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Design Director

  Northern Virginia
Position Title: Design Director
Location: Northern Virginia

Position Title: Design Director 

Location: Northern VA

Your role  

This position is responsible for planning, coordinating, and directing all activities, projects, and staff within the Architectural, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering Discipline. This position will act as a liaison both internally and externally for design services by interacting with Project Managers, personnel, clientele, consultants, contractors, and vendors

What you’ll do

  • Determine staffing needs by disciplines, by team and for individual projects based upon the current and projected workload; collect information and feedback from managers including staffing recommendations and workload projections
  • Act as a mentor for discipline personnel by providing continuous assistance and support through professional training and career development
  • Build work plans associated with personnel development within the discipline and review the performance and work quality through evaluations that are conducted on a regular basis including formal annual and mid-year reviews; provide recognition for outstanding contributions as well as provide constructive criticism for areas of improvement
  • Review all Architectural, Mechanical, and Engineering deliverables for technical content and quality, drawing quality and adherence to code/project requirements so that they meet project requirements.
  • Participate and lead discipline meetings and design reviews with design team personnel
  • Discuss discipline and project objectives, requirements and budgets with clientele, design staff, and senior leadership
  • Establish design standards and procedures to manage the work of staff as well as the project teams by assisting in the review of quality assurance and quality control evaluations
  • Collaborate with staff, Project Managers and Market Sector Leaders to improve or develop new engineering methods to improve efficiency, technique, quality, and dependability
  • Provide oversight and assistance with writing and editing of program documents, specifications and equipment selection for building systems and device
  • Personally, conduct or delegate job-site observations to ensure projects are adhering to specifications and design intent
  • Participate in reviews with various governing agencies for code compliance in relation to zoning laws, fire regulations, building codes and other ordinances; convey applicable changes of local, state, and federal regulations and ordinances to discipline appropriate personnel

Note: this description is intended to give you a general overview of the position and is not an exhaustive listing of duties and responsibilities.

What you’ll need

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural or Electrical/Mechanical Engineering from an accredited college or university; Master’s Degree or other advanced education is preferred
  • Professional Registration as an Electrical/Mechanical Engineer or Architect is required
  • Extensive familiarity and working knowledge of Building and Energy Codes, ASHRAE codes, NFPA codes
  • LEED AP preferred and a plus
  • Building Systems Commissioning CxA is a plus
  • 10-15 years minimum experience encompassing the design of Data Centers and Mission Critical facilities is required.
  • 7-10 years of progressive management experience
  • Ability to communicate effectively and tactfully with discipline personnel, office staff, and clientele
  • Demonstrated ability to promote and establish teamwork and individual leadership within the discipline
  • Ability to successfully and continuously lead a team of engineering professionals to meet and exceed project, discipline, and business unit goals
  • Extensive knowledge of building codes and construction systems
  • Effective time management and organizational skills; ability to become involved in several projects and remain up to date on the various developmental stages
  • Well-developed analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Working knowledge in practice and of capabilities of AutoCAD, Revit, and other production software

A bit about us  

Digital Realty brings companies and data together by delivering the full spectrum of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions. PlatformDIGITAL®, the company’s global data center platform, provides customers with a secure data meeting place and a proven Pervasive Datacenter Architecture (PDx®) solution methodology for powering innovation and efficiently managing Data Gravity challenges. Digital Realty gives its customers access to the connected data communities that matter to them with a global data center footprint of 300+ facilities in 50+ metros across 28 countries on six continents. 

To learn more about Digital Realty, please visit or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter

A bit about our Digital team


Our Operations team keeps our customers’ infrastructure running safely and securely. We get plenty of opportunities to take on a variety of tasks and develop our technical skills. From overseeing electrical power to cooling and fire suppression systems, our team plays a vital role in making sure everything in our data centers operates as it should. 

What we can offer you 

Our rapidly evolving business sector offers the opportunity to be part of a courageous and passionate team who work together to understand and meet the changing needs of our global customers.  

Join us and you’ll be part of a supportive and inclusive environment where you can bring your whole self to work. As part of our team, you’ll get to work with people from different business areas, challenge the way we do things and put your ideas into action. We’ll also give you plenty of development opportunities so you can build a rewarding and successful career with us.  

Our Compensation Philosophy 

Digital Realty offers its employees a highly competitive compensation package, excellent benefits, and an environment that recognizes and rewards your contributions. Central to our compensation philosophy is rewarding our employees for achieving the values and objectives aligned to the company's overall goals and values. 

Our published pay ranges reflect the minimum and maximum target for new hire pay for the full-time position determined by role, level, and geographical location. Individual pay is based on additional factors including but not limited to job-related skills, experience, and relevant education and/or training. Moreover, an employee’s total compensation package varies by role and may include salary, cash bonus or commissions, and equity awards not quantified below.   

Benefits: For this role, Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life and AD&D insurance, 401k match, disability benefits, wellness and education benefits, employee stock purchase plan, paid time off, holidays, and more.  

This is an exciting time to join our business so apply now and make your mark on our future. 


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Digital Realty is an equal opportunity employer, EOE/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or protected veteran status, or other status protected by law or Company policy. 

Digital Realty is a publicly traded company (NYSE: DLR) with investment grade ratings from all three major ratings agencies. 

Please do not forward unsolicited resumes to any employee of Digital Realty and its subsidiaries. Digital Realty is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited referrals.