• National Design Director-Architecture

    Job Location US-MO-Kansas City
    Job ID 0918-19399
    HNTB Job Title
    National Design Director-Arch
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Why Choose HNTB?

    For more than a century, HNTB has helped deliver infrastructure solutions that best meet the unique needs of our clients. With client relationships spanning decades, we understand infrastructure life cycles and have the perspective to solve technical challenges with clarity and imagination. We are far more than a design firm. We see and help address far-reaching issues of financing, legislation, design, construction, community outreach and ongoing operations. As employee-owners committed to the highest levels of performance, we enable clients to achieve their goals and inspiring visions.

    At HNTB, we’re encouraged to go beyond discovering mere solutions that will impact our very landscape. We are encouraged to ask, “What if?” Our HNTB family fosters an inventive and resourceful commitment to finding unique answers to complex problems. We believe that the act of wondering sparks creativity. We will work to foster your creativity, career and personal growth. Come join HNTB and unleash your spark of imagination.

    For you, “together” can mean the chance to put together an exciting career. At HNTB “together” also means collaborating across geographies and disciplines within the firm. And “together” means that we are partners with our clients. Our goals are linked, and their success is our success. “Together” means that we are engaged in the communities we serve — we live there — and are committed to their growth and development.


    HNTB is seeking a National Design Director - Architecture to join our Kansas City, MO office.

    Job Summary

    Responsible for achieving the firm’s design goals by providing leadership, creativity and mentorship throughout the practice. Works directly with the firm leaders, office leaders, design directors to develop and implement strategies to accomplish goals within the strategic and design plans. Leverages design value across the firm for those projects and pursuits deemed critical to growth of the organization.

    Essential Responsibility

    • Works in conjunction with each Office Design Leader to coordinate and produce a consistently high quality design product achieving HNTB's 4 for 4 standards (Consistent delivery of quality work, on time, on budget and to the client's satisfaction on every project).
    • Instills a design culture of excellence by conducting regular project design reviews within all offices to ensure project design performance.
    • Leads the development and implementation of the activities of the National Design Committee.
    • Provides HNTB an active link to academia through studio and advisory council participation.
    • Represents HNTB at the national level within professional and design societies.
    • Works closely with Officers by representing design with strategic planning framework.
    • Assists Office Leaders in the hiring, supervision, development and evaluation of the design staff throughout the organization.
    • Actively participates in the development and presentation of pursuit strategies across all market sectors within the firm.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.

    Basic Qualification

    Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture, Engineering, or Planning as appropriate to the specific core practice
    15 years of experience in progressively responsible positions, ideally with large, multi-discipline firm
    10 years experience in design of complex projects


    Preferred Qualification/Skills

    Registered Professional in good standing with appropriate governing authority (AIA, AICP, NCARB etc.)
    Master’s Degree in Architecture Design
    Successful experience in design of major projects, with a demonstrated track record of winning key commissions and elevating the design product
    - Proven leadership skills in attracting, mentoring and retaining talented staff who deliver results.
    - Demonstrated client management and relationship building skills.

    General Work Conditions

    Office Environment:  Work is generally performed in an office environment in which there is only minimal exposure to potentially unpleasant working conditions.  Incumbent must have the ability to stand and sit frequently, and reach horizontally as well as vertically for overhead use.

    HNTB Corporation is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran. 

    The HNTB Companies are an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, marital status, genetic information, citizenship status, or other status protected by law.  In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, we will hire only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States (if the position is or will be one which is subject to U.S. law). We will provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individual with a disability where appropriate.


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