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Principal, Education | Science | Tech

at HDR

Posted: 1/26/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 151786
Keywords: teaching

Job Description

We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward.

We are currently looking for a Project Principal to join our team and lead a new group focused on planning and designing exciting spaces that inspire students to learn, researchers to discover and curiosity to thrive. The successful candidate will work together with architects, engineers and other design professionals as part of a collaborative interdisciplinary team. We are an expertise-driven practice that balances deep technical knowledge with the highest degree of creativity.

We design facilities to support life-changing scientific advances and foster discovery. We believe that at the root of all good design is an understanding of human behavior, and how the physical environment can affect these behaviors. We create sustainable facilities in which world-class scientists can discover cures for insidious diseases, create new sources of clean energy, protect our resources and improve public health—enriching people's lives around the world. Similarly, HDR is leading the transformation of learning environments at the world's top academic institutions to better prepare the next generation's leaders.

Primary Responsibilities

In the role of Principal for our Education | Science | Technology practice, you will help establish and guide the overall direction of the Education | Science | Technology (“EST”) sector in the local region. It is an opportunity to join one of the most comprehensive education, science and technology firms in the industry. The successful candidate must poses the drive, experience and charisma needed to secure a robust client base and to solidify an unrivaled reputation for the core EST Team in the local region.

The role includes a variety of duties ranging from annual planning to closing on pursuits and directing project teams. Critical to this role is a proven history and commitment to developing and nurturing strong relationships with multiple clients in the EST sector. Beginning with pre-positioning activities and, continuing through (and beyond) the life of project execution, these relationships will be essential to creating opportunities and maintaining HDR's position for future work. Responsibilities include:

-Providing overall leadership and visioning for the EST sector in the Denver office.
-Directing annual EST sector planning and budgeting in the Denver office.
-Developing capture plans and initiating relationships with key clients.
-Maintaining an active and visible presence in the EST sector, allocating time in proportion to annual net fee booked (NFB) goals for the local region.
-Helping develop qualifications submittals for EST pursuits.
-Collaborating with Operations leadership to lead pursuit go / no go and strategy discussions.
-Directing interview strategies and implementation.
-Supporting Operations leadership and Project Managers with the preparation, negotiation and award of project contracts.
-Serving as Project Director or Project Principal as appropriate (may also include serving as the Project Manager when appropriate).
-Working closely with EST Project Principals and Project Managers to maintain project oversight throughout execution, including conformance to client expectations for technical/quality, financial performance and schedule adherence.
-Partnering with Operations leadership to maintain and strengthen local EST core team.
-Providing mentorship and guidance to staff to assist in their career development.
-In collaboration with EST subject matter experts, and independently when appropriate, developing abstracts and presentations for industry conferences, seminars, workshops, and other similar events promoting program messages, research, project outcomes, lessons learned, trends, etc. related to facility design.

Project types include learning / teaching environments and research and development facilities for academic, institutional, government, and corporate sector clients. Projects may include a variety of teaching, research, imaging, metrology, testing, and pre-production facilities in the areas of life sciences, physical sciences, biocontainment, animal research, public health, critical facilities / data centers, and related support facilities. Project opportunities are largely within the region, but may extend to neighboring states and potentially abroad due to personal relationships, particular expertise, project needs, etc.




• Bachelor's degree in Architecture or closely related field.
• Current professional architectural registration.
• 15 years EST experience.
• Proven business development experience in EST consulting industry.
• Existing network of clients.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills and capable of making presentations.
• Experience in developing and managing diverse teams.
• Ability to work cooperatively within a team environment.
• An attitude and commitment to being an active participant of our employee-owned culture, including commitment to quality, improvement and HDR values.
• Willingness to travel, potentially abroad, for business development and project assignments


At HDR, we know work isn't only about who you work for; it's also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other's contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible. When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.