Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Job Specification




Pay Grade
H1K ($72,529.60 - $90,646.40 - $108,763.20)
Job Summary
Performs architectural design of facilities and oversees design work performed by project teams and consultants from the preliminary study phase through the construction phase.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Interacts with user departments in response to service requests for facilities improvements to determine functional requirements
  • Conducts preliminary studies of scope of work, prepares preliminary designs for projects, and presents alternatives to user departments
  • Researches and gathers all details related to construction projects, including site analysis, cost estimates, code requirements, and space functions
  • Coordinates and monitors project estimates
  • Prepares final design and construction documents, including assembling and laying out construction document sheets, and coordinates and writes specifications
  • Coordinates and implements project bid packages
  • Oversees and coordinates consultants' preparation of preliminary design studies, cost estimates, and project schedules of proposed building projects
  • Reviews and manages design consultants' work for conformance with Metro design criteria and contract provisions
  • Approves construction shop drawings and samples; assists in resolving design issues and interpreting design specifications during construction; and initiates or assists in review and approval of construction change orders
  • Obtains required approvals from Metro, other agencies, cities, and state
  • Monitors and manages both schedules and budgets
  • Prepares technical reports and correspondence
  • Interacts with local, state, and federal agencies to resolve code, regulation, and legal issues related to the design of projects
  • Serves as member of American with Disabilities Act (ADA) task force responsible for overseeing Metro's compliance in ensuring all facilities are accessible
  • Oversees, trains, mentors, and motivates assigned staff
  • Contributes to ensuring that the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and programs of Metro are carried out

    May be required to perform other related job duties

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of (defined as a learned body of information that is required for and applied in the performance of job tasks)
  • Theories, principles, and practices of architectural design related to large-scale commercial and industrial facilities
  • Construction types, methods, administration, and materials affecting architectural design
  • Fundamentals of structural, mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering as they relate to architectural design
  • Regulations and codes pertaining to the architectural design and construction of facilities
  • Principles of project management, including fee proposals, budget preparation, schedule preparation, managing project files, and project status reporting
  • Principles of team development, supervision, and mentoring

Skill in (defined as the proficient manual, verbal, or mental utilization of data, people, or things)
  • Performing complex architectural work, including developing design sketches and specifications
  • Analyzing and conceptualizing architectural designs
  • Using computer-aided architectural and drafting tools and products
  • Creating graphic designs
  • Analyzing situations, identifying problems, and recommending solutions
  • Reviewing designs and documents for code compliance
  • Monitoring financial performance and staff performance and analyzing resource allocation
  • Prioritizing and time management
  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing
  • Interacting professionally with various levels of Metro employees and outside representatives
  • Making presentations
  • Leading, managing, and building strong relationships and teams
  • Applicable business software applications

Ability to (defined as a present competence to perform an observable behavior or produce an observable result)
  • Provide excellent client service and assure project profitability
  • Work well in a collaborative environment with team members and other project managers
  • Sketch details and communicate ideas to other production personnel
  • Prepare architectural schematics, drawings, specifications, and cost estimates
  • Manage a project from inception to culmination
  • Multi-task as needed to meet deadlines
  • Monitor and evaluate the work of design consultants and construction contractors
  • Pay close attention to detail
  • Manage the bidding/negotiations phase
  • Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, contracts, budgets, and labor/management agreements
  • Attend client meetings and prepare meeting minutes
  • Prepare technical reports and correspondence
  • Manage construction document preparation
  • Coordinate the development of documents with other disciplines
  • Oversee, train, mentor, and motivate assigned staff
  • Travel to offsite locations
  • Read, write, speak, and understand English
Minimum Qualifications
A combination of education and/or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position. Additional experience, as outlined below, may be substituted for required education on a year-for-year basis. A typical combination includes:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Architecture or a related field

  • One year of relevant experience in the architectural design and construction of multiple types of facilities ranging from high end residential, commercial, educational, institutional, industrial, and transportation related facilities

Certifications/Licenses/Special Requirements
  • Must have passed the California Architect Registration Examination (ARE)
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) credential
  • A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions
  • Occasional exposure to weather, physical, mechanical, electrical, and chemical hazard
Special Conditions
The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Metro provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working Conditions
  • Typical office situation
  • Close exposure to computer monitors and video screen

Physical Effort Required
  • Sitting at a desk or table
  • Operate a telephone or other telecommunications device and communicate through the medium
  • Type and use a keyboard and mouse to perform necessary computer-based functions
  • Communicating through speech in the English language required


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This classification is at-will and the incumbent serves at the pleasure of the hiring authority when classified as an Intermittent, Emergency, or Temporary employee and/or is assigned to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) or Board Clerk's Office.

This job specification is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.