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Managing Director
New York, New York
Our client is a leading global multi-disciplinary practice consistently recognized and awarded at the highest levels for design excellence and sustainable innovation, committed to shaping a resilient and thriving future for their clients, communities, and planet. With curiosity, passion, and a holistic approach, the firm has created a platform for transformative ideas to flourish in Architecture, Urbanism, and Landscape Architecture. Leveraging their international expertise and in-depth knowledge of local markets through a network of culturally diverse global design studios, our client consistently delivers thoughtful and compelling projects spanning Civic, Cultural, Healthcare & Science, Learning, Urban Districts & Waterfronts, Workplace, and Headquarters typologies. Given the firm’s continued growth and success, they are seeking a Managing Director to lead the New York practice, who will have a significant impact regionally, nationally, and globally.

The Managing Director will lead the firm’s North American Architectural Studio based in New York. As part of a dynamic global leadership team, this entrepreneurial and collaborative leader will direct and oversee all business operations, people, and ventures in North America, playing a key role in the growth and overall success of the practice and business, and reporting to the firmwide Managing Director. With the broad support of a multi-faceted international practice, the Managing Director will leverage the firm’s significant network of resources, clients, and opportunities, and with the support of talented human resources, financial, legal, and IT talent in the United States.

Working in close collaboration with a cohesive leadership team that includes Design Directors, a Business Development Director, and Associate Principals, the Managing Director is a visionary leader with a strong ability to align strategic objectives with day-to-day operations while fostering a cohesive and motivated team culture.

  • Develop and execute business strategies to grow the business and brand. 
  • Prepare and implement comprehensive business plans to facilitate achievement by planning cost-effective operations and market development activities.  
  • Ensure company policies and legal guidelines are communicated and always followed.
  • Communicate and maintain trust relationships with clients and collaborators.  
  • Drive the company’s financial performance, investments, and other business ventures.  
  • Delegate responsibilities and supervise the work of senior employees providing guidance and motivation to drive maximum performance. 
  • Act as a public speaker and public relations representative of the company in ways that strengthen the profile.  
  • Proficiency in nurturing a collaborative, inclusive, and high-performance work culture.
  • Licensed Architect in New York State, with NCARB Certificate (multiple state licenses preferable).  
  • Proven experience as Managing Director or other managerial position in the US with strong leadership skills.
  • Demonstrable experience in developing strategic growth plans and business plans.  
  • Strong financial acumen and experience in managing budgets and P&L responsibilities. 
  • Thorough knowledge of market and proven and robust network of clients and collaborators.
  • Familiarity with corporate law and management best practices. 
  • Exude positivity and encouragement to galvanize a team behind a shared vision. 
  • Excellent communication, negotiation, and presentation skills. 
  • Outstanding analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to work under pressure.  
  • 20+ years of experience 
Our client is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer that thrives on diversity. Their local studios are  primary places for in-person connection and collaboration, together with open access to flexible and hybrid work arrangements. They enable sustainable work hours and actively support the holistic health and wellbeing of their colleagues.

Salary Range Information
Our client fosters a culture that is diverse and inclusive, and strives for pay practices that are fair, and competitive and reflect their commitment to pay equity. Their compensation decisions include but are not limited to a candidate’s qualifications including skill sets, education, experience and training, licensure and certifications credentials if applicable, and business-related factors. This practice extends to all employees, including performance considerations for merit increases, job promotions, and transfer opportunities. They additionally review their pay practices, conduct pay equity audits, and ensure their managers are trained in their pay practices on an annual basis. At the time of posting this job advertisement, the annual pay salary range for this position is between $175,000 and $240,000 commensurate with qualifications.
*Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Our client has established and adopted an Equal Employment Opportunity Employment policy (“EEO”), which is part of the Company’s Human Resources Policy. The purpose of this EEO policy is to ensure that all employment decisions are made on a non-discriminatory basis, and without regard to sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, gender reassignment, citizenship, pregnancy or maternity, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state, or local law. In some cases, local laws and regulations may provide greater protections than those outlined here and employees will be covered by the laws of their local jurisdiction.

Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision
Our client will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.