Senior Interior Designer – JOB POSTING

Company Overview

Vargas Associates provides Interior Design and Facilities Project Management services to businesses and organizations in the Central and Western New York areas that seek to create new space or transform their existing space. We provide leadership in managing facilities renovation, furniture coordination and relocation projects. Our company delivers the upfront planning and logistics to define the project from inception and carry it thru all design phases, construction and occupancy. We facilitate the process required to coordinate the details and assist the client with the decisions necessary to deliver a project that meets the functional needs of their organization and their customer requirements.

Our work is conducted in the Healthcare, K-12, Higher Education, Corporate and Municipal fields. Experience in these sectors is an important consideration for this position.

Position:  Senior Interior Designer
Location: Rochester, NY
Timeframe: Immediate


This position requires more independent project delivery including the coordination and oversight of extensive project details which includes: Preparation of SD’s all the way through CD’s including design elevations, millwork drawings, finish selections and schedules, 3D renderings, incorporating interior finishes and details; selection and specification of furniture, appliances, general use equipment, and medical equipment as needed for each client project. Candidates will have experience with extensive project details including: creation of project schedules, understanding key dependencies and contingency planning, cost projections, creation of bid documents, budget tracking, collaboration with clients, architects, engineers, and construction managers. Construction administration up to owner occupancy may be required for select projects. Team leadership skills, understanding team roles and responsibilities, and how to communicate in team and client settings is essential for this position.

Ability to manage multiple projects at the same time is necessary. The ideal candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree. The number of years of commercial interior design experience in the field correlates directly to the salary for this position. A wide degree of flexibility with type of assignments is expected. Willingness to learn new processes, design standards, and project delivery methods is essential. This position will work with various internal and external team members, and will report to the company President.

Responsibilities the following:

  • Meet with internal customers to gather requirements
  • Conduct programming meetings and prepare summary reports
  • Conduct physical inventories and create inventory reports
  • Prepare SD’s, DD’s and CD’s to reflect project scope, budget and lead times
  • Create space plans, finish plans, dimensioned drawings, finish schedules, finish specifications, product specifications, and 3D color renderings
  • Create cohesive design through the selection of interior finishes to create the desired impact for each space within a given project including lighting and acoustics
  • Determine appropriate new FF&E and/or re-use of existing when applicable
  • Ensure functional workspace environments are created
  • Assist with the creation of bid documents
  • Prepare and maintain project documentation (drawings, meeting notes, project files)
  • Secure quotes from vendors / Create work order requests for owners
  • Coordinate ancillary needs including: signage, artwork, appliances, accessories, etc.
  • Identify scope of work to support transitional needs of each space
  • Oversee completion of vendor work, including installations and relocations
  • Document project punch list and coordinate completion of items
  • Additional responsibilities to support company deliverables include move management
  • Deliver all work within the client’s deadlines, juggling multiple concurrent deadlines for more than one client at a time


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design, Architecture, or another related field
  • Seven or more years with experience in Commercial Interior Design [ If you do not meet the experience requirements you are still welcome to email your resume to: ]
  • Estimating and tracking personal work hours against project plan, for simultaneous projects.
  • Experience working with teams of various disciples and work styles.
  • At least five years of experience using Revit Architecture 2020 – 2023, preferred.
  • At least five years of experience using AutoCAD 2020 – 2023 and, Adobe Photoshop
  • Intermediate level in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
  • Experience with MS Project, Enscape and/or Animation software a plus
  • Attention to detail and exceptional organization skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with both staff and clients.
  • Experience in a client-focused, fast-paced, project-based environment

Other job requirements:

  • Excellent presentation skills, written skills and organization skills
  • Must have personal, dependable transportation to drive between client sites and project office
  • Ability to work effectively with all levels of company and client organizations, and with all personality types
  • Ability to conduct QA of candidate’s own work.
  • This position requires a professional demeanor and professional business attire.
  • Physical requirements: bend, stretch, twist and reach for up to 8 hours at a time
  • Upon responding, please reference your most rewarding project
  • Strong ability to build long-lasting, effective relationships with clients and vendors
  • Travel is occasional but will be required within Upstate New York to administer project work
  • NCIDQ, USGBC LEED, and/or Well AP certifications desired but not required

Competitive Benefits Package

  • 401(K)
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Parking
  • Company Cell Phone
  • Heath Savings Account
  • Paid Sick and Vacation Time
  • Life Insurance
  • Health Care Insurance
  • Short Term and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Some work from home available

This is a salary position and pays according to the experience and qualifications of the applicant and ability to meet the job requirements noted. Salary range: $68K – $80K


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We strive each day to enrich and improve the lives of people. This is our constant vision of excellence.

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