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Salary: $31.47-$38.42 hourly / $5,473-$6,682 monthly / Range: 6248

DEFINITION: Under direction, performs needs assessments, planning, master planning and professional architectural design of public buildings and improvements; develops project proposal for building design and construction; coordinates construction projects with contract architects and affected departments; and performs related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a class in which incumbents perform professional architectural functions including the more complex and difficult assignments and may coordinate planning, contract administration, and architectural design on several projects.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Performs architectural design of projects; makes cost estimates; prepares outline specifications for programmed projects; reviews requests from county departments for construction or remodeling as assigned; consults with requesting departments to determine design requirements, modifies plans and discusses changes with departments; coordinates with other departments in the preparation and administration of design and construction contracts; administers design and construction contracts by reviewing designs, specifications, estimates, progress reports, invoices, and actual construction activities of firms under contract to ensure compliance with stipulated project scope and design criteria; evaluates completed projects and verifies all contractual terms have been met; consults with other architects on major projects; assists with master planning and site development for future utilization of county property; may coordinate staff design, development and production of contract drawings; specifies materials, methods and equipment for projects; makes inspections during construction; makes interpretations of drawings and specifications, and attempts to resolve disputes; maintains related records and prepares reports.


  1. Three years of increasingly responsible professional experience in architectural design and construction; or,
  2. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Architectural Technician III with Santa Barbara County; or,
  3. equivalent combination of training, education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Requirements: Registration as a professional architect in the State of California is required. Initial appointment may be based on existing registration in another state with ability to obtain California registration within twelve months of appointment. Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License.

Knowledge of: principles and practices of architectural design and cost estimation; materials, methods and equipment used in building construction projects; California contract law; principles of project management and CPM scheduling; planning principles and related issues, such as environmental law, zoning, development, and traffic.

Ability to: design and prepare plans, specifications, and cost estimates for building projects; effectively communicate orally and in writing especially on project consultation and design; coordinate project design and construction by consultants and contractors; maintain effective relationships with other employees, departments, contractors, and the public.

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