Position Opening: Senior Architect

Feb 8, 2016

Primary Function:

The Senior Architect must have deep content expertise in accessibility (Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, International Building Code) and in the practice of universal/inclusive design.  The Senior Architect has primary responsibility for securing and managing design services projects and assuring the most efficient and cost-effective execution of their scope of work as well as the integration of cutting edge inclusive design methods. The Senior Architect also plays a key role in the management of consulting projects such as comprehensive existing condition analysis and architectural plan review for accessibility and for inclusive design. The Senior Architect collaborates to ensure that design and consulting projects are documented and disseminated as central to IHCD’s mission.

Responsible to:

Executive Director.

Positions Supervised:

The Senior Architect supervises internal design staff for the portion of their time committed to built environment design and consulting projects and collaborates in the oversight of scope, performance, and deliverables of external members of project teams who have built- environment responsibilities.  The Senior Architect will also select and supervise architecture and interior design interns. 

Essential Functions:

  • Manage the day-to-day responsibilities of IHCD design services and consulting projects relative to the built environment and ensure high quality and timely performance. Assume primary responsibility for developing projects’ scope of work, budgets, timelines, document management, client communication, and completion of timely deliverables.
  • Pursue and secure opportunities (private or public clients, government, foundations) for cross-disciplinary design projects, consulting, and research projects that enhance the educational and research mission of the organization.
  • Manage internal systems for built-environment projects including CAD standards, file naming & storage protocols, internal & external communications, and identification of technology needs.
  • Collaborate in the development of systems for ensuring that the IHCD design teams always take full advantage of pertinent global research and precedents.
  • Pursue opportunities to speak and write in service of IHCD’s mission.
  • Collaborate in creating opportunities for research in inclusive design and disseminating results.
  • Oversee the development of a system for organizing information about materials and product specifications that align with the best practices in inclusive design.
  • Assist Executive Director and Director of Admin and Finance in the development and management of project and annual budgets

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Represent the organization with clients and the design community.
  • Assist in the planning, development and management of regional, national and international projects and events.
  • Lead in preparing proposals for design services.
  • Other duties as requested.


  • Commitment and engagement with the mission of the organization
  • Current architectural license
  • Minimum 10-12 years of relevant experience in practice and education related to accessibility and to universal/inclusive design
  • Track record of bringing in projects
  • Proven skills in initiative and self-direction
  • Team player invested in the growth and development of others
  • Proven writing and presentation skills
  • LEED Certification preferred
  • Multi-lingual proficiency preferred
  • Massachusetts Registration in Architecture or commitment to complete as soon as possible 

Salary and Benefits:

Full-time position with full benefits per IHCD Personnel Policies. 

Salary commensurate with experience.

NOTE: alternative to full-time can be negotiated for the right candidate.

Weekly time sheets are required to align hours with projects/sources of funds.

Typical work hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm but actual hours can be negotiated.

Primary location of work is at the IHCD office at 200 Portland Street, Boston, Massachusetts. 

Start Date:

April 1, 2016 (open to negotiation)