Senior Campus Planner OR Campus Planner

Somerville/Medford/Boston, MA

Posted: 3/25/21
Deadline: 5/1/21
Reference Number: 21001148

About This Organization

The Operations Division serves four Tufts University campuses: the Medford/Somerville campus, the Boston Health Sciences campus, the Boston School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts and the Grafton Veterinary campus together encompassing 170 buildings and 5.1 million gross square feet. This division comprises not only Campus and Capital Renewal Planning, but also includes peers in Capital Programs, Facilities and Engineering Services, Dining, Auxiliary Services, Public Safety, Real Estate, and related services. Together, these functions are responsible for the efficient, cost effective and safe operations of our university as well as the maintenance and management of our university assets to support our research and educational mission, vision and values.

Campus & Capital Renewal Planning strategically links planned renovations and expansion of University physical resources with academic, research, and clinic priorities and community life. We collaborate across the University to develop integrated, innovative, and feasible near- and long-planning solutions. As a service entity, Planning’s activities include, for example, collaborating with Schools and Divisions on programming efficient solutions to requests for space, developing projects for implementation by Capital Projects Managers, supporting the development of the University’s capital plan, leading master planning processes, responding to inquiries about existing space use, and providing information in graphic and data format with regard to campus properties. The Planning department strives to use our physical resources to advance strategic goals for the University including Tufts’ goal to decarbonize the institution by 2050. To progress toward this goal, Tufts is developing a decarbonization plan for capital projects, a long-term pathway that supports short- and medium-term objectives that align with the University’s goals, priorities, and capital plans.

Job Duties

The Campus Planner/Senior Campus Planner will provide technical planning expertise and leadership for various-sized research laboratories, clinical facilities (Dental), office, and learning environments across the University in the areas of programming, space use analysis, design, equipment/furniture planning, project formulation, and building infrastructure integration. As a steward of University assets, this position will meet with campus constituents to understand needs and advocate for functional and achievable solutions. Creative problem solving, leadership, strategic thinking, and a strong “client” service focus are essential qualities for success in this position.

This position requires the ability to work independently, manage multiple projects and relationships, and to work effectively as a member of a project team. Reporting to the Director of Campus & Capital Renewal Planning, this position will work in close collaboration with colleagues in the Operations Division, Finance, Tufts Technology Services, and School leadership.

Planning and Project Development
• Develop planning solutions, often with multiple options, that demonstrate deep knowledge in the principles and practices of the fields of planning, design and construction particularly in regard to University research laboratories, clinical facilities, office and learning environments.
• Assume a lead role in gathering relevant information to the implementation of planning solutions, such as program fit, application of space allocation metrics, preliminary cost estimates, technology needs, code requirements, schedule and enabling constraints, and campus impact.
• Summarize data, draw conclusions and inferences, and prepare reports and/or presentations in graphic and tabular formats to aid the decision making of School and University leadership to proceed, or not, with proposed plans.
• Provide support with design development, equipment/furniture planning, move planning, finish selection and other services that may be needed for the implementation of Capital projects.
• Develop project scopes; prepare RFQs/RFPs for planning, design and other initiatives; participate in selection of planning/architectural/engineering firms.
• Manage feasibility planning studies with external consultant teams, School and Operations representatives.
• Support colleagues in Facilities Services and Capital Programs on the implementation of approved capital plans.
• Participates in Tufts sustainability goals such as decarbonization, reusing assets, reducing waste, saving energy and efficiently using potable water. This includes developing guidelines related to office, classroom &/or laboratory efficient space use as well as identifying and reporting project-specific opportunities to advance Tufts progress towards these goals.

University & Campus-wide planning.
• Lead and participate in general planning studies related to, for example, campus assets such as wayfinding, real estate, and capital renewal.
• Assist in the development of the Schools’ ten-year capital plans.
• Collaborate with Operations colleagues in the creation of standards for materials, design, space allocation, and building amenities.
• Assist the department with ongoing efforts to ensure the accuracy of spatial data and floor plans for the University.
• Develop familiarity with the importance of space use and spatial data to various university systems including, for example, rate setting for indirect cost recovery, classroom scheduling, O&M calculations, event planning, etc.
• Demonstrates ability to work with a diverse workforce and population and to respect and value differences. An ability and commitment to work effectively in a culturally diverse and inclusive environment.
• Performs other related duties and participates in special projects as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Minimum Required Experience, Education, Background, and Certifications/Licenses (Consider the education, experience, licenses, and technical or specialized skills required to perform this job.)

• Education: Bachelor degree in architecture, urban planning, engineering, building construction or related field. Registered architect preferred.

• Experience & Technical skills:
o Experience in the field of architecture or campus planning including space planning, programming, furniture and finish selection, design development, and construction experience with a focus on research laboratory and clinical design.
 Senior Campus Planner: Minimum 10 years’ experience; assigned multiple larger projects requiring coordination with multiple groups and communication with Senior Leadership; experience with higher education required.
• Proven knowledge of how laboratory design impacts building systems – including space, operational, equipment, casework & MEP systems
• Supervise 1 – 2 full-time staff and/or part-time students in future.
 Campus Planner: Minimum 5 years’ experience; training to take on multiple projects or larger projects over time; experience with higher education preferred.
o Familiarity with various metrics for space allocation, FICM space use codes, and databases. Ability to define and integrate issues, identify problems and synthesize solution elements into a cohesive action plan.
o Ability to communicate, both verbally, graphically and in writing, with members of the academic communities to understand and discuss specific teaching, research, and clinical programs.
o Proficiency with Autodesk (AutoCAD and Revit), Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Excel, Word, Visio, Project, and PowerPoint), and Adobe Creative Suite (In-design, Illustrator, Photoshop). Experience with GIS or CAFM systems preferred.
o Knowledge of local building codes, MAAB & ADA Accessibility Guidelines, NIH regulations, zoning ordinances, and related regulations.
o Understanding of the City of Boston Article 80 – Institutional Masterplan and Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) or similar organizations preferred.

• It is a baseline requirement for all employees within the Division to support, engage and enliven discussion, solutions and behaviors that promote university investment in environmentally sustainable yet economically defensible models that balance our stature as a prominent environmental steward with our need to deliver preeminent, cost effective education.

Other Info

One position will be hired, at either a Senior Campus Planner or Campus Planner level.

Required Application Materials

For full consideration, applications should include a cover letter, resume, and prior work examples. (A full portfolio is not required.)