Senior Design Coordinator – Portland, ME, US | jobs


BrightBuilt Home


Portland, ME, USLocation:

Tue, Apr 19 ’22Posted on:


Seeking: Senior 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 collaboratively delivers attainable net-zero homes throughout the Northeast and mid-Atlantic. Our primary mission is to solve the complex & exciting puzzle of great affordable homes for all. With this vision in sight, the firm was originally launched in 2013 by the nationally recognized Portland, Maine-based architecture firm, Kaplan Thompson Architects. In the years since, we have grown into a well-regarded mission-based firm that continues to see the sky (with all of its abundant sunshine) as the limit.

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:



A Senior Design Manager works independently to design and coordinate single family home designs for individual homeowners or developers, develops new process initiatives, develops new designs or design typologies suited within the BrightBuilt mission, oversees a subspecialty, and mentors junior designers, in the execution and growth of BrightBuilt’s mission.

General Responsibilities:

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

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

· Provide oversight and monitoring of work of Assistant Design Coordinators

Provide mentorship and design guidance to Design Coordinators

· Provide Building Information Modeling, research, renderings, presentation boards as required

Oversight of sub-specialty pertinent to operations and/or expansion of BrightBuilt Homes mission (Energy Modeling/Building Science, Construction Administration/Quality Control Processes/systems, R&D, New Design Initiatives, Affordable Housing, Marketing, etc.)

Solve many office problems independently and facilitate solutions

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

Coordinate review of conceptual designs with colleagues, as desired

Develop and review assembly details, as required

· Plan, prepare, and review Construction Documents, if required

Contribute to continued refinement and development of internal & project processes

Mentor junior designers

Participate in office culture



Minimum BS or BA in Architectural Design completed

5-10 years of relevant/outside work experience

Location within commuting distance of our office in Portland

· Ability to attend construction site visits within a 3-hour range of Portland, regular in-person client meetings, and in-person office events, some of which will occur on weekend days. (Note: Access to the office requires climbing one flight of stairs. Construction Administration requires navigating job sites lacking accessibility features. BrightBuilt Home will adapt to the needs of individuals, as required)


Concentration in Sustainability Practices & Design

License, if possible

Certification in Specialty

Some experience in wood frame construction



Excellent aesthetic and technical design skills

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Drafting with BIM modeling experience

Strong knowledge of wood frame building assemblies and detailing


· Education/interest/experience in the field of sustainable design

· Knowledge of High Performance building assemblies and general Building Science design principles

· Software proficiency with Mac, Archicad, Microsoft Office, Gsuite, Adobe Creative Suite, Keynote or Powerpoint

Compensation, Timing, and (Excellent!) Benefits

Anticipated salary range for this role, commensurate with experience: base salary of $60,000 – $85,000 with a total compensation package up to $69,740 – $95,980. 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. Regardless of where you work, 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 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 [email protected] (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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