KBID is a boutique interior design studio that delivers turn-key design services for home owners. We focus on providing timeless and functional interior designs from one-room makeovers to major renovations and new construction. Client service is top-priority and achieved through consistent and efficient communications, highly organized systems and work flow, and providing quality and thoughtful design solutions.
About the Job - Associate Interior Designer
KBID is seeking an Associate Interior Designer. We expect self-motivation, curiosity, creativity, and the ability to drive oneself and others toward meaningful results. This role requires a high-level of creative thinking, and willingness to bring solutions to the table. But it’s not all fluffing pillows and Pinterest - there’s some good news and bad news.
Let’s get the bad news out of the way first:
The benefits suck. At least at first. Meaning, you won’t be getting a matching 401k, PTO, or paid trips to Markets, etc right away, but as we grow (and you shine) the benefits will too.
Now, let’s talk about the good stuff:
It’s a fun “maxi” home office. We have a separate structure for our office on the property. We encourage you to bring a suit and take a mid-day swim or go for a walk/run if you need to rejuvenate your brain. So basically, it’s a free gym membership. (Okay, maybe that last part is a stretch, but there are some truly great things…)
The work is fun, fresh, and dynamic. You will be working directly with Kate and helping with a mix of projects and supporting her role as head designer.
We keep essentials like coffee, tea, cold beverages, and tasty snacks, at the ready.
We aren’t big on stress. So, while we will expect you to work efficiently and get things done, we focus on open communication and getting things done right the first go around.
We take time off. Holidays, nights, and weekends are for friends & family. We make sure our clients know that.
Our office is casual, but we do expect professionalism and punctuality.
Telecommuting is an option. While the majority of your time will be spent in office or on-site with clients, occasional telecommuting will be available once you are established with the company.
You don’t need to be skilled at roller skating, bowling, escaping a room or karaoke, but you will likely be doing all of those things. Every few months we do something fun or goofy or both as a team.
Generally speaking, you will be assisting Kate and other team members to execute the design and construction of our projects. You’ll be meeting with clients, conducting site visits, measuring, sourcing, sampling, testing, researching, specifying, preparing and presenting.
Qualifications & Requirements
Now let’s talk about the job expectations:
You need interior design knowledge. While a degree will make your application rise to the top, we are open to considering the right candidate that has strong interior design skills that can be demonstrated with experience and education.
You need to revere deadlines. We set our presentations dates at the outset of projects and we do whatever it takes to meet them. We expect you to learn and understand your part in making sure we meet these milestones with completion.
You need to nail down the details. You don’t need to race through work and get things done half-assed (we figured that one out ourselves). We need you to slow things down and get them done right.
You need to be flexible. While we have many systems in place, sometimes we see the need to try something different to improve the flow. You need to not only be prepared for changes, but to add your ideas to improve them.
You need to be the type person who gets joy out of getting things done. Every day, you will bang out a list of stuff. Fun stuff. Important stuff. Necessary stuff.
You will be on the computer a lot. So, an understanding of file structures, email, navigating the web, and other computer based stuff will be necessary
You will be on the phone a lot. So, you need to enjoying talking with people and giving/getting direction and gathering information.
You need to be organized. Organization is paramount to keeping the sanity of the company. If you are a naturally organized person that appreciates order and tidiness, you will thrive here.
We want your ideas. This is not just a follow-the-leader role. We fully expect you to chime in, pipe up, and give us your best and worst ideas. Who doesn’t love a double decker couch?! (Bonus points if you catch that reference)
We want you to be meticulous in your work. If you are shy or quiet that is totally cool. We are not looking for the life of the party. We are looking for a good, fun person, who gets shit done. (Oh and we occasionally swear at the office…not much…but sometimes a joke is only funny with an F-bomb).
We expect inclusiveness. This is a company that celebrates people from all walks of life regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or lack thereof.
We expect integrity. We expect you to maintain the privacy of our clients, business, vendors, trades, and colleagues.
SketchUp knowledge required. We will teach you how we want things to be done, but you need to have basic SketchUp skills.
InDesign knowledge required. Again…we will teach you how we want things done, but you need to have basic InDesign skills.
Other computer skills - Overall, you need to understand how to do things like basic spreadsheet math (yes…math!), learn new software, and generally not hesitate to learn new stuff.
Reliable vehicle required. In addition to daily commuting, a big part of this job is doing things like site visits, picking up and dropping off things, buying and returning products. All of this requires a reliable vehicle.
In short, your job is to help Kate in any way you can. And to have fun at work (who wants a job that isn’t fun?!?). But what we don’t expect is perfection or existing skills for you to qualify for this job. We can teach you that.
We expect intelligence, energy, and a get it done attitude.
If this is a job that gets you so excited that you would even do it for free, we would totally accept that offer from you. But if you prefer compensation (and we totally get it…we prefer getting paid as well) this is what we offer: This is an hourly position with an estimated 30-40 hours per week. Hourly compensation is based on experience between $18-$25/hr.
You must come into our Woodway office 3 to 5 times a week (sorry, but this is not a virtual job). In addition to being a detailed person, you must follow systems and processes. In fact, just to prove that you are detailed oriented and can follow procedures, when you apply for this position in the subject line of the email you must include “I have found my type of peeps” in the subject line. Yep, that’s our little trick to sort out the people who blanket send their resume to anyone and everyone, from the folks (that’s you) who are truly interested in this position.
We are looking to bring our new colleague on board as soon as possible, but we will spend the necessary time to find the best fit both in abilities and culturally. One thing that will give you a BIG leg up (but is optional) is to send a quick video in along with your resume. In your video tell us why you think you’re perfect for this job and why you will rock this position. This is purely for us to get a sense of your personality. And if you decide not to send a video (that’s ok), please tell us why you chose not to send in a video.
We can’t wait to meet you!!!