• Technology (Low Voltage) Discipline Manager

    Posted Date 1 year ago(8/7/2018 9:45 AM)
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  • Job Description

    Dewberry is a leading, market-facing professional services firm with more than 50 locations and 2,000 professionals nationwide. What sets us apart from our competitors are our people. At Dewberry, we seek out exceptional talent and strive to deliver the highest quality of services to our clients. Whether you’re an experienced professional or a new graduate, you’ll have the chance to collaborate with the best and brightest and work on innovative and complex projects at the forefront of the industry. Our commitment to excellence stems from our personal integrity and from other defining attributes, which we call “Dewberry at Work,” that have inspired our employees to be successful for more than a half-century.


    Dewberry is currently seeking a Security/Technology (Low Voltage) Discipline Manager to lead the Technology group within our Engineering Design Center located in Peoria, IL. Our growing, fast-paced, multi-disciplined engineering department seeks a client focused, highly motivated, organized, and outgoing engineer looking to expand his/her technical and management skills. As such, we are looking for candidates with engineering backgrounds, who are able to employ areas of technical strength while also growing their skill set in other technical disciplines and management.


    The Security/Technology Group is a specialized group of individuals responsible for security electronics, network design, telecommunications and audio/visual designs for a variety of project types including K-12, Higher Education, Healthcare, Justice/Public Safety and Commercial. Current group size is 3 staff members with addition of staff expected in 2017 due to workload.


    The individual will be responsible for overseeing the work committed to in proposals and assigning / leading the appropriate resources to do the work for discipline area.  Assist Project Managers by providing engineering resources – a design team - to help meet the client’s desires and budget. Duties would also include some involvement in direct sales and assisting with sales efforts for multidiscipline projects. In short, provide the design/engineering resources and guidance to accomplish our commitments. Reports to the Business Unit Manager.


    Supervisory responsibilities of a Discipline Manager include:

    • Growing, mentoring, and developing the staff within discipline area to allow each person to achieve their maximum potential. 
    • Minimum annual evaluations for staff members
    • Providing technical guidance/leadership for discipline area.
    • Organizing staff in a way to allow career advancement, professional development, quality client service, and operational efficiencies to meet business and project financial goals.
    • Taking a very active role in recruitment of staff in discipline area including networking, recruitment, interviewing and hiring.
    • Discipline Managers are expected to provide the following to others on the design team to effectively and successfully complete projects:
    • Technical and Quality oversight of all project work for discipline area.
    • Work with team members in establishing/improving standards for discipline area.
    • Adherence to project design schedule.
    • Adherence to discipline project budget.
    • Attention to project scope during the design process to identify potential additional services.
    • Identify staff performing design of the project.
    • Provide general updates of projects (status in the process, tasks to complete, percentage complete currently, etc.)
    • Identify milestone dates when each discipline should provide information, at each phase, to allow sufficient time to good design coordination.
    • Provide 'on-the-spot' advice and decisions, technical and cost estimates.
    • Coordination with all of the disciplines involved, including outside consultants.
    • Work schedule for discipline showing:
      • Project assignments and priorities
      • Delivery due dates for group project commitment’s
      • Workload/Capacity
    •  Discipline Managers will control all production resources, and all commitments must come from Discipline leaders. Conversely – accountability for our deliveries comes from Discipline Managers.

    Required Skills & Required Experience

    • Accomplished (15+ years of experience) in low voltage disciplines
    • knowledgeable of construction process
    • familiar with AIA and state construction contracts
    • self-motivated with highly developed verbal, written and interpersonal skills
    • Experience in staff management/department management
    • Experience in the design of low voltage systems, and an understanding of document preparation utilizing a BIM/Revit platform Well organized with the ability to take good notes
    • Strong conceptual understanding of low voltage systems with general knowledge of system operation, space requirements, and cost

    Current staff supervised have certifications including Certified Technology Specialist – Design (CTS-D), Electronic Safety and Security Specialist (ESS) and Design-Build Institute of America Professional (DBIA).


    • Professional Engineer (Electrical)
    • Registered Communications Distribution Designer
    • CTS-D or ESS Certifications

    *At this time, Dewberry will not sponsor a new applicant for work authorization.

    *Dewberry is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation.

    *Prior to a final offer of employment, the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background screening which may include, but is not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, driving record check, criminal background check, and an investigative consumer report.  These screenings will be conducted by Dewberry’s background vendor of choice and will be conducted in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local law.


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