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Registered Communications Distribution Designer
Title:Registered Communications Distribution Designer
Job Location:Virginia Beach, VA
Department:Electrical Engineering

Position Open: December 19, 2019
Position Close: Until filled

Clark Nexsen is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status. AAP. Drug-free workplace. E-verify. Applicants must be legally authorized to work for Clark Nexsen Inc. without employer sponsorship. We do not typically sponsor H-1B or any other work visa petitions.

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Firm Description

Clark Nexsen is a national architecture and engineering firm focused on creating innovative design solutions for U.S. and global clients. We are passionate about our work and are prominently ranked on numerous industry lists. Building Design + Construction ranks Clark Nexsen as a Top 20 architecture and engineering firm and we have been named to the Architect 50 list of top U.S. firms for the past four years. Our culture supports the pursuit of excellence to engage and inspire the best professionals.

Our firm is headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with 450 employees in office locations in Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, and Texas. We offer outstanding compensation, benefits, and growth opportunities in a positive work environment. We believe we can create a better world through our work. Giving back is also a guiding philosophy. As a company and as individuals, we proudly volunteer and give back to the surrounding communities where we live and work.

Generous benefits: Health, Dental, Vision, 401k, Short and Long term Disability, Paid Time Off, Aflac, Flexible benefits, and Legal Resources benefits are available.

Job Description

We seek to hire a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) in our Virginia Beach, VA office who will be responsible for performing, directing, and supervising all aspects of communication design on multi-discipline building design projects of moderate to large scope for commercial and government facilities.

General responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Develop IT system designs and perform all communication design tasks
  • Candidates must have familiarity and understanding of structured cabling design as well as production of floor plans, riser diagrams, elevations, sections, connectivity diagrams, and writing CSI format specifications
  • Develop specifications, system narratives and system layouts
  • Design in collaborative setting with senior designers and drafting support staff
  • Take ownership of completeness, accuracy, and timeliness of the work assignments
  • Meeting with clients to prepare and/or validate proposed scope of work for building design communication services
  • Providing oversight and coordination of communication projects and the communication portion of multi-discipline projects, and working with assigned Project Managers to meet client’s budget, contract fees, goals, objectives, and deadlines
  • Coordinating, supervising, and communicating all aspects of communication design within multi-disciplinary teams to ensure that communication design details integrate properly with all other disciplines represented on the design team
  • Directing, supervising, training, and ensuring quality control of communication projects designed by engineers, EIT’s, and designers
  • Ensuring staff compliance with quality control policies and procedures and providing communication QC reviews for other engineers and designers.
  • Preparing and supervising the preparation of accurate and complete communication design project programming, schematic designs, design development designs, and construction documents.
  • Performing and directing communication design construction phase services including representing the firm on-site, answering RFI’s, reviewing shop drawings and preparing record drawings, etc.
  • Working with, responding to, and taking direction from Project Managers, Design Managers, Managing Principals, Department Directors, and senior management
  • Working independently with limited direction, but collaboratively with other engineers and designers
  • Mentoring and monitoring the professional development of junior communication staff.
  • Assist in presenting projects to clients, contractors, project team members, AHJ’s, and members of the public through all stages of the project
  • Actively support Company marketing and business development activities
  • Establish and maintain positive client relationships
  • Assisting Department Director and Department Head in developing new and/or revised processes and procedures
  • Leading staff training sessions
  • Providing input to Department Head on staff annual performance reviews

Project responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Performing Project Manager duties as assigned
  • Serve in the role of Design Manager on projects as assigned
  • Responsible for discipline design and documentation of building communication systems
  • Develop discipline design approach and methodology
  • Develop discipline project plan and production methodology
  • Preparing accurate, complete, and code-compliant communication drawings and specifications for schematic, design development, and construction document submittals.
  • Reviewing communication designs and work products produced by engineers, EIT’s and designers assigned to the project.
  • Preparing scope and fee proposals for the communication portion of multi-discipline projects or single-discipline, electrical-only projects
  • Assist MP and PM in development of project proposals, budgets & schedules
  • Perform discipline QA/QC reviews on assigned projects
  • Review and approve discipline code analysis
  • Develop discipline specifications
  • Respond to RFI’s, Dr Check comments, etc.
  • Back-check discipline QC comments
  • Adhere to project budget and schedule


  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Degrees preferred but not required.

Licenses, Certifications, and Accreditations

  • Registered Communication Distribution Designer (RCDD) is required.
  • Additional certifications in AV Design (CTS-D certification) (Preferred but not required)
  • Active participation in BICSI

Software Skills

A Registered Communications Distribution Designer should be able to effectively utilize current company software programs for word processing, e-mail, accounting, and information management.

Working familiarity with design and production software to a point of being able to understand the capabilities and limitations of the programs and interact with the support staff in their use of the software is highly desirable.

Career Experience

A RCDD should typically have 10 years or more of significant design and practice experience in a leadership role with a Communication firm or a multi-discipline Architectural & Engineering firm with substantial knowledge of applicable codes and standards.

Experience as a RCDD in federal, state, municipal, healthcare, commercial, higher education or similar projects plus experience in Design/Build and CM at Risk project delivery methods is desirable.

Other Criteria

  • Ability to prepare effective and concise documents
  • Ability to make presentations to a variety of groups up to and including large public meetings
  • Have a can-do attitude with a desire to provide outstanding professional services
  • Be dedicated to his or her professional development as well as the success of colleagues and the firm as a whole
  • Possess demonstrated ability to lead by example, teaching and mentoring younger staff and working well with others in a team environment
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