City Architect


Date Posted



Architecture November 16, 2018 City of San Antonio San Antonio, CA, USA

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Under administrative direction, is responsible for performing professional management level work responsible for the overall management and implementation of all City architectural designs and construction projects. Working conditions are primarily in an office environment. Exercises direct supervision over assigned staff.

This position is an “unclassified” position and has no disciplinary appeal rights to the Municipal Civil Service Commission.  This position is likewise subject to at-will employment status and can be terminated at any time for any reason.

Essential Job Functions

  • Supervises, trains, and evaluates assigned personnel.
  • Assists in the negotiation of consultant contracts and fees on complex building projects.
  • Prepares financial feasibility studies and construction cost estimates used to establish and control budget cost.
  • Evaluates cost on change order proposals for acceptance and/or negotiation.
  • Directs and provides project and construction management inspections during all phases of City projects.
  • Advises all levels of department management on design concepts and construction issues.
  • Coordinates with firms and multi-disciplinary groups of professional architects, engineers, and contractors that support the City.
  • Reviews and coordinates payments to contractors and consultants based on inspection of work performed.
  • Represents the City at meetings with community groups, committees, and boards.
  • Develops, manages and updates the City’s Public Building Master Plan used to manage expansion, renovation, and new construction.
  • Ensures that designs are developed in support of City projects.
  • Develops design, phasing, and construction time schedules.
  • Conducts presentations for large and small groups.
  • Coordinates and provides leadership on special projects as assigned.
  • Performs related duties and fulfills responsibilities as required

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with preferable coursework in Architecture.
  • Eight (8) years of increasingly responsible experience as a professional architect, including three (3) years of administrative and supervisory responsibility.
  • No substitution for education allowed.
  • Valid Class ‘C’ Texas Driver’s License.
  • Must be licensed to practice as a Registered Architect in the State of Texas.


  • Knowledge of different types of Project Delivery methods.
  • Knowledge and experience in providing recommendation and evaluation of existing buildings.
  • Knowledge and experience in delivering projects within budget and on schedule.


  • If selected for this position, official transcripts, diplomas, certifications and licenses must be submitted at the time of processing.  Unofficial transcripts and copies of other relevant documents may be attached to the application for consideration in advance.
  • Please be advised that if selected for this position, information regarding employment history as it relates to the qualifications of the position will be needed for employment verification. Applicants claiming military service to meet the experience requirement for this position may attach a DD214 to the application.
  • Unless otherwise stated, applicants are permitted to substitute two years of related full-time experience for one year of higher education or one year of related higher education for two years of experience in order to meet the minimum requirements of the job. One year of full-time experience is defined as 30 or more hours worked per week for 12 months.  One year of higher education is defined as 30 credit hours completed at an accredited college or university.
  • Applicants selected for employment with the City of San Antonio in this position must receive satisfactory results from pre-employment drug testing and background checks.  If required for the position, a physical, motor vehicle record evaluation, and additional background checks may be conducted.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Familiar with environmental related items such as asbestos abatement and hydrocarbons.
  • Knowledge of programming, design, and construction processes.
  • Knowledge of building construction, building materials, and building trades.
  • Knowledge of urban design and City planning principles and landscape design.
  • Knowledge of handicap access requirements and codes.
  • Knowledge of architectural principles and practices, particularly in the construction of governmental, commercial, and institutional buildings.
  • Knowledge of principles, practices, and techniques used in estimating cost of building construction.
  • Knowledge of contract administration procedures, practices, and techniques.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of supervision, training, and personnel management.
  • Ability to operate a computer keyboard and other basic office equipment.

Closing date: December 6th, 2018