Architect I (Colorado Springs) (133 views)

Colorado Springs, Colorado
January 24, 2019

This position is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  A residency waiver has been granted for this announcement. Applications will be considered from residents and non-residents of Colorado.

Need work/life balance while still using your skills in a non-traditional work setting?

You can make a valuable difference in your community and the State of Colorado working with the Department of Corrections.

If your goal is to build a rewarding, meaningful career, state employment offers:

  • Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the state system;
  • Retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan, PERA Defined Contribution Plan, plus 401K and 457 plans;
  • Medical and dental health plans;
  • Paid life insurance;
  • Short and long-term disability coverage;
  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick time;
  • Training opportunities and more.

This position will perform professional services to include project management, master planning, facility programming, regulatory agency approvals, design guidelines, construction standards, construction budgeting, contractor/consultant selection, code compliance reviews, design reviews, ensures compliance with legislative intent, as well as a leading role in coordination with private sector design consultants and coordination of engineering disciplines for “in-house” projects.

The primary job duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Conceives, develops, and has “on-point” responsibility in the detailing of new projects, including Capital Construction, Controlled Maintenance, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Life Safety.
  • Advises Project Representatives and Project Managers in resolution of project problems.
  • Leads private sector design teams by interpreting the program/space requirements of various projects and reviews Schematic Design, Design Development, and Contract Documents to ensure compliance with design program and budget.
  • Provides quality assurance for new project requests ensuring design parameters are consistent with existing Department guidelines and standards, and with legislative intent.
  • Establishes strategic planning and Facilities Master Plan. Leads responsibility for implementing and maintaining the physical plant record for the Department.
  • Develop site and Office of Primary Responsibility specific facility master plans.
  •  Research and write facility program plans and collaborate with private sector design professionals to assure compliance with the design program and construction management.
  • Prepares and evaluates requests for qualifications/proposals for professional services.
  • Coordinates end users’ wants and needs with overall Department strategic plan to assist the design teams in producing a project that can be justified and ultimately receive the appropriation necessary to implement.
  • Performs other job related duties as assigned or required.

**Please see job posting here or contact Dawn Nash at dawn.nash@state.co.us for additional information.**

Job Announcement closes February 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm

 Minimum Qualifications:

You must possess a current, valid license as an Architect by the Colorado State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors.


Current, valid licensure as an Architect in a reciprocating state with Colorado. (You must attach a copy of your Architect license with your application.)

Applicants who do not have a current, valid licensure as an  Architect by the Colorado State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors will be required to obtain this within six (6) months of hire.

Required Competencies:

  • Knowledge of materials, methods, and tools involved in the construction or repair of buildings or other structures;
  • Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technician plans, blueprints, drawings, and models;
  • Excellent interpersonal/customer service skills;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Highly effective critical thinking/decision making/complex problem solving skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, plan and prioritize;
  • Keen ability to multi-task and demonstrate flexibility;
  • Strong self-motivation;
  • Proficient in various software applications i.e., Microsoft Word, Excel, and Auto Computer Aided Design (AutoCAD);
  • Excellent attention to detail;
  • Ability to read and comprehend the English language;
  • Ability to effectively communicate fluently in English both verbally and in writing;

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree and/or master’s degree in Architecture or similar related field;
  • Direct experience assessing facility conditions and identifying maintenance and/or repair activities;
  • Experience that demonstrates prioritizing physical plant modifications;
  • Experience negotiating project specifications;
  • Experience developing operating strategies, plans, and procedures;
  • Experience preparing financial documents, report and budgets for projects.