Position Description

Assistant Vice President - Branding & Design
Location Greater Boston, MA
Job Function Real Estate Development
Employment Status Regular, Full-Time
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Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. (NYSE:ARE), an S&P 500® urban office REIT, is the first and longest-tenured owner, operator, and developer uniquely focused on collaborative life science, technology and agtech campuses in AAA innovation cluster locations. Founded in 1994, Alexandria pioneered this niche and has since established a significant market presence in key locations, including Greater Boston, San Francisco, New York City, San Diego, Seattle, Maryland, and Research Triangle. Alexandria is known for its high-quality and diverse tenant base. Alexandria has a longstanding and proven track record of developing Class A properties clustered in urban life science, technology, and agtech campuses that provide its innovative tenants with highly dynamic and collaborative environments that enhance their ability to successfully recruit and retain world-class talent and inspire productivity, efficiency, creativity, and success. For more information, please visit www.are.com.

The Assistant Vice President – Branding & Design shall be an integral part of the Company’s Development, Construction and Capital Improvements Services Division and work within a fast-paced, growth oriented environment.  The Assistant Vice President – Branding & Design shall be part of a team dedicated to carrying out the Operating Vision, and committed to assuring project quality, meeting approved budgets and scheduled deadlines, and exceeding the expectations of the Company’s tenants and shareholders. The Assistant Vice President – Branding & Design shall be a self-directed and motivated individual capable of resolving complex issues in a timely manner consistent with the Company’s goals and objectives.

The Company is an equal opportunity employer.  We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex (including sexual or gender identity), religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, age, marital or veteran status, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or medical condition.

Responsibilities and Duties:

Candidate will be responsible for the following primary areas:

  • Design lead on public spaces and interiors – Candidate will lead design review for project interiors with emphasis on lobbies, common areas, outdoor spaces and other “public” spaces in the Alexandria portfolio. Participate in project visioning, planning, tenant engagement, construction oversight, FF&E selection, etc.  This will include working closely with assigned Project Manager in selection of designers, vendors, contractors, etc.
  • Project management of ARE public spaces – Candidate will manage the coordination of design and construction activities to include, but not limited to, architect, contractor and consultant solicitation and selection, design and construction document review, and construction management and administration.  Individual will be primarily focused on highly curated, highly stylized interior and smaller public space projects (e.g. The Alexandria).
  • Amenities consultation – Candidate will assist Regional Directors and Amenities Directors through participation in planning, strategy, activation and events at amenities centers, including the involvement of art curation.
  • Marketing consultation – Candidate will assist Regional Directors through participation in planning, strategy, activation and events at regional amenities centers.
  • Brand advocate – Candidate needs to have a strong platform and understanding of ARE’s mission and brand at center, and be responsible for elevating and enhancing ARE’s built environment and user experience.

Candidate will engage in some of the following activities in connection with the above areas of responsibility/involvement:

  • Provide oversight for the consultant, design and construction contracts and ensure the obligations of such contracts are satisfied.
  • Develop and manage project budgets and schedules in collaboration with the Project Manager. Complete projects in accordance with Company approved budgets and schedules.
  • Understand the Company’s obligations as detailed in its lease and work letter agreements for assigned projects.
  • Communicate and interact with the Company’s tenants, contractors, architects, consultants, and other project team members.
  • Oversee, manage and direct outsource development and design management consultant services and activities as the project requires.
  • Manage consultant and contractor payment applications, including review of invoices for conformance with contract documents.
  • Administer the collection of acceptable certificates of insurance, lien waivers and other required project documents, process consultant and contractor payments and maintain project files.
  • Prepare Project Status and Performance Reports.
  • Provide general support to other Operating Divisions of the Company, and participate in special projects, as needed and assigned.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Minimum 7-10 years of practical working experience in the design, development, architecture, construction, or real estate industry related fields with a demonstrated strong design and architecture background.  Experience with design and construction of laboratory and laboratory research projects is highly desirable.
  • Ability and desire to travel as necessary to meet project goals and objectives is a requirement.
  • Understanding and working experience with design and/or construction contract preparation, AIA document forms, construction payment applications, lien waiver review and preparation, certificates of insurance, and other construction related documentation.
  • Oral and written communications are required with demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to interact both internally with other Company members, and externally with tenants, contractors, architects, consultants and other project team members.
  • Computer proficient skills with strong experience in Adobe creative suite, Bluebeam, spreadsheet preparation and a working knowledge of all Microsoft Office Products, including Excel and Word.
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