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Job Information

Job Information

Job Title Architect
Job Grade 28
Category New listings , Professional/ Managerial listings
Term of Employment
Jurisdiction / Salary Ranges


Job Open Date 04/17/2016
Job Close Date 06/30/2017
Purpose of Recruitment

To create a hiring register to fill position vacancies within the Merit System of Jefferson County.

Necessary Qualifications

The following Minimum Qualifications are required for this job. You must demonstrate possession of these qualifications by providing a detailed description of your related experience in the work history section of your application. Please note that replicating or restating these minimum qualifications or the information from the Personnel Board’s job description as your own work experience will result in your disqualification. Please describe your work experience in your own words to represent the work you have performed that is related to the minimum qualifications for this job.

• Possession of a valid driver’s license

• Licensed as an Architect in the state of Alabama

• Experience in all phases of architecture project delivery, from initial client contact through project close out

Preferred Qualifications:
• Possession of NCARB certification

Examples of Duties

• Performs professional architectural functions including designing, remodeling/ renovating by applying architectural principles and practices to projects of varying complexity in order to ensure the viability and sustainability of the City or County facilities and related projects.
• Oversees projects carried out by professionals including consultants, engineers, surveyors, and contractors in order to maximize the efficiency of each project and ensure that development meets the necessary standards.
• Supervises subordinate employees by planning, assigning, reviewing and evaluating the work of professional and technical staff in the Planning area.
• Performs administrative duties including planning, contract administration and assisting in budget development, and writing various reports.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• Skill in using basic mathematics (e.g., addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) to solve problems.
• Skill in making high quality and timely decisions.
• Skill in motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
• The ability to manage and resolve conflicts with coworkers and/or customers.
• The ability to work without close supervision or significant amounts of direction/guidance.
• The ability to pay close attention to detail in order to ensure the completeness and accuracy of work.
• The ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
• The ability to take a novel approach to work tasks or problems and generate unique or original ideas and/or solutions.
• The ability to read and understand information presented in diagrams, blueprints, maps, specifications, or other pictorial displays.
• The ability to provide technical guidance and direction to professional personnel in area of expertise.
• The ability to analyze a problem from different perspectives and generate potential solutions that are practical and effective.
• The ability to work collaboratively with a group or team in an effort to achieve a common goal.
• The ability to write letters, plans, memos, and reports of a technical and complex nature.
• The ability to strategically plan activities to achieve short or long term goals designed to achieve overall mission.
• Knowledge of the processes and principles involved in architectural design and development.
• Knowledge of the static behavior of structures and strength of materials, such as reactions, truss analysis, stability of structures, stress and strain at a point, shear and bending moment diagrams, stresses in beams, Mohr’s Circle, column buckling, and deflection of beams.
• Knowledge of the principles and processes concerning the arrangement, appearance and functionality of towns and cities, and in particular the shaping and uses of urban public space.
• Knowledge of terminology, methods and practices of engineering drafting.
• Knowledge of drafting principles related to mapping, street layouts, parking lots and traffic control devices.
• Knowledge of architectural and engineering mathematics.
• Knowledge of the principles of project management and project planning to administer projects/activities.
• Knowledge of the Federal, State and Local fire code (e.g., relating to buildings and facilities).
• Knowledge of construction and zoning standards, and regulations.
• Knowledge of contract management and negotiation procedures in resolving complex and sensitive contract issues.
• Knowledge of project scoping and project planning processes.

Examination Process

Candidates meeting the minimum qualifications may be invited to participate in the examination process. Details of the examination process will be communicated to qualified applicants at a later date.

Examination Results

Applicants will be notified of their results by email. Applicants’ final scores will determine their position on the hiring register, and the position (or rank) may be subject to change in the event that new names are added to the register due to subsequent administrations of the examination. Once established, the hiring register may be used to meet personnel staffing needs in any jurisdiction served by the Personnel Board of Jefferson County.

Special Accommodations

Persons requiring special conditions to accommodate a disability when
completing the application should contact the Personnel Board at
205-279-3500 before the announcement closing date.

Qualified applicants who believe they will need reasonable accommodation
in the examination process should complete and submit an Accommodation
Request Form. You may obtain an Accommodation Request Form by
contacting our ADA Ombudsperson at, or by accessing the
“Request for Accommodation” form through the following website:

Fringe Benefits

Employee benefits differ among the municipalities, agencies, and jurisdictions that are part of the Merit System of Jefferson County and administer their own fringe benefits programs. You may ask about employee benefits at the time of interview. Following are representative benefits only:

  • Group medical insurance
  • Paid holidays
  • Paid vacation – regular employees accrue vacation leave at the following rates:
    0-12 years of service, 1 day per month
    12-25 years of service, 1.5 days per month
    25+ years of service, 2 days per month
  • Paid sick leave – regular employees accumulate one day of sick leave for each full calendar month of employment
  • Injury with pay leave
  • Pension plan
  • Deferred compensation – this voluntary plan permits employees to defer up to 25% of gross income, up to a maximum of $8,500 of earnings on a pre-tax basis
  • Credit union – provides a variety of savings and investment accounts to its members

  • Medical Examinations

    A medical examination (which may include drug testing) may be required
    prior to appointment to a regular position.


    Vacancies that occur in Merit System municipalities, agencies, and jurisdictions are filled from eligible registers in accordance with the Enabling Act of the State of Alabama. When vacancies occur, lists of eligible candidates from the appropriate registers are sent to the requesting hiring authorities. The responsibility for all hiring decisions resides with the municipalities, agencies, or jurisdictions in which the vacancies exist.

    Character Investigation

    Successful applicants may be subject to verification of credentials and qualifications and to background investigations, including, but not limited to, criminal histories.

    Probationary Period

    New employees must satisfactorily complete a one (1) year probationary period before permanent status is attained.


    All salaries stated are based on present information and are subject to change. Actual salaries offered must be within the established range, and are commensurate with experience, available budget, and jurisdictional/Board policy considerations.

    Equal Opportunity

    Equal Opportunity

    The Personnel Board of Jefferson County (Personnel Board) provides a public personnel system based on merit principles. The Personnel Board strives for the constant improvement of the public service by employing and developing the best qualified persons available. The Personnel Board provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, political beliefs, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or genetics. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Employment decisions are made by the Merit System municipality or governmental agency in which the position exists. Each Merit System municipality, agency, or jurisdiction administers its own equal employment opportunity programs in compliance with applicable state and/or federal laws and regulations.

    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    1. How did you learn of this job?
      • Employee Referral
      • Friend
      • Newspaper
      • Other Internet Site
      • Professional Newsletter/Publication
      • Radio
      • Television
      • Billboard
      • Job Line
      • Department/Municipal Bulletin Board
      • Email Notification
      • Postcard Notification
      • School (Instructor/Professor/Counselor)
      • Job Fair/Career Event
    2. If you selected a non-specific source above, please specify the name of the source:

      (Open Ended Question)

    3. * Do you have a valid driver's license?
      • Yes
      • No
    4. * Please provide your driver's license number, the state of issuance, and the expiration date in the space provided. If you do not possess a valid driver's license, please type "NA" in the space provided.

      (Open Ended Question)

    5. * Are you licensed as an Architect in the State of Alabama ?
      • Yes
      • No
    6. * Do you have experience in all phases of architecture project delivery, from initial client contact through project close out?
      • Yes
      • No
    7. * If you indicated "Yes" to ANY of the experience qualifications above, a DETAILED description of this experience MUST be included in the Work Experience section of your application. If this experience is not included in the work experience section of your application, you will be deemed "NOT QUALIFIED" for this job. Replicating or restating the minimum qualifications or the information from the Personnel Board's job description in your work history section will result in your disqualification. If you need to update this section of your application, you should select “Work Experience" from the drop-down menu located at the bottom of the page. You may then edit and/or add the necessary information. Please note that once you submit your application, you will NOT be able to make the changes to it.
      • I understand and agree


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