Facilities Planner

Evanston, IL

Posted: 1/6/22
Deadline: 1/31/22
Reference Number: 43081

About This Organization

Northwestern is one of the nation’s premier research universities, combining innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative, multidisciplinary, and diverse environment. Northwestern provides both students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal, and professional growth in beautiful settings, with two campuses located on Lake Michigan: a 240-acre campus in Evanston, minutes north of Chicago, and a 25-acre campus in downtown Chicago. A third campus in Doha, Qatar was founded in 2008. For more information visit

Job Duties

The facilities planner reports to and assists the Director of Facilities Capital Planning and supports the development of projects from idea inception through schematic design. The planner will work with schools/units and campus leadership to develop detailed space/facilities programs, scope of work documents, conceptual/schematic options, rough order of magnitude project budgets and milestone schedules. Projects types include but are not limited to office spaces and scientific research facilities; coordination of moves; formulation of space planning guidelines and policies; space inventory and space utilization management; strategic planning that relates to long-term campus/facilities development; and overall campus planning.

The role will support the department’s mission and values by exhibiting the following: inclusiveness, respect, initiative, collaboration, innovation, and accountability. The incumbent will strive to provide excellent service when performing job responsibilities and will practice safe work procedures, and follow safety rules at all times.

Please note: Position will require local travel between Evanston campus buildings and between the Chicago and Evanston campuses, for which a personal car will be helpful but not essential (it is possible to walk between buildings and the University operates shuttles between campuses).

Position will require some work outside of typical business hours (early morning, evening, weekend) when project or move activities must avoid conflict with building occupants. This will be limited to 5% of working hours.

Required Qualifications

Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree in a major such as, architecture, engineering, construction management, or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.

Minimum four years experience in facilities space planning preferably in a large institutional environment.


Master’s Degree or equivalent professional experience.

Planning experience in a medium to large university setting highly preferred.

Other Info

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Required Application Materials

Resume and Cover letter