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Zweig Group’s newest managerial resource, Job Descriptions and Organizational Charts for A/E/P & Environmental Consulting Firms, second edition, aims to help firm leaders answer that all-important question: What’s in a name (or job title)? And, the publication takes its analysis a step further, offering dozens of organizational, office, and departmental charts depicting where those titles should fall in a firm’s overall hierarchy.

Architectural, engineering, planning (A/E/P) and environmental firms are living organizations. Ongoing advancements in materials and technologies require evolving companies to create positions that can serve the needs of increasingly advanced client-bases. This second edition updates Zweig Group’s original A/E Job Descriptions (2003) with job titles such as BIM CAD manager, BIM coordinator, BIM manager, and BIM specialist. Inclusion of these technologically specific positions helps determine the positions that firm leaders might need to add to best serve their clients.

The book is divided by disciplines, including architecture, computer aided drafting, clerical and administrative, construction and inspection, engineering, environmental, finance and accounting, human resources, information technology, interiors, landscape architecture and planning, marketing, operations, project management, surveying and GIS, and top management. Each job description lays out the duties; experience; education; and knowledge, skills, and abilities that are required and/or preferred to successfully complete the work (see Figure 1).

Each discipline is marked by tabbed pages so that readers can easily find the information they need without returning to the contents page. The most recent average salaries for several positions, as determined by respondents to Zweig Group’s 2016 Salary Surveys, are provided within the book.

In addition to more than 300 job descriptions, Job Descriptions and Organizational Charts for A/E/P & Environmental Consulting Firms, second edition, also includes more than 60 organizational charts for firms, offices, and departments, denoted by discipline and staff size. The publication serves as a benchmark for determining where to place people within the organization or its offices and departments. Note that all of the listings and charts are used by real-world firms.

Job Descriptions and Organizational Charts for A/E/P & Environmental Consulting Firms, second edition, is available for purchase ($250 print/$150 digital) at zweiggroup.com/store.

Andrea Bennett is research & publications manager for Zweig Group. She can be contacted at research@zweiggroup.com.

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