Architect Level I

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Business Operations / Services, Maintenance / Grounds / Skilled Trades, Admin / Executive / Office Support

Enrich the University of Denver's global prominence and community impact through excellence in innovative Facilities Services.

Through exceptional customer service, we provide sustainable stewardship to the university community that creates an engaging and thriving environment to learn, live, teach and work.

Core Values
Stewardship: We effectively use all resources to meet the needs of today without compromising the future. We work in a safe manner using equipment and procedures as appropriate and encourage others to do the same. We maintain confidences and protect the security of operations and assets by keeping information confidential and equipment/facilities secure. We demonstrate efficient use of time, equipment, and other resources with a focus on sustainable operations and best practices.

Teamwork: We work together cooperatively in support of our mission. We value individuals and their contributions to the team and treat each other with respect and dignity. We actively work to create and support an inclusive and equitable workplace by embedding diversity into all aspects of the workplace. We communicate honestly and openly, listen attentively, and assume responsibility for resolving difficulties appropriately. We encourage cooperation, collaboration, and co-ownership of success.

Professionalism: We earn the trust of others through professional conduct that includes honesty, reliability, and competency. We exhibit a courteous, conscientious and businesslike manner in the workplace. We actively endorse and support DUs mission and work to fulfill its vision, mission, and goals. We pursue professional development to increase expertise and improve our capabilities to deliver improved job performance.

Service: We contribute to the success of others by responding in a courteous, timely and accurate manner, seeking assistance when necessary to create a positive DU experience that exceeds the expectations of students, and internal and external contacts. We understand that our performance directly affects the future of DU and strive to perform to enhance the DU experience. We embrace a positive attitude and participate through engagement with changes in procedures, environment, or responsibilities.

Integrity: We accept responsibility for the University's and publics trust and are accountable for individual actions. We conduct ourselves and perform our duties in an environmentally, socially, and economically responsible manner that is reflective and protective of the trust placed on us as stewards of the University's facility related resources.

Excellence: We strive to achieve excellence in all endeavors and are committed to continuous improvement. We enthusiastically deliver quality services to our customers while consistently seeking to improve those services through creativity and innovation.

Engagement: We seek to "tell our story" through collaboration, communication, and inclusion with the greater DU community. Through involvement, we ensure the needs of students, faculty, staff, alumni, visitors, and neighbors are met and efforts from each department are understood. We take every opportunity to augment the education and research mission of the university through demonstration of real world applications of theories and principles.

Position Summary

Within the Capital Projects and Planning group and under the management and supervision of the University Architect, this position will provide project and planning support on a variety of campus projects. Develops and contributes to the development of planning and design, working closely under the University Architect, campus constituents, project managers, leadership, Facilities Management and design consultants and contractors. Key responsibilities of the position include:

  • Support of projects in various stages of design and construction.
  • Programming and planning support for new projects.
  • Office and University Architect support.
  • University design standards and project close out support.

Essential Functions

Support of projects in various stages of design and construction

  • Key member of the Office of the University Architect, provide project support, serve as owner design project lead on small and medium projects to include full responsibility for managing all aspects of multiple small to midsize design or consultant efforts.
  • Capability equivalent to an Associate Level Architect for a typical architectural firm.
  • Provide design support for small projects working directly with campus clients and university project managers to ensure the design meets University requirements and assistance is provided to the Project Manager to complete the project to the clients satisfaction.
  • Daily participation in project development and review of construction documents over project duration.
  • Provide design and construction administration owner-level support for large capital projects in various stages of design and construction.
  • Position will be expected to fully understand construction estimating and knowledge of design and construction contracts.
  • Knowledge of the University goals, integration of the projects associated constituencies is necessary for successful project outcomes.
  • This position works with multiple levels at the institution and external to the institution (University and Campus administration, academic and research leaders, Local Government consultants, Deans and Vice Chancellors).
  • Estimates budgets, determines scope of work, and prepares proposals and contracts under the supervision of University Architect.
  • Actively manages project budgets, schedules, and programs; project communications and documentation; office administrative tasks; and project team assignments.

Programming and planning support for new projects

  • Development of support materials needed for fundraising and donor involvement.
  • Support of campus Master Planning efforts Support Master Planning efforts: 
    • Performs professional work related to a variety of planning assignments, including space and site planning, programing, feasibility analysis, development alternatives and analysis on the campus and university properties, as required. Makes recommendations to integrate into master plan, strategic plan, and facilities planning issues.
    • Develops and contributes to complex planning studies and programing for short, mid and long-term planning for space, site, facilities, transportation, capital projects, landscape, and infrastructure projects. Collects and applies data for planning related to long-term campus changes. Assist in the development, updates and compliance with campus and space planning principles and policies.
    • Works with University departments and personnel to strategize, plan, and implement major facilities programs and projects.

Office support

  • As needed drafting, model making, sketching to support University Architect.
  • General office work for support of the university architects and supporting equipment.
  • Provide occasional support on design oversight of large projects.

University design standards and project close out support

  • Support in development of new University design standards.
  • Work with consultant selected to support DU in finalizing standards.
  • Support newly submitted project requests.
  • Review of as-built documentation submissions and conformance to standards.
  • Integral member of close out process and documentation/filing of close out documents in accordance with University requirements.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to develop project estimates and track project budgets for a wide variety of project types (small renovations, landscape, civil, new building, etc).
  • Demonstrated ability to establish credibility and maintain effective and collaborative relationships with various stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of City and County of Denver, State of Colorado, applicable Federal and other local codes pertaining to design and construction and ability to provide technical advice based on sound understanding of construction principles and practice.
  • Proficiency with Revit, AutoCAD, BIM.
  • Language Skills: Strong interpersonal communication and customer service skills. The ability to communicate both verbally and in written form with clients including Deans, Directors, and Faculty is critical to the successful development of the University's construction projects.
  • Mathematical Skills: Knowledge of geometry and algebra is required. Ability to apply concepts and analyze relevant data as it related to cost proposals, cost/SF estimating and evaluation.
  • Reasoning Ability: Multidimensional reasoning coupled with detailed analytical understanding of interrelated variables is required.
    Other skills and Abilities: Self-motivation and demonstrated dedication to the project and processes. Skills in Database Knowledge. Ability to work well in a dynamic & open office environment.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in architecture, environmental design, or related field of study.
  • 4 years of professional experience in architecture, planning, or related field with one year working on institutional projects, preferably with higher education or a similar institutional setting.
  • Current, valid licensure as an Architect in the United States.
  • Demonstrated experience in programming, feasibility studies, design phases, & construction administration.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Architecture, Planning, or related field of study.
  • Lead $5M or greater design and construction project.
  • 2 years of experience working with a facilities projects and planning department, preferably in higher education or a similar institutional setting.
  • Current, valid licensure as an Architect by the Colorado State Board of Licensure for Architects; Current, active certification by American Planning Association (AICP) or current licensure/certification in related field.
  • Experience in facilitation of design processes and projects with participation from diverse communities.
  • Thorough understanding of current and emerging best practices for sustainability in all aspects of site and building applications, including those of LEED and USGBC. LEED AP Certification desired.
  • Experience on a variety of project delivery types and different design and construction contracts: CMGC, design build, design bid build, integrated project delivery.
  • Knowledge of key industry trends and developments.
  • Skills and ability to be creative and work on projects independently or as a member of a project team.
  • Knowledge or experience with sketch-up, GIS, or space management software.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Monday, April 12, 2021.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is 14.

Salary Range
The salary range for this position is $95,000 - $105,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting.  The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range.  The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Five projects combined into one PDF. Please include your role within each project.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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