Interior Designer Project Manager

New Jersey, United States
28 Jul 2020
End of advertisement period
28 Sep 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Department Office of Capital Projects
Category Facilities Management and Physical Plant
Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time


Princeton University’s Office of Capital Projects (OCP), within Facilities, seeks an Interior Design Project Manager to join a dynamic team of professional designers. The University is embarking on a growth period and this provides a wide array of projects for an interior design professional. The Interior Design Project Manager will report to the Program Manager, Campus Interiors, and become a member of a robust design team comprising of five Interior Design Project Managers who collaborate with Capital Project Program and Project Managers, the University Architect, and with colleagues from other Facilities departments.

The Interior Design Project Manager is responsible for projects that range from the selection of furniture for a faculty office to being part of a team for larger projects with budget responsibilities ranging from $10,000 to $6,000,000. The emphasis will be on academic spaces, administrative and faculty offices, residential living space, and student centers.

The Interior Design Project Manager is instrumental in successfully executing multiple projects, maintaining interior design standards, budgets and records, and reporting to team leadership.

This is a three year term, benefits eligible position.


  • Manage a wide range of project types of up to 40-50 small projects annually with an estimated spend of$ 2,500,000.
  • Portfolio of work may include being part of a larger team for one or two large capital projects with an estimated furniture  spend of $1,000,000 - $6,000,000.
  • Develop and maintain project budgets, project timelines and project central reporting.
  • Maintain comprehensive project files and central records.
  • Manage external consultants and contractors.
  • Develop feasibility studies, space plans and the selection of furniture and finishes for multiple types of projects, including some residential.
  • Prepare and present design presentations.
  • Specify and document finish palettes.
  • Specify and procure furniture and accessories, adhering to University design standards.
  • Prepare, submit and level bid packages.
  • Develop and coordinate mock-ups.
  • Possess basic knowledge of construction details and millwork.
  • Oversee installations and completion of furniture, finishes, punch list and project closure.
  • Provide monthly status reporting on project portfolio and occasional ad-hoc reports.
  • Partner with key internal and external stakeholders to ensure projects are completed on time and within client expectations and within budget.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from an accredited Interior Design school.
  • Minimum of five years of interior design experience, including project management, in the Interior Architecture/Interior Design Industry. Higher Education and/or corporate in-house workplace experience in addition to design studio experience is a plus.
  • Creative, self-motivated designer with significant technical ability.
  • Strong knowledge of materials and specifications, furniture sourcing and vendor resources.
  • Basic knowledge of sustainability, ADA and LEED guidelines.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills, specifically with senior management, clients, consultants and contractors.
  • Ability to self-prioritize work and operate within a highly charged dynamic work environment.
  • Highly organized with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD and/or Revit and all Adobe programs, Blue Beam, Sketch-Up, In-Design and MS Applications (Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint) and willingness to learn new technology.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in Higher Education interior design experience, studio and/or in-house.
  • Licenses and Professional Accreditation (LEED AP, PMP, NCIDQ).
  • CPM certification.
  • Experience in Revit.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW