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Staff Architect Facilities Executive Director of Operations

Job Summary Under the supervision of the Executive Director of Operations, the Staff Architect supports the mission of OPSB. The position is responsible for 1) ensuring that projects (internal and those being managed by contract project managers) are designed within approved budget parameters 2) preparing the final design estimate of construction cost 3) checking shop drawings and 4) performing periodic construction inspections for conformance with construction documents. Essential Duties and Responsibilities The Staff Architect will be responsible for the following duties: •

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Coordinate project design and construction elements with user groups, other affected OSPB departments, non-OSPB agencies and the public; meet with OSPB personnel as necessary on capital construction projects and studies to assure needs are being met by proposed designs and specifications; prepare informational materials and makes related presentations to OSPB staff; elected officials and public groups; act as liaison between end users, OSPB staff and contractors on OSPB projects. Ensure that eligible capital projects are aligned to Federal, State and applicable local requirements and that all capital projects are eligible for funding, and are in conformance with, proper procurement and contracting Assure effective communication among consultants, contractors, department heads and others; communicate project status and issues to staff and other affected groups in a timely and accurate fashion. Provide written and verbal reports, updates and project status on a regular basis to affected parties. Establish and maintain project files; make sure project information is transferred to permanent file upon completion of work. Conduct plan review for OSPB projects; perform regular inspections of construction projects to ensure compliance with plans and specifications, including safety requirements and other applicable standards; check appropriateness of materials and methods used in construction. Control project costs; monitor budgets and payments to consultants and contractors; establish anticipated cash flow for larger projects.

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Review consultant contractor payment requests for accuracy and completeness; perform project closeout; process warranty items; arrange for training on new buildings and equipment; distribute operations and maintenance manuals. Manage public bid process and contract signing procedures. Develop and maintain project budget; provide cost estimates for projects; develop specifications on major projects requiring outside consulting assistance; negotiate and monitor contracts and services of outside firms to assure compliance with specifications. Administer consultant and construction contracts; participate in consultant selection process; draft RFPs/RFQs; develop scopes of work; draft contract language; process change order requests; assure compliance with OSPB’s risk management requirements; perform bid analysis and make recommendation for award. Perform drafting and design functions on OSPB projects; write specifications; provide programming services for OSPB departments; make recommendations for space allocation in OSPB buildings; develop recommendations for site plans, building materials, and construction methods; assist with the production of master plans and conduct related studies. Serve as a technical resource for OSPB departments on building and site-related issues; analyze materials for longevity, durability, cost suitability and appearance; perform research on code issues; perform analysis of existing structures; develop design solutions for identified problems where appropriate.

Required Skills and Abilities Outstanding written, communication, analytical and problem solving skills. Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills to foster a positive work environment, with internal partners. Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Project, etc.) Outstanding organizational skills to successfully manage construction projects. Education and Experience Required 1. Bachelor degree in Architectural or Engineering. 2. Minimum of five years experience using Auto-Cad. Education and Experience Desirable 1. Knowledgeable of IBC Building Codes and Louisiana State Procurement Guidelines. 2. K-12 School Construction experience 3. Building Commission and LEED experience desirable

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Supervisory Responsibilities Non direct supervisory responsibility. Work Environment Listed below are key points regarding environmental demands and the work environment of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. • Required to use motor coordination with finger dexterity (such as keyboarding, machine operation, etc.) part of the work day; • Required to exert physical effort in handling objects less than 30 pounds rarely; • Required to be exposed to physical occupational risks (such as cuts, burns, exposure to toxic chemicals, etc) rarely • Required to be exposed to physical environment which involves dirt, odors, noise, weather extremes or similar elements rarely; • Normal setting for this job is an office/school setting.

Salary Range: Grade E06 of the Orleans Parish School Board Central Administrative Salary Schedule. How to Apply: Interested applicants should mail, e-mail or fax a letter of interest and resume to the Chief of Staff, Dr. Armand B. Devezin, 3520 General DeGaulle Drive, Suite 5055, New Orleans, Louisiana 70114. The e-mail address is and the fax telephone number is (504) 379-4171. Applicants not following the application directions or meeting the requirements in the job description will be eliminated from the process.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: November 14, 2013

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