5265 Architectural Associate 1

Job Captain - Justice Facilities

Recruitment #PEX-5265-088548


APPOINTMENT TYPE:  Permanent - Exempt.   The General Services Agency Department is recruiting for an exempt appointment with San Francisco Public Works.  The position is excluded by the Charter from competitive civil service examination process.  The successful candidate shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer. 

This position is funded by the Earthquake Emergency Response Bond Program and the City’s Capital Improvement plan with an anticipated duration of up to three (3) years.  This position is necessary to support various projects related to and in support of these complex projects and multiple related projects for Justice Facilities projects; including but not limited to Police Stations, Jails, Juvenile probations, etc.  General Services Agency is recruiting for a full-time 5265-Architectural Associate I – Job Captain with specialty experience in Justice Facilities to work at San Francisco Public Works. We intend to convert this Permanent – Exempt position to a Permanent Civil Service Position in the future if funding permits.        

San Francisco Public Works’ Building Design & Construction (BDC) Architectural division is a full-service Professional Architectural office that provides Architectural services to City agencies in San Francisco.  They are one of the few City Departments in the United States that offer full Architectural design and project delivery services.  Works includes excellent projects such as Fire Houses, Libraries, Recreation Buildings, Parks, Public Safety Buildings and Health Services buildings.  Public Works is proud to be providing full-service design and construction for our great city. 

Job Description & Duties:

BDC currently has an opening position for an Architectural Associate I – Job Captain, who will focus on Justice Facility projects, including Police & Sherriff Stations, Jails, and Juvenile Probation Centers. 

Seeking motivated candidates who have a strong construction document and technical focus.  The successful candidate should have extensive expertise in commercial and/or public projects of all sizes to assume the responsibility for planning, development and execution of planning & technical documentation, which may include interpreting, organizing and coordinating project team assignments while continuously striving to improve the overall standards of construction documentation and design quality. 

Under the direction of an Architect and/or Senior Architect, the focus of the Architectural Associate I will be design and production delivery.  The Architectural Associate I will be responsible for performing a variety of tasks and architectural duties which include, but are not limited to:

  • Receives instruction on specific assignment objectives, complex features and possible solutions and independently performs assignments. Sets the overall strategy for producing the documents and identifies the content of the deliverables for each stage of the work.
  • Prepares and supervises the preparation of preliminary plans and detailed drawings for a wide variety of complex construction, adaptive reuse of historic buildings and/or seismic upgrades projects.
  • Develops finished designs of small to medium sized projects and portions of designs for highly complex projects. ·        Prepares and assists in the preparation of contract specifications for various projects; coordinates design activities with those responsible for the structural, mechanical and electrical design phases of such projects; participates in conferences and discussions with representatives of City departments and outside organizations relative to design, specifications, and functional use problems.
  • Provides preliminary Code & ADA analysis summaries for a project, including Exiting Diagrams for Construction Documents.
  • Execute the designed scope and facilitate approvals with the team. Assist on the communication between consultants such as architects, engineers, interior lighting consultants, construction personnel and/or subcontractors, and other consultants as applicable.
  • Makes field inspections during construction and prepares drawings for buildings for approval by regulatory agencies; Assist in administration of construction contracts by attending on-site visits, field reviews and project meetings; Prepare and coordinate the review of contractor’s schedules, submission of shop drawings and samples; Provide technical support and project communications to team as required.
  • Respond to RFI’s and checks shop drawings and material samples proposed for substitution to determine if contract specifications are in compliance.
  • Assists in the development and advancement of junior staff members through coaching, training and effective supervision.  

In addition to the above duties, this position will include the following core responsibilities:

  • Act as job captain providing production drawings under the Project Architect & Manager for Civic/Justice projects including Police, Justice, Juvenile Probation, and other Civic/Municipal facilities
  • Be responsible for production drawings, consultant coordination, management of project team, quality control management through all project phases
  • Maintain and further develop your professional goals and thought leadership in alignment with the work of the BDC and Public Works.

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.

Desirable Qualifications:

The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

  • Strong Construction Document, Specification and Detailing experience
  • Construction Administration Experience
  • A working knowledge of San Francisco & California Building Codes.
  • Highly skilled in AutoCAD
  • 2 years of Revit experience and/or an Autodesk Revit training Certificate
  • Skilled in Sketch-Up, and Photoshop
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of functional and operational requirements of justice facility projects to comply with laws, standards, codes and guidelines of authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ)
  • Candidates should be articulate and have the ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • A portfolio demonstrating completed, relevant justice facility projects.
  • Ability to prepare and facilitate communication between engineering disciplines, clients, agencies, consultants and contractors.



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

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*Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility or disqualification.


Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Department of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst, NINA GALDAMEZ, by telephone at 415-554-6051, or by email at nina.galdamez@sfgov.org

Selection Plan

Applications will be reviewed for relevant qualifying education and experience.  Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the department will be invited to participate in the interview process.

Selection Procedures

Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the selection process.  Qualified applicants who are selected for an interview will be notified of the exact date, time, and place of the interview.

Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

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.


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Reasonable Accommodation Requests: ADA Accommodation: Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable accommodation at https://goo.gl/isASZt

Veterans Preference: Information regarding requests can be found at https://goo.gl/j1EMgT


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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