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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: F4006 / Sr Planner
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 14

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.


Coordinates with academic leadership, facility managers, consulting planners, and designers the development of an integrated planning model for University facilities. Identify, prioritize, and plan for short and long term space requirements. Leads Facilities Master Planning processes. Assists with production of the annual capital budget, inclusive of facilities, landscape, renewal and infrastructure and updates the 5-year capital budget plan annually. Manages production of planning documents and reports. Manages consulting planning professionals.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Develops integrated plans in coordination with University leadership and administrators on space and facility issues.
  2. Coordinates collection and analysis of benchmarking, technology, academic and research trends, and space projections to establish quantitative based projections for facility and capital projections.
  3. Develops and prepares feasibility studies; identifies project goals and objectives, critical physical and environmental constraints, space utilization and facility conditions, and establishes and monitors project deliverables.
  4. Collaborates with Physical Plant Department, Space Management to analyze the efficiency and utilization of existing space allocations and to strategize space needs in facility planning.
  5. Participates in campus master planning studies and facility siting activities with the University Architect and/or University Planner.
  6. Manages and supervises personnel to include hiring and performance management; provides guidance, work allocation, and training to personnel.
  7. Facilitates comprehensive planning support to all Planning, Design & Construction capital projects; including the development and/ or guidance of project scopes, programs, program adjustments and revisions in development through construction as it pertains to the facilities long term development goals and objectives.
  8. Supports University Architect, University Planner, and University Landscape Architect in development of comprehensive physical campus environment under the direction of the University Planner.
  9. Consults with Project Managers on facility project costs and schedules; advises on cost effective methods to achieve program objectives.
  10. Confers with peers and maintains relationships with professional organizations to promote information sharing and facilitate benchmarking of campus and space requirements.
  11. Conducts special studies and participates in various internal and external committees and working groups concerned with the campus? physical development plans. Manages the development of study reports and/or plans for evaluation with University Architect and/or University Planner for consistency with the Campus Development Plan.
  12. Applies knowledge of project management to a wide variety of special and complex policy studies as assigned and maintains special data pertinent to planning issues.
  13. Assists in the facilitation the annual update of the 5-year capital budget plan.
  14. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 7 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

  • Knowledge of technologies required for classrooms, laboratories and other University environments.
  • Knowledge of state and federal funding requirements.
  • Advanced knowledge of campus planning and development principles.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of capital and operating budgets and budgeting practices.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and community relations skills and the ability to communicate and work effectively within a diverse community.
  • Advanced oral, text, graphics, visuals, formal and informal communication skills.
  • Advanced analytical, evaluative and objective critical thinking skills.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills and the ability to communicate and work effectively within a diverse community.
  • Ability to summarize data, draw conclusions and inferences, and prepare reports and/or presentations.
  • Ability to define and integrate issues, identify problems and synthesize solution elements into a cohesive action plan.
  • Ability to manage staff planners as they plan, develop, organize, document, and facilitate meetings, retreats, workshops and public forums.
  • Ability to perform complex tasks and to prioritize multiple projects with skills in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Superior ability to investigate and analyze campus-planning information and to draw conclusions.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
  • The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

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

Revised Date: 03/20/2017