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Space Planner

Chicago, IL

Posted: 6/9/22
Deadline: 9/11/22

About This Organization

The University of Chicago is an urban research university that has driven new ways of thinking since 1890. Our commitment to free and open inquiry draws inspired scholars to our global campuses, where ideas are born that challenge and change the world.

We empower individuals to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of original ideas. Students in the College develop critical, analytic, and writing skills in our rigorous, interdisciplinary core curriculum. Through graduate programs, students test their ideas with UChicago scholars, and become the next generation of leaders in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government.

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Job Duties

About the Department:

The space planner supports the achievement of the Biological Sciences Division’s (BSD’s) mission and goals by performing planning duties for BSD Facilities Services (BSDFS). BSDFS is a department of 20 employees and is responsible for space and facility planning, design, construction, building management and operations for approximately 3 million square feet occupied by the University of Chicago BSD.

Job Summary:

Develop space options for faculty recruitment and retention efforts and report to Assistant Directors and Executive Director / Assistant Dean of Biological Sciences Division (BSD) Facilities Services (BSDFS). Work with faculty and staff to develop space, schedule, and budget estimates to meet the tactical and strategic long-range goals of the Division. Monitor progress for BSD projects that are managed by BSDFS Project Management or others for design, programming, cost efficiency, subscription to design standards, and functional content. Develop pre-planning, programming and feasibility studies related to facilities. Develop long and short-range plans for optimizing facilities usage and capital investments. Assist the Executive Director / Assistant Dean BSDFS in the development of capital planning budgets as they become capital renovation projects. Supervise the BSD space data base and continue to ensure data reliability by providing QA/QC review of asset inventory on a regular basis.


Takes direction and self-manages tasks provided to by the Executive Director and Assistant Dean.

Develops a review and report out strategy that identifies projects at risk and how to approach scope reduction in lieu of requesting additional funding.

Develops ideas to advance the University’s space and urban planning, space management, and design activities, as well as the sustainability commitment. Evaluates these opportunities for technical feasibility, cost effectiveness, and acceptability by the University community. Works independently to create detailed implementation plans. Collaborates with units to implement approved project plans.

Works independently, or with minimal guidance, to implement a communications plan for University space and infrastructure planning, space management, design, and/or sustainability efforts. Communicates successes and achievements emanating from efforts. Manages, creates, and maintains content for the departmental website.

Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications:


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.


Working Conditions: Wet Laboratory, animal, office environments.

Application Documents:

Resume (required)

Cover Letter (preferred)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Posting Statement

Employees must comply with the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University’s Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history. A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment. Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

Required Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications:

Education: Degree in related field (Business, Administration, Communications, etc.).

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

A high degree of computer competency, including familiarity with word processing, spreadsheet, and data base management programs such as Microsoft Office, Tableau, AutoCAD, Ebuilder, Bluebeam, etc.

Preferred Competencies:

Functional understanding of typical Architectural construction means and methods, as well as familiarity with Chicago City code.

Ability to work under management and independently by identifying best approaches to problems/questions and determine when to seek manager or more senior advice.

Working knowledge of planning in research, administrative offices, animal laboratories / holding, academic class laboratories, etc.

Good written and oral communication skills.

Ability to speak articulately in high level forums and to answer difficult questions with confidence.

Ability to work with Assistant Directors and faculty staff in academic and administrative environments.

Other Info

Please submit an application through the University of Chicago’s website.