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Residential / Interior Designer - Architectural Associate

companyNelsons Construction LLC
locationCarver, MN, USA
PublishedPublished: 6/14/2022
Full Time

Job Description

Salary: DOE

Architectural Associate

(Well qualified candidates seeking experience to become certified will be considered.)

Job Description

Nelson's Construction is seeking to hire or contract for an experienced Architectural Associate. The ideal candidate is knowledgeable in the development, design and implementation of residential projects such as new design / build custom homes, additions, whole home renovations, basement finishes and outdoor living spaces. This role will work under the guidance of our in house Architect on completing the structural, detail, permitting and construction plan sets. 

The right candidate for this position possesses three non-negotiable qualities; these are absolute must have items.

You must have a positive personality.  Positivity is contagious and it’s a must have from the top on down,

You must be energetic and have a strong drive for success.

You must be respectful.  You must know how to deliver a positive customer experience.  It's imperative that we exceed customer expectations in how we conduct business.  It's what separates us from the rest and what drives growth while our competitors are laying people off.  

We also follow the acronym KASH:

Knowledge of custom residential design, materials and methods.

Attitude to be professional with clients and work well with the entire design and construction management team.

Skill with BIM software and a willingness to learn ArchiCAD if not already familiar with it.

Habits to follow a design process and reinforce drafting and graphic standards across multiple project types, scopes and schedules.

Mediocrity is dead!  Good enough does not exist here.  Good enough means that you could have done better if you had put more effort into it. 

How you will spend your day? 

  • Producing and Reviewing residential project plans.
  • Ensuring all plans are compliant with current building codes.
  • Researching and maintaining knowledge of various styles, design disciplines, application methods and materials.
  • Managing the Interior Finish Selections process.
  • Sourcing materials.
  • Helping answer questions from our suppliers and subcontractors during the bidding process.
  • Provide guidance to Field Services and Subcontractors and help them interpret design specifications.
  • Visiting building sites to ensure work is being done according to plan.
  • And other Project Administration duties as needed.
  • Experience with Social Media posting, Marketing, Blogging, etc. is also a plus.

Key Skills

  • Attention to detail and desire for quality work
  • Read blueprints and material specifications to determine material properties, methods of installation, work procedures and tool requirements and communicate same with Field Services Management.
  • Experience with ArchiCAD or Chief Architect X 14 / 15 is a must


  • Experience. Degree in Architecture, Interior Design or related design discipline, minimum of 5-years’ experience (preferred)
  • Licensing. MN State Certification; Additional training and licensing is a plus
  • Willingness. Must have a drive to learn
  • Teamwork. Team focused approach to work
  • Reliable. Reliable means to make it to and from project sites, ability to pass pre-employment drug screen, and background check
  • Communication. Strong organizational and communication skills

Benefits starting 1st of the month after 60 Days:

  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • HSA / FSA
  • Life insurance / AD&D
  • Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability
  • 401k
  • 3 Weeks PTO

Our Owner is part of several top caliber coaching groups and we are experiencing game changing exponential growth.  Thus we are adding this position to shore up the Design side of the business.  It's going to be intense as I will challenge you to bring your A game every day.  

We currently have a backlog of 24 new custom homes and over 50 remodeling projects ranging from basement finishes to kitchens and bathrooms that we need help getting through the design and selections phases.

Know others that would be a good fit for the team?  We offer a $500 Referral Program after 90 days of employment

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