Project Planner/Manager

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Amherst
Department: Campus Planning
Pay Grade: 30
Categories: Facilities, Other Staff Positions, Professional Staff Union (PSU)

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

Under the direction of the Director for Campus Planning, the Project Planner/Manager is responsible for project management for planning phases of capital projects and other planning projects utilizing both in-house resources and external consultants.


Essential Functions

  • Coordinates and manages planning and design phases for multiple technically complex capital project activities with both in-house and outside consultants including preparation and administration of consultant contracts.
  • Manages and coordinates feasibility studies including preparing program information, coordinating work of interdepartmental groups, and working with all levels of the University.
  • Reviews planning and contract documents prepared by outside consultants to ensure compatibility with University standards and requirements.
  • Prepares financial analyses and preliminary total project cost estimates. Establish, track, and manage budget during planning and design phase of project.
  • Serves as the University’s representative to the State Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance along with other state, federal, local agencies and community organizations during physical planning assigned to which they have been assigned.
  • Problem-solved issues related to real estate, building assets and campus physical systems requiring analysis and complex decision-making processes. Manages and coordinates leasing of off-campus real estate for the University, including user program development, development of RFP’s, analysis of potential sites, and lease administration.
  • Maintains current knowledge of all applicable regulations and codes regarding state design and construction projects.
  • Prepares written and graphic presentation for presentation and communication of complex planning concepts to the senior campus executives and the general campus community.
  • Promotes and assures continuous improvement; establish and maintain productive relationships with a full range of personnel that reflect a strong commitment to customer service and respect for a diverse campus community.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor or first professional degree in architecture or engineering.
  • Registration as an architect or professional engineer (civil, structural, or mechanical) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or the ability to obtain Massachusetts registration within one year.
  • More than five (5) years’ experience managing complex design and construction projects.
  • Working knowledge of architecture, engineering and design principles, building systems, code regulations and construction practices and the ability to apply this knowledge to complex problems.
  • Ability to effectively manage and coordinate the work of consultants, and others connected with the planning and design of capital and other planning projects work.
  • Ability to work independently and allocate resources consistent with Division goals.
  • Maintains proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets and various computer database systems used in professional management organizations.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills through effective reports and presentations to campus executives and the general campus community.


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Typical office working environment


Work Schedule

37.5 house per week, Monday through Friday 8 am to 4 pm


Salary Information

Salary Level 28

UMass Amherst Exempt Salary Ranges


Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit a cover letter, résumé, and three professional references (supervisor and/or former supervisor) by March 5, 2020 to ensure consideration. However, position will remain open until filled.


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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The University of Massachusetts is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.