation.

We offer a competitive total compensation package including comprehensive health coverage, 401k and more!

We are an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to veteran status, uniformed service member status, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.  Anser Advisory will consider for employment qualified applicants with a criminal history in a manner consistent with the requirements of the LA Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

The preceding functions have been provided as examples of the types of work performed by employees assigned to this job classification. Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind work assignments. This position is classified as exempt meaning more than 50% of the employee’s time is spent performing exempt job duties consistent with this job description. If the employee finds the actual job duties change from those described herein so the employee is not performing exempt duties more than 50 % of the time, the employee must immediately inform management. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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