City of Santa Barbara
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Job Description
The City of Santa Barbara’s Public Works Department is searching for a Principal Architect to deliver public capital infrastructure projects. Be part of a high performing team that works collaboratively on a variety capital projects that benefit our community. This position will be the City’s technical expert in the field of architecture, supporting capital programs and policies throughout all City Departments including, but not limited to, Airport, Library, Parks and Recreation, Public Safety, and Waterfront. Through leading and mentoring a team of architects and engineers, the position oversees delivery of public projects from conception through construction. Working collaboratively and independently in a dynamic environment, the Principal Architect will serve a vital role in bringing projects to completion.  
The Principal Architect will manage all aspects of the work of staff, consultants, and contractors responsible for providing design and construction services for capital projects. The position will oversee and participate in the technical aspects of capital projects including the preparation of plans, specifications, cost and quantity estimates, and bid documents for capital construction projects including providing quality assurance/quality control review and constructability/value engineering review of construction documents. The Principal Architect will negotiate terms and fees for consultant contracts and be responsible for approval of contractor and consultant pay requests.  The position requires strong project and program management skills including establishing schedules and methods for providing assigned services, the identification of resource needs, and the effective allocation of resources accordingly.
The Principal Architect works collaboratively with facilities, business, and capital program managers across all City departments to identify, prioritize, and budget for capital project needs.  The position recommends and assists in the implementation of capital program goals and objectives.   The position will frequently prepare and present items to Council, Boards and Commissions, private and public organizations, outside agencies, and City management staff.  
The Principal Architect is expected to provide exemplary customer service to all individuals by demonstrating a willingness to be attentive, understanding, responsive, fair, courteous, respectful, and to actively participate in maintaining a positive customer service environment.
The ideal candidate:
Has strong technical and interpersonal skills and experience necessary to manage and deliver capital programs within a collaborative team environment.
Has a proven track record of project management and contract administration experience that demonstrates the ability to successfully deliver projects.
Understands the techniques of managing, scheduling, and monitoring multiple projects simultaneously to ensure timely completion within budget.
Can participate in, and manage, in-house design of small to medium, multi-discipline, capital projects.
Solves and communicates controversial and complex technical problems to a wide variety of stakeholders.
Has extensive construction experience and can monitor progress and ensure conformance to plans, specifications, and construction and safety standards and/or provide direction to staff regarding construction contract administration.
Is thoroughly knowledgeable of the California Building Code Standards including areas related to requirements for new and remodel building projects.

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