Senior Design Manager


The Senior Design Manager is primarily responsible for managing the design activities for assigned development projects to insure optimum functionality while maintaining an aesthetically pleasing design, which is residential in character.  Responsibilities include contract negotiation, design programming, scheduling of the design process, maintaining design within the established budget, and insuring that the design allows efficient management by operations.

Together, We’re Greater

At LCS, we provide you the opportunity to use your talents in a progressive, growing organization that makes a positive difference in the lives of the seniors we serve. If you are seeking an organization that gives back, you’ll love working here. Our principles and hospitality promises define our company culture. LCS employees can be found participating in volunteer activities, getting involved in our committees or collaborating with team members in our innovative work space. You’ll find lots of opportunities to grow as a professional, serve the community, and enhance the lives of the seniors. Our culture of partnership is truly we feel what makes us unique.


Ready to make a difference? Then join us as a Senior Design Manager. We think it’s time for you to begin your #lifeatLCS.   


What You Need To Know

  • Manages the design process and coordinates all design disciplines, to insure that scheduling, cost, quality, aesthetics, and design functionality meet PDM expectations.
  • With the PDM and DD, develops the design program to meet project parameters set by the PDM for size, cost, and functional efficiency.
  • Assists PDM, DD, and Sr. VP/Director of Project Development in selection of project design consultants.
  • With the DD and approval of the Sr. VP/Director of Project Development and PDM, negotiates architectural agreements and any other consultant agreements if not under direct contact with architect (i.e., civil engineers, interior designers, landscape architect, geotechnical engineer, and surveyor).
  • Administers all design agreements.  Prepares agreements, reviews with legal counsel and secures Consultants signature on all Design Services Agreements.  Secure written approval for all additional services.  Approves consultant payment applications and forwards to the PDM for final approval.
  • Coordinate the work of all consultants with the architect to insure design integration in the construction contract documents.
  • Coordinate the work of internal LCS staff with the external design consultants.
  • Continue to acquire knowledge of materials, finishes, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC to allow selection of cost-effective systems that meet the project budget.  Work with the contractors to understand how to most efficiently utilize available materials and systems in the project’s design.
  • Acquire knowledge of local and state codes and how they affect the project’s design and permitting.
  • Provide ongoing interaction with LCS Operations to acquire continuous feedback on the functionality of new projects and new design concepts, and to integrate any changes as appropriate to the master design program with the approval of the DD.
  • Provide resource that LCS Operations-Facility Administrators can tap to discuss issues related to physical plant expansion or remodeling.

What We Are Looking For

  • BA/BS in Architecture or construction management
  • Registered Architect or currently in the testing process
  • Minimum ten years postgraduate experience on multi-family, healthcare or hospitality projects is highly regarded
  • Minimum five years project management experience required

Even Better 

  • Knowledge of architecture, in particular residential and health care design.
  • Must be detail-oriented with good organizational skills.  Identify issues, problems, and roadblocks; synthesize and gain approval for solutions; take or recommend action; follow-up to ensure resolution.
  • Must have management skills capable of dealing effectively with architectural, engineering, interior design, and contractor firms.  Show sensitivity to and concern for the interest and needs of others; working to reduce conflict and establish smooth working relationship; negotiating effectively with others.
  • Possessing in depth technical knowledge; understanding job procedures, policies and responsibilities, keeping up to date technically; acting as a resource person on whom others may rely for assistance.
  • Consistently complete work thoroughly, accurately and according to standards; producing output with minimal errors.

Sound like a good fit? Let’s talk about how together we can be greater!


Why LCS?  

Industry leader. We have been in the business of Senior Living for over 40 years. Nearly 90% of Life Care Services-managed health centers have a 4- or 5-star rating.

Competitive pay, great benefits and vacation time.  We are an equal opportunity employer with benefits including medical, dental, life insurance, disability, 401(k) with company match.

Family oriented culture. We provide a positive and supportive work environment which our employees value. Flex-time, work from home, and social activities with employees and their families add to our family centric approach.

Charity and community involvement. We are recognized as a national team for the Alzheimer’s Association and consistently a top contributor to United Way. We also support our employee’s individual community contributions and provide opportunities to get involved at our corporate locations and in our communities.

Outstanding advancement opportunities. 650 and counting; LCS is growing and we think you should too. Our company growth allows for internal growth opportunities across all of our business lines.

Professional development. Ongoing, onsite education opportunities, education assistance, and continuing education credits allow LCS employees to keep their knowledge of current industry changes relevant.

Fun companywide events. Leadership Summit, SHOE, and our annual company holiday party; just to name a few.

Top Iowa Workplace. We’ve created an environment where LCS employees enjoy coming to work. LCS has been named a top Iowa Workplace, an award that recognizes the top workplaces based on employee survey results each year.


LCS creates living experiences that enhance the lives of seniors. You’ll see this commitment in our people. They’re talented, dedicated professionals who truly care about residents, with each conducting his or her work with integrity, honesty and transparency according to the principles of LCS. We strive to help every community succeed—strengthening available resources, establishing proven practices that lead to long-term growth and creating lasting value for those living in, working for and affiliated with the community. Check us out on our website:


Travel Frequency: Up to 40%

Job Level: C





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