5211, Architect Senior

Recruitment #PEX-5211-105883


JOB TYPE:  This Permanent Exempt - Full Time (Category 18) position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer. This position has an anticipated duration of no more than three (3) years and will not result in an eligible list or permanent civil service hiring.


WORK LOCATION: Incumbent will conduct the majority of work at San Francisco Public Works, 1 South Van Ness, Suite 1100, San Francisco, CA 94103. However, there may be situations where the incumbent will be required to work at other sites throughout the City of San Francisco as required.


POSITION: This position is in the Bureau of Architecture, Building Design & Construction Division, and oversees architectural design and related activities necessary for the construction, inspection, and maintenance of public buildings and projects. Under general administrative direction, 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; 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; participates in the professional development of subordinate staff and performs related duties as required. This position oversees one of five studios within the Bureau of Architecture that has its’ main focus on Rec & Park and MTA projects as their client base as well as Historic Preservation Projects when needed.


1. Directs, supervises and coordinates the design of complex engineering/architecture/landscape architecture projects, ensuring that codes, standards, and project requirements are met; plans and develops projects, budgets and staff for a wide variety of design activities.

2. Interviews, selects, trains, monitors, and evaluates departmental staff and consultants to ensure that work methods and work flow are effective; assures that written performance goals and objectives are prepared for employees; monitors the work of and evaluates, counsels and disciplines subordinate staff as necessary; and reviews and approves technical training programs for staff.

3. Plans, organizes and directs the administration and management of contracts; reviews, evaluates and makes recommendations for and/or approves contracts, contract modifications, specifications, related documents, and the settlement of claims.

4. Directs, supervises and reviews the preparation of complex construction contract and construction documents by establishing priorities, assigning tasks, allocating resources and monitoring progress to assure quality and cost-effective performance of design work. Prepares and supervises the preparation of difficult and complex design drawings, specifications, and quantity and cost estimates.

5. Establishes and implements departmental policies, procedures and administrative directives in accordance with applicable laws, ordinances, codes, standards, rules, regulations, and legislative policies and procedures by interpreting, explaining, monitoring, and evaluating the functional activities of the organization.

6. Manages projects through planning, scheduling and monitoring critical milestones to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget.

7. Directs, reviews and supervises the review of shop drawings by contractors and other work of professional consulting firms employed to design various projects. Checks and reviews specifications, estimates and computations prepared by consultants and subordinate staff members.

8. Supervises field inspection staff working on projects under construction and proposed projects to assure conformance with plans and specifications and initiates new projects. May participate in field inspections when necessary.

9. Coordinates all activities between a unit and other sections, bureaus, departments, outside agencies, and consultants and/or contractors.

10. Consults with technical staff, public officials, and others to resolve differences among professional personnel; identifies problems, develops and compares alternatives and makes decisions or recommendations for effective problem resolution.

11. Conducts meetings and makes presentations to Boards, Commissions, committees, approval agencies, staff and the general public for the purpose of providing accurate information, explaining policies, and providing recommendations and/or solutions.

12. Represents the City and consults with government officials, business and civic organizations in connection with specific departmental issues.

13. Performs other related duties as assigned. 

Minimum Qualifications

Experience: Eight (8) years of verifiable professional architecture work experience of which four (4) years of that experience must be as a licensed professional architect. Two (2) of the eight (8) years must be equivalent to the City and County of San Francisco class 5268 Architect.



This position requires a current State of California Architect License.



Requires possession of a baccalaureate degree with major course work in architecture.


  • Supervises and participates in the preparation of difficult and challenging conceptual, schematic and detailed designs and contract documents, bidding and supplemental reports, project schedules and budgets for a wide variety of complex phased renovation and maintenance projects.
  • Experience with management of the project design and delivery process, including interaction with consultants and contractors. Extensive experience coordinating other disciplines in projects involving phased construction in occupied hospitals around complex building systems, including those lacking as-built drawings.
  • Has extensive experience in setting project budgets, schedules, and scope.
  • Talent & Team Management Experience: This successful candidate for this position will manage a team of approximately 12 staff including Project Architects, Job Captains, and entry-level architects/interns.  Significant supervisory experience of production and support staff, particularly in a team environment where the staff is shared among other projects.
  • Experience working as a collaborator and leader within a multi-disciplinary team environment teaching and inspiring others to strive for technical & design excellence.
  • Ability to effectively manage staff and delegate for maximum efficiency.
  • Able to work and lead effectively in a team environment. BOA appreciates in all staff a great attitude, flexibility, and the willingness to take on responsibility.
  • Ability to provide project staffing plans and forecasting.
  • Working knowledge of Performance Management and Human Resources.
  • Additional Desirables Abilities in Managing Large Projects and Staff:
  • Experience with budgeting, scheduling, and contracting procedures, as well as contractual and liability issues in design and construction. Experience with competitively bidding complex construction projects.
  • Extensive experience with facilitating and communicating between engineering disciplines, clients, regulatory agencies, consultants, and contractors. Experience presenting to clients, public interest groups and Commissions.
  • Experience in preparing proposals for services and agreements with clients.
  • Extensive experience planning, distributing and coordinating work by staff, organizing the work of multiple designs and engineering disciplines, and checking drawings and specifications prepared by staff and consultants for conformance with office standards, project design criteria and codes.
  •  Extensive experience coordinating with contractors, Construction Managers, Inspectors and Code Officials, particularly and conducting field observation of work in progress.


Positions in this classification may require that successful candidates who become eligible for appointment may be required to go through a background investigation to determine the candidate’s suitability for employment in this classification. Factors considered in the investigation may include employment history, use of illegal/controlled substances. Reasons for rejection based on this investigation may include, but not limited to: applicable convictions, repeated or serious violations of the law, inability to accept supervision, inability to follow rules and regulations, falsification of application materials and/or other relevant factors. Failure to obtain and maintain security clearance may be basis for termination.

2.     Prospective and current employees may be subject to DRUG AND/OR ALCOHOL TESTING in accordance with Federal rules and regulations.



The City and County of San Francisco’s Substance Abuse Policy, in compliance with the Department of Transportation Omnibus Transportation Employer Testing Act of 1991 employing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulations, requires drug and alcohol testing for employees in “safety-sensitive” positions. Some 7338 Electrical Line Worker positions qualify as “safety-sensitive” as defined by the (FMCSA) and FTA regulations. The selected applicants for “safety-sensitive” positions will be required to pass a Pre-Employment drug test prior to appointment and shall be subject to Random, Post-Accident, Reasonable Suspicion, Return-To-Duty, and Follow-Up testing during employment. Prior to appointment to an FMCSA “safety-sensitive position, each applicant who has participated in a DOT drug and alcohol testing program within the immediately preceding two years will be required to sign a consent form authorizing the City to contact his/her prior employers concerning his/her drug and alcohol test history.”

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  •  Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously” 
  •  Follow instructions on the screen


Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org).



Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.



All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.



Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.


If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst, Jacque Sanders, by telephone at 415-554-6000 or by email at jacque.sanders@sfdpw.org.

Selection Procedures

Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience.  Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidates’ qualifications.  Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Agency will be invited to participate in the selection process.  Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview.

The application procedure is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need assistance to participate in this recruitment, contact Jacqueline Sanders (415) 554-6000. Notification in advance will enable the department and County to evaluate arrangements to reasonably accommodate your need.


Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be 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) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates 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 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.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

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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