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Job classification

Overtime eligibility Exempt (Z)
Labor agreement Prof & Tech Eng, Local 21

Current compensation plan

Effective: Jul 01, 2022

See Historic and future compensation information for this class

Step: Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5
Rate /hr: $71.6125 $75.2000 $78.9875 $82.9125 $87.1000
Rate /biweekly: $5,729.00 $6,016.00 $6,319.00 $6,633.00 $6,968.00
Rate /year: $148,954 $156,416 $164,294 $172,458 $181,168

Job description



Job Title: Architect

Job Code: 5268


Under general administrative direction, performs difficult and responsible professional architectural work in connection with the design, construction, maintenance and conversion of public buildings; plans, assigns and directs the activities of assigned personnel engaged in such work; and performs related duties as required.

In conjunction with managing and performing the technical aspects of projects summarized above, the 5268 Architect provides comprehensive project planning and coordination services, including maintaining client relationships, support of contract negotiation and administration, public and user group presentations, and maintenance of budgets and schedules for the assigned projects. The Architect also participates in the professional development of subordinate staff.


Positions in class 5268 Architect are distinguished from those in class 5211 Senior Architect in that the latter class may have major responsibility over a large group of subordinates or several projects, whereas employees in class 5268 Architect is normally responsible for one major project or a moderate size group of subordinates.


Supervises the work of subordinate staff.


According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

1. Supervises and participates in the preparation of complex and difficult conceptual, schematic and detailed design, through final architectural contract documents, bidding and supplemental documents, preliminary and final construction cost estimates, project schedules and budgets for a wide variety of construction and maintenance projects.

2. Prepares and facilitates communication between engineering disciplines, clients, agencies, consultants and contractors. Prepares and conducts presentations to clients, public interest groups and Commissions.

3. Participates in the preparation of Proposals for Services and agreements with clients and consulting architects and engineers. Supervises the expenditure of the project budget.

4. Participates in the leadership of the Department, Bureau and section (or workgroup where assigned) and in the supervision, training and mentoring of subordinate staff and establishing goals for annual work plans and professional development.

5. Supervises and participates in the preparation of project programming, and summaries of the size and scope of projects and contracts, including cost estimates. Researches, analyzes and interprets regulatory requirements; facilitates project approvals and permits from regulatory agencies.

6. Coordinates the preparation of environmental impact statements feasibility studies and reports for architectural projects.

7. Researches and analyzes project data; selects and specifies building systems, materials and finishes.

8. Plans, distributes and coordinates work by staff; coordinates the work of multiple design and engineering disciplines, checks drawings and specifications prepared by staff, consulting Architects and Engineers for conformance with prescribed federal and state standards, project design criteria and codes.

9. Examines, analyzes and makes recommendations on submitted construction bids and consultant qualifications and proposals; reviews and analyzes contract modifications and makes recommendations accordingly.

10. Reviews and checks contractors' correspondence, reports, change order requests, payment requests and submittals including shop drawings, material samples and substitutions to insure contract compliance and conformity with the design intent.

11. Coordinates with contractors, construction managers, inspectors, project managers, and code officials; conducts field observation of work in progress to assure contract compliance.

12. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Requires considerable knowledge of: architectural theory, practice and procedures; construction methods and materials and their application to architectural and designing phases of construction projects; the laws, ordinances and regulations applicable to construction projects.

Requires considerable ability to: plan, organize and supervise the work of subordinate personnel; prepare technical and professional reports; communicate, coordinate and work effectively with client representatives for City departments, Public Commissions, public interest groups or other project stakeholders, regulatory agencies, professional engineers, architects, contractors and other professional groups; requires a high degree of analytical ability and professional judgment.

Requires considerable skill in: the application of architectural theory; including current practice, and production techniques to practical architectural problems and the preparation of complete architectural plans, specifications and presentations; the use of electronic architectural drafting and/or 3D modeling software for building information modeling (BIM).


These minimum qualifications are to be used as a guide for establishing the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license which may be required for employment in the class. Although these minimum qualifications are typical of the class, additional minimum qualifications and special conditions may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the job announcement.



Eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in the architectural field, including architectural design, architectural detailing, construction documents, programming, preliminary cost budgeting, specification coordination and review, and construction administration. This experience must include four (4) years serving as a job captain or project leader, and two (2) years of verifiable experience as a licensed architect in the State of California. (Experience in lower-level classes (i.e., 5260, 5261, 5265, or 5266) is considered qualifying.)

License and Certification:

Possession of a license to practice architecture in the State of California issued by the California State Board of Architectural Examiners

Possession of a valid California driver’s license.


TO: 5211 Engineering/Architect/Landscape Architect - Senior

FROM: 5266 Architectural Associate II


AMENDED DATE: 1/8/2010; 6/04/2015

REASON FOR AMENDMENT: To accurately reflect the current tasks, knowledge, skills and abilities defined in the most recent job analysis conducted for this job code.


Standard information

Disaster service work

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

Historic and future compensation

Effective (Sched) Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5
Jul 01, 2022 (W) $71.6125 $75.2000 $78.9875 $82.9125 $87.1000
Jan 08, 2022 (V) $67.0875 $70.4500 $73.9875 $77.6750 $81.5875
Jul 01, 2021 (U) $66.7500 $70.1000 $73.6250 $77.2875 $81.1875
Dec 26, 2020 (T) $64.4875 $67.7250 $71.1250 $74.6625 $78.4250
Jul 01, 2020 (S) $62.6125 $65.7500 $69.0500 $72.4875 $76.1375

Historic compensation data is provided in hourly pay.

Sources: San Francisco Open Data Portal: Classification descriptions table, Compensation plan table