5268 - Architect

Senior Designer

Recruitment #PEX-5268-062299


APPOINTMENT TYPE:  Permanent - Exempt.   The General Services Agency Department of Public Works has an opening for an exempt appointment in San Francisco.  The position is excluded by the Charter from competitive civil service examination process.  The successful candidate shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer.  This position is funded by various Bond Programs, including the Earthquake Emergency Response Bond Program and PUC Sewer System Improvement Program with an anticipated duration of up to three (3) years.  In order to be considered for a permanent appointment, incumbent will be required to successfully compete in a Civil Service Examination.

JOB DESCRIPTION:   The Department of Public Works Building Design & Construction (DPW BDC) division is a full service Professional Architectural office that provides Architectural services to City agencies in San Francisco.  The DPW BDC is one of the few City Departments in the United States that provide full Architectural design and project delivery services.  Our work includes great projects such as Fire Houses, Libraries, Recreation Buildings, Parks, Public Safety Buildings and Health Services buildings.  We are proud to be providing full service design and construction for our great city. 

The DPW BDC is seeking one motivated candidate for appointment to position as 5268 Architect – which has aDesign Focus, i.e. a Senior Designer.  The successful candidate should have expertise in projects of all sizes to assume project design responsibility for planning, development and execution of planning & design documentation which may include interpreting, organizing and coordinating project team assignments while continuously striving to improve the overall standards of design quality.  The primary role of this position will be to oversee and implement the design standards and programs for the Building, Design & Construction Division for the Department of Public Works Architectural Division. 

The ideal candidate shall possess:  

·      extensive experience with design and delivery of large-scale, programmatically complex projects;

·      a proven track record in delivering projects at all scales and leading multiple project teams with a high standard of design excellence;

·       the ability to establish and maintain excellent Client relationship; ability to maintain a successful relationship and interface regularly with the Civic Design Review Board, participating in monthly informal and formal design reviews of all projects;

·       demonstrated design experience in buildings of all scales with an excellent portfolio of both built and un-built projects;

·       experience working as a collaborator and leader within a multi-disciplinary team environment teaching and inspiring others to strive for continued design excellence;

·       ability to establish and maintain excellent Client relationships;

·      excellent presentation skills, be articulate and have the ability to work and lead effectively in a team environment;

·      a track record of developing forward-looking and innovative approaches to architecture.


The Architect – Senior Designer will be responsible for BDC Design excellence and staffing, and should have a sophisticated understanding of the relationship between architectural design and building technology, with a commitment to continually raise the bar of design excellence within the organization while motivating and mentoring our staff to do the same.


Under the direction of the Division Manager, the Architect – Senior Designer performs difficult and responsible professional architectural work in connection with the design, construction, maintenance and conversion of public buildings; plans, assigns and directs the activities of assigned personnel engaged in such work; and performs related duties as required.   In conjunction with managing and performing the design and technical aspects of projects summarized above, the Architect – Senior Designer provides comprehensive project planning and coordination services, including maintaining client relationships, support of contract negotiation and administration, public and user group presentations, and maintenance of budgets and schedules for the assigned projects.  The Architect – Senior Designer also participates in the professional development of subordinate staff. 


The Architect – Senior Designer will be responsible for expertise in architectural duties which include, but are not limited to:

·       Preparing and conducting presentations to Clients, Public interest groups and Commissions.

·       Supervising and participating in the preparation of complex and difficult conceptual, schematic and detailed design.

·       Participating in the preparation of Proposals for Services and agreements with Clients to establish and maintain positive professional relationship 

·       Planning, distributing and coordinating work by staff; coordinating the work of multiple design and engineering disciplines; checking drawings and specifications prepared by staff, consulting Architects and Engineers for conformance with design intent, project program criteria and codes.

·       Overseeing core design staff and provides on-going staff assessment to Division Manager. 

·       Working with the office Design Committee and Core Design Staff to set the standards for in-house design critiques for all projects.




1.    Possession of a current license to practice architecture in the State of California issued by the California State Board of Architectural Examiners.  Proof of license to be submitted with application.  AND

2.    Two (2) years of verifiable experience as a license architect in architectural design, construction, maintenance and alteration of buildings.  This experience must include at least one (1) year directing staff in the preparation of plans and specifications.

3.    Possession and maintenance of valid California Drivers License.  Proof of license to be submitted with application



·      Advanced degree in Architecture or Design preferred, with a rigorous design education

·      Eight (8) years of progressively / increasingly responsible experience which includes:

§  Comprehensive knowledge of architectural and interior architecture terms, symbols, theory, details, and designing practices; considerable knowledge of architectural site development; graphic arts and the techniques of illustration. 

§  Requires considerable ability to: Initiate, prepare and review architectural plans, specifications and estimates; apply architectural design principles and techniques.

·      10+ years of relevant architecture and design experience, with a strong background designing multiple building typologies of varying scale.

·      Proficiency in Revit, AutoCAD, Photoshop, and Sketch-Up

·      Excellent analytical and problem solving skills

·      Outstanding graphic presentation skills

·      Ability to develop collaborative relationships across the firm, with clients, and with other key constituents

·      Ability to communicate design concepts verbally and graphically to client and staff

·      Ability to generate multi-media perspective sketches a plus



In order to be considered for this position, you must submit a cover letter, resume, proof of Architect license; proof of drivers license and verification of qualifying experience in addition to the CCSF application online.  Mailed or emailed materials must be received by the closing deadline.  Postmarks will not be accepted.


(Note:  PDF attachment examples of work included in application are highly encouraged.)


Applications will be screened to select the candidates with the most relevant qualifications. Candidates meeting the minimum requirements are not guaranteed advancement to the selection process.  Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility and/or disqualification.  All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how applicant meets the minimum qualifications must be included on their application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether the applicant meets the minimum qualifications.   Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.


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·         Click on “Apply”, read the instructions and "agree to the terms of use".

·         Click on “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or on “I have Registered Previously”.

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Applicants are required to submit verification (proof) of qualifying training, education (transcripts or diploma/degree) and experience when submitting your online application.  Verification of experience must be submitted on employer’s official letterhead, specifying name of the applicant, job title(s), duties performed, dates of service, and must be signed by the employer or the employer’s authorized representative.  City employment will be verified by employee record.  City and County employees will receive credit for the duties of the class/position to which appointed.  Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee’s class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Commission Rules.  City employees relying upon qualifying work experience gained outside the City and County of San Francisco must submit written verification of such experience as described above.  Verification of experience may be waived if impossible to obtain.  The applicant must submit a signed statement explaining the reason for the request for waiver.  Waiver requests will not be automatically granted, but will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Failure to submit the required verification or request for waiver with your online application may result in the rejection of the application


Falsifying one's education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco. For additional information regarding verification, refer to http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#verification.


Verification documentation may be submitted by:

1.      Uploading the documents through JobAps;       OR

2.      Scanning the documents and send as an attachment, with recruitment number in subject line;  OR

3.      Hand delivering or sending the documents via U.S. Postal mail to:


General Services Agency, Human Resources           

1155 Market Street, 4th Floor

San Francisco, CA  94103

Attention:  5268 - DESIGN



Applications will be reviewed for relevant qualifying education and experience.  Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the department will be invited to participate in the interview process.  Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed an invitation to interview.  Qualified applicants who are selected for an interview will be notified of the exact date, time, and place of the interview and should be prepared to provide at least (3) Client references obtained within the last 5 years.


Note:  Applicants are advised to keep copies of all documents submitted.  Submitted documents become a part of the recruitment process and will not be returned.  The department may require applicants to present additional material.


If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact Marlo Thomas at (415) 554-4824 or via email:  marlo.thomas@sfdpw.org.


General Information Concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at
http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20 ,or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.


Terms of Announcement:    Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#announcementsdefinitions.


Copies of Application Documents:

Applicants are encouraged to keep copies of all documents submitted. Submitted documents become a permanent part of the exam records and will not be returned. The hiring department may require applicants to submit the same documents and/or additional documents at a later date.


Right to Work:

All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.



Issued:   January 13, 2014

Micki Callahan

Human Resources Director

Department of Human Resources

Recruitment ID No:  PEX-5628-062299

GSA – DPW/mte

Conviction History

As part of the selection process an image of your fingerprints will be captured and sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) history will disqualify you as a candidate based on the specific requirements of the position to which you are applying. If selected for fingerprinting, the hiring department will contact you to schedule an appointment.

Candidates applying for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.

Candidates applying for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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