Director, Physical & Environmental Planning Services

Santa Cruz

Posted: 6/3/19
Deadline: 6/30/19
Reference Number: 76543

About This Organization

The University of California, Santa Cruz is a public research university in Santa Cruz, California. It is one of 10 campuses in the University of California system.

Job Duties

Required Qualifications

Qualifications / Competencies
• Knowledge such as that obtained through a Bachelor’s degree in architecture, landscape architecture, city or urban planning, or a related field OR which may be obtained through equivalent experience/training such as might be achieved through five to seven years’ experience, of which a minimum of three years is associated with progressively responsible experience at senior level management in a planning organization or agency, and which clearly demonstrates the ability to independently perform the wide range of complex and responsible management and technical assignments associated with physical and environmental planning.
• Demonstrated experience and expert level knowledge associated with leading and overseeing all aspects of city or urban planning including knowledge and skills in large-scale site planning.
• Advanced understanding of physical and architectural planning and urban design methodologies, including planning processes, determination of goals and principles, identification of issues and objectives, analysis of complex interrelationships, and organization of logical progressions and phases from initial needs to solutions and concepts. To include development of area and infrastructure master plans and short and long range development plans.
• Working knowledge of design and planning principles related to site and land use planning, urban and architectural design, landscape architecture, open space preservation and development, site carrying capacity evaluation, transportation planning, infrastructure and utilities planning, educational facilities planning, environmental planning, and similar planning areas, as they relate particularly to campus planning and development. Sensitivity to and awareness of the issues of environmental quality and responsible and sustainable development.
• Demonstrated physical and/or environmental planning project management experience associated with all phases of a planning project. To include successful project performance associated with scope identification and management, budget performance, and schedule compliance within a large, complex organization, including the ability to manage scarce resources.
• Advanced knowledge of the requirements of CEQA and NEPA and of the methodologies for preparation of EIRs, EISs, Initial Studies, and similar environmental documents sufficient to oversee the day-to-day activities of environmental planners and consultants.
• Advanced skills necessary to evaluate, select, and manage appropriate consulting firms for preparation of architectural and site studies and other planning or environmental studies. To include experience supervising and effectively collaborating with and managing consulting professionals with varying levels of responsibility.
• Demonstrated record of successful budget and fiscal management including skill in budget preparation, analysis, and controlling costs for operational departments or large-scale projects.
• Demonstrated experience in organizational leadership, planning, development, and implementation of strategic, and tactical plans, and policy and procedure. To include well developed change management and process improvement skills.
• Demonstrated knowledge and experience managing personnel matters in a collective bargaining environment including recruitment, employee relations, performance assessment and appraisal, progressive discipline, dispute resolution, succession planning, and professional development, including the development of supervisory staff and ensuring staff maintain currency in required technical skills.
• Demonstrated experience providing leadership within a large, complex organization with the skills necessary to develop and implement a strong customer service approach to work efforts, motivate staff in a changing and challenging environment, promote team building, establish consensus and support for decision making, and foster cooperation.
• Demonstrated successful experience developing and implementing resource and energy conversation programs and initiatives which have advanced the level of sustainability within the organization as a whole.
• Demonstrated knowledge of organization, system-wide, and governmental policies, procedures, and regulations including the California Building Code, Americans with Disabilities Act, California Division of Industrial Safety Orders, California and Federal OSHA regulations, elevator safety orders, and NFPA regulations.
• Ability to effectively analyze information, problems, situations, practices and procedures in order to identify relevant concerns, patterns, tendencies and relationships and then formulate logical and objective conclusions, alternative solutions, and recommendations for improvement or resolution.
• Ability to take initiative and independently plan, organize, coordinate and perform work in various situations where numerous and diverse demands are involved.
• Ability to effectively interpret, organize and present information, ideas and concepts in written or presentation format and use consultative, collaborative and facilitation skills to obtain decisions required to move forward toward implementation.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other departments and individuals within the University as well as serve as a departmental liaison to the campus, outside agencies, and community. Ability to collaboratively work with representatives within the campus and public/private entities and handle potentially sensitive or confidential situations appropriately.
• Ability to communicate effectively and work harmoniously with a diverse group of individuals at all levels of the organization as well as those outside of the organization who are directly or indirectly involved with projects and/or assignments. Work often involves front line contacts with a variety of campus and community individuals requiring active problem solving and effective interpersonal skills.
• Ability to recognize and accommodate changing priorities; meet short and long term deadlines/goals; and complete routine tasks despite intermittent interruptions. This includes managing multiple tasks and working proactively to avoid crisis and backlog.
• Ability to initiate, establish, and foster teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative, productive work atmosphere while establishing effective working relationships within a diverse population and with those from various cultural backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications / Competencies
• Master’s degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, City or Urban Planning, or other planning or environmentally related field preferred.
• Experience in physical or environmental planning for a State facility, College or University, or other multi-facility complex.
• Experience with historic preservation project planning and re-use issues and familiarity with related regulations, practices, and procedures.
• Sensitivity to and awareness of the issues of environmental quality and sustainable and responsible development and issues related to land management and stewardship.
• Ability to operationalize sustainability concepts (economic justice, social justice, environmental justice) into all aspects of performing job duties.

• AICP certification through the American Planning Association
• CEQA Practice certificate through UC San Diego