City and County of San Francisco

Architectural Associate I (#5265)

$46.48-$56.49 Hourly / $8,056.00-$9,791.00 Monthly / $96,668.00-$117,494.00 Yearly


Under direction, performs a variety of difficult and responsible architectural duties in connection with the investigation of building sites, preparation and coordination of preliminary and final working designs and drawings, and the preparation of related specifications for a variety of building renovations and construction maintenance and conversion projects; may plan and assign work to subordinate architectural drafting personnel; and performs related duties as required.

Distinguishing Features

Positions in class 5265 Architectural Associate I are distinguished from those in class 5266 Architectural Associate II in that the latter class has broader administrative responsibilities, including consultation and coordination with other agencies and departments, and responsibility for major projects. Class 5265 Architectural Associate I usually functions as a job captain and provides work direction to Architectural Assistants. Positions in class 5265 are distinguished from those in class 5261 Architectural Assistant II in that the latter assists this class on projects and performs less difficult architectural duties.

Supervision Exercised

Serves as a project lead and provides direction to subordinate architectural personnel.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties

According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

1. Prepares and supervises the preparation of preliminary plans and detailed drawings for a wide variety of complex construction, conversion and repair projects.

2. Develops finished designs of ordinary projects and portions of designs for highly complex projects.

3. Analyzes and interprets data, sketches and designs and provides technical assistance to subordinate architectural drafting personnel engaged in such work.

4. Prepares and reviews contract specifications for various projects; coordinates design activities with those responsible for the structural, mechanical and electrical design phases of such projects; participates in meetings and discussions with representatives of City departments and outside organizations relative to design, specifications, and functional use problems.

5. Makes field observations of projects under construction to ensure compliance with contract documents; takes field measurements, documents existing conditions and incorporates data provided by other professionals, such as surveyors and geotechnical engineers.

6. Makes, coordinates, and reviews quantity and cost estimates; checks construction submittals to determine if contract specifications are complied with.

7. May be required to perform duties in connection with the architectural phases of interior design and construction management; when appropriate applies critical path method techniques to such work.

8. Assists in the development and advancement of subordinate personnel.

9. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Requires comprehensive knowledge of: architectural terms, symbols, theory, details, and designing practices; considerable knowledge of architectural site development; graphic arts and the techniques of illustration.

Requires considerable ability to: Initiate, prepare and review architectural plans, specifications and estimates; apply architectural design principles and techniques in the solution of complex architectural problems and preparation of contract documents.

Requires skill in the application of architectural theory to practical design and construction problems; and considerable skill in the preparation of drawings and the use of electronic architectural drafting and/or 3D modeling software for building information modeling (BIM).

Minimum Qualifications

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification.  Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.


Possession of a baccalaureate degree in Architecture or an architecture related field such as Environmental Design or Interior Architecture, or a professional degree in Architecture (Bachelor of Architecture or Master of Architecture) from an accredited college or university.


Four (4) years of progressively responsible experience in the architectural field including architectural design, architectural detailing, construction documents, programming, preliminary cost budgeting, specification coordination and review, construction administration, and field observation of architectural construction projects, all under the direction of a licensed architect. One (1) year must have been served as a job captain, project lead, or in some role of increased responsibility and supervision on a project. (Experience in a lower-level class (i.e., 5260 or 5261) is considered qualifying.)

License and Certification:

Possession of a valid California driver’s license.


Amended: 12/1/1975; 6/4/2015

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

CLASS: 5265; EST: 1/1/1900; REV: 6/4/2015;