AECOM Program Design Manager in Monterey Park, California

Requisition/Vacancy No. 147129BR

Position Title Program Design Manager

Job Category Program and Project Management

Business Line Building Engineering

Country United States of America

State/Province/Region USA - California

City Monterey Park

Why Choose AECOM? AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world for public- and private-sector clients. With nearly 100,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serving clients in over 150 countries around the world, AECOM is ranked as the #1 engineering design firm by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazine’s annual industry rankings, and has been recognized by Fortune magazine as a World’s Most Admired Company. The firm is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customized and creative solutions that meet the needs of clients’ projects. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM companies, including URS Corporation and Hunt Construction Group, have annual revenue of approximately $19 billion. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at

About the Business Line

Building Engineering

We deliver creative solutions for building projects for industry, government, commercial and leisure sectors. Our building engineering specialists have expertise in structural and building services engineering, fire engineering, acoustics, facades and seismic design. We embed sustainability principles in every design.

Job Summary

AECOM is actively seeking a creative, highly talented Program Design Manager for immediate employment at a client site in the LA Metro area. The Program Design Manager establishes guidelines, standards, design tools, processes, and procedures for the preparation, coordination, review, and approval of all new construction, renovation, modernization and improvement projects. These services shall include enforcement of District-wide and DSA design standards and coordination of interface between various stakeholder groups and committees and those conducting various review efforts including, user group, constructability, value engineering, LEED, and DSA reviews. The Program Design Manager oversees design development for 20 -40 projects simultaneously, interfaces with construction consultants, oversees the project design consultant solicitation process, participates in the competitive construction bidding, competitive negotiation, and award process, and negotiate contracts.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Architect/Design Manager shall assist the Director of Delivery to ensure that assigned projects are effectively coordinated and scheduled during the planning, design and construction phases

  • Participates in the evaluation, selection, and negotiation of architect contracts

  • Acts as an advisor to commissioned architects and as technical coordinator of projects between the project management office, client and on site teams

  • Reviews preliminary designs for program conformity, technical sufficiency, and general suitability; participates in guidance of design to acceptable solution; participates in value engineering studies’ and evaluates the architect’s cost estimates

  • Coordinates with others regarding structural, mechanical, electrical requirements and with interior design and furnishing groups regarding space planning, finish and color schedules, and furniture; leads Integrated Design Reviews

  • Participates in the preparation of preliminary and final design of projects for which no contract architects are commissioned; travels as required to inspect, consult, and negotiate when on-site knowledge of conditions is necessary

  • Participates in the analysis of bids and provides input into recommendations for award of construction projects

  • Resolves problems submitted from the field and makes recommendations on change orders, time extensions, cost increases, and similar contractual matters; and participates in post-occupancy evaluation as a member of an interdisciplinary review team

  • Develops guidelines and presentation formats for architectural firms being considered for specific construction projects

  • Authors, in whole or in part, and periodically modifies the Program Design standards and criteria

  • Remains abreast of the latest developments in architecture and related disciplines by reviewing literature and attending technical conferences and professional society meetings,

  • Serving as the Subject Matter Expert (SME), advises the Program Manager & senior management, responsible for controlling the management of government funds in the design and construction of facilities

  • Serves as code SME on the design and construction of government facilities, ensuring that facilities are safe, secure, and fully functional

  • Establishes priorities and deadlines and reviews work to ensure adherence to program policies and priorities and contractual requirements

  • Develops Statements of Work (SOWs) describing project requirements

  • Provides input to establish Independent estimates for Architectural/Engineering (A/E) services

  • Performs quality assurance on other contractor work


  • Assist the site specific teams to assure that project documentation reflect accurate and complete scope, schedule milestones, and budget information

  • Prepare periodic and specified written reports and provide data input in specified formats for such reports

  • Assist the site specific teams to ensure project schedules are kept current and reflect accurate dates and project milestones

  • Keep the Director of Delivery and/or Program Manager informed of all major issues and concerns

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Architecture or Engineering

  • 10+ years of experience in school design in the State of California including experience managing capital projects that included the overall design, contract administration, cost estimating, and scheduling activities

  • A valid Certificate of Registration as an Architect by the California Architectural Board

  • Experience with Division of the State Architect (DSA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) design and construction processes

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required as this role will include interaction with clients and the general public

  • Strong work ethic with the "team player" mindset

  • Actively seeks ways in which to act as a role model, guide others within the organization

  • Logically breaks down problems and looks for solutions

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)

  • Due to the nature of the work, US Citizenship is required

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree

  • Experience working on large bond school programs

  • Experience utilizing Building Information Modeling (BIM)

  • Experience in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified projects and/or the Collaborative for High Performing Schools (CHPS)

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow.

AECOM is an equal opportunity employer and Minorities, Females, Veterans, and Disabled persons are encouraged to apply. For further information, please click here at to view the EEO Is The Law poster.