Senior Research Facilities Planner

5 - 7 years experience  •  Education.

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 11/14/17
5 - 7 years experience
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 11/14/17

Job Summary:

The Senior Research Facilities Planner reports to and aids the Assistant Director of Facilities Planning on facilities projects involving scientific and medical research and instruction, including the following:

  • Strategic and master planning related to long-term research campus and facilities development
  • Planning and programming of research space and facilities, including development of conceptual options with scopes of work and proposed budgets for large and small projects
  • Managing and tracking research space inventory and space utilization information
  • Developing, implementing, and tracking research space planning metrics, guidelines, and policies
  • Managing consultant teams in the planning of large and complex research facilities projects and long-range plans

Specific Responsibilities:

Large-Scale Planning and Projects:

  • Works with Assistant Director of Facilities Planning to manage the master planning consultant team and University stakeholders in the organization, facilitation, execution, and implementation of the Research Space Master Plan
  • Manages consultants in the development of research master planning studies, research building and infrastructure planning studies, programming and conceptual-design of research building projects; administers contracts with consultant teams in the execution of plans and pre-design work
  • Participates in schematic design for new construction and renovation research projects to ensure planning, programming, and conceptual design requirements are incorporated into final design

Small-Scale Planning and Projects:

  • Assists with and engages in the assessment of space and facilities, the analysis of space utilization, and development and implementation of guidelines and standards
  • Reviews users' needs to utilize space in the most cost effective manner while understanding and taking into account the limitations of building systems and location
  • Prepares plans and drawings, spreadsheets, reports, and presentations of options related to space and facilities
  • Develops facilities programs, conceptual/schematic plans or drawings, scope of work, schedule, and budgetary allowances
  • Prepares recommendations for how work can be implemented and staged

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Manages stakeholder engagement throughout all planning processes
  • Ensures that effective channels of communication exist among all interested parties
  • Assists in the resolution of space management problems, and in the communication and implementation of space management policies
  • Provides updates and status reports on space and facilities issues
  • Maintains a current and comprehensive understanding of Northwestern University systems related to space management, AutoCAD documentation, maintenance management, equipment management and the interface with University databases
  • Initiates special projects as deemed appropriate, and undertakes and completes special projects assigned by the Director, Associate Director, and Assistant Director of Planning
  • Performs related duties as required or assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Architecture; or equivalent professional degree in Architecture; or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience from which comparable skills may be acquired
  • Minimum five years of directly related professional experience with progressively greater responsibility working in a major institutional setting, or with major institutional clients

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Excellent interpersonal verbal and written communication skills and habits
  • Detail oriented and highly organized
  • Able to carry forward multiple projects, simultaneously
  • Senior level research facilities planning skills and experience including:
  • programming, planning, and conceptual design of research laboratories, laboratory support spaces, collaborative and community spaces, and scientific faculty, staff, and student workspaces
  • Spreadsheet-based space needs modeling, space scheduling and utilization analysis, space metrics development and analysis, and visualization of space information
  • Thorough understanding of building systems and related operational issues
  • Experience managing consultants or sub-consultants in completing planning, programming, and conceptual design efforts
  • Thorough knowledge of and comfort working in Autodesk AutoCAD; Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator; Microsoft Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook software platforms

Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)

  • Five or more years of directly related professional experience with progressively greater responsibility working in a medium to large university setting, or with medium to large university clients
  • Knowledge of and comfort working in Autodesk Revit and ESRI ArcGIS software platforms
  • Architectural licensure
  • LEED Accredited Professional


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