Planning/Design & Construction
Nov 07, 2017
Apr 03, 2018
Full Time

Position Summary

Is this position exempt from overtime pay?


Establishes design criteria in accordance with the approved educational specifications. Prepares feasibility studies, plans, and specifications for small projects as required. Evaluates new products and equipment for new schools or renovation projects. Works closely with outside consultants, internal groups and school personnel. Works with other departments to ensure design requirements are in keeping with emerging educational requirements. Participates in project life cycle, value engineering, and constructability reviews for projects. Reviews designs for third party projects.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?


1. Works with Design Office staff and Lead Architect to develop schematic designs, design developments and construction documents for small construction projects.

2. Works with the Department of Instruction, Maintenance, Purchasing and architects and engineers to schedule, design and produce remodeling and/or renovations project plans and specifications.

3. Provides construction administration for small projects including review of submittals, change orders and claims.

4. In coordination with other Facilities groups, develops and maintains architectural, civil, mechanical, and electrical standards to allow for uniform system design. Have an in-depth understanding of agreements, conditions of the contract, Division 01, and their relationships to specifications.

5. Works with Purchasing Office to standardize furnishings, fixtures and equipment (ff&e) for capital construction projects. Develops and maintain system for use by school principal and Facilities project manager to purchase ff&e.

6. Develops and maintains standard Educational Specifications in coordination with the Department of Instruction and AACPS business divisions.

7. Communicates with other districts and outside agencies to keep current on code changes and trends in the school design and construction industry.

8. Develops and/or participates in the Request for Proposals (RFP) selection process for services required for capital projects.

9. Maintains modification to contracts and general conditions.

10. Prepares status reports and position papers for capital projects.

11. May be required to respond to emergency situations as necessary during and outside of normal business hours.

12. Participates in training specified by supervisor and relevant to duties performed.

13. Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made on request to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions


· Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture or a related field.


· Four (4) years of progressively responsible architectural experience, preferably in school design.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

· Ability to review and produce construction plans and specifications; ability to recognize deviations from such requirements; and the ability to appraise the quality and rate of construction progress on projects.

· Understanding of how to research and source products with demonstrated advanced skills in specification and product standard development.

· Excellent organizational, analytical, and planning skills.

· Excellent oral, written and presentation communication skills.

· Ability to effectively communicate verbally or in written form with architects and engineers, other staff members, agencies and the public.

· Comprehensive knowledge of codes governing the construction of buildings/schools.

· Ability to work outside traditional work hours during the school year.

· Proficient in AutoCAD and Microsoft Office applications.

· Must be available for after-hours work during the school year.

· Demonstrated ability to effectively work and communicate with diverse populations.

· Ability to employ business technology tools (e.g. E-mail, AACPS Intranet, electronic benefits enrolment tool, Microsoft Office Suite, etc.).


· Licensed Registered Architect in the State of Maryland preferred.

· Possession of a valid Class (C) Maryland driver's license, plus proof of a good driving record and have daily access to a vehicle.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS for employment in Grade D by new hire or transfer:

In addition to all the requirements of Grade C listed above:

· Six (6) years of progressively responsible experience in the architectural profession.

· Evidence of additional training that may be relevant to the position (e.g., LEED or CSI accreditation).

Career Ladder Requirements

Eligibility for Consideration for Advancement from Grade C to Grade D requires:

· Two years of continuous successful experience in the position at the Grade C level.

· Mastery of all responsibilities and duties of the position.

· Evidence of completion of additional training that may be recommended by supervisor and/or participation in approved professional development programs or courses, approved in advance by the supervisor.

· Achievement of identified goals as they relate to the needs of the district and as established by the supervisor.

· Consistent maintenance of an effective and orderly work environment.

· Consistent compliance with general office procedures such as standards contained in the AACPS Employee Handbook; demonstration of discretion and excellent customer service; regular and punctual attendance; and building dress code, including wearing AACPS ID badge.

· Above Satisfactory overall job performance for two (2) most recent consecutive years.

Physical Requirements

· As required by the duties and responsibilities of the job.


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