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Senior Architect, Grade 24 (PEF)

The New York State Education Department’s Office of Education Policy is seeking candidates for a Senior Architect position in the Office of Facilities Planning.  This Office is primarily responsible for code enforcement and compliance with fire prevention and health and safety regulations in all public K-12 schools and BOCES in the State, exclusive of New York City.  Under the direction of an Associate Architect, the incumbent will be responsible for review and approval of architectural construction documents for capital construction undertaken by public school districts and BOCES that require the approval of the Commissioner of Education.  The duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Review preliminary plans and specifications submitted by school districts for approval prior to proceeding with final documents;
  • Review bid documents for compliance with the NYS Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code as well as compliance with the Commissioner’s health and safety regulations and the Department’s Manual of Planning Standards prior to the issuance of a building permit;
  • Review and approve contract change orders submitted for previously approved projects;
  • Provide technical assistance to school districts, architects and engineers working on public school projects;
  • Interpret building codes and Manual of Planning Standards where necessary;
  • Conduct presentations to constituent groups to promote the Department's programs and policies;
  • Respond to correspondence from a wide range of individuals, including parents, school administrators and legislators;
  • Make field visits and inspections as required to investigate code compliance, complaints or emergency conditions and provide on-site technical advice;
  • Attend conferences and workshops designed to increase knowledge in school architectural issues and to stay abreast of developing industry trends and code revisions; and
  • Perform special assignments as required, such as drafting regulations.
Minimum Qualifications: 

Reassignment: Candidates must have one year of permanent competitive or 55b/c service as a Senior Architect.

Eligible List Appointment: Candidates must be reachable on the Civil Service eligible list for Senior Architect.  If you are on the Civil Service eligible list for this title, you may receive a canvass letter.  You must complete and return it as instructed on the letter.

Section 70.1 Transfer: Candidates must have one year of permanent competitive or 55b/c service as a Facilities Planner 2 or Professional Engineer 1 (Civil/Construction) AND possess a New York State Architect’s license and current registration.

Provisional Appointment: In the absence of an eligible list with three or more candidates willing to accept a position, a non-permanent provisional appointment may be considered.  For a non-permanent provisional appointment, candidates must have:

Either 1. One year of permanent competitive or 55b/c service as an Assistant Architect, SG-20, AND possession of a New York State Professional Architects license and current registration. 

OR 2. Possession of a New York State Professional Architects license and current registration. 

Conditions of Employment: 

This will be a contingent permanent or non-permanent provisional appointment.  Provisional candidates must take the examination for Senior Architect when it is next offered, and must be reachable on the resulting eligible list to maintain employment.  Promotions and transfers may change appointees’ negotiating unit.  Applicants should be aware that changes in negotiating units may affect their salary, insurance, and other benefits.  Verification of licensure and registration will be required for all candidates at the time of interview.  Continued employment as a Senior Architect is dependent upon maintaining a New York State Professional Architect’s license and current registration.  Failure to maintain this license with current registration will result in removal from the position. 

*Leads to a maximum salary of $97,448 based on annual performance advances.


Qualified candidates should send a resume and letter of interest by February 3, 2019 to (email submissions are preferred).  You must include the Box number (OHE-742/04417) of the position in the subject line of your email and cover letter to ensure receipt of your application.

Grade Level: 
Grade 24
Negotiating Unit: 
Box #: 
Deadline Date: 
Monday, February 3, 2020
Email Address: 
Office of Education Policy

Office Information

Office of Human Resources Management
NYS Education Department
89 Washington Avenue, Room 528 EB
Albany, NY 12234
Fax (518) 486-5631

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