Managing Architect

Class: Management | Exempt status: Exempt | Grade: N

grad with arms raised in celebrationUnder the direction of College management in Planning and Capital Construction, the Managing Architect leads project planning for capital improvement projects to include bond and general fund projects. This entails leading project managers, other team members, and multidisciplinary design teams composed of college stakeholders and outside professional architectural/engineering firms to develop and deliver responsive, creative planning and infrastructure solutions in alignment with bond program objectives and PCC’s strategic plan, including sustainable building performance issues. The Managing Architect is responsible for providing expert architectural services College-wide, and managing the provision of these services by contracted architectural/planning firms, in the areas of capital planning, project design and execution, while promoting the creation of physical environments throughout the College that respond to PCC’s stated values, including appropriate sustainable practices. Projects may be highly complex and/or construction projects.

Leadership competencies

  • Advances Racial and Social Justice
    Actively works toward the elimination of racism and social oppression; utilizes culturally responsive practices and processes to achieve equitable student and employee outcomes
  • Drives Vision and Purpose
    Participates in the creation of and executes a vision for the College’s mission balancing compliance with flexible, multimodal, inclusive delivery of financial services.
  • Drives Engagement
    Initiates and drives authentic exploration and engagement cross-departmentally to arrive at collaborative solutions that lead to employee and student success.
  • Accelerates Agility and Innovation
    Analyzes systems, policies and practices and commits to continuous program improvement through the strategic use of culturally responsive data.
  • Builds Partnerships
    Partners to solve problems, adapts communication and approaches, supports healthy conflict, and develops strong relationships with associated areas to advance institutional goals.

Our mission

To support student success by delivering access to quality education while advancing economic development and promoting sustainability in a collaborative culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Our vision for equitable student success

Recognizing the unique value, perspectives, strengths, and challenges of every person who comes to PCC for education, all students will achieve their academic goals through equitable support, quality instruction, clear guidance to persist, and an unwavering commitment to completion shared by the entire College community.

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Yes to Equitable Student Success (YESS)

Our roadmap to dismantling barriers and building inclusive systems of education and support.

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Strategic planning

The College’s overall map for ongoing planning and strategic actions.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Leads physical design planning and processes consistent with program and major project scopes that are College-wide; facilitates design response to characteristics of place and functional needs; develops and maintain College standards and design criteria; ensures appropriate building systems technology consistent with College standards and operation/maintenance needs; ensures compliance with planning ordinances, building codes and jurisdictional requirements; maintains compliance with accessibility standards; develops and monitors contracts for professional architectural/engineering and construction services.
  2. Develops P&CC’s Project Procedures Manual and oversees updates and maintenance of PCC Design and Construction standards.
  3. Supervises and/or provides support to College Architect, project managers, technical/support staff and/or classified staff. Hire, evaluate, train, discipline, and recommend dismissal of staff as necessary. May provide departmental leadership in absence of the Director.
  4. Manages overall architectural effort in alignment with work scope and authorized funding limitations, including reviewing and processing of billings.
  5. Provides oversight and guidance in College sustainability initiatives and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance.
  6. Establishes a capital projects review schedule for leadership. Content for review includes such project milestones as: planning, design, construction, and occupancy.
  7. Ensures design professionals adhere to established processes throughout the execution of their services; including adherence to schedules, stakeholder involvement in the design process, structured reviews and sign off for deliverables at appropriate milestones.
  8. Supports project managers in project processes and vendor performance using appropriate metrics, such as scope management, change orders, requests for information, performance against schedules, and customer satisfaction reviews.
  9. Leads processes that identify/reconcile building cost estimates with available construction funds and project development funds.
  10. Minimizes disruption during the design and construction process to ensure business continuity of College operations at all campuses and centers.
  11. Integrates necessary maintenance projects into overall larger capital project scope where applicable and coordinates plans to address such work with appropriate staff.
  12. Monitors and ensures continuity of planning, design and construction processes and documents, with maintenance operations to achieve effective integration of new facilities, systems, and technology.
  13. Oversees construction record document maintenance and other related project information associated with bond projects and ensure integration with existing College facilities documentation.
  14. Participates in the selection process for vendors and contractors. Participate in defining the terms and contract agreements.
  15. Monitors planning and design budgets to identify potential financial overruns and variances; make appropriate recommendations to alleviate financial implications.
  16. Provides regular updates to PCC Leadership, Bond Advisory Committee, PCC Board and other internal and external partners as requested.
  17. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Work Environment

Work environment includes frequent disruptions and changes in priorities. Work is generally performed in an office environment with frequent interruptions and irregularities in the work schedule. Working hours may vary and occasional evening or weekend work is required. Frequent travel to other locations is required. 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.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor of Architecture, Licensed Architect of Oregon or the ability to obtain an Oregon license within one year of hire date and ten years of experience in building design, construction management, and facility/land use planning is required. Five years of progressively responsible management experience that includes staff supervision.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:
  • Leadership and management principles;
  • Public relations principles;
  • Architectural principles and practices;
  • Project management principles;
  • Construction principles and practices;
  • Budgeting principles;
  • Capital planning principles and practices;
  • LEED principles and practices;
  • Project management software and databases.
Skills in:
  • Supervising diverse staff;
  • 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.
Ability to:
  • Work in a group environment with shared responsibilities;
  • Work effectively with diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds;
  • Utilize computer technology for communication, data gathering and reporting;
  • Communicate effectively through oral and writing mediums.

Revised: 5/2021, 1/2018
Established: 5/2014

Portland Community College is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other protected class.