Design Architect

J Francis Company J Francis Company Employer:
Pittsburgh, PA, USLocation:
Tue, Jun 18 '24Posted on:
$75,000 - $95,000 annually Pay:

Are you a creative and driven architect looking for your next role in the design/build industry with a respected company that prioritizes work/life balance? Are you a visionary designer who thrives in collaborative environments and thinks outside the box? Do you have a knack for providing top-notch customer service while hitting deadlines and keeping within budgets?

If you answered YES to these questions, read on for an incredible career opportunity…

About us:

J Francis Company, situated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a renowned design-build remodeling firm with a focus on personalized home renovations. With over 35 years of experience, our priority has always been customer satisfaction, bringing their visions to life from inception to completion. Our core values serve as the foundation for all our interactions, emphasizing the importance of building relationships based on trust. Our mission is clear: we prioritize establishing trust and rapport before delivering high-quality projects, always adhering to timelines and budgets. We understand that the success of a customers’ remodeling journey hinges on the experience they have with us, and it is their experience that ultimately defines our success.

We encourage you to visit our website to learn more!

Summary of Responsibilities

As an Architect, you will be creating architectural drawings for residential remodeling projects in collaboration with other JFCo professionals. The Architect also handles material assessments, gathers pricing information including subcontractor bids, and helps with detailed cost estimates for Project Developers. Additionally, you will contribute to proposal development and presentation to customers. The ideal candidate should have strong skills in reading blueprints, specifications, and other industry documents, as well as accurately estimating materials and writing job specifications. You should possess extensive knowledge of residential construction methods, zoning, building codes, and basic building trades like plumbing, electrical, and HVAC. Additionally, you should be able to anticipate construction processes and adapt to new practices while demonstrating excellent organization, attention to detail, and communication skills with customers, colleagues, and subcontractors. Strong problem-solving abilities and the capacity to handle multiple tasks and make decisions are also essential.

Essential Functions

  • Develop architectural drawings at every stage of the design process, including existing conditions, schematic design, design development, and construction drawings.
  • Evaluate/produce takeoffs of material specifications from drawings for estimating.
  • Other responsibilities include pre-construction services (drawing and non-drawing Related), production, administration, sales, and management of people and processes.
  • Support Project Developers throughout the design and production phases.
  • Ability to lead and manage 1 team member.
  • Ability in using software tools like 20/20, Microsoft Office Suite (specifically Excel, Word, and Outlook), and remodeling industry platforms such as Hometech and BuilderTrend.
  • Preferred drafting programs include, Revit, SketchUp; other design-based programs.

Education, Experience, and Skills Required

  • 2 years of experience in residential architectural design.
  • 1 year of residential construction-related experience.
  • High-end residential design experience is a plus.
  • Professional degree, preferably in Architectural Design/Drafting.
  • Valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License, clean driving record, and personal transportation.
  • Must demonstrate meticulous attention to detail while completing all job tasks.
  • Full Time, in-office, Mon-Fri.


  • $75,000 - $95,000 and benefits, with appropriate and/or preferred experience.
  • 6 Paid Holidays.
  • Paid Vacation/PTO.
  • Health, vision, and dental insurance after 90 days.
  • 401k with employer contribution after 1 year of service.
  • Mileage reimbursement.
  • End of year bonus. 

How to Apply

  • Submit an updated resume.
  • If you are invited to an interview, we will ask you to provide us with your portfolio.

We have a formal recruiting process and have a relationship with Zephyr Connects, whom we use for the screening and hiring process. If you are selected for the next step, you will get instructions from Cathy within 3 days of your submission. Everyone will be contacted.

J Francis Company provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, J Francis complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. 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.

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