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Senior Architect

Department: Downstate Design
Location: New York, NY

Position Title:† † † † † † † † † ††Senior Architect
Grade/Classification:† † † † † 7(D1) Manager or Equivalent
Bargaining Unit:† † † † † † † ††CSEA Local 698
FLSA Status:† † † † † † † † † † ††Exempt
Hiring Rate:† † † † † † † † † † † ††$107,170

Primary Purpose

The Senior Architect oversees the management of projects in the design phase for DASNYís construction projects, and the monitoring of filing for code required permits, sign-offs, Certificates of Occupancy and dismissal of violations for NYC projects.

Essential Functions

  • Develop and maintain relationships with client representatives.
  • Manage the project development during the pre-design and design phases of the project, including meeting with clients and consultants and providing assistance, and managing all aspects of consultant contracts including review and approval of consultant requests for payment, amendments, extensions of schedule and contract closeout.
  • Perform periodic site visits to projects under construction and monitor the quality of design and construction work performed by Architects, Engineers, consultants, contractors and sub-contractors.
  • Perform independent, in-depth investigations of specific problems including Architectural analysis and recommendations.
  • Manage unit assignments and workload.
  • Select, manage and monitor consultant performance.
  • Monitor unit fees and hours for specific projects.
  • Consult with regulatory agencies regarding interpretations and applications.
  • Review highly technical designs, plans, specifications, addenda and change orders.
  • Review highly technical architectural/engineering reports and studies.
  • Monitor design reviews, trip reports and feasibility reports.† Resolve any issues identified in these reports.
  • Assist in the preparation of internal design work and design modifications and seal construction documents of internal design work as required.
  • Meet with and provide technical assistance and recommendations to unit staff, Construction staff and client representatives.
  • Coordinate with Construction staff to resolve project and/or program issues.
  • Assist in the resolution of technical disputes/differences as needed.
  • Assist in the development, compilation and distribution of technical data.
  • Monitor schedule for construction site visit activities.†
  • Represent DASNY at conferences and public functions. Participate in outreach meetings with professional organizations.
  • Assist in the planning of Planning, Design and Quality Assurance-wide staff meetings.
  • Communicate and provide guidance to staff with respect to policies, procedures, directives and priorities. Facilitate inter-unit communication.†
  • Assist in developing unit budgets and staffing levels.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • Train and evaluate employees.
  • Develop, document and implement policies and procedures.
  • Assess, develop and implement internal controls, and oversee the review and testing of same.
  • Undertake special assignments as directed.†
  • Must maintain regular attendance in accordance with DASNY attendance and leave policies.
  • Must adhere to the NYS Information Security Policy Standards established and issued by the Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Coordination.† (Standards can be found on the Intranet).


Supervision of employees is required.†

Physical/Mental/Visual Demands

Weekly travel is required, ranging from one to three days depending on workload, using public transportation, DASNY vehicle, rental vehicle or personal vehicle.† This travel may include overnight stays at public accommodations and related establishments.† Requires exposure to weather and temperature extremes, loud noises, heights (climbing ladders, scaffolding, etc.) and other work safety hazards (chemicals, fumes, etc.) of a construction site.† Requires time-pressured decision-making.† Must be able to work overtime or extended work hours as needed.†

Work Environment

Official station is a standard office environment, including the use of one or more of the following:† PC, printer, copier, electronic stapler/hole punch/date stamp, telephone, fax machine, shredder, scanner.† Observation and testing is completed at construction sites, buildings and other facilities, where the use of construction-related observation and testing equipment is required.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree plus seven years relevant post-license experience, including four years supervisory experience or successful completion of designated supervisor training during probationary period.† Must be licensed and registered in NYS as a Registered Architect.† Must possess a valid driverís license. Knowledge of the design and construction of educational, hospital and courthouse facilities.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Architecture plus ten years relevant post-license experience, including four years experience supervising and evaluating professional staff.† Must be licensed and registered in NYS as a Registered Architect.† Must possess a valid driverís license. Management experience.† Knowledge of the design and construction of educational, hospital and courthouse facilities.† Experience with CAD and BIM.† .

Essential Skills

  • Demonstrated leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and exercise sound judgment.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Demonstrated analytical and conceptual skills.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of management principles.
  • Proficiency in PC applications such as Outlook, Excel, Access, Word and PowerPoint.††

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