Associate Architect/Land Architect

Careers in Government
May 26, 2023
San Jose, CA
Job Type


About the Division:

The City Facilities Architectural Services Division of the Public Works Department manages the delivery of Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Projects, relating to public infrastructure and facilities, such as parks, trails, community centers, libraries, fire stations, police facilities, emergency housing, and various others City owned facilities for the residents of San Jose.

The Division consists of approximately 30 professional project managers, which include Architects, Landscape Architects, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, and Structural Engineers whose primary responsibility is to achieve project goals and objectives through resource management, facilitating project solutions, and coordination with internal/external stakeholders or agencies.

Position and Duties

Please note that applications are currently not accepted through CalOpps or any other third-party job board application system. To apply, applicants must complete an application via the City of San Jose's website at .

Per the City's COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy, the City requires all new hires to provide proof of vaccination as a condition of employment absent an approved medical or religious exemption. "Fully vaccinated" means the employee has received two doses of Pfizer, Moderna or Novavax or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson.

The actual salary shall be determined by the final candidate's qualifications and experience.

Salary Range: $112,361.60- $142,251.20.

In addition to the starting salary, employees in the Associate Structure/Landscape Designer classification shall also receive an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable compensation pay.

The City Facilities Architectural Services (CFAS) Division of the Department of Public Works is currently seeking to fill multiple Associate Structure/Landscape Designer positions. Professional licensing (Associate Architect/Landscape Architect) is desirable but not required (premium pay of 1.5% is available for licensed employees). Under the direction of a Senior Architect, the Associate Structure/Landscape Designer manages projects and is responsible and accountable for the effective and efficient project management of CIP Projects through all phases of the project. This position will act as the single point of contact for project coordination including design, scope of work, cost estimating, contract administration, budgets, and schedules.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

Key Responsibilities:

The Associate Structure/Landscape Designer project management duties may include, but are not limited to:

Interacts with various City departments on the development of the capital improvement project, including scope of work, schedule, and budget, as well as effectively communicating project status with stakeholders

Conduct meetings and presentations to committees, approval agencies, clients and the general public

Provides technical advice and assistance to other City departments, engineers, architects, and contractors for conformance with City policies and guidelines

Prepares technical reports and other documentation, designs, drawings, specifications

Analyzes/solves complex architectural problems/issues to ensure compliance with regulatory and performance standards and specifications; ensuring quality assurance, risk management, regulatory compliance and permitting is properly executed

Prepares and writes memos and reports on public works projects for City management and the public

Utilizes project controls, tracking, and reporting using Capital Project Management System (CPMS) or other project management software

Prepares and monitors project costs ensuring projects meet budget constraints; updating and ensuring the project stays on schedule

Reviews consultant and in-house work for aesthetics including layout, massing, hierarchy, vocabulary, rhythm, placement, color, and choice of materials

Prepares and writes consultant agreements, negotiates consultant design fees and verifies that the fees are appropriate with the scoped services

Reviews plans, and specifications prepared by consultants to ensure conformity to project program requirements, building codes and ordinances.

Manages construction contracts, conducts pre-bid meetings, evaluates bidders and conducts pre-construction meetings

Manages the work of consultants and contractors through the development of project requirements including; project strategies, budget, schedule, and compliance with City policies, procedures, design and construction standards, regulations and codes

Negotiates/modifies contracts, resolve claims and disputes

The ideal candidate will possess a high level of professionalism, excellent customer service skills and a strong work ethic. The position requires excellent judgment, initiative, perseverance, integrity, organizational skills, flexibility, and written and verbal communication skills. The ideal candidate must have extensive experience in the delivery of capital improvement projects.

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