Announcement for the position of Senior Project Landscape Architect

City of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh, PA (30+ days ago)3.6

Administers and manages consultant work for all phases of construction projects on City-owned facilities. Incumbent manages the planning, cost estimating, budgeting, scoping, design, acquisition, construction, inspection, and direction of assigned projects for City-owned facilities. Projects often include multiple phases and can take over a year to complete. Projects include but are not limited to design and construction of new facilities, full park and recreational facility renovations, space planning, development of standard designs, and strategic initiatives including, but not limited to, vendor pool development. Incumbent is responsible for quality assurance and adherence to all applicable local, state, and federal laws for all projects that require the discipline of landscape architecture.

Department: Public Works, Bureau of Facilities
Salary: $77,841 per year.
Union: None, this is a non-union position.
Union Bid Form: None required.
Civil Service Classification: Non-Competitive


General Application Requirements:
You must submit or show proof of all of the following at the time of filing your application (unless otherwise indicated below) or your application will be disqualified. Disqualifications based on any of these General Application Requirements are not subject to a Civil Service appeal.

A completed online City of Pittsburgh Employment Application, including your online Employment Profile Data. (Education and Work Experience).
Completed online City of Pittsburgh Supplemental Form questions for this position.
A resume, to be submitted online.
Applicants are required to be City of Pittsburgh residents at the time of submitting the application and remain a resident at all times, up to and including throughout employment with the City of Pittsburgh. Your City of Pittsburgh residency will be verified.
A current, valid Class C Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Operator's License at the time of filing application or prior to appointment, which must be maintained throughout employment. Written requests for a special accommodation on the basis of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act will be considered by the Department of Personnel and Civil Service Commission on an individual basis.
Applicants must have been a registered Landscape Architect in Pennsylvania for at least five (5) years.
NOTE: Applicants must possess a Professional License in good standing as a Registered Architect in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or Professional License as a Registered Architect in good standing in another State that reciprocates with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and has recently acquired a Professional License as a Registered Architect in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

NOTE: The City of Pittsburgh, as a matter of policy, conducts pre-employment and promotional background investigations on all candidates being considered for positions. The background investigation includes but is not limited to criminal background, driver's license and City of Pittsburgh real estate tax payments. Candidates may be disqualified from consideration from employment based on the results of their background investigation (as it relates to the job for which the applicant is being considered).

NOTE: Candidates being considered for employment will be required to submit official transcripts to verify of their post-secondary education (college/university, trade school, etc.) prior to being hired by the City of Pittsburgh. Transcripts must be submitted at the time of any/each job interview you have with the City of Pittsburgh.

Qualifying Requirements:
Your City of Pittsburgh application will be reviewed and your work experience and education/training will be evaluated to determine if you meet the qualifying eligibility requirements listed below for this position. You will be sent an eligibility letter regarding your eligible/ineligible status.

WORK EXPERIENCE: The application must clearly show ten (10) years of full-time experience in landscape architecture design and administration. (Full-time is defined as 32 hours or more per week. Less than full-time experience will be calculated on a pro-rated basis.)
EDUCATION/TRAINING: The application must clearly show a Bachelor's Degree in Landscape Architecture or a related field. (See NOTE under the General Application Requirements Section above regarding the verification of education/training).
EQUIVALENCY: None permitted for this position. Therefore, no education/training and/or work experience may be substituted toward the qualifying requirements listed above.

Civil Service Examination(s):
If you meet the qualifying requirements listed above, you will be sent a letter of admission (when applicable) for the following examination(s). You must pass the written and/or performance examination(s) in order to have your name placed on the official Civil Service eligibility list for this position. Candidates who receive job offers must pass a medical examination (when applicable) prior to start date.

Written: None required for this position.
Performance: None required for this position.
Medical: None required for this position.
Works with Senior Project, Project, and Associate Project Managers, as well as vendors and/or contractors, to coordinate work for planning, design, construction, construction management, and inspection of complex multi-disciplined Capital projects in various areas including, but not limited to, parks, swimming pools, recreation centers, and sports facilities.
Is responsible for the quality assurance of all projects that impact the outdoors, built and natural environment. Signs-off on specifications, plans, designs, and standards in accordance with all applicable City of Pittsburgh, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and Federal laws.
Reviews and approves landscape architectural designs and documents for public improvements, approves design and construction documents prepared by others, and ascertains compliance with local codes, policies and development objectives, including all applicable State and Federal regulations.
Provides lead direction in coordination with the Senior Project, Project, and Associate Project Managers, as well as vendors and/or contractors in the preparation of detailed design drawings and specifications of alterations, new landscape areas, and miscellaneous projects.
Prepares, reviews, and analyzes site-specific park master plans for land use, development, and constructability.
Researches technical, regulatory, and historical information pertaining to products and methods in parks, natural areas, and landscape construction projects.
Coordinates Requests for Proposal (RFPs), project scope, and other bid documents for vendor services.
Reviews, critiques, negotiates, and recommends for approval price proposals from consultants, vendors, and contractors.
Reviews, negotiates, and recommends for approval supplements, change orders, and other contract modifications.
Provides training and/or technical assistance as requested or required.
Provides or supervises in-house schematic drawing capability on an as-needed basis. Provides communication to internal and external clients through oral, written, or illustrated media as appropriate.
Works with Senior Project, Project, and Associate Project Managers, as well as internal stakeholders to implement design programs, develop standard designs, details, calculations, cost estimates, and specifications for outdoor facility construction and park alterations.
Confers with City departments in developing project requirements, schematic drawings, and preliminary cost estimates on projects to be used in establishing guidelines and standards, in support of sound asset management and development of the City's Capital projects.
Prepares ordinances, resolutions, deed searches, and other administrative and regulatory functions for the full implementation of the City's Capital projects.
Coordinates delivery to the City of all reports, shop drawings, and other project documents, prepared by assigned personnel and consultants; escalates problems and delays to City supervisor; recommends approval and/or disapproval of change orders and requisitions for payment.
Ensures work related to safety, engineering, and environmental disciplines is performed by professionals with the appropriate license and qualifications as outlined under Pennsylvania Law.
Ensures that RFP's, specifications, designs, contract provisions and other work as outlined under the Pennsylvania Landscape Architects' Registration Law, 63 P.S. §§ 901-913 is performed by licensed professionals in good standing with applicable state, federal, and trade organizations.
Identifies problems in all phases of work as it relates to quality assurance within their discipline; communicates issues and concerns to City supervisor in a timely fashion.
Acts as a subject matter expert with regards to Landscape Architecture and landscape construction in meetings with representatives of other governmental agencies, vendors, contractors, and the public.
Responds to litigation requests from the Department of Law, when applicable.
Assists in the preparation of grant applications, including writing project descriptions, preparing cost estimates, gathering applications, and other duties as required.
Reviews invoices and verifies work performed by consultants and contractors has been inspected by licensed professionals, if applicable.
Manages area of responsibility in strict accordance with applicable laws, regulations and established policy, including union agreements, to ensure fair and standardized treatment of employees.
Performs activities and functions of related lower level personnel as assigned or required.
Performs such other related tasks and duties that are assigned or required.