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Sr. Director Design and Planning


Universal City, CA
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Company NBC Universal

Job Title Sr. Director Design and Planning

Jobid 23768-380928

Location: Universal City, CA, 91608, USA

Description **Job Number** 35984BR

**Job Title** Sr. Director Design and Planning

**Business Segment** Parks & Resorts

**Sub-Business** USH Creative

**Posting Category** Theme Parks

**About Us** Universal Studios Hollywood is the Entertainment Capital of L.A. featuring a movie-based theme park and Studio Tour, and bridged by Universal CityWalk, a dynamic entertainment, shopping and dining complex. Universal Studios Hollywood is an industry leader due to its impressive talent base of highly creative professionals who inspire and produce compelling entertainment and innovative attractions that immerse guests in an authentic Hollywood experience. Universal Studios Hollywood’s team of professionals enjoys a unique culture where fun, hard work and high-quality results are priority, resulting in an employee base that is proud to work here. NBCUniversal’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law. The company offers equally unique opportunities for employees to expand their careers within Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Parks & Resorts, and the broader NBCUniversal family. It’s a big universe, where do you fit in?

**Career Level** Experienced

**Country** United States

**State/Province** California

**City** Universal City


Serves as the Creative Director of Placemaking, area development and other environmental elements that affect the visual and emotional aspects of the guest experience. Responsible for creative content for all Placemaking aspects of area development and non-attraction projects for Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) including CityWalk (CW). Responsibilities include participation in all phases of development (conceptualization through completion) with specific oversight of the design phases, assurance that visual environments are consistent with design intent, and adherence to quality/brand integrity standards. Serves as the design representative of Universal Parks & Resorts (UPR) and liaison to the Creative Studio on behalf of USH. Engages with senior executives of the operating team including the President/COO of USH.

Works with the Sr Project Director on the implementation of all Placemaking, area development and non-attraction projects. Participates in the development of project budges and schedules, the identification of resources, and the communication of appropriate information to the various business units or divisions.

Collaborates with attraction project teams to ensure adjacencies and interstitial areas are addressed in an appropriate manner.


• Provides creative guidance and oversight for concept initiation and design execution for all Placemaking, area development, and non-attraction projects

• Upholds the creative vision and Universal standards at all USH/CW venues

• Assists in the preparation and presentation of creative presentations of all project efforts to senior management at USH, CW, and UPR

• Provides guidance and oversight to Production Designers and creative staff through the development and delivery of all phases of the design process required to properly prepare creative materials and/or presentations

• Consults on master planning and site development activities. He/She will support the SVP in this effort and serve in a liaison capacity between UPR, USH, and Global Real Estate

• Collaboration with the Sr Project Director, Non-Attraction Projects in the coordination of creative and implementation teams and vendors

• Provides input and advice on operational and implementation aspects of projects including budget, schedule, code requirements, selection of project resources and strategy for project execution

• Collaboration with the Director of Architecture and Engineering to review drawing packages and ensure scope adherence and code compliance

• Work with Sr Project Director, Non-Attraction Projects to ensure creative and budget/schedule parameters are achieved

• Proactively participates in team building and mentoring

• Understands and actively participates in Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) responsibilities by following established USH policy, procedures, training and team member involvement activities

• Performs other duties as assigned


• Bachelor’s Degree from a four year college or university in: Architecture, Theater, Film/Production, or related field

• 10 years of turn-key projects and relevant Design experience, specifically within the entertainment/theme park industry

• Thorough knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketchup, CAD & Microsoft Office

• Required knowledge of the process of design, development, contracting and construction

• Required knowledge and working experience with thematic materials & finishes

**Desired Characteristics**

• Experience with multi-level corporate management structure

• Must be highly creative with a keen eye for environmental design and detail

• Ability to visually translate story into environment

• Ability to achieve results through flawless execution of strategies & objectives

• Ability to effectively communicate across all lines of business and with all levels of management

• Excellent verbal and written communication, interpersonal, organizational & multi-tasking skills

• Strong organizational, planning, delegation & mentoring skills

• Ability to deal well with ambiguity and constant change

• Strong passion for delivering the highest quality of guest experience

We are an equal opportunity employer, offering a great work environment, challenging career opportunities, professional training and competitive compensation. Clickto view the NBCUniversal Candidate Privacy Statement.

The NBC Owned Television Stations create and distribute engaging content that connects with a valuable audience in 10 major markets across the country. Our content platforms include: NBC Stations broadcast and COZI TV, station websites, digital out-of home, and mobile.  Through our local news operations, our lifestyle production arm LX.TV, and our local sales marketing and production teams, NBC creates content that connects communities with the people, events, and issues they care about most.

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