Design Manager

Design Manager

Company Overview

Collegiate Development Group (CDG) is a rapidly growing, real estate development company specializing in the development of urban, purpose-built student housing and young professional communities across the country. CDG has delivered over 3,600 beds, with an additional 5,500 in development over the next two years. CDG is seeking a bright, passionate and hardworking individual to help execute our mission of delivering a best in class residential experience. This is a unique opportunity for a self-motivated and driven individual to join a dynamic development company and make significant contributions to our ambitious growth plan.

Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Champion for all design issues through out a project lifecycle from conception to completion.
  • Assist in developing design delivery schedule along with Development Manager, Project Manager, design team and contractor.
  • Develop comprehensive scope-of-work and contract document deliverables list for each related discipline.
  • Negotiate scope-of-work, deliverables and price with design and engineering firms.
  • Communicates project goals while maintaining project budget and schedule.
  • Review architects design concepts and drawings for projects and provide feedback, design suggestions and alternatives to maintain CDG project standards.
  • Review design documents to ensure coordination across disciplines.
  • Site visits as necessary to review progress of construction and mockups and participate in resolving design related issues through the course of construction.
  • Provide design review for the procurement and installation of all furnishings, fixtures, amenities, signage and graphics.
  • Provide open communication between consultants and CDG project team members as needed.
  • Participate in weekly update meetings and provide Principals with progress updates on projects.
  • Create and maintain library of design standards, design details, unit plans, exterior material selections, etc.


  • Bachelor’s degree in architecture is required. Master of Architecture is a plus.
  • Minimum 5 years direct experience with multi-family buildings is required.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects and effectively balance work load.
  • Entrepreneurial and self-motivated, with the ability to work equally well on own as well as in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated experience with basic building planning principals including typical building layouts, unit layouts, building core sizes, floor to floor heights, etc.
  • Ability to work independently and react quickly in a demanding fast-paced environment.
  • Strong problem-solving skills, creative thinking and solid organization and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrates thorough knowledge of architectural design and project type standards.
  • Excellent leadership and strong communication skills to deliver exceptional projects.
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Office and CAD.
  • Travel is required.

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Compensation and Benefits:

CDG offers a competitive compensation package with great salaries, profit sharing, sick and vacation time, and paid holidays. Employer pays 100% of employee premiums for medical, dental, and vision insurance. Laptop & Cell Phone Allowance are also provided.


CDG offers a corporate office in Clayton, Missouri. Relocation to the Greater Saint Louis area is required.