5268 Architect

Bureau of Building Design & Construction

Recruitment #PEX-5268-085740




APPOINTMENT TYPE:  Permanent - Exempt.   San Francisco Public Works has an opening for an exempt appointment in San Francisco. 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. 

We are recruiting for a full-time 5268-Architect with specialty experience in Healthcare and Office of the State Healthcare Project Development (OSHPD) projects.  Public Works expects to convert this Permanent – Exempt position to a Permanent Civil Service position if funding permits.

This position is necessary for the support of this complex project and multiple related projects on the San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) and is funded by the SF Department of Public Health Bond Programs and the City’s Capital Improvement program with an appointment duration of up to three (3) years. 



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



The main project to be assigned to the successful candidate is the San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) Building 5 Seismic Improvements and Renovations project. With the new acute care hospital scheduled to open Spring, 2016, the San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) Campus Master Plan proposes moving various department functions from the seismically deficient brick buildings and other Public Health locations around the city into Building 5, the existing acute care hospital.  The renovation work will consist of improvements to accommodate the change of use, modifications necessary for outpatient services, clinics, and various structural improvements.  Construction is estimated at $110 million. Anticipated completion date is in 2020.


The 5268 will be a lead Architect for the Renovation Projects at San Francisco General Hospital. The successful candidate should have experience in healthcare and/or public projects of all sizes to assume the responsibility for planning, development, and execution of plan & 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 for BDC.







The 5268 Architect performs difficult and responsible professional architectural work in connection with the design, construction, maintenance and conversion of public buildings; plans, assigns and directs the activities of assigned personnel engaged in such work; and performs related duties as required.   In conjunction with managing and executing the technical aspects of projects summarized above, the 5268 Architect provides comprehensive project planning and coordination services, including maintaining excellent client relationships, supporting contract negotiation and administration of consultants, public and user group presentations, and maintenance of budgets and schedules for the assigned projects.  The Architect also participates in the professional development of subordinate staff.   The Architect will be responsible for architectural duties which include, but are not limited to:


·         Delivering projects with a construction value more than $10M in an urban setting.  Delivering healthcare and public projects at all scales, leading multiple projects and project teams with a high standard of project delivery excellence, including construction documents and construction administration.

·         Maintaining excellent Client relationships.

·         Working and leading effectively in a team environment.

·         Supervising and participating in the preparation of complex and challenging conceptual, schematic and detailed design, through final contract documents, bidding and supplemental documents, project schedules and budgets for a wide variety of construction projects.

·         Working as a collaborator and team leader within a multi-disciplinary team environment; teaching and inspiring others to strive for continued technical excellence in project delivery.

·         Preparing proposals for services and agreements with clients.  Supervising the expenditure of the project budget and maintaining the project schedule.

·         Working with in-house Technical Manager & Core Technical Staff to improve upon and set the standards for in-house constructability reviews and maintaining our detail libraries for all projects with a particular focus on OSHPD & Healthcare projects.

·         Examining, analyzing and making recommendations on submitted construction bids and consultant qualifications and proposals; reviewing and analyzing contract modifications and making recommendations accordingly.

·         Planning, distributing and coordinating work by staff; organizing the work of multiple designs and engineering disciplines, checking drawings and specifications prepared by staff, consulting Architects and Engineers for conformance with design intent, project program criteria and codes.

·         Reviewing and checking contractors' correspondence, reports, change order requests, payment requests, and submittals including shop drawings, material samples, and substitutions to ensure contract compliance and conformity with the design intent.

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.



  • Eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in the architectural field, including architectural design, architectural detailing, construction documents, programming, preliminary cost budgeting, specification coordination and review, and construction administration.
    • This experience must include four (4) years serving as a job captain or project leader, and two (2) years of verifiable experience as a licensed architect in the State of California. (Experience in lower-level classes (i.e., 5260, 5261, 5265, or 5266) is considered qualifying.)

License and Certification:

  • Possession of a license to practice architecture in the State of California issued by the California State Board of Architectural Examiners.
  • 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.

·         Eight (8) years of relevant project delivery experience with a strong background in healthcare projects and projects under the jurisdiction of OSHPD, especially type 1 (acute care) and 2 (skilled nursing) and renovations in occupied hospitals.   

·         Listed as Project Architect, Project Manager or Architect of Record or an Authorized Architect on at least one (1) OSHPD permitted of significant size (over $500,000).

·         A portfolio demonstrating completed, related projects for which the candidate was directly responsible for the technical aspects of design solutions, especially those where the candidate was the Project Architect and/or stamping Architect of Record on an OSHPD project.

·         Ability to develop a rough order of magnitude cost estimates for projects.

·         Ability to work and lead effectively in a team environment.  BDC also appreciates in all staff a great attitude, flexibility, and the willingness to take on responsibility.

·         Experience working as a collaborator and leader within a multi-disciplinary team environment teaching and inspiring others to strive for technical excellence.

·         Proficiency in AUTOCAD and/or REVIT, demonstrated by at least 5 years of experience.

·         Experience with management of the project design and delivery process, including interaction with consultants and contractors.  Extensive experience coordinating other disciplines in projects involving phased construction in occupied hospitals around complex building systems, including those lacking as-built drawings.

·         Experience with budgeting, scheduling, and contracting procedures, as well as contractual and liability issues in design and construction. Experience is competitively bidding complex construction projects.

·         Extensive experience in Construction Administration, including at least three (3) successful OSHPD permit closeouts.

·         Extensive experience coordinating with contractors, Construction Managers, Inspectors and code officials, particularly OSHPD officials, and conducting field observation of work in progress. Experience assembling and processing Deferred Items and Amended Construction Documents on at least three (3) OSHPD permitted projects.


How To Apply


In order to be considered for this position, you must submit, in addition to the CCSF application online, the following:

·         A cover letter explicitly indicating how you meet the Desirable Qualifications (attach to the Resume tab)

·         A resume (attach to the Resume tab)

·         PDF portfolio (10 pages maximum - demonstrating completed, built, related projects for which the candidate was directly responsible for the technical aspects of design solutions.  Note: The candidate if selected for an interview will have the opportunity to present their entire portfolio at that time(attach to the Other tab)

·         Verification of CA Architect license, (copy of license) (attach to the License Tab)

·         Copy of valid California driver’s license (attach to the License Tab)

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Selection Plan

Candidates meeting the minimum requirements are not guaranteed advancement to the selection process.  Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility and/or disqualification.  All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how the applicant meets the minimum qualifications must be included on their application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether the applicant meets the minimum qualifications.   Resumes will not be accepted instead of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.

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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AMENDED: May 4, 2018 to extend the filing deadline


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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