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Architect, Supervising

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

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is the supervisory level in the Architect career series. This class is distinguished from the Architect class by its responsibility for supervision of professional architectural staff.


  1. Reviews requests from County departments for construction or remodeling; consults with requesting departments to determine design requirements, modifies plans, and discusses changes with departments; oversees master planning and site development for future utilization of County property.
  2. Performs architectural design of projects; prepares outline specifications for programmed projects; specifies materials, methods, and equipment for projects; makes cost estimates; consults with other architects on major projects.
  3. Prepares Requests for Proposals; independently, or as part of a review committee, evaluates proposals submitted and recommends a consultant for selection; negotiates contracts with consultants; and writes contracts and amendments.
  4. Coordinates with other County staff 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, design criteria, and contractual terms; makes inspections during construction; interprets drawings, specifications, and contracts and resolves disagreements with contractors that cannot be resolved by staff; evaluates completed projects and verifies all contractual terms have been met; maintains related records and prepares reports.
  5. Prepares a variety of documents, including: professional service agreements, evaluation criteria for proposals, and Board letters.
  6. May organize and participate in public workshops and address decision-making bodies, such as the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission, or other public agencies.
  7. Participates in the selection of staff; assigns and reviews work; provides professional or procedural guidance; evaluates performance; counsels employees on professional development, work performance, or other issues, and takes disciplinary actions when appropriate; prepares budget requests and monitors administrative budget.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Registration as a professional architect in the State of California; and,

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

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 may be required.

Knowledge of: principles and practices of architectural design and related fields, such as space planning; materials, methods, and equipment used in building construction projects; contract administration; competitive bidding process; negotiating techniques; public contracts code; principles of project management and critical path method scheduling; planning principles and related issues, such as environmental law, zoning, development, and traffic.

Ability to: plan, organize, assign, prioritize, and delegate work of self and others; design and prepare plans, specifications, and cost estimates for building projects; communicate orally and in writing; coordinate work of self and others to meet milestones and deadlines; establish and maintain effective relationships with subordinates, colleagues, customer departments, contractors, and the public; learn computer-aided design and standard business-related computer applications; learn and apply principles and practices of supervision and budget administration; establish standards and evaluate performance.

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