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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: F0002 / University Planner
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 15

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under supervision of the Director / University Architect, analyzes, develops and coordinates the campus master plans to improve and maximize the efficient use of the campuses by creating a physical environment that advances the institutional mission. Ensures regulatory compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to the utilization and development of the campuses.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. May provide functional direction to consultants and lower level technicians on assigned work.
  2. Conducts studies, analyzes data, and makes recommendations on a wide variety of campus planning issues that include building sites, landscape, lighting, parking, transportation systems, and other related infrastructure components.
  3. Coordinates with Physical Plant Department, Space Management to maintains files and updates to base maps of facilities, real property and other improvements on campus master plans of main and branch campuses.
  4. Participates in, organizes and coordinates various internal and external committees and working groups concerned with the campus' physical development plans.
  5. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
  6. Reviews facilities and development plans for conformance with the Campus Master Development Plan.
  7. Assists in and/or develops and maintains master development plans for the main, precinct and branch campuses.
  8. Researches trends and determines strategic campus physical growth needs, and provides facilitation and support in the establishment of a responsive, comprehensive master plan for campus facilities and real property development.
  9. Assists with identifying and implementing processes, guidelines, and standards to ensure that the Master Facility Development Plan effectively supports the University's established academic, research, and community service mission, objectives, and strategic plans.
  10. Engages in all aspects of campus urban design related to the development of University property and environs, including project and precinct planning, landscape and open space planning, and transportation planning, strategic Information Technology and utility planning.
  11. Assists with management of outside consultants on planning studies for geographic areas or programming studies for academic units.
  12. Assists with managing the community input planning program.
  13. Works on long-range planning and strategic problem solving for campus facility, land-use, and development issues.
  14. Coordinates planning activities with the University Architect and Landscape Architect.
  15. Provides expert guidance, technical assistance, and consulting services to campus divisions, clients, technical staff, and stakeholders.
  16. Oversees facility siting actions ensuring consistency with the Campus Development Plan under the direction of the University Architect.
  17. Manages and supervises personnel to include hiring and performance management for Planners, University Landscape Architect, and other support staff, as assigned to the group, to include work allocation, training and problem resolution, motivation, and performance evaluation; makes recommendations for personnel actions, and develops and maintains associated files and records.
  18. Participates in the review of the annual update of the 5-year capital budget plan to ensure consistency with or revision to the Campus Development Plan.
  19. Establishes and implements effective unit operating policies, systems, and procedures that are consistent with overall organizational goals, objectives, policies and operating standards.
  20. Performs all duties and responsibilities of lower level Planners and University Landscape Architect as and when required.
  21. Participates as a member of management team in planning, problem resolution, and reviewing department performance.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 5 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging trends in technologies, techniques, issues, and approaches in area of expertise.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze user requirements, prioritize and develop project plans, and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present effectively to small and large groups.
  • Advanced skills in project planning and project management.
  • Strong computer skills, to include word processing, spreadsheeting, and use of presentation software.
  • Demonstrated project leadership skills gained at a managerial or supervisory level.
  • Broad and in-depth knowledge and understanding of campus planning and development principles.
  • Advanced knowledge of site planning and building codes, ADA, OSAA and other related construction regulations.
  • Superior ability to investigate and analyze campus-planning information and to draw conclusions.
  • Ability to investigate and analyze campus-planning information and to draw conclusions.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in the arenas of planning and urban design, sustainability, space planning, and/or site design.
  • Ability to define and integrate issues, identify problems and synthesize solution elements into a cohesive action plan.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, develop, organize, document, and facilitate meetings, retreats, workshops, and public forums.
  • Developed oral, text, graphics, visuals, formal and informal communication skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of public information and community relations concepts, principles, methodology, techniques and an ability to factor in such constituencies into planning and implementation.
  • Advanced employee development and performance management skills.
  • Advanced design management skills. Ability to directly subordinates and consulting teams on site development matters.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide training, guidance, and operational support to lower level staff within area of specialty.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
  • No or very limited physical effort required.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 12/19/2017