ADA Architect

Blacksburg, VA

Posted: 10/25/19
Deadline: 10/31/19
Reference Number: 511537

About This Organization

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

Job Duties

The Office for Equity and Accessibility at Virginia Tech is seeking applicants for a full-time ADA Architect. This position reports to the Director for ADA/504 Compliance and Accessibility Services in the Office for Equity and Accessibility. The ADA Architect will:
– Review all design plans for compliance with the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design and the ADAAG. This includes reviews for all alterations, renovations, capital construction plans, and non-capital construction plans for the university through all phases of design. The ADA Architect will work closely with the University Building Official’s office during design reviews.
– Serve as an expert subject matter consultant for the Facilities Services GIS team with regards to the maintenance of the Campus Interactive Map and other maps as appropriate;
– Consult with the Office of University Planning as appropriate;
– Consult with departments regarding accessibility of facilities to include: on-site reviews, measuring, and slope calculation of pathways, sidewalks, and ramps;
– Advise the ADA Director and team with regards to building construction and potential disruptions of ADA pathways, ramps, seating, etc.;
– Assist with wayfinding as appropriate; review all signage projects making certain that signage complies with the ADA signage standards;
– Survey campus for potential ADA projects; manage ADA projects as assigned by the ADA Director; assist ADA Director with ADA-related projects as assigned.
The successful candidate must have the ability to manage confidential information while engaging with a diverse clientele with varied perspectives. The successful candidate must have the ability to handle numerous tasks and balance a varied workload in a fast-paced environment with strong interpersonal skills. The successful candidate must have the proven ability to identify solutions, generate options, conclusions, and/or alternative approaches when problem solving.

Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications:
– Degree in Architecture
– Licensed/Registered Architect in Virginia or ability to obtain licensure within one year of employment
– Must be proficient with 2010 Standards for Accessible Design and the ADAAG
– Strong working knowledge of the application of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Codes (Accessibility, Fire Protection, Electrical, etc), and related standards
– Must have significant experience in the application of ADA requirements in public and large residential structures, engineering/architectural principles and practices of design, construction, and inspection processes for large and small projects.
– Must have the ability to resolve issues in an amicable manner and promote a team approach to problem solving. Organizational skills to work in a fast paced and multitasking environment with variable priorities in required.

Preferred Qualifications:
– Experience in a higher education setting as a licensed architect
– Professional design review experience
– Professional code compliance experience in the Commonwealth of Virginia
– Professional experience with on-site building/facilities accessibility reviews in compliance with the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design and the ADAAG

Job Standards/Physical Requirements:
– Must be able to travel to and from work sites and perform on-site inspections. Site inspections require bending, climbing, pushing/pulling, reaching, lifting, standing, walking and moving and handling up to 50 lbs.
Must be able to maneuver in small spaces and walk and perform work tasks on uneven surfaces

Required Application Materials

Resume, Cover Letter, List of References