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Architect 2 (DOH4487)

at State of Washington

Posted: 11/30/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2450045
Keywords: architect

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


Application review begins on December 2, 2019.

The Opportunity
The Washington State Department of Health works to protect and improve the health of all people in Washington state. The Construction Review Services team supports our mission by ensuring that licensed health care facilities have safe and healthy physical environments. We work with owners and designers during all phases of a project to verify compliance with minimum standards, and encouraging best practices. Our team also develops construction standards for state licensing and works with national code development organizations to create effective and coordinated codes.
In this position, you will provide specialized consultation, technical assistance, and plan review services to health care facilities and their design teams. You will have the unique opportunity to review and evaluate the designs of a wide range of health and residential care facilities, including some of the largest healthcare projects in the state.  This includes developing partnerships with major healthcare providers, local authorities, architects and engineers to ensure that teams are well prepared to create a compliant project. 
As an Architect 2 within Construction Review Services, you will be welcomed into the Division of Health Systems Quality Assurance (HSQA). Our dedicated and passionate employees work to prevent injuries, develop health systems and improve patient safety. We work closely with communities and local health partners to build strong health systems and prevention programs. Our teams help to ensure that everyone has access to good healthcare and emergency medical services.

This recruitment has been reposted for additional candidates to apply. Current applicants need not reapply. 
About DOH and our Employer of Choice Initiatives

Washington State Department of Health (DOH) works with federal, state, tribal, and local partners to help people in Washington stay healthy and safe.  Our programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide education to help people make good health decisions and ensure our state is prepared for emergencies. To learn more about the agency, visit our websiteDOH Infographic, and see what it's like to Work@Health!
DOH is a great place to work and has implemented several "Employer of Choice" initiatives, including:
  • We are committed to diversity and inclusion. DOH fosters an inclusive environment that encourages all employees to bring their authentic selves to work each day. We strive to hire, develop, and retain a competent and diverse workforce that is reflective of the customers we serve.
  • We have an engaging Wellness@Health program which offers programs that support healthy behaviors and work/life balance. Our program provides wellness education, access to healthy food, physical activity classes, stress relief, and many other resources to support a healthy you.
  • We support a healthy life/work balance by offering flexible/alternative work schedules, and mobile and telework options.  (Depending upon job duties.)
  •  We are making exciting steps towards modernizing our workplace by providing motivating and inspiring workspaces that promote creative thought, innovation, and collaboration among co-workers.
  • We have an Infant at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding.  Eligible employees who are new mothers, fathers, or legal guardians can bring their infant (6 weeks to 6 months) when returning to work.  (Depending upon job duties and work location.)

What will you be doing? – Duties include:
  • Lead the review of health care facility construction and remodeling projects.
  • Visit project sites to review field conditions for conformance to codes and regulations.
  • Compose, proofread and edit written reports of project citations to be resolved by the project applicants.
  • Lead pre-design, design and plan review conferences with owners, architectural firms, and professional engineers and staff. Clearly identify the scope of review and applicable rules and suggest alternate methods.
  • Participate in professional and stakeholder organizations to provide technical assistance and/or education at meetings and technical workshops.
  • Apply quality improvement tools to improve accuracy, timeliness, and overall quality.
  • Work directly with local and national organizations to influence changes in rules/ regulations/ general practice.
  • Leverage advanced technology to reduce travel time and improve efficiency.
  • Provide continuous, substantial involvement with key stakeholder groups to promote a collaborative approach to project planning.
What we're looking for
Success in this position requires one to be a team player, defined as having a driving passion for the work, bringing humility to their job and people interactions, and understanding how their words and actions affect others.
Required Qualifications
  • Registered as an architect in Washington state OR in a state having reciprocity with Washington (applicants qualifying through the reciprocity option must achieve registration in Washington state prior to appointment).
  • Three years of plan review experience.
Conditions of Employment/Working Conditions
With or without accommodation, I am willing and able to:
  • Work with heavy large format documents.
  • Inspect buildings, including construction sites during active construction.
  • Occasionally travel throughout the state (including rural areas) which may include overnight stays.
  • Work indoors, at a desk/workstation the majority of a workday, in an open office environment with possible conversation and other noise distractions.
  • Work at a tobacco-free campus and environment.
  • Occasionally work in excess of 40 hours per week and/or to adjust normally scheduled hours, which may include evening and weekends.
  • Legally operate a state or privately owned vehicle or provide alternative transportation.
  • Move object weighing up to 50 pounds.
This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is an equal opportunity employer.  DOH strives to create a working environment that is inclusive and respectful.  It is our policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of our workforce.
If you have questions, need alternative formats or other assistance please contact Zach Covington at (360) 236-2406,, or TDD Relay at 1-800-833-6384 or 7-1-1. Technical support is provided by NEOGOV, 855-524-5627 (can't log in, password or email issues, error messages).
Application Process
Intrigued? We'd love to hear from you.  Click "Apply" to submit your detailed application profile along with the following:
  1. A letter of interest, describing how you meet the specific required and desired qualifications for this position.
  2. A current resume.
  3. Three (3) or more professional references, to be included in your profile. Please include at least one supervisor, peer, and (if you have supervised staff) a subordinate.
Do not attach transcripts or other documents that are not requested in the Application Process. These documents will not be reviewed.

Supplemental Information

Only applicants who follow the directions and complete the Application Process in-full will have their responses reviewed for consideration. 

Education and experience selected, listed and/or detailed in the Supplemental Questions must be verifiable on the detailed applicant profile submitted.
This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification within the agency.