Pima County

Tucson, Arizona, United States

Commercial Interior Designer (5609 - Interior Designer I)

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Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Position Description


Salary Grade: 10

Pay Range
Hiring Range: $49,763 - $59,715 Annually
Full Range: $49,763 - $69,668 Annually

Salary offers are based on the candidate's equivalent experience and internal equity with other employees within the same job classification.

Join Pima Countys Interior Design team and bring about improved workspace environments that promote social, cultural, impactful, and sustainable design. Pima County encompasses over 260 buildings spread out across an area of 9200 square miles. Our team is involved in a wide range of projects, including libraries, judicial spaces, County government offices, health clinics, animal care facilities, and community centers. This exciting opportunity allows you to collaborate with various professionals and end users on interior projects ranging from $25,000 to $1.2 million.


(Work assignments may vary depending on the department's needs and will be communicated to the applicant or incumbent by the supervisor.)

Assists in researching, investigating, and applying interior design standards for new construction, remodeled, and tenant improvement projects under the management and operational control of the Facilities Management Department;

Conducts research on manufacturing processes, product design, performance characteristics, specifications, and durability and makes recommendations for adoption into the County's design standards;

Investigates, identifies, and documents the interior design needs and requirements of clients;

Analyzes the needs and requirements, proposes options, and works with clients in developing specific solutions;

Develops design documents including contract-working drawings, specifications, and budget estimates using PC-based productivity software programs and the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) format;

Conducts research to determine applicable building codes requirements, state and federal guidelines, and other regulatory issues pertaining to the internal design component of projects;

Coordinates and participates in design projects performed either in-house or by outsourced contractors;

Participates and provides guidance to staff involved in the procurement of labor, materials, furniture, fixtures, or equipment in compliance with the Pima County Procurement Code and established County design standards;

Establishes and maintains project files including verbal, written, or graphic communications needed for compliance with Pima County Policies or department guidelines;

Reviews and approves project invoices for conformance to specifications and payment;
Maintains current project budgets for periodic reports.


Knowledge of:

  • principles and practices of interior and/or architectural design including aesthetics, psychology of space planning, and ergonomic considerations;
  • interior construction practices including building systems and their components, building codes and standards, equipment, materials, furnishings, and working drawings/specifications;
  • contracting practices relative to the construction industry;
  • facility operations including maintenance requirements, traffic patterns, security, and fire protection;
  • aesthetics including sense of scale, proportion and form, color, texture, finishes, style, and visual imagery;
  • effects of environmental and psychological components of space design and the effects that color, texture, space have on mood, alertness, etc.;
  • practices and techniques of Computer Aided Drafting (CAD);
  • principles, practices, and techniques of developing construction cost estimates.
  • principles practices and techniques of project management.
Skill in:
  • researching and applying the requirements of building codes, zoning ordinances, development plan regulations, product manual specifications, and technical standards to develop and refine design parameters in solving the needs of the project;
  • using CAD to review, create, or modify design documents;
  • writing Interior Design and Architectural performance specifications using CSI format;
  • using computer-based productivity software tools such as word processors, spreadsheets, and databases;
  • establishing rapport and effective working relationships with c
Minimum Qualifications

(1) A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college, university, or professional trade school with a major in interior design or architecture and two years of professional-level work experience as an Interior Designer, Interior Design Assistant, or Architect.


(2) Professional certification from the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ) as an Interior Designer.


(3) Six years of professional-level work experience as an Interior Designer, Interior Design Assistant, or Architect.

(Two years of relevant experience may be substituted for candidates with an Associate's degree in interior design.)

Qualifying education and experience must be clearly documented in the "Education" and Work Experience" sections of the application. Do not substitute a resume for your application or write "see resume" on your application.

Preferred Qualifications: (Be specific in describing your experience in your application. Ensure the descriptions provided illustrate your competencies, specifically addressing the required and preferred qualifications.):

  1. Interior design degree from an accredited university.
  2. Experience in interior design, which includes governmental offices, legal and law enforcement, judicial, health clinics, community centers, and libraries.
  3. Experience with/knowledge of modular systems furniture design and installation.
  4. Experience with/knowledge of researching product standards for commercial facilities based on life cycle, durability, ease of maintenance, and design consistency.
  5. Experience with/knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Auto-CAD 2021 (or later version), Adobe Acrobat, and Bluebeam Revu.
  6. Experience with/working knowledge of current building codes.
  7. Resume attached to supplement job application.
Selection Procedure:
Pima County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates that meet the minimum/desired qualifications. All applications will be assessed based on an evaluation of the listed education and experience. Candidates meeting the minimum/desired qualifications may be further evaluated/scored against any advertised Preferred Qualifications. The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidates from a referral list provided by Human Resources. Additional assessments/testing may be required as part of the selection process.
Supplemental Information

Licenses and Certificates: Valid driver license is required at time of application. Valid AZ driver license is required at time of appointment. The successful applicant will be subject to a 39-month DOT Motor Vehicle Record review to determine applicants suitability to operate county vehicles in accordance with Pima County administrative procedures. Failure to obtain and maintain the required licenses and certifications shall be grounds for termination. Any offer of employment resulting from this recruitment is contingent upon Fleet Services review and approval of the candidates driving record.

Special Notice Items: The County requires pre-employment background checks. Successful candidates will receive a post-offer, pre-employment background screening to include verification of work history, education, and criminal conviction history. A prior criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify a candidate from employment with the County.

Physical/Sensory Requirements: Physical and sensory abilities will be determined by position.

EEO Information: Pima County Government is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We are committed to an inclusive and diverse workforce and will not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, kinship, political interest, or any other characteristic protected by law.