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Sr. Project Architect Towson

Baltimore County Public Schools

Baltimore County Public Schools Towson MD United States

1 week ago

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CLASS TITLE: Sr. Project Architect


GRADE: 07/OPE $80,617 to $124,632 (Annual Salary Scale for Exempt 12-Month Employees Represented by BCPSOPE 2022-2023 Effective July 1, 2022)

REPORTS TO: Senior Supervisor, Planning

DEFINITION: Serves as senior project architect for the planning, design and construction phases of new construction and renovation capital improvement projects. Plans, organizes, and directs the oversight of large, multi-faceted capital improvement projects and architectural/ engineering studies.

• Provides overall project oversight, reporting, and coordination for large, single-and multi-phased capital improvement projects at various phases (planning, design, and construction).
• Manages the architecture/engineering design teams, construction managers, and contractors to ensure the study or project is being completed on time and under budget. Ensures that projects maintain completion milestones. Resolves project design issues and construction delays.
• Assists in creating and updating design standards. Oversees preparation and documentation for facility’s feasibility studies, planning studies, and site studies. Assists in creating and updating education specifications.
• Prepares schematic designs/design development/construction documents packages, specifications, and cost estimates.
• Reviews, comments upon, and approves engineering designs of in-house and consultant engineers. Reviews drawings, specifications, and calculations to ensure compliance with design standards and intent. Interprets codes, regulations, and requirements.
• Participates in community engagement and committee meetings with community and school stakeholders. Oversees preparation of historic property’s Determination of Eligibility, as needed.
• Performs constructability reviews during the design process to find potential sources of conflict. Investigates project sites to document existing conditions and possible issues.
• * Participates in and conducts meetings with consultants, school administrators, the public and others. Participates in project design and bidding process, assisting BCPS’ project manager/planner. Participates in pre-bid meetings with contractors and representatives of other agencies. Assists with answering contractor questions during bid phase of project. Conducts pre-construction meetings with contractors.
• Ensures that contractors adhere to established schedules, standards, and contracts. Meets with and coordinates project work with school-based administrators, contractors, and others.
• Serves as liaison between the contractor, architect, BCPS, and the Office of Facilities Construction and Improvement.
• Analyzes complex building issues and recommends a course of action based on analysis. Prepares and presents detailed studies and reports. Works with engineers, architects, maintenance staff, and others to investigate and resolve problems.
• Prepares and reviews cost estimates, specifications, and other construction documents. Navigates and prepares the review and approval of projects with the State of Maryland and other outside agencies. Gathers and assembles data required for state reports and other documents. Prepares correspondence relating to projects.
• Develops and implements scopes of work, cost estimates, design/technical submittal reviews, change order management and financial and schedule oversight.
• Evaluates data/information with electrical, mechanical, and civil engineers; prepares schematic design solutions.
• Develops and tracks construction project plans, schedules, and budgets. Checks drawings and confirms that the construction is performed according to the drawings, specifications, and codes. Oversees and approves projects as they progress. Visits project sites, evaluates the existing conditions; meets with the principals for their input.
• Prepares correspondence related to projects.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

Education, Training and Experience:
Possession of a bachelor’s degree in architecture or engineering. Eight years of experience in architectural design or engineering.

Note: Other combinations of applicable education, training, and experience that provide the knowledge and skills necessary to perform effectively in the class may be considered.

Licenses and Certificates:
Possession of a valid class C Maryland driver's license or an equivalent is required.
Professional license in architecture from the State of Maryland or an equivalent.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of the principles and practices of architectural design.
Thorough knowledge, skills, and abilities in engineering.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities to supervise assigned engineering and design professionals.

Skill and ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with school personnel, consultants, contractors, manufacturers’ representatives, utility services, and others as necessary. Skill and ability to negotiate consultants’ proposals for professional services and change orders. Skill and ability to ensure the accuracy of construction drawings and specifications.
Skill and ability to organize, plan, and execute work with minimal supervision.

Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with contractors, school-based administrators, and others.
Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
Ability to maintain confidential information.

The duties of this class are generally sedentary with occasional walking, standing, and other limited physical activities. Duties will require travel to sites throughout Baltimore County and movement through project sites, buildings, and areas under construction. Work may include walking, standing, climbing of ladders, and exposure to potential hazards, such has traffic, heavy equipment, and adverse site conditions/weather when on construction sites.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Persons appointed to this classification are designated as Essential-As-Needed Personnel and are required to work when schools and/or offices are closed during adverse weather conditions or any other emergency when contracted and directed to do so.

Employees in this class may be assigned to work nights, evenings, weekends, and/or holidays. Employees are subject to call to duty in emergencies and may be required to work beyond their regularly scheduled hours with little advanced notice.

COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS: Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) is committed to providing the highest quality education to BCPS students and staff while ensuring the health and safety of its students, employees, customers, clients, contractors, interns, and other visitors. BCPS strongly encourages all persons to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. Information about accessing COVID-19 vaccines and boosters can be found at Detailed information about BCPS' COVID-19 mitigation plan and requirements can be found at

FLSA: Exempt

Eligible for the Baltimore County Employees’ Retirement System

This class specification defines the types of duties and level of difficulty of work required of positions in this title. It shall not be held to exclude duties not mentioned nor limit the right of management to assign work to employees.
Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required.

Application Instructions
Please read and carefully follow the instructions provided below.
• Applicants are required to have a completed application on file for employment with Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS). Each time an applicant applies to a job with BCPS, the application must be resubmitted. If an applicant started an application with BCPS in the past and at a later date decides to apply for additional positions, it is the applicant's responsibility to review the entire application and ensure that all data is up to date (for example, the applicant may need to add additional schooling or certifications, an additional work experience, or provide updated references). The applicant must remember to review the entire application each time for accuracy and submit each time for a new or different vacancy.
• Professional references must be submitted to complete your application. Examples of professional references include current and former principals, supervisors, managers, mentor teachers and university/college supervisors. Personal references from colleagues, friends, community members, etc. will not be accepted. Applicants should notify their reference proactively to inform them they will receive a form via email through a MAILBOT email address from Baltimore County Public Schools. Applicants should also inform their reference(s) of the job they are applying to.
• Be sure to account for all periods of employment and unemployment, including student teaching and internship experience, and include names, addresses, and telephone numbers of employers.
• Be sure to answer all criminal background questions. If you answer "yes" to any of the criminal background questions you must provide a written explanation. A criminal offense does not necessarily exclude an applicant from employment with BCPS. Factors such as passage of time since the offense, the nature of the violation, and the extent of rehabilitation will be taken into consideration.

Pre-Employment Requirements:
• All persons employed by the Baltimore County Public Schools, regular and temporary, are required to be fingerprinted and have a criminal background investigation (per COMAR) completed. The fee charged for fingerprinting is $106. An identification card will be issued which must be shown prior to employment.
• Anyone offered employment is required to provide proper identification and documentation of eligibility for employment in the US.
• If you have military experience, you will be asked to provide a copy of DD214.
• Official transcripts for all higher education must be received prior to contract signing.
• Some positions will require employees to undergo a physical examination and/or drug testing.
• All newly hired personnel must attend a Badges and Benefits session.
• Additional job verification will be required for salary credit.

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Board of Education of Baltimore County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status in matters affecting employment or in providing access to educational programs or activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding the Board’s nondiscrimination policies should be directed to: EEO Officer, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Baltimore County Public Schools, 6901 Charles Street, Building B, Towson, Maryland 21204 (443-809-8937). There is a compliance officer responsible for identifying, preventing, and remedying prohibited harassment concerning students. Complaints of harassment should be directed to the executive director, Department of School Safety and Security, 9600 Pulaski Park Drive, Suite 118, Baltimore, MD 21220 (443-809-4360).

Contact Information
Brad Kouyoumjian
Manager, Office of Staffing
6901 Charles Street, E Building
Towson, Maryland 21204
Phone: 443-809-7873
Fax: 410-296-0568
Email: [email protected]

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