Assistant Director of Space Planning & Management

Ames, IA

Posted: 8/30/19
Deadline: 9/12/19

About This Organization

Iowa State University

Facilities Planning and Management (FPM) is an organization dedicated to the maintenance and enhancement of Iowa State University. As one of the largest departments on campus, we are comprised of more than 470 full-time employees. The term facilities refers to the buildings, grounds, walks, roads, parking lots, and utility systems belonging to Iowa State University, which means our staff touches nearly every facet of campus. We have employees filling roles in eight major work units performing jobs from carpenters to power plant engineers and so many more. We are dedicated professionals with very diverse skills working to provide the university community with a safe, comfortable, and reliable campus environment.

Job Duties

The Facilities Planning & Management Department at Iowa State University is seeking candidates for an Assistant Director of Space Planning & Management. This position develops data analytics, plans and recommendations for university leaders on space requirements, programming and alternatives for the physical campus environment to support facility planning and capital improvements.

In collaboration with the Director, this position is responsible for the identification, negotiation, resolution and implementation of facility planning efforts to meet the university’s mission and strategic plans. These space planning efforts are integrated with the Campus Master Plan, Strategic Facilities Plan, plans of the Administration, members of the university community and Facilities Planning and Management organization. This position is involved in pre-planning efforts which include forecasting needs, evaluating current conditions and anticipating changes in the university’s facility needs. This position provides leadership for the development of the Capital Planning and the 5 Year Capital Plan. This position is also involved in the definition and development of building feasibility studies and building programs. These efforts include defining the goals of the study, assessing program needs, coordinating with the client group, evaluating alternative solutions and recommending to the university administration project scope, budget and schedule. This position also provides continuity as the project moves from the preplanning phase to building programming to schematic design. The position provides leadership and supervision to two Space Planners, and the Space Information Coordinator. This position works in collaboration with campus planning and instructional facilities staff to coordinate project activities and requirements. The position supports the Director of Planning Services on a variety of committees and diverse planning efforts.

The successful candidate must have leadership skills and the ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of individuals. Must have tact and good listening skills, along with the ability to articulate the needs of the university to project team members. Must have strong organizational skills, including the ability to organize and coordinate multiple projects at once.

Required Qualifications

• Degree in Interior Design, Architecture, Planning or related fields.
• Experience which demonstrates knowledge of space planning, programming, design, and project administration.
• Demonstrated institutional facilities analysis and planning experience with a preference for Higher Education.
• Experience which demonstrates knowledge of basic design principles and overall design and construction process.
• Demonstrated knowledge of physical facilities and financial intricacies of a complex organization.
• Familiarity with software, such as: AutoCAD, Adobe, Excel, Word and PowerPoint.

Other Info

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EEO Statement:
“Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. Veteran. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, Ames, Iowa 50011, Tel. 515 294-7612, Hotline: 515-294-1222,”

Required Application Materials

Cover Letter, Resume