Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: F6015 / Planner,Sr
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 14
HR Review/Approval:RVIEW

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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.


In partnership with the University Architect & University Planner, coordinates with academic leadership, facility managers, consulting planners, and designers in the development of facility planning materials related to the management, assessment and development of University properties. 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. Key member of Planning, Design & Construction leadership.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Leads production of facility development 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 University Architect and/or University Planner in campus master planning efforts.
  5. Collaborates with Facilities Management and Capital & Space Strategies to analyze the efficiency and utilization of existing space allocations and to strategize space needs in facility planning.
  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. Consults with Project Managers on facility project costs and schedules, coordinates with cost consultants and advises on cost effective methods to achieve program objectives.
  9. Confers with peers and maintains relationships with professional organizations to promote information sharing and facilitate benchmarking of campus and space requirements.
  10. Leads 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.
  11. Assists in the facilitation the annual update of the 5-year capital budget plan.
  12. 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.

Conditions of Employment

  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

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: 06/01/2023