Company Name:
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Country:
United States
Industry:
Planning
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
6-9 Years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Director of Planning and Design

Harvard Graduate School of Education
43857BR


Duties & Responsibilities
Reports to Chief of Operations.  Primary responsibility for managing all aspects of planning and design on capital and improvement and alteration (I&A) projects.

  • Works closely with the Chief of Operations on annual capital plan, campus master planning, design oversight and long-term real estate investment strategy.  Ensures all projects are properly aligned with master plan, planned, permitted, designed and constructed with the expected level of quality, scope, budget and schedule. 
  • Collaborates on and contributes to the strategy and forecasting of campus space and growth needs.  Serves as a liaison for HGSE with HU Departments, the internal and external communities, alumni donors and other key constituents.  Establishes working relationships with administrative department heads across HGSE and deep familiarity with HGSE programs, services and personnel.
  • Assists Director of Construction in developing a campus improvement list, including project scope and pricing estimates.   Along with Director of Facilities, compiles HU Facility Condition Index (FCI) analysis annually and ensures HGSE renewal spending in line with HU investment goals.
  • Works across the project team to ensure consistency in function, form, quality, and service standards across all projects.
  • Oversees and maintains procedures on campus design and specification standards including but not limited to: sustainability design standards, building systems and materials, environmental guidelines, building codes, furniture fixtures and equipment (FF&E), etc.
  • Assists project managers in RFP’s, negotiations, bid/contract award and procurement procedures of the planning and design professional selection process for projects of all sizes.
  • Oversees all aspects of design on assigned projects from inception through construction.  Prepares and manages detailed program of requirements and time lines for project completion.
  • Responsible for coordinating stakeholder input into projects and resolving conflicting requirements and expectations.  Evaluates the architect’s translation of the program throughout the schematic design, design development and working drawing phases.  Advises Project Manager, donor and/or oversight team on changes needed during the design phase.
  • Prepares annual updates of the Campus Master Plan for the HGSE campus.  Working with departmental clients, analyzes and advises departments on space requirements.  Translates department operational needs into programs of specifications which can be used as the basis of capital projects.  Develops and helps evaluate alternative options as required.  Authors and interprets generic space standards.  Conducts post-occupancy evaluations of specific projects in conjunction with University planning office.
  • Provides recommendations in concert with architects and Director of Construction on selection of aesthetic and finishes.
  • Works with Operations Facilities Group on commissioning and occupancy phase in case of any building problems in new or existing facilities.
  • Develop/Maintain current Revit/CAFM system to better support campus space planning goals and capture updates to the campus master plan.
  • Under the direction of the Chief of Operations participates with peer group of managers in the oversight and management of the department.  
  • Maintains the knowledge necessary to develop department goals, metrics of performance and programs relevant to areas of responsibility.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Basic Qualifications
Bachelor’s Degree in relevant planning or architecture discipline required.  Minimum 7 years related experience. 


Any applicant wishing to be considered for this position must include a cover letter in addition to their resume.

Applicants wishing to be considered must indicate that they meet all of the basic requirements in either their cover letter or resume.

Additional Qualifications
Experience in planning and design of capital projects with specific experience in higher education capital project development processes and culture preferred.  

  • Masters degree preferred.
  • Experience supervising and effectively communicating and collaborating with professionals at varying levels of responsibility.  Well-developed ability to evaluate, negotiate, select and manage appropriate vendor cost-effective contracts for planning, permitting, design related services.
  • Extensive knowledge of planning and architectural principals as they related to educational campus planning, design, construction and operations.  
  • Broad technical knowledge of construction and building systems (structural, life safety, mechanical, electrical, plumbing systems, etc.)  Ability to read and correctly interpret construction documents and blueprints, geotechnical reports, and real estate/building related legal documents.
  • Working knowledge of principles of sustainable design and development as they related to campus planning, design, construction and operations.
  • Demonstrated experience and familiarity budgeting, cost estimating and with the principles of value engineering as related to capital projects. Ability to develop and analyze the anticipated effects of design and construction alternatives on cost, quality and schedule, etc.
  • Proven skills in leadership of small groups – managing group dynamics, consensus building, fostering cooperation and developing lasting solutions.
  • Demonstrated professionalism in interactions with University faculty and staff, public officials, contractors, and the general public. Ability to exercise good judgment and discretion with sensitive and confidential materials.  
  • Ability to work in fast-paced environment under pressure with frequent interruptions; handle multiple tasks with precision; exercise good judgment with diplomacy; solve problems on the spot; take initiative; meet deadlines; and work independently, while at the same time always mindful of the need to be a team player.  
  • Strong computer skills - MS Office, scheduling applications, and PM administrative database application tools required.  Knowledge of Building Information Management (BIM) systems a plus.  
  • Must possess excellent decision making and organizational skills.  Ability to communicate well in verbal and written form is essential.  Self-motivated who can take initiative to resolve problem.  Attention to detail is a must.
  • Presentation skills required for small and large groups.  Demonstrated ability to effectively convey planning and design concepts in written and graphic formats, and in oral presentations to faculty, executives, administrators, students and the public.  Ability to facilitate meetings.


Additional Information
Experience in planning and design of capital projects with specific experience in higher education capital project development processes and culture preferred. 

  • Masters degree preferred.
  • Experience supervising and effectively communicating and collaborating with professionals at varying levels of responsibility.  Well-developed ability to evaluate, negotiate, select and manage appropriate vendor cost-effective contracts for planning, permitting, design related services.
  • Extensive knowledge of planning and architectural principals as they related to educational campus planning, design, construction and operations.  
  • Broad technical knowledge of construction and building systems (structural, life safety, mechanical, electrical, plumbing systems, etc.)  Ability to read and correctly interpret construction documents and blueprints, geotechnical reports, and real estate/building related legal documents.
  • Working knowledge of principles of sustainable design and development as they related to campus planning, design, construction and operations.
  • Demonstrated experience and familiarity budgeting, cost estimating and with the principles of value engineering as related to capital projects. Ability to develop and analyze the anticipated effects of design and construction alternatives on cost, quality and schedule, etc.
  • Proven skills in leadership of small groups – managing group dynamics, consensus building, fostering cooperation and developing lasting solutions.
  • Demonstrated professionalism in interactions with University faculty and staff, public officials, contractors, and the general public. Ability to exercise good judgment and discretion with sensitive and confidential materials.  
  • Ability to work in fast-paced environment under pressure with frequent interruptions; handle multiple tasks with precision; exercise good judgment with diplomacy; solve problems on the spot; take initiative; meet deadlines; and work independently, while at the same time always mindful of the need to be a team player.  
  • Strong computer skills - MS Office, scheduling applications, and PM administrative database application tools required.  Knowledge of Building Information Management (BIM) systems a plus.  
  • Must possess excellent decision making and organizational skills.  Ability to communicate well in verbal and written form is essential.  Self-motivated who can take initiative to resolve problem.  Attention to detail is a must.
  • Presentation skills required for small and large groups.  Demonstrated ability to effectively convey planning and design concepts in written and graphic formats, and in oral presentations to faculty, executives, administrators, students and the public.  Ability to facilitate meetings.

 

EEO Statement

 

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.