The Lead Campus Planner is responsible for Campus Planning Business Development, Campus Planning Expertise and, Staff Development within the Los Angeles office.
Areas of Expertise:
The successful candidate for this position demonstrates, via a proven track record, the ability to consistently win work, develop and maintain client relationships and assist teams in profitably delivering planning and design excellence and client satisfaction. Responsibilities include:
- The marketing of our services by working closely with the Office Director, Business Development, Marketing, Discipline and Studio Leaders of the office.
- Identification of target clients and development of a business development plan with the Office Director and Business Development partner within the Los Angeles Office, in collaboration with the National Campus Planning Practice Director
- Development and management of Campus Planning Marketing and Sales budgets within the office
- Participation in office go/no-go evaluations related to campus planning pursuits.
- Marketing Leadership via active participation in projects through all phases, from initial client contacts through marketing pursuits, sales efforts, contract negotiations.
- Attendance and active participation in firm-wide internal marketing meetings.
The Lead Campus Planner is responsible for the development of campus planning expertise within the Los Angeles office and represents the Los Angeles Office at the National Practice level. The Lead Campus Planner must be able to demonstrate:
- Deep knowledge and understanding of current and emerging trends affecting higher education and the implications for physical planning and design.
- Ability to lead/facilitate community engagement and outreach, including visioning sessions, committee meetings, public open houses and town halls for university executives, board members, academic and administrative leadership, staff, faculty, students and community participants.
- Ability to translate university strategic plan objectives into physical campus planning solutions.
- Ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams and the ability to synthesize and communicate complex data and analyses into strategic drivers informing the planning process.
- Ability to create planning concepts that holistically address and integrate recommendations on academic, research, administrative, student life and, athletic facilities; campus open space; campus mobility and parking; utility infrastructure and sustainable systems; and design guidance for campus facilities and landscape.
- Ability to direct and/or prepare final written and/or graphic documentation of the process and recommendations.
- Ability to develop and implement strategic objectives in concert with the National Campus Planning Practice strategic business plan and the Los Angeles office objectives.
- Attendance and participation in National Practice meetings as required
The Lead Campus Planner will also assist the Office Director in the following:
- Recruit and provide input on hiring prospective planning staff at all experience levels.
- Provide mentorship, guidance, leadership and, the growth of planning staff within the office.
- Participate in planning staff development and reviews, annual promotion evaluations and recommendations including principal and associate nominations.
- Work with studio leaders and discipline leaders to assure project staffing needs and technical, administrative and schedule targets are met.
- Work with the Office Director and National Practice Director to develop campus planning revenue targets.
- Work with the Office Director and the LA Office Director of Operations to ensure that revenue and project performance targets are achieved and/or issues are addressed.
- Ability to inspire and motivate others
- Demonstrate a high degree of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management skills.
- Represent the firm through attendance and/or presentations at local, regional and national conferences
- Demonstrate effectiveness in working in a team setting, communicating with others, customer satisfaction, and competence.
- Ability to lead project teams of internal staff and/or sub-consultants with a balance of planning, design, technical, schedule and cost considerations.
- Ability to collaborate effectively across studios, offices, disciplines, and practices to support integrated planning and design.
Professional and Technical Skills:
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Independent working capability in the Microsoft Office Suite of Programs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook as fundamental professional tools required for Studio and Client communications
- Familiarity with the Adobe Suite of graphics and production programs in support of marketing and business development activities
- Minimum of entry-level proficiency with primary production platforms such as AutoCAD, Revit or Sketchup to support work in support of projects and teamwork
Education and Experience:
- A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or equivalent. Master’s degree preferred.
- A minimum of 15 years related experience preferred and/or training (or equivalent combination of education and experience) in the AEP Industry
- AICP certification required, or a commitment to achieve certification within 12 months of accepting the position.
- Advanced Specialty Certification and/or LEED AP preferred.