City of Saint Paul, MN - Saint Paul, MN

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Performs highly-responsible and technical professional architectural work to research, plan, design, and prepare construction documents. Confers with department and community representatives to determine functional and spatial requirements. Prepares specifications, architectural drawings, cost estimates, and project schedules for new, remodeled, rehabbed, or restored facilities. Provides clients and stakeholders with alternatives at various cost and functional levels. Manages the projects ensuring compliance with safety, building codes, and contract specifications. May coordinate and oversee the work of partner consultants in completing projects. Inspects construction projects and takes action to resolve potential problems. Promotes collaborative, integrated problem solving to address accessibility, aesthetics, cost, functional, and operational considerations, safety, security, and environmental sustainability. Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Essential Functions are the functions that the individual holding the position must be able to perform unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation. The Essential Functions for this position are identified in the Supplemental Information section of the Architect Job Description.

Current Position Information:
The Design and Construction Division of the City of Saint Paul’s Department of Parks and Recreation, has a tremendous opportunity for an experienced Registered Architect with excellent people skills to work in our downtown Saint Paul office. Saint Paul Parks and Recreation's Design and Construction Division is an award winning design office which oversees the planning, design and construction of Saint Paul’s 4,120 acres of City owned and managed parkland (including over 180 buildings) and is one of the most widely recognized park systems in the country.

Our staff works on a variety of publicly/privately funded projects ranging from children's play areas to multi-million dollar community centers, major zoo facilities, and regional parks and trail facilities. Current projects include the new $54M Lowertown Ballpark (partnering with the Saint Paul Saints Ball Club) and the $10M Payne-Maryland Library/Recreation Center. Recent projects include completion of a $1.2M Master Plan for Saint Paul’s 17 miles of riverfront parks and a multi-million dollar restoration of our Polar Bear and Gorilla exhibits in Como Park. Upcoming projects are the Palace Recreation Center and park facilities within Lilydale Regional Park. This position will serve as the lead architect, typically managing multiple projects at the same time and may also be lead designer on smaller projects.


A Bachelor's Degree in Architecture. Must be registered as a Licensed Architect in the State of Minnesota. Must have a total of six years of progressively responsible experience as an architect, with three years of experience in managing commercial and/or institutional construction projects.

No substitution for education or registration.

Must possess and maintain a valid Class D Driver's License, or equivalent out-of-state driver's license. The driver's license must have no suspensions or revocations for driving related offenses within the two year period prior to the date of appointment. Suspensions for parking-related offenses are excluded.

By Closing Date, you MUST:

1. Submit City of Saint Paul online application, including answers to the Supplemental Questionnaire.

2. Upload or submit the following required document(s) via the online application system, mail, in person, email, or fax. (Zip files will not be accepted. Each uploaded attachment is limited to 5 MB.)
a) A legible copy of your proof of education (transcript)
b) A legible copy of your State of MN Architecture License
c) Two items from your electronic portfolio for review by hiring manager
d) A resume

Selection Process Information:

Exam Subject: Training and Experience Examination
The Training and Experience Examination is the Supplemental Questionnaire within the application. This is an essay-type test in which you are asked to describe your education, training and experience in areas related to this position. Be sure to provide complete and detailed information regarding your experiences and training in the listed areas. This information is subject to verification from current/former employers. You must submit your completed application and supplemental questionnaire by the application deadline.

Do not write "See Resume" in the spaces provided. Your resume and application are not part of the exam; the person(s) rating this exam will not know anything about your training and experience other than what you tell them in the Supplemental Questionnaire.

Your answers may be drafted in a word processing program and copied into the appropriate exam question text box. You should periodically save your work in progress to avoid losing information, if you are timed out of the system.

Eligible Lists: This posting is open to anyone who meets the position requirements. Non-promotion eligible lists typically are pass/fail and promotion eligible lists are ranked. The promotion list of eligibles is considered before the non-promotion list.

Condition of Employment: This position may require a background check, medical examination, driver’s license check, credit check and/or a drug test as a condition of employment.

Human Resources Contact Information:
Racquel Smrz at 651-266-6528
Suite 200 City Hall Annex
25 West Fourth Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Fax: 651-266-6490

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