Interior design firms enjoyed another boost in business in May, reports the American Society of Interior Designers, and the outlook for the coming months is more of the same. As competition for design talent increases, so has competition for experienced designers who can lead design teams and departments. Especially among larger, leading firms, demand is high for design directors.
Design directors can command high salaries – the median salary is $120k– and for good reason. The job is demanding and expectations are high. Successful design directors must excel in several different of areas. They must have outstanding design talent and skill, creative and conceptual brilliance, and a proven track record for directing projects from concept to completion. They should have a minimum of three to five years’ experience managing a team of designers, including hiring, staffing, performance evaluation, and staff development. And they need expertise in business development and client management. Depending on the firm, other skills may be required, such as use of CAD, Revit and other visualization tools, and/or LEED certification. It’s no wonder most firms require a minimum of 10 to 15 years’ experience to qualify.
Above all, though, design directors must be strong leaders. Much sought after are candidates who have demonstrated thought leadership, strategic business leadership, and leadership in finding and developing new talent. Such individuals are difficult to find, but we at Design Management Company can reduce your search time and screen for only the very best candidates through our extensive network of industry sources. Because we offer a personalized service, we can tailor our recruitment process to your specific requirements. Contact us, and let us show you we differ from the other job search services you may be using.