Manager of Campus Environment Design

Job description

5235 S. Harper Court

9065510 Facilities-Support Services

About the Unit
Facilities Services supports the mission of the University of Chicago through efforts to maintain and enhance the University campus and environment and provide superior client service to our community including faculty, students, staff, neighbors and visitors.

Job Information

Job Summary:

Under limited direction of the Associate Director of Campus Environment (Associate Director), the Manager of Campus Environment Design serves as a resource to the department and the University community at large. In conjunction with the Associate Director, the Manager of Campus Environment Design is responsible for ensuring the landscape of the University is designed, installed, and maintained to the highest standard.


  • Manage the University's Botanic Garden initiative.
  • In conjunction with Associate Director, establish, document, and maintain landscape and horticulture design standards and practices consistent with evolving best management practices.
  • Coordinate with FS Operations and Capital Project Delivery to ensure that the campus landscape and horticulture design standards are carried out in all projects.
  • Assist in evaluating the campus from a variety of stewardship perspectives including significance of institutional identity, physical attributes that affect use, maintenance and operating budget, adaptability for the future.
  • Coordinate and synthesize infrastructure, historic status, maintenance concerns, storm water management codes, sustainability opportunities, functional requirements, and other relevant built environment data as appropriate to the task.
  • Coordinate with FS Operations to maintain the campus landscape to the highest standard.
  • Assist in strategic decision making on new project initiation and renovation, enhancement, or replacement of landscapes.
  • Assist the Associate Director in managing the planning for campus enhancement projects.
  • Collaborate with and assist the Associate Director on design and documentation of large or complex campus landscapes.
    • Collaborate with and assist Associate Director with concept / schematic design development and presentation material.
    • Lead horticultural design and plant selection.
    • Organize and deliver design and construction documentation including presentation material, construction documents and specifications.
  • Lead a diverse portfolio of landscape projects:
    • Provide project leadership, communication, and coordination.
    • Ensure client satisfaction with quality work and communication.
    • Manage consultants to achieve expected functionality, schedule and completion within budget.
    • Facilitate timely decisions with campus representatives.
    • Facilitate Departmental and University approvals as required.
    • Apply departmental project control processes.
    • Ensure smooth transitions through all project phases.
    • Ensure design and construction documents comply with project requirements and University standards.
    • Coordinate with FS Operations or Capital Project Delivery on implementation.
  • Monitor completed project successes and lessons learned for application and development of innovative solutions for future landscape design and construction activities.
  • Mentor project staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • University Stewardship
  • Exhibit Business Acumen & Organizational Astuteness
  • Ensure Decision Quality, Accountability, & Drive Results
  • Foster Partnership & Collaboration

Additional Requirements

Education and Experience, and Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or related degree in landscape architecture, horticulture or a related field or related equivalent experience required.
  • Master's degree preferred.

  • Minimum eight years of experience in landscape design and construction required.

  • Professional license preferred.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Strong familiarity with sustainable landscape design concepts and plant materials and identification.
  • Strong ability to communicate and present ideas in a variety of methods, including written, graphic and verbal required.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with operations/maintenance and capital project delivery staff required.
  • High quality visualization skills in 2D and 3D desired.
  • Demonstrated management and organizational skills required. In particular, must have previous experience that demonstrates ability to multi-task and handle multiple priorities while completing projects on schedule and within budget.
  • Knowledge of project management, engineering and architecture, operations and maintenance required.
  • Excellent customer service skills and ability to provide effective communication within and outside of the department required.
  • Ability to effectively interpret University and Departmental policies, procedures and practices required.
  • Ability to maintain accuracy and attention to detail in a fast-paced environment of changing priorities required.
  • Familiarity with applicable City of Chicago codes in a variety of settings, and the ability to apply this knowledge to the development of innovative solutions to problems in the design and construction process required.
  • Detailed understanding of landscape systems, construction practices, contracting procedures, and code requirements required.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage successfully the design and construction process for landscape projects within demanding time and cost constraints required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with consultants to integrate the detailed functional requirements of user groups with the broader scope goals of a complex institutional organization required.
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, Adobe Suite, MS Project, MS Office, and eBuilder required.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to prepare and inspect design plans, keyboarding, bending, stooping to reach files, light lifting, standing. Some travel may be required.
  • Ability to inspect sites pre-construction, during and post construction.

Required Documents:
  • Resume, Cover Letter, and References.

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 12/4/2018
Application Due: 12/13/2018
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