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CDM Smith Architect 7 - Senior International Federal Facilities Architect in Iowa City, Iowa


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Job Description:

Are you passionate about designing and improving U.S. government facilities abroad?

Do you love helping clients design spaces that will transform the end user’s experience?

If you’re an architect with a desire to join a growing studio focused on the delivery of international federal projects, this could be a great fit!

CDM Smith’s federal portfolio is expanding and we’re looking to establish dedicated, experienced staff to work primarily on the execution of a variety of federal projects. This is a technical, design lead role, but will support the firms Federal Discipline Leader and federal sales team on pursuits to drive growth. We are searching for a team member who is confident with clients, understands large-scale federal projects overseas, seeks innovative approaches to solve challenges, and encourages employees to expand their expertise.

CDM Smith is one of the world’s top design, program management and construction management firms, providing innovative and creative solutions for our federal clients and assisting them in achieving successful outcomes on their water, infrastructure, environmental, and transportation programs.

This position can be based out of any CDM Smith U.S. based office, with a preference for Boston, MA, Maitland, FL., Dallas, TX, Phoenix, AZ Chicago, IL, or Fairfax, VA. We offer a hybrid work environment allowing for working in the office and remotely from home.

As Federal Studio member, you will:

  • Provide senior-level expertise for current and future international federal facility projects

  • Work closely with local host nation partners based on project location to blend federal Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) requirements with host nation code and design guidelines

  • Help expand the skills of junior staff, and mentor the best and brightest technical employees related to the intricacies of federal work

  • Anticipate, identify, and adopt new technologies that help our clients solve challenges

  • Lead development of project budgets and schedules, both internal and external. Monitor projects through close out.

  • Support sales, meet with clients, and serve as a Project Technical Lead for Architectural driven projects.

  • Embrace continuous improvement, drive a culture of quality, and meet commitments for sustained success

  • Be most successful in a flexible hybrid work environment and willing to travel internationally

Job Title:

Architect 7 - Senior International Federal Facilities Architect



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Registered Architect

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Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Architecture.

  • 14 years of related experience. Must possess RA certification.

  • Equivalent additional directly related experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

  • Domestic and/or international travel may be required. The frequency of travel is contingent on specific duties, responsibilities, and the essential functions of the position, which may vary depending on workload and project demands.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Architecture.

  • U.S. Green Building Council, LEED Accredited Professional

  • NCARB Certified

  • Project Management Professional (PMP)

EEO Statement:

We attract the best people in the industry, supporting their efforts to learn and grow. We strive to create a challenging and progressive work environment. We provide career opportunities that span a variety of disciplines and geographic locations, with projects that our employees plan, design, build and operate as diverse as the needs of our clients. CDM Smith is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship status, genetics, protected veteran status or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

Why CDM Smith?:

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Join Us! CDM Smith – where amazing career journeys unfold.

Imagine a place committed to offering an unmatched employee experience. Where you work on projects that are meaningful to you. Where you play an active part in shaping your career journey. Where your co-workers are invested in you and your success. Where you are encouraged and supported to do your very best and given the tools and resources to do so. Where it’s a priority that the company takes good care of you and your family.

Our employees are the heart of our company. As an employer of choice, our goal is to provide a challenging, progressive and inclusive work environment which fosters personal leadership, career growth and development for every employee. We value passionate individuals who challenge the norm, deliver world-class solutions and bring diverse perspectives. Join our team, and together we will make a difference and change the world.

Job Site Location:

United States - Nationwide

Agency Disclaimer:

All vendors must have a signed CDM Smith Placement Agreement from the CDM Smith Recruitment Center Manager to receive payment for your placement. Verbal or written commitments from any other member of the CDM Smith staff will not be considered binding terms. All unsolicited resumes sent to CDM Smith and any resume submitted to any employee outside of CDM Smith Recruiting Center Team (RCT) will be considered property of CDM Smith. CDM Smith will not be held liable to pay a placement fee.

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Visa Sponsorship Available:

No - We will not support sponsorship, i.e. H-1B or TN Visas for this position

Skills and Abilities:

  • Comprehensive knowledge and multi-discipline experience in planning, designing, and managing large-scale international federal facility projects

  • Experience with Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC)

  • Assist in marketing and business development related efforts related to existing and new federal clients

  • Strong self-leadership and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to interact with clients and employees effectively, persuasively, and tactfully at all levels

  • Ability to understand highly complex technical, professional, and business materials

  • Experience in multiple project delivery types including design-build, design-bid-build, construction manager-at-risk, etc.

  • Proficient in reading and interpreting contracts, drawings, and specifications.

  • Expert technical knowledge and design application knowledge.

  • Expert knowledge of technologies and methodologies in the use of construction materials.

  • Expert knowledge of Building Information Modeling and software, preferably Revit, Navisworks and AutoCAD. Familiarity with rendering software programs.

  • Expert knowledge of basic business office software (Word, Excel, etc.).

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Background Check and Drug Testing Information:

CDM Smith Inc. and its divisions and subsidiaries (hereafter collectively referred to as “CDM Smith”) reserves the right to require background checks including criminal, employment, education, licensure, etc. as well as credit and motor vehicle when applicable for certain positions. In addition, CDM Smith may conduct drug testing for designated positions. Background checks are conducted after an offer of employment has been made in the United States. The timing of when background checks will be conducted on candidates for positions outside the United States will vary based on country statutory law but in no case, will the background check precede an interview. CDM Smith will conduct interviews of qualified individuals prior to requesting a criminal background check, and no job application submitted prior to such interview shall inquire into an applicant's criminal history. If this position is subject to a background check for any convictions related to its responsibilities and requirements, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation including criminal history. Criminal history will not automatically disqualify a candidate. In addition, during employment individuals may be required by CDM Smith or a CDM Smith client to successfully complete additional background checks, including motor vehicle record as well as drug testing.

Additional Compensation:

All bonuses at CDM Smith are discretionary and may or may not apply to this position.

Work Location Options:

Hybrid Work Options may be considered for successful candidate.