NYC Parks and Recreation seeking Architectural Designer

The Capital Division at the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) manages the entire capital process from start to finish, including scope meetings, design, procurement of contractors and construction completion. We are proud to be the country’s largest employer of landscape architects, with over 100 currently on staff working on in-house and consultant-managed designs. We also have a large pool of architects and engineers, in addition to resident engineers who oversee the daily activities of contractors, budget and procurement staff, and many other talented employees.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Under direction, prepare construction drawings and specifications for the reconstruction of existing Department of Parks and Recreation building facilities.
  • Provide construction administration support including submittal approvals and design solutions to unexpected field conditions.
  • Develop requests for proposals to obtain architectural, engineering or construction management consultant services.
  • Manage consultants to ensure contract compliance with the project’s budget and schedule. Coordinate other agency reviews such as landscape architectural design and engineering trades.
  • Utilizing AutoCAD and other software, prepare and/or supervise the preparation of contract drawings and specifications.
  • Coordinate with in-house or consultant engineers to produce comprehensive design solutions.
  • Investigate and document existing building conditions.
  • Generate detailed project estimates and research potential products and materials for specification.
  • Manage project to meet budget and schedule restrictions.
  • Lead scoping meetings with project stakeholders to identify project goals.
  • Liaise with project stakeholders to keep them apprised of progress.
  • Coordinate with the budget, accounting and legal units to ensure efficient bidding and contract registration.
  • Actively contribute to the Architecture Unit’s development of production standards and systems 

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. A baccalaureate degree in architecture from an accredited college or university and two (2) years of full-time experience in planning, design, research, investigations and/or studies related to urban design development programs; or
  2. A satisfactory combination of education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1” above. However, a baccalaureate degree in architecture is required of all candidates. Graduate work leading to an advanced degree in architecture, urban design or city planning may be substituted for experience on a year-for-year basis.

Residency in New York City, Nassau, Orange, Rockland, Suffolk, Putnam or Westchester counties required for employees with over two years of city service. New York City residency required for all other candidates.

PREFERRED SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Candidate holds a permanent or non-competitive title.
  2. LEED Certification or a strong knowledge of sustainable and universal design principles.
  3. Strong skills in Photoshop and PowerPoint, and experience utilizing SketchUp or an alternate 3D rendering.
  4. At least one year leading a multidisciplinary team of professionals or experience managing consultant contracts.
  5. Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.
  6. Valid New York State driver license.
  7. Valid New York State license to practice architecture or engineering.
  8. Ability to work independently and efficiently.
  9. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple substantial architectural projects.
  10. Experience with public speaking and leading meetings.

Salary: $70,000 – $75,000 plus excellent benefits

Posted 4/28/17 Until Filled

For external applicants, please apply through www.nyc.gov/careers

For details about NYC Parks: www.nyc.gov/parks

References will be required upon request.

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