Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: F6012 / Interior Designer
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 13

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Manages design elements of interior and exterior spaces across the University. Works independently and in conjunction with architectural services to provide coherent, branded design elements for a broad range of institutional needs. Facilitates, coordinates, and/or leads the execution of multiple, major and minor capital projects to ensure projects are completed within the prescribed scope, schedule, and budget.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Independently manages designed space project development process and serves as primary liaison and collaborator between client groups, consultants, and various institutional service units. Provides support and guidance to leadership and project management team on area(s) of expertise.
  2. Oversees project design, bids, orders, and installation for clients to ensure design/function is achieved and consistent with overall Institutional design guidelines. Reviews, negotiates, and processes change requests and change orders.
  3. Participates in interior and exterior designed space of new facilities, additions, and renovations as assigned; concurrently manages multiple simple to complex projects from assignment through project close-out.
  4. Reviews projects for affordability, consistency, and completeness of design, according to project objectives; inspects furnishings and finishes to ensure conformance to plans and specifications.
  5. Manages or oversees project support activities including development and maintenance of job files and tracking of project schedule and budget; directly responsible for scope, budget, and schedule development of assigned projects.
  6. Oversees and coordinates activities of contractors, vendor personnel, and suppliers: monitors contracts for compliance and controls costs. Performs quality control inspections to ensure adherence to contract specifications and industry standards.
  7. Researches, composes, and formats content of all Interior Environments Standards to ensure a unified approach to quality, functionality, and longevity. Maintains broad knowledge of current and emerging products, materials, and design.
  8. Oversees or manages the planning and installation of furniture, fixture, equipment, and art; may be responsible or may share responsibility for occupant move-in to new or renovated facilities.
  9. Manages and supervises personnel to including hiring and performance management; provides guidance and training to personnel.
  10. Assists in the annual budget planning process. Monitors all departmental purchases and performs monthly purchase reconciliation; receives pay requests from consultants, contractors, and vendors, and approves for payment.
  11. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of architectural design and planning principles and procedures.
  • Technical knowledge of building components and their function.
  • Knowledge of Federal, State, and local building codes, ordinances, and regulations.
  • Ability to make complex operating, administrative, and procedural decisions.
  • Skills in workflow analysis and management.
  • Ability to perform site inspections and/or approve installations.
  • Ability to select, evaluate, coordinate, and quality-control the activities of professional consultants.
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, and critical thinking skills gained within a complex, demanding work environment.
  • Advanced project planning, management, and leadership skills within area of professional expertise.
  • Knowledge and understanding of contract documents and specifications, to include ability to review SD, DD, and CD documents.
  • Familiarity with various software, such as Word, Excel, AutoCAD, Microsoft Project, and FastTrack.
  • Knowledge of budgeting, cost estimating, and fiscal management principles related to complex, integrated facilities construction projects.
  • Ability to develop complex building estimates and feasibility studies.
  • Ability to provide technical leadership to project development teams that include consultants and independent building contractors.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.
  • Work includes visits to existing facilities and construction sites, and may involve in-state travel to branch campuses and/or other remote locations.
  • Work involves moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 01/09/2023