University Of Rhode Island Assistant Director, Campus Planning & Design in Kingston, Rhode Island

Essential Duties :


Manage Campus Planning & Design (CP&D) support functions. Interact with consultants, staff, faculty and administration in the development of plans for renovation and improvements to university buildings, spaces, associated infrastructure and landscape. Work on the planning and conceptual design of new facilities and overseeing the design of capital improvements and minor renovations to existing facilities.


Assist the Director with the development of the University Master Plan, including planning for public/private partnerships on leased university land.

Assist the Director with project site selection recommendations and approvals from the appropriate university committees.

As directed, oversee the activities of the Project Manager, Construction Projects 1, Campus Planning & Design.

Provide management of the design and specifications of fixed equipment within a project and coordinate with movable equipment and furniture planning.

Oversee the University Landscape Architect in the development and management of exterior hardscape design standards and the planning of sidewalks, roads, public transportation infrastructure, utility routing, and general landscape planning.

Facilitate appropriate use and allocation of space throughout campus in conjunction with the Director, Capital Planning & Real Estate Development.

Consult with university personnel on proposed architectural projects and develop plan strategies based on preliminary scope of new projects. Prepare or oversee project programming and preliminary budget spreadsheets and schedules. Assist with URI and state agency approvals to initiate projects, including all funding approvals.

For new projects, as required, prepare Request for Proposal documents for outsourced architect/engineering services and project management service consultants and manage the selection process. Assist the University Architect (Director, CP&D) with interviews facilitating the Technical Review Committee selection process. Manage consultants in the procurement process.

Negotiate and prepare Owner-Architect and project management agreements, descriptions of project scope, detailed project budgets, and schedules. Coordinate approvals with University Counsel and URI Purchasing offices.

For assigned projects, manage the design process including meetings, budgets, schedules, and the documentation of decisions. Coordinate planning and design decisions with college deans, department heads, and building committees involved with the process.

Provide design management leadership to inspire a process that fosters fine architecture, efficient and effective building systems, and the development of a livable and community-focused university campus.

Assist with the development and manage the application of University of Rhode Island Building Design Guidelines. As projects are designed, meet with appropriate users and project process partners and coordinate the university’s design review comments.

Prepare and present regular project reports and update appropriate URI directors on the status of projects.

Oversee the LEED® design considerations of projects and provide leadership in promoting sustainable campus architecture as an exemplary and integrated part of the university learning community.

Assist with the preparation of project contract documents for the advertisement and public bidding of work, and other departmental administrative responsibilities. Verify contract documents for compliance with university standard procedures and applicable governmental regulations and building codes.

Provide proactive leadership in achieving the university and state goals for contract participation of Minority and Women-Owned business participation.

Evaluate design-related change orders and make recommendations to the University Architect and Director of Capital Projects.

Assist with furniture and equipment selection and procurement, move-in, and project “close out”, including user occupancy and the transfer of buildings and spaces to facilities management operations.

Prepare project public relations materials and make presentations to the campus community and other audiences.

Serve on various department, division, and university committees, such as: Space Enhancement, Design & Allocation Committee – execute small projects from transfer by the Office of Capital Planning & Real Estate Development through transfer to the Office of Capital Projects. Joint Classroom Steering Committee – prime responsibility in facilitating classroom standards with multiple campus constituents. Master Plan Review Team – support the CP&D Director; serve on Transportation and Parking subcommittee. SWAT Committee – work with CP&D Director and Project Manager coordinating projects executed by Office of Capital Projects, and Maintenance and Repair personnel for scope, schedule and budget.


Perform other duties as required.


Personal computers, printers, word processing, database management, spreadsheet, scheduling and graphics (AutoCad) software.


Minimum Qualifications:


  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited higher education institution with concentration in planning, architecture or urban planning.

  2. Minimum of seven years’ experience in progressively responsible roles in architecture or construction management.

  3. Demonstrated knowledge of architectural design, engineering principles, and construction administration.

  4. Demonstrated knowledge of construction materials, methods, and practices.

  5. Demonstrated knowledge of state construction project procurement requirements.

  6. Demonstrated management knowledge of AutoCAD® and other graphical software.

  7. Demonstrated working knowledge of spreadsheet and scheduling software.

  8. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in writing.

  9. Demonstrated strong verbal and interpersonal skills.

  10. Demonstrated ability to work successfully with both internal constituents (e.g. faculty & administrators) and external consultants (e.g. architects, engineers, project management and construction firms.)

  11. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups/populations.

Preferred Qualifications:


  1. Demonstrated project management experience with an Architectural/Planning design firm, university and/or public agency.

Status : Calendar Year, Full-time, Permanent

Union: PSA/NEA - Professional Staff Assoc

Pay Grade Level: 14

Pay Rate Detail: $69,203 - $88,079

Campus Location: Kingston

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach 2 (PDF) documents to your online Employment Application: (#1) Cover letter and (#2) Resume, which is to include the names and contact of three professional references.

The University of Rhode Island is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, persons of color, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, and other protected group members are encouraged to apply.