The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) has the responsibility to safeguard the health of all employees and their families, our customers and visitors, our residents, and the community at large. With this, all new employees are required to receive at least one COVID-19 vaccination shot in a two-shot series or be fully vaccinated prior to the date of hire. Further, proof of vaccination is required prior to the date of hire. All new employees are required to be fully vaccinated within 30 days of the date of hire.
Under general supervision performs responsible supervisory and technical work in directing construction, modernization, rehabilitation, maintenance, and other projects for the Housing Authority (HABC). Duties may include supervising a technical staff, administering contracts, conducting field research, supervising the preparation of technical drawings, performing highly responsible architectural, mechanical, and other design work, directing architectural/engineering surveys, and attending community, Resident Advisory Board, and other meetings to discuss modernization, rehabilitation, and related programs. Performance of the duties requires excellent supervisory and public relations skills, sound judgement in decision-making, through knowledge of mechanical, electrical, structural-civil, or architectural design, and contract administration practices and procedures in accordance with HABC and Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) policies and regulations.
The duties and responsibilities of a Project Manager II-Architect require more independent action, a higher level of authorization and less supervision than a Project Manager I. This position will be assigned projects of moderate difficulty and complexity.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
- Serves as Project Manager for a variety of construction and/or rehabilitation projects. Duties include designing, developing, coordinating, executing contracts, and coordination of other engineering disciplines. Defines the scope of work, accumulating field data and uses information redesigning housing units, day care centers, offices and work spaces, rehab units, etc., prepares preliminary and final budget estimates, develops specifications, prepares appropriate correspondence and documents, and coordinates reviews and monitoring with HUD.
- Proposes designs in numerous categories of specific projects; researches materials and methods of construction and applies the results to final drawings or decision.
- Develops final contract plans and specifications for the various programs; reviews completed drawings for accuracy and code compliance.
- Prepares total estimate cost of architecture work and obtains mechanical and electrical costs for final contract bidding. Prepares and follows through with all bidding procedures. Answers questions from bidding contractors, organizes addenda, and drafts changes.
- Consults with contractors, engineers, and inspectors with regard to problems with contract drawings, specifications, policy, and methods before and during construction.
- Administers contracts that include preparing bid-estimates and responds to questions from bidders. Conducts pre-bid conferences and bid openings, recommends contract awards, monitors project progress, evaluates change order requests, reviews and processes payment requests, prepares official contract documents, and prepares final documents for contract closeout.
- Designs and develops various engineering projects such as piping systems, boilers, heating and cooling systems, etc. Duties often require the use of AutoCAD for drawing various layouts. Writes technical specifications for the work.
- Coordinates, plans, schedules, and assigns staff to address routine (budgeted) work and emergency situations.
- Reviews, revises, comments on, and approves specifications, drawings, estimates, etc. prepared by staff assigned design responsibility.
- Directs the design, implementation, and completion of engineering surveys of HABC developments to define short and long-term capital improvement needs.
- Analyzes and evaluates housing development energy consumption/conservation; identifies inefficient use; designs, formulates, and implements systems and means to reduce energy.
- Attends or conducts meetings with consultants, engineers, suppliers, fabricators, contractors, HUD and HABC staff from the preliminary stages to final acceptance for various levels of technical advice and decision making.
- Attends or conducts pre-construction meetings, construction progress meetings, RAB meetings, staff meetings, relocation and other meetings; meets with suppliers and representatives of products and items for both contract specifications and new ideas.
- Represent HABC and division in meetings with representatives from City, State, and Federal Governments, local utility companies, and other agencies.
- Attends seminars and professional conferences to stay abreast of new architectural/engineering technologies; meets with salespersons, equipment suppliers, consultants, and government officials to stay informed of new products, regulations, standards, changes in laws, etc. that impact HABC operations.
- Meets with other department heads and staff and serves on various task forces formed for specific goals and purposes.
- Performs other related duties as required.
Must be physically able to access all units, common areas, grounds, and construction/modernization sites for inspection purposes.
Must be able to work, move, or carry objects or materials such as files, computer printouts, reports, calculator, pencils, legal pads, plans, etc.
Minimum Education, Training and/or Experience
Graduation from an accredited four (4) year college or university with major course work in Architecture, Architectural Engineering, or related field. Professional certification preferred. Four (4) years of progressively responsible experience in architectural design, preferably in residential, congregate housing or related. Or graduation from high school and eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in architectural design, preferably in residential, congregate housing or related. A professional license can replace one (1) year of experience.
An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge and abilities may be considered sufficient.
Possession of a valid driver's license.
Must be able to be covered under the Housing Authority's fidelity bond.
Must be able to be covered under the Housing Authority's vehicle insurance carrier.
Must have full-time use of a vehicle.