Director of Landscape Architecture



Job Description

The Director of Landscape Architecture is responsible for the revenue, quality, timeliness, and budgets of all landscape architecture projects. This role will oversee the Landscape Architecture Studio to ensure performance is aligned with Blueline and industry standards.The duties and responsibilities of this position may include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Manage the Landscape Architect Project Managers and staff to ensure quality of work is consistent with Blueline’s quality standards, as well as meeting all applicable deadlines and budgets.
  • Assist Blueline’s President with development of short and long-term Company objectives.
  • Establish the Landscape Architecture Department’s short and long-term goals and ensure they are accomplished.
  • Organize and manage Studio’s day-to-day operations.
  • Identify ways to function at a higher level in areas including, but not limited to, client service, communication, design, and production.
  • Maintain and improve employee morale by meeting regularly with staff members and establishing an open line of communication.
  • Mentor staff as necessary to help them achieve their professional goals.
  • Identify potential candidates and participate in staff recruiting interviews.
  • Regularly review Studio billings for trends and compliance with annual revenue goals.
  • Keep current on industry trends and evaluate if implementation would benefit the company.


  • Oversee all active Landscape Architecture projects within the firm.
  • Review and approve project proposals submitted by Landscape Architect Project Managers.
  • Review and execute subconsultant contracts as needed.
  • Establish and retain a leading-edge knowledge of sustainable site concepts.
  • Pursue and maintain professional licensure in state(s) other than Washington (as required).


  • Lead the Landscape Architecture Studio business development efforts in all market sectors.
  • Align Studio’s revenue streams with company revenue goals.
  • Secure the work of great projects for quality clients.
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships with City and County jurisdictions.
  • Identify potential teaming opportunities with architects, engineers, and other industry professionals.
  • Establish and oversee the Studio’s annual revenue and marketing objectives.
  • Assist with Blueline’s marketing and public relations efforts.
  • Champion cross-selling of all Blueline’s services and disciplines.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES -This position oversees the Landscape Architect Project Managers and Studio staff.

Job Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS - To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Strong background and success with project and people management.
  • Strong communication skills (both written and verbal).
  • Strong organization and time management skills.
  • High-level skills in site planning, planting design, layout, and construction detailing.
  • Thorough knowledge and ability to provide creative application of Pacific Northwest plant palette.
  • Understanding of and ability to apply current, sustainable site concepts.
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of accuracy in all his/her work.
  • Ability to interact positively and professionally with other employees, clients, and teaming partners.
  • Ability to maintain (at least) the minimum CE requirements to support professional licensure.


  • Bachelor’s (or advanced) Degree in Landscape Architecture from a four-year college or university.
  • A minimum of 12 years of related experience in a management/leadership position at a private consulting firm (Director level experience preferred).
  • Experience in the local AEC industry is preferred.
  • Experience with managing and maintaining positive client relationships.


  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and Project.
  • Knowledge of AutoCAD, Sketch-Up, Lumion, Photoshop, InDesign, etc.
  • Ability to operate basic office equipment such as telephones, computers and copy machines.

CERTIFICATE AND LICENSES-Licensed Landscape Architect registered in the State of Washington. Certified LEED AP a plus.

ANALYTICAL SKILLS - Define problems, collect and establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagrammatic form and deal with abstract and concrete variables. Distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information to make logical decisions. Provide solutions to project problems. 

LANGUAGE ABILITY - Ability to read and comprehend instructions, correspondence, memos, and jurisdictional regulations and codes. Ability to write correspondence, applications, memos, and technical documents. Ability to effectively report project status information to Blueline’s leadership group, Project Managers, clients, teaming partners, and other employees of the organization. Ability to respond to inquiries from management, employees, and clients. Ability to speak effectively before groups of clients or employees and present information to Blueline’s leadership group.

How to Apply

Please email a copy of your resume and cover letter to [email protected].

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