Campus Planner

Boston, MA

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.

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global, experiential research university with campuses across North America and in London, England. 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

The mission of the Campus Planning and Real Estate (CPRE) department is to connect people, space, and resources to prepare the university to thrive in the future. The CPRE team is responsible for the development of physical campus growth strategies for the Boston campus, suburban MA campuses and the growing global network of campuses.

Under direction from the Senior Director for Space and Capital Planning and in collaboration with the planning team members, the Campus Planner will be responsible for supporting planning activities across a range of initiatives overseen by the CPRE.

The Planner will use their skillset to develop program options, approaches, and support to solve specific university space needs and goals. Utilizing their background in architecture, space planning and design thinking, the Planner will evolve program needs into practical short- and long-term options, develop graphics to visualize these options and approaches, and assemble graphically clear presentation materials to provide decision support for senior university leadership. Working at a range of planning scales from campus-wide approaches to capital renewal, to smaller project level planning, being able to easily pivot between each is critical.

The Planner will also be central in the development of a high-level space supply and demand model, contextualizing and prioritizing projects to inform the Annual Capital Budget and longer-term goals of the Long-Range Plan. Additionally, the Planner will be required to collect and interpret data, conduct planning research and analysis, and manage or collaborate on active planning initiatives lead by the CPRE team.

General responsibilities include:

Support planning initiatives through development of space program documents, concept level drawings, and presentation material.
Develop space projections and demand as part of a high-level Space Supply and Demand model, used to inform Long Range Plan and university’s real estate strategy.
Manage planning relationship with university departments as assigned, helping them organize their space and renovation needs and developing strategies, approaches and projects that meet their goals while maintaining a broader university planning lens.

Required Qualifications

Work requires a completion of Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Urban Planning or a closely related field with 5 years of experience in space design or planning. Master’s Degree in Architecture is preferred with 3 years of experience.

Prior experience working in higher education space planning is preferred. Work requires the ability to solve space planning issues, to communicate clearly in written, verbal, and graphic form, and to collaborate effectively as part of a team. Strong organizational and project management skills is a plus.

Advanced knowledge of AutoCAD and databases in Excel is a requirement of this position. In addition, proficient use of Geographic Information Systems, Adobe Creative Suite, PowerPoint and other tools to design and assemble graphically compelling presentations is highly desirable.

Ability to apply creative planning approaches and design thinking in a fast-paced environment and to support multiple planning activities concurrently is essential.

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