Director of Planning

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
Location: Blacksburg, USA
Added on: 7 May 2019, Job offer expires on: 3 Nov 2019

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Planning and University Architect (AVP), the Director of Planning oversees the physical planning and capital project-related functions of the Office of University Planning. In addition to architectural and campus planning, these functions include oversight of landscape, transportation, and space planning. In addition, the position provides assistance to the AVP on a variety of complex initiatives and special projects. The incumbent also fulfills the role of primary backup and acting AVP in his/her absence.

Sample Duties:

  • Provides guidance in the management and development of the Campus Master Plan to include feasibility studies, pre-planning studies, and precinct planning as appropriate. 
  • Assists in the development of the 6-year capital budget plan by interfacing with campus stakeholders to develop facilities program and scope definition. 
  • Leads the development of project scope for procurement of professional services, and actively participates in architect/engineer selections. 
  • Provides oversight of aesthetic and programming issues during project design and implements the development and consistent application of Campus Design Principles and university design standards. 
  • Supports compliance and aspirational efforts associated with accessibility and inclusion
  • Oversees and supports university-wide space management efforts. Serves in a leadership role in support of the University Space Committee and the preparation and advancement of space requests and documentation. 
  • Oversees and supports planning and coordination efforts for transportation systems and impacts. Works closely with team members within the Facilities Department, Parking and Transportation, the Virginia Tech Police Department, and the Virginia Department of Transportation among others.
  • Provides oversight and guidance for environmental graphics, wayfinding, site and building accessibility design, and works closely with the site planning team to support progressive and consistent campus development.
  • Serves as primary contact with various external agencies to facilitate required design reviews and approvals to include building demolition (e.g., Art and Architecture Review Board, Department of Historic Resources, etc.) and assists in compiling review submissions to the Building and Grounds Committee of the Board of Visitors. 
  • Oversees preservation and restoration criteria for university historic properties. 
  • Provides university oversight and completes regular review and annual reporting requirements for implementation of the Historic Smithfield easement.

Core Competencies:

  • Exceptional communication skills, interpersonal skills, diplomacy, and the ability to effectively interact and build trusted relationships with diverse internal and external constituencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and projects; excellent organizational, leadership, and delegation skills; and ability to work collaboratively. Must have strong problem solving and conflict resolution skills to manage complex tasks and/or those that require balancing competing interests.
  • Demonstrated patience, reliability, composure, and stability under pressure, with experience handling confidential/sensitive matters and a strong personal ethics commitment.
  • Extensive leadership and team-building skills with a demonstrated ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.

Required Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in architecture, planning, or closely-related field, or Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and extensive architectural experience.
  • Virginia registration as an Architect or ability to become registered within six months.
  • Significant experience in the area of architectural design and planning for major university facilities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to accessibility and inclusion. Knowledge of accessibility issues and planning mechanisms specific to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Universal Design. 
  • Ability to travel to on-campus and off-campus facilities sites, with occasional overnight travel.

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