Northern Arizona University
Facility Srv: Planning&Constr

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job Title: Architect
Location: Facility Srv: Planning&Constr
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 605611
Workplace Culture

NAU is a community devoted to student success and sustained by an unshakable commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values. We—faculty, staff, and administrators—thrive by combining our efforts and working side by side to further NAU’s culture of excellence.

Core Values One NAU side by side Student Centered | Integrity | Diversity | Service | Discovery | Excellence Northern Arizona University

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.

Job Description

This Architect position serves as a member of the Planning, Design, & Construction team.

Essential Position Responsibilities:

  • Works with university clients in order to design, draft, estimate, and assist with the implementation of interior and architectural services
  • Guides and holds accountable 3rd party design professionals and furniture vendors to define scope and deliver projects that meet schedule, budget and scope needs.
  • Plans layouts of project and integrates related engineering elements for the development of construction documents.
  • Develops specifications, conducts materials research, and selects materials required for renovations and alterations. Reviews drawings and documents to ensure compliance with specifications and standards.
  • Prepares drawings, specifications, and construction documents.
  • Collects and analyzes data on site conditions for preparation of architectural analysis and plans.
  • Completes preliminary architectural studies for new structures and alterations to existing structures and site development.
  • Demonstrates successful project leadership by defining, developing and meeting project requirements, goals, budget and schedule.
  • Ensure the quality and success of projects by managing consultants’ design and recommend design modifications as required in the best interest of the university.
  • Take ownership and be the champion of assigned projects. Effectively lead project teams of design professionals, facility users, and various university departments by exemplifying high standards.
  • Provide organization, leadership, and coordination to the project team.
  • Collaborates as needed in the selection of finishes, fixtures, furniture, and other architectural elements to ensure selections meet needs and all appropriate codes and requirements.
  • Adheres to site, environment, local and federal regulations, building codes, and local planning and zoning laws.
  • Resolves complex design issues with innovative and practical solutions.
  • Selects appropriate materials for use in designs.
  • Writes reports, produces estimated costs, presents proposals to clients for approval, and discusses requirement with clients.
  • Oversees the management and maintenance of job files, such as resource libraries, schedules, and procurement and budget tracking documents.
  • Oversees, reviews, and manages required correspondence for all aspects of design work.
  • Contributes to the university design guidelines and technical standards as a subject matter expert in interior design and building aesthetics.
  • Review project documentation to ensure project requirements, quality of design, and compliance with University design standards, as well as appropriate codes and standards.
  • Report current status and coordinate future milestones of projects to all relevant stakeholders and supervisors.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field AND
  • 5-7 years relevant experience AND
  • Licensed Architect OR
  • Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Knowledge of architectural design concepts and philosophies.
  • Knowledge of current environmental impact studies.
  • Knowledge of construction and building codes.
  • Knowledge of computer automation software, word processing, and presentation and spreadsheet applications.
  • Proficient with Revit, AutoCAD and 3D rendering
  • Organizational and project management skills.
  • Coordinates activities, evaluates data, and establishes priorities.
  • Supports projects, tracks deliverables, and manages all aspects of a project from inception to completion.
  • Plans, analyzes, and coordinates activities and establishes priorities.
  • Works independently and within a team environment.
  • Provides technical guidance and leadership.
  • Communicates effectively.
  • Promotes a diverse, inclusive environment.
  • Drafts renderings of concepts.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requiremt

Under the recent executive order issued by President Biden requiring all employees of federal contractors to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, NAU expects all employees, including new hires, to be vaccinated unless they have an approved medical or religious accommodation. Proof of vaccination will be required by January 18, 2022. For questions about vaccines and medical or religious accommodations, please visit FAQs for Employee Vaccination Requirement.

Background Information

This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting.

If you are applying for a job that requires a CDL, you will be required to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse and adhere to the clearinghouse requirements.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities.

If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


The salary range for this position is $72,445 - $90,556.

**The starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.


This is a Service Professional (SPF) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System or the Optional Retirement Program; 22 days of vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified dependents. More information on benefits at NAU is available on the Human Resources benefits website.

NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.

Service Professionals are hired on a contract basis, renewable each 6 months according to terms of the Conditions of Professional Service.

Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). New employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment, after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their start date to enroll in benefits. If a new employee chooses the ASRS retirement option, participation in the Arizona State Retirement System, and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it, will begin on the first of the pay period following 6 months after the new employee's start date. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP), which is an alternative to the ASRS plan for faculty and other appointed staff, will begin to participate on the first day of employment. Additionally, the long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of employment.

Learning and Development

Your career at Northern Arizona University includes the opportunity for professional development. New employee on-boarding training includes courses to be completed within the first 30 days. If your position includes the supervision of a benefit-eligible employee, we offer the NAU Supervisors Academy for you to complete within your first 2 years.

Application Deadline

Applications received by January 10, 2021 will be given full consideration. Applications received after that date may be considered until the position is filled.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the Human Resources website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.


Northern Arizona University (NAU) is a public university offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees of high quality and societal value.  Students are at the center of the NAU experience, which is guided by a dedicated and distinguished faculty committed to teaching, individual engagement, and research excellence.

Our educational programs are designed to prepare our students for personal and professional success after graduation.

Whether they earn their degrees at our historic Flagstaff campus, regionally throughout Arizona, or online, we prepare our students to achieve their human potential in ways that serve the state, the region, the nation, and the world.

If you can see yourself as part of a university community dedicated to its students and their success, NAU might be the right fit for you.

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PO Box 4113 Flagstaff, AZ 86011
United States

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