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Director, Planning and Design

Chicago, IL

Posted: 2/26/20
Deadline: 3/27/20
Reference Number: 129715

About This Organization

University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), a major urban research university with an operating budget of over $2.3 billion, is seeking an experienced professional to serve as the Director of Planning and Design in the Office of Planning, Sustainability and Project Management. UIC serves over 33,000 students comprising what is among the most diverse student bodies in the nation with 16 colleges, the University Library and over 16,000 faculty and staff. UIC enrolled a record number of students at its campus again last fall, continuing a five-year upward trend. UIC operates the state’s major public medical center and serves as the principal educator of Illinois’ physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and other health-care professionals. Visit UIC’s website (www.uic.edu) for more information.

The Office of Planning, Sustainability and Project Management (PSPM) is responsible, in collaboration with faculty, staff and students, for guiding the development of UIC’s physical campus and its sustainability initiatives in support of the University’s mission. This includes coordinating development of the campus master plan, initiating space and capital planning projects, overseeing the design and construction of new facilities and major renovation projects, setting forth UIC’s sustainability goals, developing programs to achieve the UIC Climate Commitments, maintaining campus facility records, and managing over 15 million square feet of space in 188 buildings across over 250 acres.

Job Duties

The Director of Planning and Design will plan, assign, manage and review work of staff in campus architecture and learning environments, campus and space planning, facility information management and capital planning units to ensure that office objectives are met. The position will develop processes to ensure the effective planning and design of facilities and grounds across UIC’s campus. Scope of work ranges from long-term master and capital plans to short-term college and capital renewal plans. The Director is also responsible for the effective management of UIC’s facility information data and archives.

Job Responsibilities (Essential Duties):

• Plan, assign, manage and review work of staff in campus architecture and learning environments, campus and space planning, facility information management and capital planning units to ensure that office objectives are met. Hire, train, and develop staff as needed to ensure that qualified staff exists to meet office objectives.
• Develop processes to ensure effective planning and design of facilities and grounds and coordinate with other units across UIC’s campus. Oversee development of campus master plan; Develop appropriate sub-master plans to guide physical campus development of colleges.
• Co-lead pre-design planning for capital projects to define goals, scope requirements, schedule and budget.
• Oversee campus architecture and learning environments unit, including planning and design of buildings and grounds and budgeting, planning, design and assessment of learning spaces.
• Oversee campus and facility space planning unit, including managing space requests, developing space programs and layouts, publishing space utilization reports and advising senior leadership on such matters.
• Oversee facility information management and archive unit, including managing facility data and reporting of space inventory and utilization data (related to ICR) to federal, state and other outside agencies and development of campus maps.
• Develop and maintain building and infrastructure models and data, including record drawings, BIM and GIS.
• Serve as a resource for real estate acquisitions, public-private-partnerships, land development and leaseholds.
• Oversee capital planning unit, including development of annual and ten-year capital plans for new facilities and repair and renovation of existing facilities and coordinate with University System Office; oversee programs for managing UIC’s infrastructure renewal and modernization requirements.
• Develop policies, procedures and standards governing campus design, learning spaces, campus and space planning, facility information management, and capital planning.
• Develop reports and dashboards to effectively communicate campus planning and design topics to senior leadership.
• Advise the Associate Vice Chancellor Planning, Sustainability and Project Management & Campus Architect on campus planning and design topics.
• Oversee development of marketing and communication materials, including website and social media platforms, for campus planning and design.
• Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture, Design, Planning or related field.
• Ten years of progressively more responsible experience in architecture and planning.
• Knowledge of master planning, space planning, information management systems and capital planning.
• Effective communication skills, data analytics.
• Ability to analyze data and think critically; lead and motivate diverse teams; multi-task and manage complex processes; organize and plan complex projects.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Master’s Degree in Architecture, Design, Planning or related field preferred. Certificate of registration as a Licensed Architect or Planner is preferred.
• Planning and design experience at a higher education institution is preferred.
• Ability to synthesize and visually communicate complex data through reports and/or dashboards is preferred.
• Management experience in planning or design fields is preferred.


Other Info

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The University of Illinois conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.


Required Application Materials

For fullest consideration, please send a letter of interest, current resume and the contact information for up to three professional references by March 27, 2020 to https://jobs.uic.edu (Ref: HireTouch Job ID 129715).