Director of Planning Services

Ames, IA

Posted: 2/21/21
Deadline: 3/11/21
Reference Number: R4215

About This Organization

Iowa State University of Science and Technology (Iowa State University or Iowa State) is a public land-grant research university in Ames, Iowa. It is the largest university in the state of Iowa and the third largest university in the Big 12 athletic conference. Iowa State is classified among “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity” and is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU).

Founded in 1858 and coeducational from its start, Iowa State became the nation’s first designated land-grant institution when the Iowa Legislature accepted the provisions of the 1862 Morrill Act on September 11, 1862, making Iowa the first state in the nation to do so.

Iowa State’s academic offerings are administered through eight colleges, including the graduate college, that offer over 100 bachelor’s degree programs, 112 master’s degree programs, and 83 doctoral degree programs, plus a professional degree program in Veterinary Medicine.

Job Duties

The Facilities Planning and Management department is seeking applicants for the Director of Planning Services position. This position leads the Planning Services unit responsible for university campus planning, land development, space management, classroom scheduling, and maintenance of facilities and real estate inventory. The Director will oversee the development of university capital projects and capital plan, and assist with the development and execution of university real estate actions. Will represent the university on planning and development issues and projects with other government agencies, including the City of Ames and Story County. This position will direct master planning efforts of in-house staff and consultants for long-range development of campus facilities, land use, transportation, open space and other infrastructure. The Director will lead facilities planning studies, analyze space requirements of university units relative to existing assets, and develop solutions to address shortfalls or surpluses. In coordination with the university registrar, the Director will oversee the development of semester class and exam schedules for general university classrooms, as well as track and report on the utilization and general condition of university teaching spaces. The unit is also responsible for the university facilities and space utilization inventories, researching and maintaining real property records, and reporting as required to the Board of Regents and State of Iowa.

The successful candidate will have exceptional leadership and communication skills, with the ability to articulate the needs of the university to team members and stake holders. The candidate will have the ability to analyze problems and apply strategic thinking and creative problem-solving skills.

Required Qualifications

Required Minimum Quals:

Bachelor’s degree and 7 years of related experience

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in architecture or urban, community or regional planning from accredited college or university.
Licensed architect or certification by American Institute of Certified Planners.
7 years of progressive experience in planning for private or public organizations, including experience with facilities inventory of similar scope to Iowa State University, of which 3 years were as a supervisor.
Experience in supervision of workforce consisting of planners and space managers.
Experience in communications, both verbal and written, with varying audiences such as senior university leadership and other government agencies.
Experience in management of contracts for facilities studies and planning.
Experience with real estate actions, such as purchases, sales, leases and easements.

Other Info

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Required Application Materials

Cover Letter and Resume