Architect – Life Safety – Rockford, IL, US | Works

Rockford Public School District 205


Rockford, IL, USASite:

Mon 31 Jan ’22Posted on:



Job Description Job Title: Life Safety Engineer/Architect

Department: Facilities

Supervisor: Director of Design and Construction

JOB PURPOSE: Review project design to ensure compliance with ADA, Life Safety, School and Building codes; schedule fire equipment inspections in accordance with labor and material availability and health and safety requirements; monitor the performance of inspection companies to ensure compliance with the contract and deadlines; implement and maintain existing and future architectural and engineering drawings. Translate paper data, plans and construction related information into facilities management software to create maps, plans, presentations and reports to support and improve district capital assets.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Tradespersons, Maintenance Planner

RESPONSIBILITIES: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential task satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required. In addition to the requirements listed below, attendance is an essential function of this position.

  1. Ensures that all actions are consistent with board policies as well as the mission statement, beliefs, goals and parameters contained in the board’s strategic plan.
  2. Participates in professional training and professional growth opportunities to enhance ability to perform essential job functions.
  3. Performs other related duties as assigned to ensure an effective and efficient work environment.
  4. Provides as-built drawings, surveys and district remodeling support.
  5. Creates, organizes and maintains a catalog of all existing and future architectural drawings, documents, specifications and sheets.
  6. Assist in the development of specifications and project drawings for all construction projects to ensure code compliance.
  7. Assists in reviewing as-built documents with contractors and internal trades to ensure code compliance.
  8. Communicates with local utility representatives to keep school underground drawings up to date at all times.
  9. Oversees life safety code compliance: certification, change filing, and other life safety related work that may be assigned.
  10. Inspects the work of outside contractors working for the district to ensure compliance with applicable codes, laws and regulations. Life safety engineering
  11. Perform building and life safety inspections to ensure compliance with applicable code requirements; prepare reports and make recommendations regarding necessary repairs and appropriate priorities and follow up as required.
  12. Interview manufacturers’ representatives regarding products, trade policies, replacement or retrofit methods.
  13. Maintain construction project records such as architectural drawings, construction cost specifications and breakdowns, bids, material and equipment specifications, and work history files.
  14. Develop work procedures for maintenance of facilities management software and life safety inspections.
  15. Participate in the review of plans, working drawings and specifications for life safety programs and code compliance.
  16. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with district staff.
  17. Assist with project management for district managed works.
  18. Write RFPs for the selection of external design firms and review project submissions.
  19. Obtain permits, inspections and certifications.

QUALIFICATIONS: Degree in Architecture, Structural Engineering, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or Facilities Management preferred. Will consider obtaining a high school diploma supplemented by college coursework in architectural, structural, mechanical, or electrical systems and four years of experience in facility maintenance or construction, including two years of design experience , inspection or administration of facility projects. Individuals licensed to practice architecture or engineering in the State of Illinois are especially encouraged to apply.


  1. Ability to demonstrate qualities aligned with our core values ​​of character, communication, collaboration and continuous improvement.
  2. Ability to work from blueprints, shop drawings and sketches.
  3. Ability to read plans and specifications for proper content and accuracy
  4. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required.
  5. Computer knowledge required, including Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite and internet portals.


WORKING CONDITIONS: Moderate in-district travel as well as intermittent in-state and out-of-state travel. Extended and irregular intermittent working hours.

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