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Senior Lighting Designer

San Francisco, CA

Posted: 05/25/24 Employment Type: Direct Hire Job Category: Lighting Job Number: 13356

Job Description

Senior Lighting Designer | San Francisco, CA

This is an excellent opportunity for a collaborative and experienced Lighting Designer to join an award-winning architectural lighting design firm with an upbeat office environment. Join a talented team that foster a fun, inclusive environment where everyone can bring ideas and encourage the continued education of employees in order to develop unique and cutting-edge lighting design solutions. Bring your lighting design expertise to this fantastic firm that is growing. 

As the Senior Lighting Designer, you will work with the Principals and manage a team developing lighting solutions for commercial, hospitality, and high-end residential projects. The Senior Lighting Designer operates as the ‘day-to-day’ lead designer and project manager for their associated projects.  The Senior Lighting Designer is responsible for ‘bringing design solutions to life’, which adhere to the established firm design, branding and creative direction.  They are expected to be proficient in all phases of work, be able to lead and mange a project at the highest level and represent the firm externally to all parties. This Senior Lighting Designer role, calls for a highly motivated, inspirational team member who is organized, knowledgeable and understand industry needs. 

  • Work directly with firm leadership on all project work and overall creative direction.  Provide project design and team leadership.
  • Complete all phases of project lighting design, starting from the original concept through final phases.
  • Directly responsible for developing all project deliverables, in conjunction with overall firm direction.
  • Implements all project quality control, management for design and documentation.
  • Deliverables include but not limited to: presentations, drawings (sketch, CAD, Revit), specifications, fixture selections, detail developments, budgets, calculations, mock ups, control diagrams, narratives, etc.,
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously, on budget and per project schedule(s).
  • Directly responsible for workflow of any support staff – Designers, Junior Designers, Interns, etc.
  • Assess project needs regarding staffing levels with an emphasis on utilization and profitability.
  • Provide lighting design solutions appropriate with any client briefs, budget and or standards. 
  • Attend client and design team meetings, sometimes involving travel, as required. 
  • Create and present lighting design to client/team to ‘sell’ concepts. 
  • Provide onsite construction management of lighting installation.  Issue field reports to design team, supervise final aiming of lighting fixtures and controls programming.
  • Develop and manage project’s fee, prepare reports and participates in monthly invoicing process for assigned projects.
  • Have detailed knowledge (expert) of design industry standards and be able to collaborate within an interdisciplinary setting.
  • Communicate with client team confidently and clearly.  Be effective in exchanging ideas, thoughts, opinions, knowledge so that the message is received and understood with clarity and purpose.
  • Deliver quality control procedures as they relate to design objectives.
  • Develop, coach and mentor support staff.
  • Client Management: Responsible for developing and maintaining current client relationships.  Be the primary liaison to clients to ensure their needs are met and exceeded.  Recognize opportunities to expand roles and relationships where possible.  Maintain continuous communications with clients to generate further relationships.
  • LEED Certification coordination.
  • 3D Modeling or rendering.
  • Proposal writing (where applicable to client relationships).  Create written ‘pitch’ based on a scope of work, schedule and derive fee to support effort.
  • Business Development: Work with firm leadership, to develop a strategy for pursuing additional clients in both existing scenarios as well as new opportunities for business and revenue growth.  Be able to promote the brand, gain deep intelligence of new markets, and understand the competition.  Participate in networking and outreach efforts to create relationships and new business.  Work w/ leadership to scope projects, set schedules and populate and maintain a client pipeline. 

  • An accredited professional degree within the design industry (i.e. architecture, lighting design, interior design, etc.) – or work equivalent
  • 5+ years of lighting industry experience
  • Excellent client management skills
  • Expertise in AutoCAD & Revit
  • Fluency in MS Office (Excel, Word, Outlook)
  • Fluency in Adobe CS3 (InDesign, Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • Proficiency in AGI 3.2 or other lighting calculation software
  • Expertise with CA Title 24 code compliance (commercial and residential versions)
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Great time management skills
  • Ability to manage project, team members
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and English proficiency
Compensation and Benefits
  • Competitive Annual Salary + Quarterly Bonus Structure + Full Benefits Package
  • Full Benefits Package: Health insurance (100% covered by employer), profit sharing, 401K with company match, bonus program, Holidays including a Christmas break, PTO, hybrid/flexible scheduling, excellent collaborative team environment, team gatherings, and much more.
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Meet Your Recruiter

Jordan Kravetzky
Project Manager

Jordan brings a depth of relationship-building, leadership, and team development experience to the team. Her recruiting experience stems from her family, as she is the third generation in recruitment, following in the footsteps of her grandfather and father. Throughout her career, she has honed her ability to create lasting relationships with her candidates, allowing her to be a great resource to those interviewing and accepting new opportunities. As a leader, Jordan is a player-coach and loves working directly with the team guiding them to success. Outside of work, you will find her handing out with her Goldendoodle Arlo or traveling the world with her friends. You can reach her at

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