Construction Interior Designer / Furniture Specialist
SDSE - Washington, DC

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Position: Construction Interior Designer/ Furniture Specialist
Organization: SDSE
Location: Washington, DC
Type: Full-Time Position

Position Overview:
Provide technical expert advice, guidance, and assistance on matters dealing with Consolidated Furniture Management Services to support all SEC construction and leasing build out projects, alterations to improve space efficiency and space utilization projects. Duties include coordinating and integrating the planning, programming, scheduling, and inspection of SEC space management projects. The successful employee will have thorough knowledge of space planning, interior design, including developing furniture layouts, designs, specifications, finish concepts, and color and materials solutions for government offices including use of Federal government (i.e. Unicor) and commercial case goods, as well as, systems furniture, seating, and related furniture and components. Additional duties include assessing client requirements, developing conceptual design plans, product research, field measuring and verification, programming of space, communicating with vendors, and preparing installation drawings. In addition this person will assist in maintaining the SEC's record drawings for all locations. These positions will support Office of Support Operations, Office of Building Operations, Construction and Leasing Branch. Duties also include the following:
Serve as the project team member to assist Construction Leasing Branch Chief and/or the assigned CLB Project Manager for regional office build out projects and build out projects at Headquarters.
Develop a combination of reports, meetings, site inspections including travel as needed, and other appropriate means and documentation related to Space Planning including developing Furniture Plans, Furniture Specifications, Timeline Requirements, and Presentations.
Provide expert advice in the evaluation of proposals and assigned projects. Assist with space management issues; analyze space requirements, personnel and equipment needs, evaluate blocking plans for use and functionality, determine utilization rates, etc.
Consult with key personnel and advise the Construction Leasing Branch Chief or appointed Project Manager of concerns and recommendations, and communicate management's direction to the designers for them to develop and design floor plans, layouts, workflow charts, etc., and coordinate work operations associated with new leases and new construction projects.
Checking and verifying accuracy of all completed projects for both self and peers.
Assist in development of SEC schematic drawings, review of design intent and construction documents as necessary to verify space requirements are met, evaluate for effective space utilization, and identify opportunities for better space utilization.
Reviews requests, project plans, layouts, and construction requirements, analyzes space allowance criteria, personnel strengths and levels, organizational structure, office equipment and telephone needs, and special facilities, considers what personnel and equipment are needed, and provides recommendations to management for review.
Assist management with investigating and recommending the most efficient use of space to assure projects will be economical, provide maximum use of space, and promote efficient operations.
Organizes and conducts special studies designed to solve such problems as upgrading specialized facilities and equipment, installation of technology equipment, complete modernization of specialized facilities, and requests for large additions to existing space.
May travel to any of the 11 SEC Regional Offices: Los Angeles; San Francisco; Salt Lake City; Denver; Fort Worth; Chicago; Miami; Atlanta; Philadelphia; New York; or Boston to perform site inspections and to liaise with appropriate regional office point of contacts.
May attend off-site meetings with end-users and Project Managers as needed.

Required Skills:
Working knowledge of space planning and interior design for commercial office space
Working knowledge of furniture selection and providing requirements to manufacturer's representatives
Working knowledge of selection of interior finishes and materials
Excellent quantitative, analytic, and process mapping skills
Expertise with AutoCAD 2011 or higher
Proficient in Microsoft Office software – Project, Word, Excel, Power Point & Outlook
Ability to understand and apply OSHA and ADA requirements, and all building and safety codes
Ability to professionally gather requirements and objectives through client interviews resulting in quickly understanding the scope of work. Ability to learn new planning, drawing, design, and specification software
Excellent attention to detail
Ability to multi-task and respond in quick time frames
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
Excellent presentation, communication and interpersonal skills – both in person and via email, phone and other means of communication
Commitment to customer service
Able to work in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment, self-motivated, able to work well individually and perform as a team player
Ability to read and understand architectural and engineering drawings, specifications, and other construction documents for construction projects.
Familiarity with commercial office furniture lines and have a working knowledge of both casegood and systems furniture specification
Working knowledge of interior finishes and materials for commercial/government environment
Excellent attention to detail
Strong organizational skills
Demonstrates the ability to carry on business conversations with decision makers
Ability to multi-task and respond in quick time frames
Demonstrate ability to interact and cooperate with all stakeholders
Adheres to all SEC policies, procedures and business ethics codes and ensures that they are communicated and implemented within the team

Ideal Candidate Will Have:
Successful completion of the NCIDQ and a minimum of a 4 year degree in interior architecture or architecture, or a Master's Degree in Interior Design or architecture.
A background in commercial or Federal government office planning and furniture procurement planning
5-10 years of commercial or Federal office design experience
Company Profile
SDSE is an 8(a) Veteran-Owned Small Business headquartered in the Washington DC metro area with offices nationwide and about 300 employees. SDSE is an award-winning professional services firm with a proven record of enhancing government and business operations; delivering effective, cost conscious solutions while adhering to strict standards of quality to ensure mission success. Core competencies include Management & Business Support Services, Information Technology, Administrative & Facilities Management, and Engineering Services. We deploy a responsive, flexible, and innovative approach to achieve the needs and goals of our clients and pride ourselves on the support we provide our employees to be successful.
SDSE is an equal opportunity employer (EEO)

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