Senior Planner for Capital and Space Planning - Facilities

Lowell, MA
Apr 29, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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University of Massachusetts Lowell

Title of Position Being Posted
Senior Planner for Capital and Space Planning - Facilities

Facilities, Office of

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Job Opening

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Salary commensurate with experience

General Summary of Position:
Reporting to the Director of Campus Planning and Development, this position focuses on the development of ongoing campus-wide scenario planning, project programming and definition; campus capital projects; and ongoing research and communication of best practice. Core responsibilities include strategic advisory and project development services, especially in planning for new properties, academic space, and for realignment of science and engineering facilities. Activities include technical leadership and direction of project planning, as well as advisory work with other Facilities Management directors and with external and senior-decision making participants.
The position requires extensive experience in balancing the various objectives and requirements of the many parties involved in capital and planning processes, including administration, faculty, staff and students, as well as the external community and public regulatory bodies, in order to achieve sound, far-sighted results and effective project definition. Direct experience with Massachusetts state agencies involved with capital planning and construction for higher education is essential for this position.
Lead development of scenarios, brainstorming, visioning and other strategic capital planning projects/processes, especially those associated with re-alignment of science and engineering facilities.
Coordinate ongoing rolling campus master planning process.
Provide support and coordination of annual capital budget planning and capital project program development

Responsible for leading project definition, budget establishment, and project feasibility through the pre-design stage, working with project management teams and state agencies as needed. Act as Facilities Management lead on major capital projects through study and schematic design phases.
Develop programming and feasibility studies suitable for initiating capital projects with DCAMM and UMBA.
Assist in RFP development, coordination of "house doctor" consulting teams, participate in designer and contractor selection, and front end project management; advise on project delivery.
Support Project managers during design development and construction
Working closely with the administration, faculty, staff and students, implements the highest standards in design, particularly focusing on high-performance, efficient, and sustainable facilities.

Conduct space program definition, test-fits, feasibility analysis, development of alternatives and planning for projects on the three University campuses and for other properties, as required.
Responsibilities may range from initial project conception through programming & schematic design, including cost estimating, and support of Project Managers during design and construction.
Working closely with the administration, faculty, staff and students, implements the highest standards in design, particularly focusing on high-performance, efficient, and sustainable facilities.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal and encourage you to apply and to identify your strengths in this area.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):
-Bachelor's degree in architecture, planning, design, or a closely-related field required
-Ten(10)or more years of progressively responsible and diverse relevant professional experience in planning, space planning, architecture, programming, urban design, or any equivalent combination of experience in an institutional environment, preferably in higher education
-Knowledge of and commitment to planning, space planning, data analysis and sustainability principles, best practices, and techniques
-The ability to work effectively with diverse groups
-Solid understanding of current trends in higher education impacting campus planning and facilities development, including academic, social, financial, and environmental factors
-Ability to asses design, cost, schedule and constructability factors for proposed capital projects
-Strong written and verbal communication, presentation, interpersonal, and team building skills
-Ability to meet deadlines, manage multiple concurrent demands and establish/meet priorities
-Direct experience with Commonwealth of Massachusetts agenc(ies) involved with the design and construction of public higher education facilities
-Knowledge of and experience working within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts regulatory framework for planning, design and construction, including procurement laws
-Working knowledge of relevant software used in planning including, Microsoft Excel & Project, Adobe Suite and/or equivalent; AutoCAD, REVIT and GIS/FIS software skills strongly preferred

Other Considerations:
-Masters degree preferred
-Current professional registration as an architect or American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification with a demonstrated expertise in facility and capital planning; registration by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts preferred
-Knowledge of building and utility systems, current energy efficient building systems; and energy conservation and management systems; administrative abilities
-Knowledge of local, state, and national building and life safety codes and regulations, or ability to assimilate within three (3) months
-Knowledge of safety and security precautions appropriate to work performed
-Certification as a LEED-accredited professional

Required Applicant Documents:
Cover Letter
Names and contact information of three references

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Special Instructions to Applicants:
Only Internal Professional (SEIU 888 Professional Union) Bargaining candidates will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.

Review of applications began on 05/17/2017 and will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.

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The University of Massachusetts Lowell is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.


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