Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: F7015 / University Planner
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 15
HR Review/Approval:COMP

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 the direction of the University Architect and Director of UNM Planning, Design, and Construction, analyzes, develops and coordinates the University's campus master plans and facility planning efforts to improve and maximize the efficient use of campus spaces. Serves to create a physical environment that advances the institution's academic, research, and community service missions. Coordinates efforts across multiple internal and external constituencies and oversees a team of technical and professional personnel.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Leads, organizes and coordinates the University's efforts to analyze, develop, maintain and implement campus master plans for UNM main campus, branch campuses and other UNM owned lands, as needed.
  2. Facilitates internal and external committees, seeks community input, engages campus constituents, and consults with external consultants regarding planning for University landscapes, facilities, urban development, utilities, transportation systems, information technologies, and open spaces.
  3. Develops and implements institutional processes, guidelines, and standards to ensure campus planning efforts align with the University's established missions, objectives and strategic plans, as well as regulatory requirements.
  4. Manages campus planning and facility development projects. Provides client leadership in the management of external consulting resources.
  5. Supervises personnel which typically includes recommendations for hiring, dismissing, performance evaluation, training, work allocation, and problem resolution.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Champions in long-range planning and strategic problem solving to address campus facility, land-use, and development issues; participates in the annual update of the University's five-year capital budget plan to ensure consistency with and/or revision of the Campus Development Plan.
  9. Establishes and implements effective unit operating policies, systems, and procedures that are consistent with overall organizational goals, objectives, policies and operating standards.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in a directly related field of study; 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

  • 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, site design and/or landscape architecture.
  • 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 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.

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 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: 06/01/2023