Recruitment #2402-1803-001


Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is an urban hub bursting with energy. Milwaukee provides a casual sophistication – big city appeal without the big city hassles. We are accessible and affordable, and our residents are welcoming. Milwaukee has evolved through the years, bringing together its unsurpassed charm with a breathtaking art museum, top-flight cultural attractions, professional sports, lakefront festivals, recreational opportunities, and great restaurants.

The City of Milwaukee is proud to employ a diverse workforce that is committed to providing exemplary service to the City’s residents. If you have a passion for being a part of an inclusive team of public servants, please consider the following opportunity.


Under the general direction of the Architectural Project Manager, the Architect III defines the scope of and coordinates capital projects, including new construction and alterations. The Architect III is responsible for all aspects of a project from conception through construction and closeout.

Essential Functions


  • Provide project design services including programming, schematic design, design development, and contract documents associated with a building project.  
  • Develop all cost estimates associated with a building project, such as design, administrative, inspection, environmental, and inflation.
  • Direct and oversee contracted design firms for project design services, including programming, schematic design, design development, contract documents, and cost estimates.
  • Conduct field inspections during construction to ensure compliance with the contract documents and the design intent.

 Project Management and Supervision 

  • Prepare cost estimates to ensure projects stay within budgetary limitations throughout the design process; determine that funds are properly allocated for each phase of the project.
  • Review and approve shop drawings and payment requests; respond to and evaluate requests for information (RFIs) and contract modifications during the construction phase.
  • To fully develop the scope of capital projects, coordinate internal resources and external consultants involved with design and construction.
  • Prepare bid documents, notify potential contractors of pending bid notices, and review and recommend bids to award.
  • Oversee construction administration services, including attending project construction meetings; review, approve, and prepare change orders.
  • Prepare and monitor individual project schedules.
  • Prepare and/or review studies, reports, and budget estimates for proposed capital projects.

We welcome qualified individuals with disabilities who are interested in employment and will make reasonable accommodations during the hiring process in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be able to climb ladders or scaffolding for above and below grade conditions.

Minimum Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree in architecture from a National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited architecture program.
  2. Four years of experience as a design professional performing duties related to those above.
  3. Valid State of Wisconsin driver's license at time of appointment and throughout employment.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.

NOTE: Please do not attach your academic transcripts to your employment application. The hiring department will verify candidates’ education as part of the background screening process prior to extending any job offers.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Registered Architect with the State of Wisconsin.
  • Professional experience with complex projects at a large architecture firm.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Knowledge of architectural design principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of the International Building Codes, industry standards, and building condition reports.
  • Knowledge of commercial building construction materials and methods.
  • Knowledge of contract management, specifications, and the bid processes.
  • Knowledge of structural, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and life safety systems.
  • Knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008 as it pertains to architectural design and redesign of buildings.
  • Ability to effectively utilize computer-aided design (CAD), MicroStation, and Microsoft software to review drawings, create reports, and write specifications.
  • Ability to interpret codes and construction documents.
  • Ability to develop accurate capital project estimates.
  • Ability to use flow and relationship diagrams to develop efficient use of building spaces.

Communication and Interpersonal

  • Customer service skills to attend to clients’ needs in a professional and courteous manner.
  • Ability to effectively develop and maintain strong working relationships with diverse individuals internal and external to the organization.
  • Verbal communication skills to brief staff, external partners, residents, and officials on project progression and conduct presentations as a representative of the City of Milwaukee.
  • Written communication skills to produce contracts and communicate project impacts to stakeholders in reports and specifications.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with coworkers and residents whose backgrounds may differ from one’s own.

Judgment and Responsibility

  • Ability to work calmly under pressure, prioritize, and accomplish work within project timelines.
  • Ability to coordinate and delegate work to appropriate staff to ensure that deadlines are met.
  • Project management skills to coordinate staff and resources and to ensure timely completion of capital projects.
  • Problem solving skills to identify complex problems, evaluate available options, and implement solutions.
  • Ability to serve as an effective steward of City resources.

Current Salary

The current salary range (PR 2MN) is $94,758 - $112,137 annually, and the current resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $97,601-$115,501. Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon qualifications and is subject to approval.

Those with a Registered Architect license will be paid an additional 3%.

The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program that includes the following:

  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program
  • Onsite Clinic Services
  • Onsite Employee Assistance Program
  • Alternative Work Schedules
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Paid Vacation
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Leave and other paid leaves
  • Flexible Spending Arrangement
  • Commuter Value Pass

For full details of the benefits offered by the City of Milwaukee, please visit

Selection Process

THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: an evaluation of education, experience and/or responses to supplemental questions; a written or performance test, a structured interview or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations reserves the right to call only the most qualified candidates to structured interviews and performance examinations. Structured interviews may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job.

INITIAL FILING DATE - The selection process will be held as soon as practical after the deadline listed above. Receipt of applications may be discontinued at any time after this date without prior notice. However, recruitment may continue until the needs of the City have been met. Qualified applicants will be notified of the date, time, and place of the selection process components. Unless otherwise required by law, the City of Milwaukee will not provide alternative selection process dates or times. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the job selection process at the time and place designated by the City of Milwaukee.

Additional Information

APPLICATIONS and further information may be accessed by visiting

  • If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or
  • The Department of Employee Relations is located in City Hall, 200 E Wells St, Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202.  


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“The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.”