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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: F0012 / Designer
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 11

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The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under general supervision, programs, designs, drafts, estimates, and oversees comprehensive construction and renewal projects for the University. Coordinates day-to-day project activities with University and contract construction management, ensuring proper interpretation, implementation, and/or modification of plans and specifications.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Works with University clients to program the implementation of integrated facility and building systems renovation and renewal projects.
  2. Surveys existing University facilities and utilities for compliance with applicable building codes.
  3. Prepares construction permit documents for signature of the University Architect and approval of the Construction Industries Permit Division; prepares specifications for the purchase of various materials and equipment required for projects.
  4. Continually monitors the progress and status of construction projects through on-site inspections and discussions with construction supervisors and client.
  5. Meets with clients both during and at the conclusion of projects to ensure satisfaction with design and construction; coordinates problem resolution as appropriate.
  6. Monitors the fiscal status of projects for budgetary control and accuracy of cost estimates.
  7. Develops and maintains job files, to include submittals, change orders, and plan modification.
  8. Develops and/or prepares required correspondence for all aspects of project programming, estimating, bidding, construction, closeout, warranty, and other related issues.
  9. Assists with the development and maintenance of University utilities drawings and files.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Successful completion of at least 60 college-level credit hours; at least 5 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to analyze and assess construction project needs, and to design efficient solutions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of customer service standards and procedures.
  • Knowledge of applicable Federal, State, and local building and installation codes.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Knowledge of all aspects of construction permits and documentation requirements.
  • Ability to prepare accurate plans, specifications, and other construction documents.
  • Ability to develop and maintain recordkeeping systems and procedures.
  • Knowledge of project management principles, practices, techniques, and tools.
  • Knowledge of building design and construction principles, processes, methods, techniques, and standards.
  • Ability to investigate and analyze information and draw conclusions.
  • Knowledge of construction project budgeting and cost estimating principles.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) designing and drafting comprehensive, integrated construction and renewal projects; b) preparation of project cost estimates; c) preparation of construction permit documents and purchase specifications for projects; d) direct interaction and problem resolution with client management on day-to-day project matters; e) project monitoring for compliance with budget estimates, building codes, and client specifications.

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017