Job Description

Design Associate

See below for more information, including responsibilities, qualifications, and required skills.

Project Type

Projects include renovations and new construction of houses of worship spaces, corporate facilities, and entertainment venues.

Reporting Relationship

The Associate Designer will assist and report to the vice president of design services and will be responsible for assisting with the production and design of creative projects.

Position Summary

The Associate Designer will be a valuable member of the design team. This individual will be responsible for assisting the VP of design services with the creative design of projects in addition to assisting with the overall management of the design team. This individual must have an excellent knowledge of the design industry. The individual should always be striving to improve their education, skills and efficiency. The person should be an excellent communicator that can work well in high-stress situations, be a high-capacity self-starter with excellent client skills. The ability to follow directions, solve problems and work with others as a team and staff alike is a must. Some travel will be required.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Three to five years of professional design experience
  • Valid Class E driver’s license and good driving record
  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
  • Ability to work back to back, 10 hour days and occasional longer days if required
  • Ability to read and understand CAD design plans a must
  • Occasional, nationwide travel to job sites on average 3 – 5 days a month
  • Basic skills: problem-solving in high-stress environments; positive, professional, client-friendly demeanor; verbal and written communication skills; comfortable delivering frequent direct written and oral feedback; time management; high level of organizational skills; ability to multi-task
  • Team player who values and adds to an excellent team culture
  • Proficient in basic computer skills and use of standard Microsoft office software such as Office 365, word, excel, outlook, power-point and teams.

What does this job entail?

  • Associate design work on new construction and renovation projects in houses of worship, corporate spaces and entertainment facilities from concept through design development:
    • Custom fabricated modular interior treatments: stage design layouts; custom wall treatments; columns; modesty walls; stage facades; scenic elements; architectural features; hero pieces; studio sets; ceiling clouds/treatments
    • Signage & wayfinding
  • Assistance to VP of design services: assist with the management of design team; project scheduling of design timelines; oversight of 3D rendering artists; setting up meetings; client communication; attending design meetings
  • Assist with quality control oversight of fabricated pieces: review and keep track of pieces as they move through the shop to ensure design intent; provide coordination between fabrication shop, design team and installers.
  • Constant daily coordination with the design team, project management, fabrication, other trades including the client.
  • Conduct site visits/surveys to collect information to help advance the design process.
  • Other duties as assigned.

What skills will be valuable?

  • Understanding of or experience with CAD, Adobe, or other design software systems
  • Knowledge of or experience with Audio, video and lighting systems
  • Knowledge of or experience with theatrical scenic design

What are the physical demands of the job?

  • Must be able to sit, stand and walk for long periods of time on a daily basis.
  • Must be able to kneel, bend, stoop, push/pull, crouch and balance for long periods of time on a daily basis
  • Must be able to lift and carry in excess of 25 pounds
  • Must be able to and comfortable with work in high places and in small, cramped places in very dirty and dusty environments, hot humid places as well as cold places
  • Must be able to use hands for grasping and fine manipulation
  • Must be able to read, write and speak with a positive attitude with the ability to recall, remember and work well under stress for long periods of time on a daily basis.

What do we offer?

Paragon 360 is an equal opportunity employer. Paragon offers competitive salaries and benefits packages that include medical, dental and vision health insurance, long-term and short-term disability, 401K with company matching, bonus share program, PTO, nine paid holidays and Sam’s club membership. The company covers the cost of airline travel and car rental when required, offers daily per-diem when traveling and provides single room accommodations. The company works diligently to foster and maintain an excellent company culture.

What do our employees value about Paragon 360?

We create wow from start to finish. We play to win. We do the right thing, period. What we do, we do well. We think like customers and act like owners. We think big, have fun and do good. We believe that success is a team sport. Our mission statement is to consistently exceed our client’s expectations by designing and delivering engaging environments.

About Paragon 360:

Paragon 360 is an award-winning, design leader in the professional AVL industry. With an extensive, nation-wide client base, the company is dedicated to building highly effective and engaging environments for places of worship, auditoriums, sports complexes, amusement parks, corporate spaces, and other venues of all sizes with requirements involving professional audio, video, lighting, rigging, signage, scenic, staging, and fabrication in a design-build format. The turn-key, design-build services from Paragon 360 enable more holistically designed systems, greater flexibility, cost savings, and confidence in the investment. Most importantly, they deliver the benefit of single-source accountability. From start to finish, Paragon 360 is committed to unparalleled excellence with every project being on time, on target, and on budget.

Conditions of employment:

Successful candidate must pass all background checks. Candidate must meet the physical demands of the job description as stated throughout the duration of holding the position with Paragon 360.


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Paragon 360 is an Equal Opportunity Employer.