Placer County

Architect - Senior (#14213)

$55.46-$69.26 Hourly / $9,613.07-$12,005.07 Monthly / $115,356.80-$144,060.80 Yearly


To perform the most complex professional architectural duties; to oversee consultant and construction contracts; and to provide assistance to management staff in developing and administering the division budget and division-wide policies and procedures.


This is the advanced journey level in the Architect series. Positions at this level are distinguished from the journey level Architect by the level of responsibility assumed, complexity of duties assigned, and the independence of action taken.  Employees perform the most difficult and responsible types of duties assigned to classes within this series, which includes the exercise of direct supervision over professional, technical and clerical staff as assigned.  Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned area of responsibility. 


Receives general direction from a Capital Improvements Manager and designated management personnel.  May exercise direct supervision over assigned Capital Improvements professional, technical and clerical staff.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Direct, monitor, and oversee the work of division staff project teams, including professional level architects, senior project managers, technical and clerical staff.
  • Participate in the selection of staff; provide or coordinate staff training, conduct performance evaluations, recommend discipline; implement discipline as directed.
  • Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise and review the work of assigned professional, technical and clerical staff.
  • Prepare design and construction drawings and specifications for new construction or alterations; and prepare general layout and perspective drawings to illustrate and evaluate proposed projects.
  • Provide construction contract administration for the most difficult and complex Capital Improvements projects undertaken by staff; conduct construction inspections for difficult projects and implement contract change orders as needed in order to ensure compliance with intended function of division projects.
  • Assess departmental project funding and modify contract conditions with consultants and/or contractors as needed; manage construction budgets and coordinate and monitor capital improvements construction projects including consultation with architects, engineers, and consultants.
  • Assist management staff in the development of technical standards and division-wide policies and guidelines; establish and monitor procedures for work flow and format.
  • Participate in the development and administration of the division budget; provide cost estimates, projections and recommendations based upon needs analysis; monitor expenditures and provide feedback to management staff as needed.
  • Plan check drawings and determine code compliance.
  • Prepare reports, correspondence, agreements, graphs, tables and other written documents; analyze, interpret and explain laws, policies, codes and regulations to affected stakeholders; make presentations at public meetings as required.
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, other County employees, and the public using principles of good customer service.


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Three years as a licensed professional architect.

Training: Possession of an Architect License issued by the California Architects Board meets the training requirements for this classification.

Required License or Certificate:

  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position. Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.

  • Possession of an Architect License issued by the California Architects Board.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of personnel management techniques, including employee supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
  • Policies and procedures of  assigned department and its respective divisions.
  • County government and services as they relate to facility needs and administrative requirements.
  • Principles and practices of architecture and construction management, including, but not limited to, building materials and construction methods, common descriptions of real property, and the methods and techniques used in planning, designing, and drafting municipal buildings.
  • Principles and practices of project and contract administration, including budget management and control, basic accounting and contract negotiations.
  • Pertinent Federal, State, and local statutes, ordinances, and regulations, including International Building Code and contract law.
  • County procurement policies and procedures.
  • Principles and practices of architectural design, including computer aided drafting and design technology.
  • Statistical methods and analysis, and the use of statistics in reports.
  • Modern office procedures and methods; computer hardware and software, including word processing, spreadsheet, database, CADD and graphics applications.
  • Research, analysis, program development, and management techniques.
  • Administrative procedures and methods.
  • Business correspondence and report preparation.
  • Workplace safety.

Ability to:

  • Effectively plan, direct supervisor and evaluate the work of assigned staff.
  • Organize, implement and direct architectural operations and activities of assigned division.
  • Participate in the development, monitoring and administration of the division budget.
  • Analyze, interpret and explain pertinent laws, codes, regulations, and Placer County policies and procedures.
  • Prepare architectural drawings and specifications of difficult and complex alterations, new buildings, and miscellaneous construction projects.
  • Review detailed plans and specifications; prepare contract documents and cost estimates for difficult and complex capital improvements projects.
  • Analyze situations quickly and effectively and determine appropriate course of action; collect analyze, and interpret data; evaluate, negotiate, and resolve operational issues.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

CLASS: 14213; EST: 9/1/2001; REV: 8/18/2014;