Director of Academic Space Planning

Feb 21, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Northeastern University

Director of Academic Space Planning

Requisition Number: STFR004362

Division/College: Provost

Location: Boston Main Campus

Full-time/Part-time: Full Time


The Director of Academic Space is responsible for understanding, representing, and planning for the academic and research space needs of the university. This includes, but is not limited to, classrooms, laboratories, faculty/student/staff offices, libraries, and collaborative spaces, as well as the related scientific equipment needed to support an ever-expanding research and teaching portfolio. S/he is expected to shepherd projects through from beginning to end, helping to define scope, evaluate alternatives, and establish appropriate budgets. S/he also oversees the actual construction, renovation and moves of faculty and staff.

The Director of Academic Space Planning is expected to regularly assess the space needs of faculty and related staff. S/he does this through continuous interaction with deans, vice provosts, faculty, and staff of all levels to understand current and upcoming needs related to academic and research initiatives. S/he is responsible for regular allocation review and assignment of space across the various units.

S/he is a key member of the Provost's team and regularly prepares analyses and reports that help guide and influence strategic decision making for the university. S/he is expected to be comfortable digging into the details of and to be conversant in both the data supporting the space/equipment needs and the stories behind the numbers.

Specific tasks may include:

Day-to-Day Space Planning

  • Works with university's central Facilities and Planning teams to identify and prepare for incoming faculty in a timely fashion.
  • Reviews and approves specific capital requests from the academic areas.
  • Partners with school faculty/staff and the facilities team to design and fit-out specific spaces. Monitors progress, ensures budgetary targets are met and projects are completed in timely fashion.
  • Triages day-to-day space issues with the colleges and Facilities. Researches pressing issues and presents options for resolution.

    Long-Range Space Planning

  • Analyzes long-term needs of the university for advance planning of multi-year projects.
  • Serves on key committees related to the university's master plan.
  • Provides the academic voice in major construction projects at all campuses. This may include participation in vendor selection, design, and/or construction; always includes occupancy planning and the resultant impact on key space elements such as HVAC, ceiling height, floor strength, plumbing, etc.
  • Advises the Provost and Senior Vice Provost on key issues related to space.


    Job Requirements
    Master’s degree (engineering degree preferred) and a minimum of five years of prior facilities or construction experience required, with preference for experience in scientific, medical, academic or research space. Substitution for master’s degree possible with bachelor’s degree and 8+ years of relevant experience.

    Experience balancing the delivery of local needs with bigger picture institutional priorities and constraints. Deep understanding of construction management and space planning. A strategic thinker and doer. Experience analyzing/preparing recommendations for senior leadership. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Able to work well individually and as a member of a team.

    Additional Information:

    To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: [email protected]

    Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.