Job Announcement Description
||Principal Architect & Manager of Buildings
||$6,377.28 per month maximum
|How to Apply:
||Applications will be accepted until the position is filled and/or the posting is closed. After reviewing this job announcement, please click on the link at the bottom of the page to apply online. A resume is required with the application. Further instructions on submission of documents are available in the online application. A resume may not be substituted for an application.
Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture AND Seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional architectural experience in design and project management.
Applicants must meet the requirements. Those with supervisory experience are preferred.
A professional PA Registered Architect license is also required.
A current, valid, PA Driver’s License is required prior to appointment.
Allegheny County, with a population of approximately 1.3 million, is the second largest county in the State of Pennsylvania, and has had a Home Rule form of governance since 2000 legislation was enacted. The Department of Public Works (DPW) maintains 521 Bridges and 340 miles of Roads, and grounds for nine (9) County parks consisting of over twelve (12) thousand acres of park land owned by the County. Through the Department of Facilities Management, the County maintains approximately three (3) million square feet of building space including 600,000 square feet of leased space in over 130 buildings throughout the County. The Public Works Department manages the County’s Capital Projects Program for all County owned roads, bridges, and facilities.
Under the supervision of the Deputy Director for engineering and construction, this position is responsible for supervising branch staff and managing, directing, and overseeing all work activities involved in the engineering, design and construction management work activities of the County’s facilities’ projects associated with new construction, major maintenance and renovation whether performed in-house or by consultants. The incumbent is also responsible for developing scopes of work, identifying project requirements, reviewing, correcting, and approving designs and plans submitted by consultants, and overseeing the construction process paying close attention to progress, schedule, and changes/problems that develop during construction. The Principal Architect & Manager of Buildings may perform design as required for in-house projects, but most work will be done by consultants with the architect overseeing the design process.
- Supervises and directs branch personnel such as architects, engineers, and assistants in the development of architectural and engineering plans and specifications for County projects
- Initiates, leads, and participates in the selection of architectural and engineering consultants for County projects
- Supervises the administration and technical quality of work performed by architectural and engineering consultants
- Provides architectural assistance to all County Departments
- Inspects projects under construction and determines adherence to design specifications
- Develops detailed implementation schedules and strategies for assigned projects
- Consults with clients to determine functional and spatial requirements of new structures or renovations
- Prepares information regarding design, specification, materials, color, equipment, estimated costs, and construction times
- Plans layout of projects and integrates engineering elements into unified designs for client reviews and approvals
- Prepares scale drawings and contract documents for building contractors
- Participates in obtaining bids and awarding construction contracts
- Administers construction contracts and conducts periodic on-site observations of work during construction
- Prepares operating and maintenance manuals, studies and reports
- Prepares project designs and plans using computer assisted design software and equipment
- Directs activities of branch personnel engaged in preparing drawings and specifications documents
- Performs other related duties as required or requested.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Architectural principles and practices
- Federal, State, and County regulations
- Management and supervisory principles and practices
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, architects, engineers, consultants, clients, the general public, and government officials
- Direct and work with other employees in the design and engineering of architectural related projects
- Develop detailed scopes-of-work based on customers’ requirements
- Develop and implement detailed work schedules
- Read construction drawings and fine print
- Access construction sites which may require climbing, balance and work in high or difficult places
- Attend evening meetings
- Travel to offsite locations
- Lift and hold equipment and /or fixtures up to 30 pounds
Residency: Must become a resident of Allegheny County within one (1) year of appointment.
Veterans’ Preference: Will be awarded to eligible candidates.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER-M/F/V/D