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This position is located with the Facilities Planning, Design, Construction & Energy  (FPDCE) Division of the Maryland Department of General Services (DGS), located at 301 W. Preston Street, Baltimore, MD  21201.

Main Purpose of Job

This position serves as Chief Architect/Engineer for DGS and functions as a senior level manager with oversight of the Design Service functions within DGS- FPDCE. It oversees the Cost Center, the Design Review Architects & Engineers, Project Management Data Team, the digital design capabilities for DGS and the archiving of all design and construction documentation.

This position will manage the DGS Procedure Manual for Professional Services including keeping the manual up to date in codes, plus coordination with other related laws and regulations. Oversee and manage all On-Call contracts for professional design services and construction related services, including managing evaluation committee assignments, drafting scopes of work, assessing need and developing new On-Call contracts in conjunction with procurement.

Develop and oversee systems or databases to track and store design and construction documentation, including project management software, CADD, BIM or other drafting software platforms, Bluebeam or other digital plans review programs, cost tracking for conceptual cost estimates through project change orders, plus physical printing systems and outsourced contracts for blueprint plotting.

Work with the Assistant Secretary on legislation, regulations and policies that effect design and construction for State facilities. This can include chairing/staffing workgroups, implementing new procedures to accommodate new policies, determining the impacts of implementation and researching best practices.


Duties for this position include but are not limited to:

Design Review: Oversee and lead the design review of State funded design projects from program phase through construction.  Consult with Project Managers, construction inspectors and outsourced design teams on the DGS design criteria and designing facilities in the best interest of the State. Manage the Design Review Units and Design Procedures Manual.

Data Management Administration: Develop and maintain a data management plan for design and construction documentation, project management, and project lifecycles.  Coordinate with all Design & Construction functions in the development and maintenance of a robust plan, and manage the Data Unit.

Cost Center Administration: Oversee the Cost Center and ensure integration with Design Reviews, document storage systems, Project Managers and Construction Inspection staff. Oversee cost estimate creation, and assist in preparing reports on DGS Cost related issues, including the annual report on the Construction Contingency Fund Balance.  Prepare additional reports as requested by the Project Managers, Assistant Secretary of Design & Construction, Secretary of DGS, DBM and the legislature.

On-Call Design Service and Construction Related Service Contracts: Oversee and lead the development, maintenance and procurement of on-call professional design service contracts and construction related service contracts.  Including writing scopes of work, developing evaluation criteria, working through RFPs with procurement, determining the evaluation committees.  Additionally determine when new types of on-call contracts are needed by working with other staff in Design & Construction & Procurement, and developing these new contracts.

Design and Construction Policies: Work with the Assistant Secretary and the Legislative Liaison on legislation, regulations and policies that impact Design and Construction of State Facilities.  This includes chairing and staffing workgroups, reviewing legislation to determine the impacts of both operation and cost, testifying or writing testimony on behalf of DGS, working with Design and Construction interest groups on solutions and researching best practices in the industry.

Archivist: Oversee the Archival functions for Design & Construction. Develop, implement, manage a plan to catalog, track and maintain the division’s archive of project drawings and specification documents in a manner that permits information to be retrieved in a timely manner.  Ensure a backup is maintained for all stored blueprints/records in case of a Continuity of Operations (COOP) incident.  Oversee the process of in house vs outsourced production plus associated equipment and contract management.

General Office Management: Oversee management of the Division’s fleet of vehicles including maintenance, procedures, and distribution. Also, oversee the purchasing of office supplies, copiers and inventory tracking. Assist the Assistant Secretary with preparation of the annual operating budget for the unit, including preparation of amendments and over-the targets.

Other Duties as assigned including preparation, implementation and presentation of special projects and reports directed by the Assistant Secretary for FPDCE.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree in engineering or architecture from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Six years of experience as a design or project Engineer/Architect for large-scale multi-year construction projects.


1. A Master’s degree in engineering or architecture from an accredited college or university may be substituted for up to one year of the required experience.

2. Professional Engineer or Professional Architect registration in the State of Maryland or in a state with comparable requirements may be substituted for the required education.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Civil Engineer Corps or Engineering Aid classifications or Construction Engineering Technician, Technical Engineer, or Civil or Combat Engineering specialty codes in the Engineering field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.


Strong preference will be given to applicants that possess the following preferred qualifications. Include clear and specific information on your application regarding the qualifications.

-Licensed Engineer or Architect in Maryland.

-Two (2) years previous supervisory experience.  

-Experience in data management for design and construction projects.

-Experience in software platforms related to design and construction.

-Working knowledge of Green Building Certifications.  

-Working knowledge of life cycle cost analysis.

-Strong organizational and analytical skills.

-Competence in spreadsheets and computer related programs.

-Working knowledge of Design and Construction documentation requirements.


1. Employees in this classification are required to possess and maintain a Professional Engineer or a Professional Architect registration in the State of Maryland or in a state with comparable requirements.

2. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


Please provide sufficient information on your application to support that you meet the qualifications for this position.  All information concerning your qualifications MUST BE submitted by the closing date.  Information submitted after the closing date will not be considered. 

Note that for any position requiring a college degree or college credit, you will be required to submit a college transcript prior to being offered a position.  We highly recommend that you submit your transcript when you apply for the position.

The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training and experience related to the requirements of the position.  Successful candidates will be placed on the employment eligibility list categorized as BEST QUALIFIED, BETTER QUALIFIED, or QUALIFIED.  The eligibility list will be valid for one year and may be extended.  The list will be used by the hiring agency to select employees.  Eligible lists may be used to fill future vacancies of the same classification.

You MUST possess the minimum qualifications before you may be selected for a State job – Verification will be completed by the appointing authority.  If you are scheduled to complete an educational or licensing requirement within six months of the examination, you may participate in the examination process.  Permanent State employees may also complete necessary experience requirements within six months of the date of an examination.  Credit is given for relevant part-time, temporary or volunteer experience based on the number of hours worked per week.  You must include on your application the time spent on such activity.  You must be legally authorized under the United States Immigration Reform and Control Act to be hired in the position for which you apply.



Applicants are encouraged to upload proof of education (transcripts), professional license and certifications, when applicable, during the recruitment process as these items will be required at the time of selection. Contact or call 410-767-1386 with questions about this recruitment.

The on-line application process is STRONGLY preferred.  Apply online at – click on the State Jobs tab.  If you are unable to submit your application online, please send your paper application to: Human Resources, Dept. of General Services, 301 W. Preston St., Room 1311, Baltimore, MD 21201 by the closing date and time.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

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