University Space Planner

University of North Carolina, Wilmington
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jul 15, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

Working Title
University Space Planner
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Position Number
Location of Workplace
Main UNCW Campus
Institutional Research & Planning - 31700
Academic Affairs - 30000 Division
Brief Summary of Work for this Position

The University Space Planner conducts short and long-range space planning and analysis for the university which includes monitoring the utilization of, and needs for, all space on campus. The position provides coordination of space programming needs related to the strategic implementation of the University’s Master Plan. This position works collaboratively with campus units regarding the maintenance space related databases and reporting to the UNC System Office for the DAVE database.
This position is critical for supporting the university’s commitment to and capacity for integrated planning, including space planning and management, which figures prominently in the university’s accreditation. Accreditation associations focus attention on the use of integration and alignment of strategic plans that are clearly supported by adequate space. This requires assessment and evaluation of current spaces for the most productive use of space to develop efficient plans and secure facilities and equipment to support dynamic learning and discovery experiences. The University Space Planner serves as the lead consultant to the institution related to the generation and evaluation of space allocation proposals. The position works independently with institutional data to complete technical analysis of proposed space costs and campus impact to determine feasibility of space proposals. The role manages space allocation processes and facilitates the identification and prioritization of space needs to support project planning, design and implementation.
The position will analyze functional space needs for the major categories of teaching, laboratory, open laboratory, research laboratory, and office space for the campus and will manage the allocation of this scarce resource for the university. The position will have significant administrative responsibilities and duties in a dedicated role providing expert advice and counsel to senior leadership to support the management and allocation of campus space with integration of strategic planning and budgeting. This position provides strategic insight and decisions related to large and complex space programming needs and allocations of capital projects and campus renovations which are rooted in institutional data and projections for institutional space needs based on forecasted student enrollment and trends and personnel growth.
The University Space Planner communicates with senior administrative officers and management, operations work groups, and campus committees, in the role of consultant in support and achievement of pre-planning and space allocation goals and assigned projects. This includes detailed analysis of space utilization and allocation of current buildings/spaces with recommendations for the possible allocation and utilization of new and projected buildings/spaces. The position oversees the Space Allocation policy and serves as the Chair to the University Space Allocation Committee, with specific recommendations made to the Executive Committee on Space. The position provides updates to campus through the Space Planning webpage(s) as needed.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Master’s Degree and two to four years of experience related to the area of assignment; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Ability to quickly, competently, and professionally organize a myriad of factors, including personalities, data, guidelines, and policy into a cohesive and useful output

Ability to work/coordinate effectively with others to move a project forward

Ability to communicate clearly and succinctly verbally and in writing

Ability to quickly grasp new and complex processes and issues

Knowledge/ability to understand and utilize software programs and applications to perform duties

Ability to perform basic statistical computations and analysis

Knowledge of office procedures and professional etiquette

Ability to supervise staff and provide clear expectations related to personnel matters

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience

Experience conducting strategic planning and space allocation

Experience with specific campus software: Banner, Microsoft Office Suite, AIM (Asset Inventory Management), VISIO, Cascade website management, EMS (Event Management System), AutoCAD (Computer Aided Drafting)

Knowledge and understanding of university administrative and financial policies and procedures operation

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

The primary purpose of the Office of Institutional Research and Planning is to collect, maintain and provide official information about the University to meet both internal and external demands for mandated and ad hoc requests while also monitoring policies and processes related to space utilization, assessment and accreditation compliance. Both mandated and Ad hoc requests can be internal (i.e. an Academic Department or Faculty Senate) or external (i.e. UNC System Office, US News and World Report or Delaware Study) The Office is considered a university-wide resource as it provides information about and to all departments within the organization in some form or another. Strategically, the Office is charged with providing research expertise and strategies to study and measure issues within numerous areas on campus including but not limited to enrollment management; enrollment budget planning; student success; space planning and management, and student, faculty and staff satisfaction and perceptions. The Office is purposed to ultimately provide the Chief Executive, the Chief Academic Officer, and other institutional senior leaders with timely, accurate and relevant research to positively impact policy decision making across the University.

College/School Information

University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. Guided by our Strategic Plan , the university is committed to nurturing a campus culture that reflects its values of diversity and globalization, ethics and integrity, and excellence and innovation. A public institution with nearly 17,000 students, the university is focused on supporting and enhancing the student-centered learning experience that has been a hallmark since its founding in 1947. UNCW offers an array of programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology, educational leadership, psychology and nursing practice. UNCW is one of the 17 institutions that make up the UNC System.

EEO Statement

At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington ( UNCW ), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Special Notes to Applicants

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12J (July-June)
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