OHIO University is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Planner with the University Planning & Space Management department.
Established in 1804, OHIO University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Located in the scenic Appalachian foothills, its classic residential campus in Athens, Ohio, is one of the most attractive in the nation.
The Planner will be responsible for supporting campus planning functions for the University. This position will engage in a variety of projects related to higher education campus planning, programming, site studies, feasibility studies and urban design. The planner will work in a team-based environment with co-workers, clients, and user groups.
1. Planning- Performs professional work related to variety of planning assignments, including space and site planning, programming, feasibility analysis, development of alternatives, and analytics on the Main Campus and other University properties, as required. Makes recommendations to integrate into master plan, strategic plan and facilities planning issues.
2. Planning- Develops and contributes to complex planning studies and programming for short, mid, and long-term planning for space, site, facilities, transportation, capital projects, landscape, and infrastructure projects. Plans and develops short and long range programs and engages with leaders to promote and foster program success. Collects and applies data for planning related to long-term campus changes. Assists in the development, updates and compliance with campus and space planning principles and policies.
3. Capital Planning- Assist the AVP in the update and coordination of the campus capital plan. This work involves preparing robust Capital Improvement Plans, developing long-term financial planning reports, project budget forecasts, and monitoring performance against budget for projects.
4. Planning Research- Conducts research on project needs and prepares reports on physical land use, facilities and space use, transportation plans, studies and analyses. Responds to various requests for reports and documentation concerning the functional use of facilities and space to assist University in short and long range planning. Collects and applies data for planning related to long-term campus changes.
5. Planning- Prepares proposals for and works with outside planning firms for projects as necessary.
6. People – Works with senior leaders, University departments and personnel, and external constituencies to strategize, plan, and implement major facilities-related programs and projects. Assists in directing the work of student interns who assist with space planning, updates to space and building information and drawings; collaborates with staff from other Units including Architecture Design & Construction as well as Facilities.
Management is not the main focus of the job. Management includes shared responsibility with student interns and of project consultants as assigned.
One aspect of collaboration with this position will help facilitate the classroom improvement plan and is responsible for working with multiple positions that interact with classrooms: i.e. Provost office, OIT, Registrar, University Planning, Architecture, Design & Construction. The position will need to take data and information from each entity and synthesize into reports and recommendations for 10 year classroom plan outlooks.
The Planner position works on campus-wide collaborative efforts, presenting recommendations and options to affect major changes in the physical environment of the campus. This position works with multiple levels at the institution and external to the institution (e.g.: Board of Trustees, City partners, consultants, Deans)
Excellent oral and written communication skills for preparing and presenting planning reports and projects. Excellent interpersonal skills for facilitating relationships. Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve less well-defined planning problems. Group facilitation skills for use with community workshops. Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously. Ability to manage projects effectively and meet firm deadlines. Database management knowledge is desirable.
Position may also be required to occasionally travel to attend meetings off-campus.