5260 Architectural Assistant I

Building, Design & Construction

Recruitment #PEX-5260-081048


Appointment Type

Permanent Exempt (PEX). This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer. The position is limited to a maximum of three years.

Our Workplace

San Francisco Public Works, Building Design & Construction (BDC) division has a full service professional architectural office that provides architectural services to City agencies in San Francisco.  The division is one of the few City departments in the State of California that provide full architectural design services. 

Our Need

We are currently recruiting for entry level positions classified as 5260 Architectural Assistant I. The 5260 Architectural Assistant I is the entry level class in the architectural series. Positions in class 5260 Architectural Assistant I are distinguished from those in class 5261 Architectural Assistant II in that the latter class performs more complex and responsible duties under general supervision and may exercise limited work direction over Class 5260 Architectural Assistant I.

About the position(s)

We are looking for an entry level Architectural Assistant with strong design and graphic skills. This is a great opportunity for an entry level professional who is interested in getting well rounded experience in aspects of architectural project delivery from design through construction. 

The successful candidate will perform entry-level architectural work in the office and in the field, under supervision, and in connection with preparation of architectural documents. In addition, this candidate may also have the opportunity to participate in early concept & schematic design presentation work, including SketchUp, Photoshop and presentation documents as well as further project development through design development and construction documents.  

The candidate will have the opportunity to visit project sites, make routine field observations of projects under construction to assure conformance with plans and specifications.

Minimum Qualifications

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification.  Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.


Possession of a baccalaureate degree in Architecture/Landscape Architecture or an architecture/landscape architecture related field (such as Environmental Design or Interior Architecture) from an accredited college or university.


License and Certification:

Possession of a valid California driver’s license.


A professional degree in Architecture/Landscape Architecture (Bachelor of Architecture/Landscape Architecture or Master of Architecture/Landscape Architecture) from an accredited college or university may substitute for the required education.


Desirable Qualifications:

The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

  • Ability to provide preliminary architectural design at a junior to mid-level design level.
  • Skilled in REVIT and/or AutoCAD.
  • Skilled in SketchUp, Photoshop, Illustrator, and PowerPoint
  • Architectural rendering skills a plus
  • Ability to sketch out ideas by hand
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with ease.

Submission of a 10-page (maximum) pdf portfolio of selected work is highly recommended.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only 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


  • Proof of Minimum Qualifications, (transcript or other tab in JobAps)
  • Cover Letter, (other tab in JobAps)
  • Resume, (resume tab in JobAps)
  • Portfolio, Submission of a 10-page (maximum) pdf portfolio of selected work is highly recommended (other tab in JobAps) not to exceed 1MB.

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

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, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

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 exam analyst, NINA GALDAMEZ, by telephone at 415-554-6051, or by email at NINA.GALDAMEZ@SFGOV.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.

Qualified applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation in the selection process must contact the Agency by phone at (415) 554-6000 or, if hearing impaired at (415) 554-6015 (TTY).


Conviction History

As a finalist 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 finalist. 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 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.

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

If you are selected as a finalist, 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.


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://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

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.


Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: 

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at: 


Issued:  December 18, 2017
Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: 081048
GSA/ NG / 415-554-6051


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.

For more information about benefits, please click here.


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