Director of University Planning, Planning, Architectural & Engineering Services

University of Connecticut


UCONN is seeking applications for the position of Director of Planning .  The University of Connecticut (UConn) is comprised of the main campus located in Storrs with regional campuses in West Hartford, Waterbury, Avery Point, Torrington and Stamford.  The University spans 4,093 acres at its main campus and five regional campuses which includes 12 million square feet of facilities and approximately 600 structures. 

The University of Connecticut is entering a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B  Next  Generation  Connecticut  (  and  the  $1B  Bioscience  Connecticut (    investments   and   a   bold   new   Academic   Plan:   Path   to   Excellence  ( ).  Planning, Architectural & Engineering Services (PAES) and UConn continue a momentum of unprecedented growth as evidenced by significantly increased research expenditures, and a 29-year state funded $3.5B initiative to enhance the physical infrastructure as well as research and teaching activities.

Under the direction of the University Master Planner / Chief Architect, the Director plans, manages and directs the program and staff of Planning and is responsible for establishing policies, procedures and priorities of the unit to support UCONN planning, design and construction programs and other University initiatives at the Storrs and regional campuses.  The Director oversees and performs high level planning, assessment and reporting activities relating to construction and renovation projects with emphasis on the planning and formulation of projects, space utilization and asset management.  The Director is responsible, as part of the PAES management team, for the immediate and long-range campus planning functions in concert with the University’s mission with particular responsibility for the implementation of the University’s Master Plan.  PAES is organized as a matrix management unit in that all Directors have staff who report to them administratively but also may report to another Director functionally depending on the project, organizational and/or staffing needs and availability. Planning staff may report functionally to other Directors, as designated, but will still report administratively to the Director of Planning for work assignment priorities, training and performance evaluations.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree or Master’s in architecture, planning or related field.

Ten (10) years’ experience in the planning, development and execution of capital improvement programs and projects including implementation of the Master Plan.

Minimum of ten (10) years’ experience in the general field of architecture, or planning.

Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in higher education colleges or universities.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Demonstrated knowledge of the principles, practices and methods of space management and planning and experience using computerized space management systems. Considerable knowledge of computerized systems related to project such as project management systems, scheduling, budgeting, document controls, CAD (computer assisted design) and project financial management.

Considerable ability to read and interpret project schedules, budgets/costs and construction drawings.

Supervisory experience and ability to lead and manage staff and consultants. Demonstrated experience in organizing and coordinating work of others, setting priorities and assigning work. 

Demonstrated experience in working collaboratively with academic clients and all levels of employees and management.

Strong interpersonal and persuasive skills with the ability to work effectively with others and influence successful outcomes.

Preferred Qualifications

Licensed/Registered Architect or able to be licensed to practice engineering or architecture as defined by the State of Connecticut and the Department of Consumer Protection for sealing and signing documents in accordance with Chapter 390 (for architects) of the Connecticut General Statutes Section.

Specialized experience in campus planning and design.

Experience with space management systems.

Member of the Society of College and University Planners (SCUP).

Publications in professional journals on subjects concerning institutional planning.

Work Environment:

Performance of the position duties will require the ability to climb stairs, ability to climb ladders and to negotiate construction work areas. At times, the employee will work at a construction job site where the employee will be exposed to moving machines, outside weather conditions, noise, etc.

Appointment Terms:  

This is a full-time position.  The successful candidate will work at the University of Connecticut’s main campus located in Storrs and regularly travel to regional campuses.  Salary will be commensurate with background and experience. 

To Apply:

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter , resume , and names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three professional references willing to provide letters of recommendation. Screening of applications will begin immediately. Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2016651)

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on July 31, 2016.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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