Design Principal
Everett, Washington - Full Time

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Starting Salary Range: $7,567-$9,833 DOE per month plus benefits

This position will remain open until filled with priority given to application received by 5:00 PM on January 26, 2021



The Design Principal will help lead and manage Everett Housing Authority’s design management process for new and existing real estate development projects. Under the direct supervision of the Director of Development, this position is broad ranging across strategic activities including but not limited to masterplan design management,  community engagement, site selection planning, design feasibility & due diligence, entitlement and design consultant management, internal and external communication materials creation, design standards development, cross-departmental project programming facilitation, renovation design management, and oversight of 3rd party project delivery.



The following duties are illustrative only (i.e. not all inclusive)

Required Workplace Standards

  1. Works regular and reliable hours on site as required;
  2. Attendance must be punctual and consistent;
  3. Works an agreed-upon schedule and works additional hours as necessary to complete work;
  4. Works effectively, cooperatively and respectfully with co-workers, clients, and other contacts;
  5. Follows all EHA Safety Policies and Procedures;
  6. Follows all EHA Personnel Policies and Procedures;
  7. Performs other duties as assigned.

As a Design Principal at the Everett Housing Authority (EHA), you will:

  • Lead and manage community engagement & design process for masterplanned development(s);
  • Lead and manage the development of design standards and product prototypes across a wide array of development models;
  • Assist in the iterative technical capacity and digitization of design & development workflow;
  • Assist in the selection, appointment and management of project design consultants;
  • Liaise and develop relationships with design team, general contractor, and sub-consultants;
  • Assist in the negotiation of project design fees, scope of work, terms and conditions;
  • Lead the design team in value management and engineering exercises;
  • Determine, define and monitor entitlements, design schedules, and deliverables;
  • Implement design review cycles & constructability standards during proposal development and design development;
  • Review design and contract documents to ensure compliance with internal and external client requirements, economic feasibility and constructability of project design;
  • Monitor and review design consultant performance;
  • Manage select development projects to ensure compliance between design, construction and development requirements and provide liaison between design, construction, and operations teams;
  • Assist in the implementation of a market design & branding strategy with guidance from manager as required;
  • Create presentation and communication materials for education & engagement across internal, community, and commercial stakeholders;
  • Assist in the management of select development projects with development partners and/or the support of external consultants – from land acquisition through entitlements, design, construction, leasing, property management and disposition;


  • Relevant post-secondary education in Architecture; and,
  • 15 or more years of direct experience in architectural project management or real estate development, with design lead experience; and,
  • Principal experience preferred; extensive client/investor interface experience


  • Architecture design firm business and project management;
  • Multifamily and mixed-use architecture, engineering, & design programming;
  • A self-starter who can manage the required functions with limited oversight;
  • A strong desire to wed high standards with purpose and a sense of humor;
  • Highly collaborative by nature, with the willingness to approach every project with creativity;
  • An innate desire to produce meaningful work with strong design skills;
  • Detail and task-oriented with a passion for excellence.


Required abilities:

To be successful at the Everett Housing Authority in the Development Department, you will have the following qualifications and experience:

  • Experience in managing the design management process from inception to project handover of large projects, preferably in mixed-use multi residential projects;
  • Knowledge of and experience in design, construction administration, and design firm business management;
  • Passion for design and housing with a proactive and independent nature including strong analytical, planning, negotiation and problem-solving skills;
  • Keen insight and analytical capabilities coupled with business acumen, including the ability to lead the design feasibility & due diligence evaluation of diverse acquisition opportunities;
  • A demonstrable understanding and technical proficiency in some of the current leading architectural and graphic design digital platforms such as AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit, Adobe Illustrator | InDesign | Photoshop, SketchUp, Bluebeam, Navisworks, Autodesk Building 360, and like tools.
  • The ability to prioritize tasks and work on multiple assignments in a team environment;
  • Proven experience in the formation and management of project design teams, both internal and external; and
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and oral, in front of a variety of internal, community, investor, corporate, and development partner audiences.


  • Washington State Architect licensure
  • Code proficiency in current IBC and IRC as well as ANSI A117.1 is required


  • Knowledge of prefabrication & factory-built structures;

  • Experience and interest in design standards & building prototype development
  • Experience and interest in design and construction technology integrations
  • Experience on large scale masterplan design projects



CONSTANT (67% - 100%)

Sit for extended periods of time
Manual dexterity (Left, Right, Both)
Listening and talking
Repetitive arm/hand movement (LRB)
Fine Finger manipulation (LRB)
Seeing and hearing
Lifting and carrying 5lbs (LRB)
Pushing and pulling 5lbs (LRB)

FREQUENT (34% - 66%):

Walking and standing (LRB)
Turning and twisting at waist
Climbing stairs
Bending and stooping
Reaching and Grasping (LRB)
Lifting and carrying 10lbs (LRB)
Pushing and Pulling 10lbs (LRB)

OCCASIONAL (1% - 33%):

Kneeling and squatting
Reaching above shoulders
Operating foot controls (LRB)
Lifting and carrying 20lbs
Pushing and pulling 20lbs


The Everett Housing Authority owns, operates and maintains over 1583 units of housing for seniors, disabled/handicapped and low-income families within the City of Everett. In addition, our strategic plan includes objectives to develop 1,500 housing units by 2030. Your work will directly influence the design and execution of development activities aimed to primarily serve Communities of Opportunity; and address the effects of institutional racism by championing diversity, equity and inclusion.

The Everett Housing Authority is a progressive agency pursuing its mission with great passion and a high level of professionalism and competence. EHA seeks passionate and optimistic individuals to join our team of highly engaged and satisfied employees committed to assisting those for whom stable and affordable housing is a challenge. EHA’s work has been recognized nationally with awards from NAHRO and Nan McKay. Most recently, EHA received NAHRO’s National Awards of Merit for a fully accessible community garden open to public housing residents and members of the surrounding community and for highly creative financing to convert 333 public housing units to project-based Housing Choice Vouchers and improve these properties with over $20 million in renovations. In addition, EHA received a NAHRO’s National Award of Excellence for a new 20-unit development serving survivors of domestic violence.

Members of our team are rewarded with meaningful work, competitive compensation, employee-friendly policies, a team environment, great benefits, and promotion and bonus opportunities. Please consider joining our team in pursuit of the exciting challenge of meeting the affordable housing needs of Everett and Snohomish County.



The Everett Housing Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer