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PROGRAM OFFICER (Project Architect)

Company: New Jersey Schools Development Authority
Location: Trenton
Posted on: May 27, 2023

Job Description:

Job Summary

Under the direction of the Program Director, and the assigned Design Manager for each project, the Program Officer has the responsibility and accountability to work with other project team members, to design, develop, and document school facilities projects ensuring that designs conform to applicable requirements and standards and that work is executed in accordance with established project schedules. This position requires excellent communication and organizational skills to work on multiple projects of varying sizes and types, ranging from conditions deficiency projects to major additions and renovations as well as new schools. Residency in New Jersey is a requirement for consideration for this position in accordance with the New Jersey First Act.

Preparation of design documents for school facilities projects, including feasibility studies, conceptual design, schematic design, and design development documents.

Coordination of architectural design work with site/civil, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and special systems requirements.

Review of project designs for compliance with applicable codes.

Review of project designs for conformance with project requirements and SDA standards.

Review of design documents prepared by outside design consultants for conformance with project requirements.

Perform detailed analyses of issues, including those relating to technical design and construction, matters; Prepare draft reports that appropriately convey information to others less familiar with the matter and make recommendations based upon the analyses.

Required Skills and Abilities

Outstanding graphic, communication, analytical and problem solving skills with demonstrated ability to develop and document project designs.

Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills to work effectively with both internal and external partners.

Outstanding organizational skills to successfully and simultaneously undertake multiple project assignments.

Demonstratedabilitytoworkinadeadline-driven,fast-pacedenvironmentwhilecollaborating with professional staff, both individually and as a team.

Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Project, etc.).

AutoCad proficiency required; Sketch-Up proficiency desirable, but not required.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor's Degree in Architecture or other related field or equivalent related experience.

New Jersey Architectural Registration desirable.

Minimum of ten years diversified experience in planning, design, and construction of school facilities projects, including oversight and direction of design teams.

Knowledge of construction codes, and the regulatory environment affecting school planning, design, and construction. Conversancy with New Jersey Codes (NJ UCC, NJ Best Practices, and NJSA 6A:26) highly desirable.

New Jersey schools design experience highly desirable.


Regular construction worksite visits that may require physical activities such as, climbing ladders and walking significant distances, etc.


Valid Drivers' License

If you are applying under the NJ SAME Program, your supporting documents (Schedule A or B letter) must be submitted along with your resume by the closing date indicated above. For more information on the SAME Program, visit their Website at:, email:, or call the NJ Civil Service Commission at (833) 691-0404.

The NJ Schools Development Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. All employment decisions at the NJ Schools Development Authority are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations.

Job Type: Full-time


Dental insurance
Disability insurance
Employee assistance program
Flexible spending account
Health insurance
Life insurance
Paid time off


Monday to Friday

Work Location: Hybrid remote in Trenton, NJ 08608

Keywords: New Jersey Schools Development Authority, Trenton , PROGRAM OFFICER (Project Architect), Professions , Trenton, New Jersey

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