Senior Architectural Manager

Buffalo, NY

Posted: 11/15/2018 Industry: Construction Management Pay Rate: $80 - $90,000 + great benefits

Our client, an expanding regional company, is in need of an Architectural Manager.


Under the direction of, and in collaboration with the Director of Architecture (DOA), the Senior Architecture Manager (SAM) shall manage the day to day activities of the Architecture Dept. staff including monitoring of work flow on assigned department projects including the quality, accuracy and timeliness of design drawings as well as retention and management of design sub-consultants for Company projects. SAM will support the DOA by providing administrative management of the department including time sheet review, participation in employee reviews, assigning tasks and staffing of the department.

SAM shall participate in project meetings and interact with ownership in order to maintain an understanding of project priorities and objectives and shall communicate same to Architectural staff and design sub-consultants. SAM shall also serve as the principal liaison with the Director of Construction and otherwise ensure timely and proper responses to design issues and questions arising during bidding and construction,

The SAM is a full-time salaried (exempt) position. The nature of the position dictates that the typical work week, on average, will be greater than 40 hours. The position will require travel to project locations which, at present, are primarily in Western New York though some out of town travel may be necessary from time to time dependent upon future project assignments.



The following is representative of the core responsibilities, objectives and deliverables for the SAM position but is not intended to list each and every duty and responsibility required to be performed to fulfill the Key Objective for the SAM position.

Company Design Standards – Maintain and update working document(s) consisting of site, building interior and exterior design standards, specifications and performance criteria for Company projects (Company Design Standards). Continuously communicate/instruct Architectural staff and sub-consultants on Company Design Standards and ensure that they are adhered to in the completion of design drawings for all Company projects by conducting ongoing reviews of design in progress prior to stamping for distribution.

Quality Control and Design Coordination – In addition to ensuring adherence to Company Design Standards, continuously monitor design drawings in progress, including drawings completed by sub-consultants to ensure accuracy, clarity, efficiency (i.e ease of construction) and proper design coordination of the building systems to avoid design conflict. Review RFPs issued to design sub-consultants to ensure scopes of work are clear and complete.

Budget, Schedule and Design Objectives – Monitor completion of design projects by Architectural team for adherence to established design objectives as well as project design budgets and completion timelines. Timely communicate any risks or potential impacts to design objective, design budgets or completion timelines to Ownership and offer corrective recommendations, as appropriate.

Manage the day to day activities of Architectural staff to ensure staff members are working productively and efficiently. Task shall include review of staff member time sheets to ensure proper recording of time and allocation to assigned projects.

Support DOA by coordinating staff requests for PTO to minimize impact to project timelines.

Assist DOA in maintaining proper staffing of Architecture Department and assignment of team members to projects in order to ensure timely completion of design documents. Participate in recruitment of new staff and administrative management of existing staff, including performance reviews.

Liaison to Construction – Serve as primary liaison with Company Construction Department. Participate in meetings with Construction personnel to review design drawings. Oversee assigned Architectural Project Manager to ensure timely and proper support and responsiveness to design questions and RFIs from Construction or subcontractors. As necessary, take the lead in addressing situations or conditions requiring urgent attention.

3+ years of experience including office, retail, housing and historic buildings.

Joseph Catherine

Recruitment professional since 1970 with disciplines in accounting / finance, construction management and banking, manufacturing, and human resources. He started in the business with AFCO Personnel Services in 1970 and after two years was appointed manager and then managing partner. Joe merged AFCO Personnel Services in 1983 at which time he and Mike DeBellis founded DeBellis & Catherine Associates. Joe attended SUNY at Buffalo studying liberal arts and sociology. He was active with the Niagara Falls & Buffalo Chamber of Commerce, executive committee for the Porter Cup amateur golf tournament and was on the St. Mary's Hospital Foundation Board of Directors.  He is currently an active member with the Williamsville Rotary Club. 

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