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TMD - Architect III (Staff Architect)

at Texas Department of Motor Vehicles

Posted: 9/25/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 00005705
Keywords: architecture

Job Description



Applicants may submit applications through Work In Texas (WIT), however applicants must complete the supplemental questions in CAPPS Recruit to be considered for the position. In order to complete the supplemental questions, please register and/or login to CAPPS Recruit and access your profile. Go to CAPPS Recruit to Sign In (Link: https://capps.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en)


Your job application must be complete and thorough including responding to all the supplemental questions. Your application must contain complete job histories, which includes job titles, dates of employment, name of employer and a description of duties performed. If this information is not submitted, your application may be rejected because it is incomplete. Resumes do not take the place of this required information.


Who We Are: The Texas Military Department (TMD) is commanded by The Adjutant General of Texas, the state's senior military official appointed by the governor, and is comprised of the Texas Military Department (State & Federal Civilian Employees), the Texas Army National Guard (TXARNG), the Texas Air National Guard (TXANG) and the Texas State Guard (TXSG).

Our Vision: America's premier state military organization comprised of professional mission-ready forces, fully engaged with our communities, and relevant through the 21st century.

Our Mission: Provide the Governor and the President with ready forces in support of state and federal authorities at home and abroad.



Performs advanced (senior-level) architectural design work for the Construction and Facilities Management Office (CFMO).  Work involves directing and overseeing the planning, design, and implementation of architectural and construction programs and projects. The position works with Engineers, Architects, and Project Management (PM) Staff within the CFMO to set and maintain the criteria and standards for architectural work and to provide scopes of work and scopes of services for proposed projects.  Responsible for performing professional design and providing sealed documentation and estimates of probable costs as needed to support consultant reviews and in house designed projects.  Reviews the design work and submittals of outside consultants.  The position will assist the CFMO staff in initiating and planning projects, forming and monitoring schedules, and reviewing overall project progress.  Reports directly to the Design and Project Management Branch Chief and works under minimal supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgement.  


Work hours are 8:00AM to 5:00PM, 40-hour week, Monday – Friday. 




  • Oversees or designs and plans the layout of architectural and/or construction projects, including preparing drawings and specification documents.

  • Conducts special studies for architectural or construction projects, reduces facts to specific findings, and recommends solutions.

  • Provides professionally sealed documentation for in house design documentation as required.
  • Identifies and maintains architecture design criteria and design standards.
  • Provides scopes of work and scopes of services for proposed projects and change orders to projects.
  • Assists Contracting Branch in writing Architect and Engineering request for proposals (RFP) and reviewing fee proposals.
  • Provides estimates of probable cost for architecture related projects and change orders.
  • Assists Project Managers in developing criteria for evaluating programs, proposals and other pertinent information related to project assignments. 
  • Assists Planning & Programming and the PM's in developing project budgets, schedules, work plans, resource requirements, cost estimates and projections.
  • Assists in identifying potential project risks and recommends strategies to mitigate or avoid them.
  • Assists in coordinating project activities with other state agencies, governmental jurisdictions or private sector partners and contractors. 
  • Identifies and makes recommendations for process improvements.
  • May assign and/or supervise the work of others. 

  • Attends work regularly and observes approved work hours in accordance with agency state employee policies & procedures handbook.
  • May occasionally work evenings, weekends or holidays.
  • Performs related work as assigned.



  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in architecture is required.  
  • Six years' experience performing professional architecture services for capital projects or construction project assignments is required. 
  • Two years' experience performing professional architecture services on Military Construction (MILCON) funded projects.

SUBSTITUTION: Advanced related degrees can be substituted for required experience on a year per year basis up to two years.   



  • A valid license by the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners is required.
    • Maintains professional license by attending required continuing education classes annually.
  • Valid Driver's License* is required.  *The ability to obtain a Texas Driver's License will be required within the first 30 days of employment.  A satisfactory driving record is required for operating state or federal vehicles to conduct agency business.   
  • Must be able to obtain a Common Access Card (CAC). Selected candidate must pass a federal security background investigation. The process includes a National Agency Check and Inquiry (NACI) and fingerprinting. New employees must complete and sign the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Form SF85.  
  • The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires all new employees to present proof of eligibility to work in the United States within three (3) days of being hired. The Texas Military Department participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization; For more information, see: E-Verify Poster.
  • Upon hire with the State of Texas, males between the ages of 18 through 25 must provide proof of registration or exemption with the Selective Service. For further information, visit the Selective Service website at https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfVerification.aspx.    



Knowledge of:

  • Architecture theories and practices applicable to projects with a complex scope;
  • Professional practice in cost estimating;
  • AutoCAD and CAD systems for site and architecture work;
  • Building codes and Life Safety codes;
  • Army National Guard and Army regulations applicable to design and construction; and
  • Procedures used to evaluate a third-party vendor's performance.
Skill in:
  • Architectural problem solving;
  • Finding alternative solutions in budget constrained renovations;
  • Space Planning;
  • Describing architectural issues in layman's terms (better customer understanding);
  • CAD drafting;
  • Use of communications software including email, MS Project scheduling, MS office suite (Word, Excel, Access & Power Point, pdf creation); and
  • Use of photography and graphic communications and presentations in the digital environment.
Ability to:
  • Manage changing and conflicting priorities successfully;
  • Establish project goals and objectives;
  • Exercise sound judgment in making critical decisions;
  • Analyze complex information and develop plans to address identified issues;
  • Demonstrate negotiation and facilitation skills;
  • Identify project risks and gaps; 
  • Prepare reports and charts;
  • Communicate effectively;
  • Establish effective working relationships with others;
  • Plan, assign, and/or supervisor work of others; and
  • Work in a team environment.


Work is typically performed in a sedentary office setting involving sitting, standing, and walking to perform job duties. Work requires extensive use of a personal computer and telephone.  This position requires traveling up to 25% of the time, depending on project location.  Periodically lifts, moves, carries or sets up equipment and materials that weigh up to 25 pounds.



If you qualify for a Veteran Employment Preference, it is mandatory that you provide the required documentation at the time of applying.  Documentation must be provided before a Veteran Employment Preference can be granted.

Currently Serving U.S. Military Member - Statement of Service Memo;
Veteran – DD Form 214 (or Equivalent) or;

Surviving Spouse of a Veteran who has not remarried - Marriage Certificate and DD Form 1300 or;

Orphan of a Veteran who was killed during active duty – Birth Certificate and DD Form 1300

Disabled Veteran - VA Civil Service Preference Letter

Use your military skills to qualify for this position or other jobs. Go to www.texasskillstowork.com to translate your military work experience and training courses into civilian job terms, qualifications, and skill sets.


Veterans, Reservist or Guardsmen with an MOS or additional duties that fall in the following fields or other related fields pertaining to the minimum experience requirements may meet the minimum qualifications for this position and are highly encouraged to apply:

United States Army – No Military Equivalent
United States Navy – 510X/653X SC/LDO – Civil Engineer Corps
United States Coast Guard - No Military Equivalent
United States Marine Corps - No Military Equivalent
United States Air Force – 32 Support – Civil Engineering
Additional Military Crosswalk information can be accessed at: http://www.hr.sao.texas.gov/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_EngineeringandDesign.pdf

Contact TMD's Veteran's Liaison, Carlos Cardozo if you have questions at (512)782-6822 or HR@military.texas.gov

State of Texas Benefits and Retirement Information: https://www.ers.texas.gov/


The Texas Military Department does not discriminate of the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, genetic information, or status as an individual with a disability or protected veteran status in employment or in the provision of services.