Under general administrative direction, manages and directs the activities of professional and technical engineering, architecture and/or landscape architecture personnel performing highly technical and administrative functions in connection with the design, construction, operation and maintenance of projects and systems; supervises and/or directs subordinates in the preparation of designs, drawings, specifications and cost estimates for a variety of engineering, architectural and/or landscape architectural design and construction projects and/or construction inspection or personnel engaged in the most difficult and responsible professional engineering, architectural and/or landscape architectural work in the field and office.
The Engineer/Architect/Landscape Architect-Senior is distinguished from the journey level classes in the particular discipline by its higher level management and policy making responsibility on technical matters. This class is distinguished from the principal level classification in the corresponding discipline by the latter's administrative and management responsibilities for the activities of a major section or group of units within a major engineering, architecture or landscape architecture operation.
For the Engineering specialty, the focus is on highly technical and administrative functions in connection with the engineering design, construction, operation and maintenance of projects and systems.
For the Architecture specialty, the focus is on architectural design and related activities necessary for the construction, inspection, and maintenance of public buildings.
For the Landscape Architecture specialty the focus is on large-scale landscape architectural design and construction of major landscape projects in connection with City streets, parks, benches, and historical monuments.
Supervises professional and sub-professional engineers/architects/landscape architects, technicians, inspectors, surveyors, and other related personnel by assigning, monitoring, and evaluating work assignments. This senior level classification may manage the personnel of an entire engineering, architecture, and/or landscape architecture unit or work group.
Examples of Important and Essential Duties
According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this class(es) and are not intended to be an inclusive list.
1. Directs, supervises and coordinates the design of complex engineering/architecture/landscape architecture projects, ensuring that codes, standards, and project requirements are met; plans and develops projects, budgets and staff for a wide variety of design activities.
2. Interviews, selects, trains, monitors, and evaluates departmental staff and consultants to ensure that work methods and work flow are effective; assures that written performance goals and objectives are prepared for employees; monitors the work of and evaluates, counsels and disciplines subordinate staff as necessary; and reviews and approves technical training programs for staff.
3. Plans, organizes and directs the administration and management of contracts; reviews, evaluates and makes recommendations for and/or approves contracts, contract modifications, specifications, related documents, and the settlement of claims.
4. Directs, supervises and reviews the preparation of complex construction contract and construction documents by establishing priorities, assigning tasks, allocating resources and monitoring progress to assure quality and cost effective performance of design work. Prepares and supervises the preparation of difficult and complex design drawings, specifications, and quantity and cost estimates.
5. Establishes and implements departmental policies, procedures and administrative directives in accordance with applicable laws, ordinances, codes, standards, rules, regulations, and legislative policies and procedures by interpreting, explaining, monitoring, and evaluating the functional activities of the organization.
6. Manages projects through planning, scheduling and monitoring critical milestones to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget.
7. Directs, reviews and supervises the review of shop drawings by contractors and other work of professional consulting firms employed to design various projects. Checks and reviews specifications, estimates and computations prepared by consultants and subordinate staff members.
8. Supervises field inspection staff working on projects under construction and proposed projects to assure conformance with plans and specifications and initiates new projects. May participate in field inspections when necessary.
9. Coordinates all activities between a unit and other sections, bureaus, departments, outside agencies, and consultants and/or contractors.
10. Consults with technical staff, public officials, and others to resolve differences among professional personnel; identifies problems, develops and compares alternatives and makes decisions or recommendations for effective problem resolution.