Senior Architect

New York City Department of Parks & Recreation New York City Department of Parks & Recreation Employer:
New York, NY, USLocation:
Tue, Mar 22 '22Posted on:

Title: Senior Architect

NYC Parks is an award-winning city agency that designs, builds and preserves public spaces for New Yorkers to connect, play and enjoy. NYC Parks cares for 14% of the land in New York City, and a diverse array of structures sit on these public spaces including recreation centers, sporting facilities, historic houses, pool facilities, nature centers, marinas and comfort stations.

The Architecture unit in the Capital Division designs, restores and/or modernizes existing or new Parks structures, ranging from a new recreation center to a historic house renovation. This work impacts neighborhood growth, public health and recreation in communities throughout New York City.  The Senior Architect will lead a team of junior staff with a wide-ranging portfolio and will act as Architect of Record, leader, designer, mentor, and inspector of work produced by their team.

The successful candidate has proven technical expertise and excellent project management skills. He/she understands and enjoys the nature of publicly funded projects and their importance to local communities. The ideal candidate has the ability to listen, design and effectively communicate design and construction concepts to community stakeholders, as well as to work cooperatively within the multiple units of the NYC Parks Department including Landscape Architecture, Construction, Procurement and Engineering. Working in a multi-disciplinary team setting, the ideal candidate is a champion of their portfolio and can troubleshoot and problem solve to realize projects.

NYC Parks offers competitive pay and a generous benefits package, including pension, excellent health benefits, competitive vacation/sick days and a healthy work-life balance.


·       Under direction of the Director of Architecture, with very great latitude for the exercise of independent judgment or action, serve as an architectural specialist performing responsible, challenging and technically complex architectural work.

·       Manage, direct, and coordinate architectural project team(s) and projects designs for in-house and consultant led projects to produce complete, sustainable and technically excellent designs within established schedule and budget. 

·       Coordinate with support units and consultants to prioritize workload to ensure schedules are met throughout the process and assistance is provided as needed. 

·       Prepare analyses for potential future projects, including cost estimates and conceptual designs as necessary. Review proposed work on mapped parkland for compliance with agency standards. 

·       Review documents for constructability and bid readiness. Generate quantity take-offs and cost estimates for architectural projects once they are funded and the design process formally begins.

·       Ensure documents are submitted to oversight regulatory agencies as required to obtain timely approvals. Review graphic and written design documents to ensure documents effectively convey the project's intent. 

·       Provide support throughout the procurement, bidding and construction processes. Ensure design compliance and resolve any construction related issues, through turnover. 

·       Represent projects and the agency to outside organizations such as community boards, community interest groups and other city or state agencies. 

·       Produce and maintain accurate staffing plans for the unit. Ensure project tracking databases are current and accurate. Monitor design progress and staff for compliance with project milestones. 

·       Track project schedules and maintain accurate project data to ensure timely completion of work. Prepare detailed reports on the progress, budget and schedules of projects. Attend meetings, direct or prepare minutes/reports/letters and communicate with other departments, agencies, private engineering consulting companies and contractors. 

·       Present projects to Parks Commissioners, community boards, design commissions and others, as required. 

·       Sign and seal architectural and other official documents and related applications for agencies having jurisdiction. Coordinate project-specific interagency issues, such as permits, filings and approvals.

·       Develop requests for proposals to obtain architectural or limited engineering consultant services as necessary.

·       Participate in design standards development.

·       Schedule and attend site visits for emergency projects.

·       Represent the Design Department at interdepartmental meetings. Present and support proposals on major architectural projects to high-level agency and/or city officials. 


1.     A valid New York State Registration as an Architect and four years of full-time architectural experience. A master’s degree in architecture from an accredited college will be accepted as equivalent to one year of full-time architectural experience. Registration must be maintained for the duration of your employment.

2.     To be eligible for placement in Assignment Level Ill, individuals must have at least one year within the last three years of experience as a major contributor or a project leader on a complex project requiring additional and specific expertise in the disciplines to design or construct the project.

This position is exempt from NYC residency requirements.


1.     Portfolio demonstrates strong knowledge of AutoCAD, Photoshop, SketchUp, InDesign and project management software.

2.     Knowledge and experience in sustainable design and/or LEED accreditation a plus.

3.     Strong knowledge of NYC building code and ADA requirements.

4.     5+ years managing a multidisciplinary team of professionals to produce complex architectural work.

5.     Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.

6.     A driver license valid in New York State.

Salary: $103,631 plus excellent benefits.

Apply by: 04/08/2022

For external applicants, please apply through

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2)     Search for Job ID#: 524172

Work location: Olmsted Center, Queens

For details about NYC Parks:

References will be required upon request. 


Apply by: 04/08/2022

For external applicants, please apply through

1)     Go to

2)     Search for Job ID#: 524172

Work location: Olmsted Center, Queens

For details about NYC Parks:

References will be required upon request. 

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