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State of Colorado Architectural/FGI Plan Reviewer (Designer/Planner)

Do you have a passion and drive to apply your talent to create a better Colorado? Are you looking for a career that provides you with opportunities to improve the world around you? The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is seeking diverse individuals from all backgrounds to apply for a fantastic position that makes a direct impact on improving the lives of Colorado citizens. Our mission is to protect and improve the health of Colorado’s people and the quality of its environment.
If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Our tobacco-free campus offers free parking and is conveniently located near RTD bus lines, the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Glendale City Set, and the Cherry Creek bike path. In addition to a great location and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:
Strong retirement benefits including a choice of the PERA Defined Benefit Plan or the PERA Defined Contribution Plan, plus optional 401K and 457 plans
Medical and dental health plans
Paid life insurance
Short- and long-term disability coverage
10 paid holidays per year plus generous personal time off
Mentoring program with opportunities for mentors and mentees
Tuition assistance for college level courses including Master’s degree programs
Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, and
A variety of employee resource groups
Employee wellness programs and facilities
Internal professional development opportunities on a wide variety of subjects
Bike to work programs, including access to storage lockers and bike racks
Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the State system
We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.
Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, go to: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service
Description of Job
ABOUT THE WORK UNIT:
The Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division (HFEMSD) is responsible for the oversight and enforcement of a broad range of federal and state statutes and regulations applicable to a wide variety of health care facilities and services in Colorado, numbering approximately 3,200 facilities, including hospitals, clinics, ambulatory surgical facilities, renal dialysis centers, emergency medical services providers, designated trauma centers, long term care facilities, and many other specific types of health care services. The division licenses, recommends for certification and surveys (sampling inspections) healthcare facilities and services; provides patient safety and healthcare quality programs; recognizes Emergency Medical Service (EMS) education programs and certifies EMS providers; and licenses all air ambulance services operating within the state.The Health Facility Quality (HFQ) Branch is responsible for conducting physical plant/architectural plan reviews on either newly developed or renovated health facilities to assure compliance with 2010 & 2018 Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) standards. This is a new position as of summer 2018 responsible for completing such analyses and plan reviews given notable growth in providers across various facility types as well as due to increased construction frequencies related to industry development in Colorado.

DUTIES OF THE POSITION:
The FGI Plan Reviewer reviews and recommends approval of design and “as-constructed” plans of licensed health facilities to ensure conformance to FGI (2010 and 2018) design principles and standards.

  • Reviews construction plans for initial and remodel of licensed and Medicare/Medicaid certified facilities including but not limited to hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dialysis centers, assisted living residences, and nursing homes to ensure compliance with environment of care requirements to adequately protect the health and safety of consumers.
  • Consults with facility engineers, design staff and maintenance personnel to identify initial design or remodeling problems not in conformance with the applicable FGI standards.
  • Oversees the planning, design and construction of health facilities within the FGI standards, codes and specifications of the industry.
  • Works with agency customers and consultants/contractors to define and specify the requirements for new construction or major remodeling projects per Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division (HFEMSD) licensing regulations.
  • Investigates health facility environment of care complaints, determines whether non-compliance exists and assists with attaining compliance.
  • Explains findings to facility personnel and design professionals, including how and why areas are non-compliant and works with the facility to understand requirements to achieve compliance.
  • Recommends waivers of the license regulations to the LSC Liaison/WGL, Associate Division Director as appropriate”
  • Listens to providers and trade associations regarding barriers to access or the provision of care and makes recommendations to address concerns while maintaining essential protections.
  • Facility personnel, construction and design professionals may challenge findings during plan review or onsite inspections/investigations. The position must review and ensure that the basis for the finding is supported by standards, code, statute and/or regulations. The position must handle disagreements that arise utilizing knowledge, training and skills in problem solving and conflict resolution.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS, SUBSTITUTIONS, CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT &
APPEAL RIGHTS:MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in architecture or architectural engineering and one year of experience in architecture or architectural engineering.
Licensure as an architect is preferred, but not required.
This experience must be substantiated within the Work Experience section of your application. “See Resume” will not be accepted. In addition, part-time work will be prorated.
SUBSTITUTIONS: 
Additional appropriate experience may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the degree requirement.
Additional appropriate education may substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.A copy of your transcript must be submitted at the time of application (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.)

COVER LETTER REQUIRED:
Along with the application submit a cover letter, not to exceed two typewritten pages, double-spaced detailing how your education and previous work experience has prepared you to excel in this job.  Specific examples of Applying building codes and standards to construction or remodel projects should be included as well as how you meet the minimum and preferred competencies for the position.  Include mention of whether or not you possess an architect license. Part of, or all of, the comparative analysis for this position may involve a review of the information you submit in your application and cover letter. The cover letter will be used to assess written communication skills.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted as part of the selection process. Felony convictions or conviction of crimes of moral turpitude or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being considered for this position. Should your background check reveal any charges and convictions, it is your responsibility to provide the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Human Resources office with an official disposition of any charges.

APPEAL RIGHTS:
If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging. Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures are available at www.colorado.gov/spb. A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State
Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

HOW TO APPLY:
Submit an on-line application by clicking the link below or submit a State of Colorado Application for Announced Vacancy and all supplemental questions according to the instructions provided below. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that application materials are received by the appropriate Human Resources office before the closing date and time listed above.  Failure to submit a complete and timely application may result in the rejection of your application.
Part of, or all of, the comparative analysis for this position may involve a review of the information you submit in your application. Therefore, it is paramount that in the experience portion of your application and in your cover letter, you describe the extent that you possess the education, experience, preferred qualifications, and competencies outlined in the job announcement as well as the special and/or preferred qualifications. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions may affect your score and prevent you from competing in subsequent measures used to arrive at a top group of applicants.

E-Verify:  CDPHE uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

You must be legally eligible to work in the United States to be appointed to this position. CDPHE does not sponsor non-residents of the United States.

Supplemental Information
PREFERRED AND ESSENTIAL COMPETENCIES
The preferred experience, competencies and abilities are highly desirable for this position and will be considered in selecting the successful candidate:

  • Licensure as an architect is desirable. Licensure is not required but is preferred.
  • Proven problem solving and decision making abilities.
  • Models high standards of honesty, integrity, trust, openness and respect for individuals.
  • Ability to set well-defined and realistic personal goals; has the ability to organize and work efficiently.
  • Knowledge and ability to analyze and interpret architectural drawings and other construction documents.
  • Ability to apply building standards to new construction and remodel projects.
  • Familiarity with the Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) standards.
  • Speaks and writes clearly and concisely.
  • Displays understanding, courtesy, tact, empathy and concern; develops and maintains effective relationships; deals skillfully with people who are difficult, hostile or distressed; effectively manages and resolves conflicts, confrontations and disagreements in a positive and constructive way.
  • Knowledge of environment of care requirements.
  • Recognizes situations in which it is appropriate to take action and does so without prompting.
  • Collaborative and critical thinking skills to develop appropriate solutions.
  • Knowledge of and ability to provide Information and technical support to internal and external customers concerning individual business, physical plant and construction regarding compliance issues and their appropriate resolution as required per FGI standards.
  • Ability to explain findings to facility personnel and design professionals.
  • Ability to collaborate with community agencies, including resident/patient advocates, and other regulatory agencies.
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