Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

TITLE: Architect

CATEGORY: Management

FLSA: Exempt



Under the direction of the Department Director provides expert level project planning for capital improvement projects. Typical responsibilities include: coordinating the planning and design processes; developing design criteria; ensuring appropriate building systems technology; assuring compliance with life safety and accessibility; controlling project costs and schedules; managing professional consultant teams; collaborating with maintenance department on project execution; and, providing continuity between the plan/design/construction phases.


The Architect is responsible for providing expert services in the areas of capital planning and projects.


  1. Monitors and reviews architectural design services provided throughout the College to ensure the needs of the institution are met, which includes: coordinating planning and design processes; facilitating programming and responses to functional needs; developing design criteria and College standards; overseeing contracts for professional services and contracts for construction; ensuring appropriate building systems technology; ensuring compliance with life safety, accessibility, and jurisdictional interfaces; controlling project costs and schedules; and/or, performing other related activities.
  2. Provides architectural planning and related services in-house for small projects, ensuring compliance with applicable College goals and directives. Manages project execution and implementation.
  3. Manages professional consultant teams and construction processes associated with defined projects.
  4. Monitors and ensures the continuity between the planning, design, and construction processes and documents and Facilities Management Services operations to achieve efficient and effective integration of changes and additions of new facilities, systems, and technology. Collaborates with applicable internal departments on project execution methods and procedures.
  5. Develops and maintains construction record documents and other related project information associated with College facilities.
  6. Participates in developing capital bond measures.
  7. Participates in the selection of vendors and contractors. Participates in defining the terms of contract agreements and ensures work is completed satisfactorily. Monitors the performance of contracts to ensure compliance with applicable specifications.
  8. Monitors project budgets to identify potential financial overruns and variances; makes appropriate recommendations to alleviate financial implications.
  9. Positions in this classification may perform all or some of the responsibilities above and all positions perform other related duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture, including licensure as an Architect in Oregon, and eight years responsible project/facilities management experience.


Knowledge of:

  • Architectural principles and practices;
  • Project management principles;
  • Construction principles and practices;
  • Contract management principles and practices;
  • Budgeting principles;
  • Capital planning principles and practices.

Demonstrated Skill in:

  • Developing design criteria;
  • Controlling project costs and schedules;
  • Managing projects;
  • Managing external consultant teams and contractors;
  • Planning capital projects;
  • Reading and interpreting construction documents, blueprints, schematics, and related plans;
  • Managing a budget;
  • Working with diverse academic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff;
  • Utilizing computer technology used for communication, data gathering and reporting;
  • Communicating effectively through oral and written mediums.


Work is generally performed in both an office and outdoor environment, with frequent interruptions and irregularities in the work schedule. Frequent climbing, balancing, sitting, reaching, walking, standing, lifting, stooping, or carrying of equipment and materials may be required. Incumbents may be required to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.

REV: 04/07

REPLACES: College Architect