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University of Massachusetts Amherst Senior Architect in Amherst, Massachusetts

Senior Architect

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Work type: Staff Full Time

Location: UMass Amherst

Department:Design & Construction Mgmn


Categories: Facilities/Grounds

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

Under the direction of the Project Executive this position is responsible for project management, design, and preparation of drawings, specification, and cost estimates for a variety of architectural projects.

Essential Functions

  • Coordinate and manage capital project activities for both in-house and outside consultants, including preparation and administration of consultant contracts.

  • Review studies, plans, and contract documents prepared by outside consultants to ensure compatibility to University standards and requirements.

  • Serve as the University’s representative to the State Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance and other federal, state, and local agencies on assigned projects.

  • Prepare contract documents including working drawings and specifications for new architectural systems and alterations and repairs to existing systems

  • Manage and/or conduct feasibility studies for projects. Prepare preliminary total project cost estimates and financial analysis for project planning and budget developments, as well as detailed cost estimates. Develop, maintain, and communicate spending plans and project schedules for all assigned projects.

  • Prepare written, oral, and graphic presentations.

  • Provide supervision to in-house staff regarding division policies, procedure, and project coordination as it relates to the project designs.

  • Review, approve, and stamp plans and specifications of in-house work completed by non-licensed professionals under the supervision of this position.

  • Perform contract administration and supervise construction and resident engineers assigned to construction projects.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor or first professional degree in architecture or related field, along with seven years’ experience in architectural design and construction;OR

  • Master’s degree in architecture or related field, along with five years’ experience in architectural design and construction.

  • Registration as an architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or the ability to obtain Massachusetts registration within one year.

  • Working knowledge of construction practices, project budget development, scheduling, tracking, and control.

  • Ability to effectively manage and coordinate the work of architects and other designers in the architectural design discipline.

  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Demonstrated experience in CAD, BIM, word processing, spreadsheets, and database management systems.

  • Demonstrated ability to access any portion of a construction/facility site.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Typical Office Work Environment

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday 8 am to 4 pm

Salary Information

PSU Level 31

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Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with your application, please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 professional references. The position will remain open until filled.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Nov 12 2021 Eastern Standard Time

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