The NC Department of Public Safety is seeking a licensed, action-oriented, architect with a broad knowledge and expertise in various project types and clients. The successful candidate will develop and maintain strong professional relationships with clients while offering strategic architectural planning, design and technical construction expertise on various projects, partnering with multiple consultants and clients.  DPS clients include the State Bureau of Investigation, State Highway Patrol, Adult Corrections, Juvenile Justice, Enterprise Services, Emergency Management.  We also partner with the NC National Guard.

In addition to planning and project design, this Architect ll will conduct onsite field surveys and investigations that include identification of code deficiencies, building envelope evaluation and structure / systems analysis, that will be translated into reports and working documents. Responsibilities further include administration of contracts for design, new construction and renovation of existing facilities, investigation of existing facilities and conditions, production of construction documents as well as preliminary studies and assessments for new and existing facilities.  This position works closely with in-house engineers and the State of North Carolina Office of State Construction, in what is essentially an AE office within DPS Central Engineering.  The position requires working with and directing in-house CAD Technicians in the production of construction documents.  The position is responsible for the accurate coordination and production all aspects of the construction document process.

Duties include building and space programming, estimates and evaluations of costs, space requirements, code research and documentation. This position is also responsible for master planning for Departmental Agencies within DPS. A thorough knowledge of the NC Building Code, ANSI A117.1, NC Energy Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act is required.  The review and correction of in house document production regarding details, materials and quality assurance are duties of this position. Responsibilities include document production, consultant coordination, SCO approvals and every phase through project close out.

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages qualified men and women to apply. DPS uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act with the most qualified individuals. Hiring salary will be based on relevant qualifications, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position.  

·       Online applications are only accepted through

·       To receive credit for all of your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the State of North Carolina application. Any information omitted cannot be considered for qualifying credit. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the state application.

·       The Knowledge, Skills and Abilities AND the Minimum Education and Experience are REQUIRED in order to be considered qualified for the position. Therefore, you MUST provide supporting information within the body of the application that clearly demonstrates your possession of the KSA's and the Education/Experience requirements. DPS will NOT accept "see attached resume" in lieu of education and work experience completed on the application.

·       Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

·       Applicants seeking Veteran's Preference must attach a DD form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, along with your application.

·       During the online application process, if additional documentation is required, attach the documentation at the bottom of Step 4 in the application process. If applying for a position certified through the North Carolina Department of Justice-Criminal Justice Standards Division, refer to for specific certification requirements.

·       The N.C. Department of Public Safety must adhere to the United States Department of Justice Final Rule on the "National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape" under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Standards at 28 C.F.R. Part 115 Docket No. OAG-131 RIN 1105-AB34. Refer to for hiring and promotion prohibition requirements for all positions in the N. C. Department of Public Safety.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

·       A current valid license to practice in Architecture in the state of North Carolina.

·       A thorough knowledge of principles and practices of architectural design and building construction.

·       Knowledge of NC Building Codes and/or NC General Statutes relating to designing and/or construction/repair of buildings.

·       Documented architectural planning and design of institutional and/or commercial structures.

·       Effective communication both orally and written.

Management Preferences:

·       A minimum of 10 years experience in the field of Architecture.

·       An understanding and working knowledge of AutoCad and Revit.

·       Experience in contract administration, construction and renovation inspections and field supervision for the purpose of ensuring conformance to contract documents.

·       Experience with detention facilities architecture and construction is highly desirable along with a variety of project construction and occupancy types.

ADA Physical Requirements will be discussed during the interview.

Bachelor's degree in architecture or an engineering discipline related to the area of assignment from an appropriately accredited institution and three years of related experience as a registered architect; or an equivalent combination of training and directly related experience. Necessary Special Qualifications - Valid license to practice architecture granted by the North Carolina Board of Architecture.

AuthorMaggie Whittemore