Senior Planner/Facilities Architect

Madison, WI

Posted: 1/24/20
Deadline: 2/6/20
Reference Number: 16250

About This Organization

University of Wisconsin System

The University of Wisconsin System is one of the largest systems of public higher education in the country and employs more than 39,000 faculty and staff statewide. The UW System’s combined enrollment headcount is approximately 170,000, and the System confers more than 36,000 degrees each year. Learn more about the UW System at

The Office of Capital Planning and Budget provides support to the Board of Regents, the 13 institutions of UW System and, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Administration Division of Facilities Development, the State of Wisconsin Building Commission. The office offers institutional partners guidance and expertise in capital planning, budgeting, administration of the UW Managed design and construction program, architectural/engineering assistance as well as real estate services to support the institutions in developing and maintaining their biggest single physical investment – university facilities.

The office also develops the Board of Regents biennial capital budget request and submits it to the state’s Department of Administration for its recommendation as part of the governor’s biennial state building program.

Job Duties

This is an advanced technical and management position responsible for assisting in the development and protection of the over 62 million gross square foot, $11.5 billion University of Wisconsin System facility infrastructure. This position is an essential part of a team of professionals that work with a high degree of independence within the framework of University and State laws, policies and rules.

This position has responsibility for leadership in the architectural aspects of master, long-range and biennial facilities planning, and assists in the development of architectural policies and standards for the University of Wisconsin System. This includes active involvement in master and long-range planning, exterior development, aesthetics and land use evaluation, the identification and evaluation of alternative concepts and problem solving, cost estimates for a wide variety of facility issues and projects, and project programming. It involves representing the University System during project design, providing general architectural consulting to all university system institutions, and technical assistance to UW System Administration. Related activities include participation in the development of the $300+ million biennial capital budget, and agenda materials for monthly Board of Regent and State Building Commission meetings.

By providing strategic and technical planning direction to System executives and other individuals of authority, this person has significant influence in determining the quality and quantity of facilities that support the academic mission of each institution. This person has authority to mediate disputes of an architectural nature at institutions.

As a lead representative of the University of Wisconsin System, this position requires excellent oral and written communication skills to effectively work with State of Wisconsin and UW System executives, Assistant Chancellors, Deans, Campus Planners, Campus Physical Plant Directors, and Private Consultants.

Required Qualifications

To be considered for this position, applicants must have:

Registration as a Professional Architect.
At minimum of five years of experience as a facilities planner or architect.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
The ability to work effectively with a variety of stakeholders.
The ability to travel up to 50 percent of the time.
Experience in comprehensive master planning, facilities planning and assessment, architectural standards and codes, and cost estimating.
Experience in project development or guiding project development, capital improvement projects, direct interaction with user groups, and program development.
Experience developing policies, planning processes, procedures, deliverables and standards to promote comprehensive planning for large facilities or systems.
Experience with higher educational project development and/or campus and facility planning.

Other Info

For more information on the University of Wisconsin System, access our site at More details on the position can be found at:

Questions may be addressed to: Lori Fuller, Senior HR Manager, UW System Human Resources, at

The University of Wisconsin System Administration is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.