CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
This is architectural work managing an architectural or architectural/engineering design
section of a department which provides design services for itself, or a section providing design
services for numerous City projects on a city-wide basis. An employee in this class directs
support personnel and/or consultants in the former role, and subordinate staff-level architects,
lower-level architects and support personnel in the latter role. In the latter role the employee
may provide administrative supervision to staff level and lower level engineers. Work is
performed under the direction of an administrative supervisor.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
- Establishes design procedures and regulations for the department, or section.
- Participates in preparing the capital budget programs.
- Develops design programs by ascertaining objectives, types of usage and/or occupancy
types, sizes, and number of spaces required by accounting for special site, code, materials
and/or equipment considerations and by making cost estimates.
- Reviews and participates in design studies of site improvements and/or building
construction or renovation work from the design program.
- Participates in the review of consulting firm's fees and contract proposals.
- Determines project priorities.
- Assigns projects or areas of work to staff.
- May represent the department at public meetings and conferences with other city
departments and governmental agencies.
- Reviews and participates in the preparation of design drawings, specifications, and cost
estimates by staff.
- Conducts general administration and inspection of construction work.
- Recommends adoption or execution of consulting firms' payment vouchers and
contractors' payment vouchers and change orders.
- Monitors design, construction, and post construction work for achieving design budget
and scheduling objectives.
- Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- the principles of architectural theory.
- the principles of planning and land use.
- materials and methods of construction.
- the principles of architectural management.
- the fundamental theory of structural, mechanical and electrical design.
- the preparation of sketches, presentation drawings, and mechanical drawings.
- communicate thoughts, directions, and designs with precision, clarity and persuasiveness
by writing, speaking and by graphics.
- assemble full data, isolate and evaluate pertinent criteria, criticize assumptions and
methods, and formulate valid conclusions.
- evaluate design programs and/or projects in terms of energy, environmental, economic,
social and legal aesthetic impacts.
- prepare schematic, preliminary, and final drawings and specifications.
- supervise staff-level architects, consultants and support personnel.
- establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, subordinates,
consultants, contractors, various governmental agencies and officials, and community
- prepare cost estimates.
- administer and inspect construction work.
- coordinate architectural, structural, mechanical, and electrical design work.
- develop and maintain project time schedules.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE (The following statement
represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject
applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based
on training and experience requirements as approved on 2/85.)
- Completion of a bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university with
major course work in architecture or architectural engineering.
- Six years of architectural experience, three years of which shall have been at the full
Or any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable
by the Personnel Department which has included a bachelor's degree in the above stated major
course work as an educational minimum.
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
- Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions
required of a position in this class.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND/OR CERTIFICATES
- Registration as a professional architect as issued by the Professional State Board of Examiners of Architects prior to appointment and during tenure.
PAY RANGE: EP25
Class Established: 1/1960
Latest Spec. Revision: 2/1985
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