Assistant Campus Planner


Posted: 9/29/21
Deadline: 11/30/21
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About This Organization

Northeastern University

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

The University’s largest campus is in Boston, located on both sides of Huntington Avenue on the edges of the Fenway, South End, Mission Hill, and Roxbury neighborhoods of Boston. Northeastern’s mission is to educate students for a life of fulfillment and accomplishment, and to create and translate knowledge to meet global and societal needs.

On its Boston campus, Northeastern occupies approximately 67 acres of total land area, with a total of 8.13M built square feet. The campus’s facilities accommodate almost 6,000 staff and faculty, and approximately 16,000 undergraduate students on campus—although this number fluctuates as students complete co-ops and study abroad opportunities outside of the city. In addition to Boston, Northeastern maintains a presence in ten different domestic and international locations as part of its Global Network, totaling 287,000 square feet of leased space.

CPRE is responsible for planning, programming, and designing campuses that meet current and future needs for Northeastern students, faculty, and staff. CPRE work falls into several key categories, including design, space and capital planning, sustainability and resiliency, real estate, and the global campus network. The CPRE team values collaboration, community engagement, sustainability, agility, and diversity and inclusion, and strives to incorporate these components into our day-to-day work.

Job Duties

Under direction from the Associate Vice President, the Assistant Campus Planner will report directly to one of the Campus Planners while providing broader support to the CPRE team and the work related to the Institutional Master Plan, a broad range of strategic planning initiatives, and space and capital project support.

The Assistant Campus Planner will assist the team in developing communication materials that distill complex ideas into concise options and tradeoffs. As part of the campus planning team, the Assistant Campus Planner places high value on customer service, partnering with clients and connecting them to the broader planning vision. Additionally, the Assistant Campus Planner will be required to assist in collecting and interpreting data, conducting planning research and analysis, and collaborating on active planning initiatives lead by the CPRE team.

Other general duties include:

Create strong visual communication materials including maps, presentations, and annotated floor plans to support departmental initiatives and project planning.
Conduct data gathering/coordination and research support, including precedents.
Create tools and generate materials to support and communicate multi-step space planning scenarios.
Accurately survey and document field conditions for specific projects and planning initiatives
Conduct research on urban and campus planning initiatives including but not limited to the Institutional Master Plan, accessibility, mobility, housing, equity and inclusion, as well as University space and capital project requests
Generally support campus planning staff on specific projects and planning initiatives as needed (note taking, project and meeting coordination, etc.)

Required Qualifications

Strong graphic illustration skills and the ability to distill complex ideas into simple diagrams is a must (such as Adobe Illustrator and InDesign)
Strong Microsoft Office Suite skills (PowerPoint, Excel)
Demonstrated experience utilizing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) preferred
Creative problem solver interested in a wide variety of topics ranging from long-range planning related to sustainability, economic development, and the future of learning, to more immediate implementation of short-term projects such as office renovations
Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture or a related field.
At least two years of experience preferred, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

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