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Involves providing strategic and long range planning for the programming, design, development and disposition of properties and facilities, including buildings, infrastructure and landscape projects; research, collect and analyze planning data to develop planning policies and procedures, project planning, design and program guidelines; compliance with environmental planning regulations and architectural design review.
Under the direction of the Director of Campus Planning, the Senior Physical Planner has responsibility for implementing the activities of the Physical & Environmental Planning unit within the Physical Planning, Development & Operations (PPDO) department, through the successful completion of tasks and assignments associated with: campus land use, circulation, and infrastructure planning and campus-related community and regional planning. The Senior Planner conducts professional-level planning by reviewing and assisting with the preparation of campus plans and studies, area plans and studies, participating in the revision of campus Long-Range Development Plans, conducting planning research and maintaining planning data, working collaboratively with others to properly obtain entitlements for development, and representing the campus and its interests in its relationships with public jurisdictions, public agencies, and community groups. The incumbent may supervise associate planners, assistant planners, and student assistants the performance of assigned duties.
Uses skills as a seasoned, experienced planning professional with a full understanding of industry practices and organization policies and procedures and full range of planning skills and expertise; resolves a wide range of issues. Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. Operates with considerable independence in concept planning, project definition and feasibility phases of assigned campus projects.
Physical & Environmental Planning, a unit of Physical Planning, Development & Operations (PPDO), supports the UC Santa Cruz academic vision by managing and overseeing all physical and environmental planning efforts required to successfully support campus development plans, master plans, are plans, and construction projects. Under the direction of the Associate Vice Chancellor- PPDO, Physical & Environmental Planning ensures planning efforts contribute to and support campus life by creating visually pleasing, functional, and sustainable infrastructure and facilities that are sensitive and responsive to the surrounding natural landscape. We collaborate with other campus departments to facilitate and realize programmatic, or operational needs when building or altering facilities.
Qualifications / Competencies
Bachelor’s degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
Advanced knowledge and skills associated with planning principles including land use planning, urban and architectural design, open space preservation, entitlement procedures, and infrastructure and utility development as related to a large-scale public or institutional setting.
Advanced knowledge of the organization, including its architectural history, short and long range development plans, infrastructure and current, on-going and future design and construction plans.
Advanced skills required to research, analyze, and synthesize data from a variety of sources and generate reports including identifying and analyzing problems and viable solutions.
Advanced communication and negotiation skills, including political acumen, to work successfully across all levels of the University, outside agencies, and with customers.
Thorough knowledge of environmental and legal issues as well as federal, state and local laws, regulations and practices governing planning, and state/federal legislative processes.
Thorough knowledge and experience in personnel management including strong leadership and problem recognition/avoidance/resolution skills as well as effectively supervision.
Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with the California Environmental Quality Act, including both written and review of environmental documents.
Demonstrated experience working with local, state, and federal agencies.
Demonstrated experience associated with design and construction processes related to major capital projects within a large-scale public or institutional setting.
Demonstrated experience managing assigned tasks and projects within budget and schedule expectations.
Understanding, knowledge, and experience writing or administering resource management and natural resource plans.
Experience recruiting, selecting, and managing consulting firms tasked with preparation of environmental resource analyses and compliance documents and planning studies.
Ability to implement a customer service approach, with a commitment to high ethical standards.
Ability to take initiative and independently plan, organize, and perform work in various situations where numerous and diverse demands are involved.
Ability to effectively interpret, organize and present information, ideas and concepts in written or presentation format and use consultative, collaborative and facilitation skills to obtain decisions.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with University departments and staff and to serve as a liaison to outside agencies and the community. Ability to collaboratively work with others and manage potentially sensitive or confidential issues appropriately.
Ability to work harmoniously with a wide variety of individuals and organizations associated with projects and/or assignments.
Ability to recognize and accommodate changing priorities; meet deadlines/goals; and complete tasks despite intermittent interruptions.
Ability to initiate, establish, and foster teamwork by maintaining a cooperative atmosphere and effective working relationships with a diverse population from various cultural backgrounds.
Ability to operationalize and incorporate the concepts of sustainability into daily work efforts.
Ability to effectively use computer-based tools including graphic presentation, design/drafting, and geographic information system software as well as relational databases.
Preferred Qualifications / Competencies
Bachelor’s degree in planning, urban planning, landscape architecture, or a related field in combination with at least 7 years of progressively responsible professional work experience in planning, urban planning, landscape architecture, or a related field. A Master’s Degree may be substituted for 2 years of professional work experience.
Demonstrated physical planning experience in a topographically and geologically challenging and rural yet urban landscape which purposefully includes areas of both high density and vast open spaces.
Experience working in a University setting.
AICP certification through the American Planning Association preferred.
Special Conditions of Employment
Must possess a valid license to drive in the state of California.
The position requires fingerprinting and successful completion of a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities.
The position requires the ability to work occasional overtime, including evenings and weekends, as needed.
The position requires the ability and willingness to travel as necessary for University-related business.
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Bachelor’s degree; Valid license to drive in CA
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Campus Planning and Development
Manage physical planning processes to develop new, or amend existing, planning documents and collects, maintains, analyzes, and disseminates planning information to support the physical development of the UC Santa Cruz campus and properties managed by UCSC. For assigned UCSC development projects on- and -off-campus, has general responsibility for the preparation and/or review of the plans and entitlements for those projects.
Consult with the Associate Vice Chancellor- PPDO, Director of Physical & Environmental Planning, Director of Real Estate Services, Campus Architect, Campus Engineer, Director of Physical Plant, Capital Planning & Space Management staff, project managers, project proponents, and other campus staff regarding assigned on-and off-campus development proposals.
Prepare and present reports, information materials, and recommends direction regarding planning activities to the executive leadership, campus constituents, and stakeholders.
Prepare, oversee, and present the outcomes of planning activities and background studies prepared by consultants including but not limited to, land capacity studies, site studies, housing studies, circulation studies, historic resource management studies, and design guideline studies, etc.
Identify planning and development alternatives, maintain and analyzes demographic and other planning information and develops planning principles and guidelines in consultation with the Associate Vice Chancellor- PPDO, Director of Physical & Environmental Planning, Director of Real Estate Services, Campus Architect, Campus Engineer, Director of Physical Plant, Capital Planning & Space Management staff, and other UCSC and UCOP staff.
Develop, prepare, administer, and review the contracts and scope of work of consultants of campus plans (including, but not limited to, campus area plans, campus land management plans, and off-campus development plans). When consultants are utilized, prepare and disseminate requests for proposals, oversees the negotiation of contracts, and oversees consultant work.
Develop budgets for planning activities; maintain budget oversight, and develop status reports on budget projections.
Provide for adequate public review of campus plans by preparing for, presenting and participating in public meetings and public hearings, by overseeing the filing and distribution of meeting notices, and by ensuring compliance with any legal requirements pertaining to public review.
Determine and interpret legal and regulatory provisions for planning activities; provides analyses of complex issues and data; and works with campus and/or outside legal counsel on various environmental and land use planning issues.
Prepare, review, and coordinate with campus environmental planners those environmental documents, permits and background technical studies in support of CEQA requirements and environmental implications of campus plans.
Participate in campus planning committees both as staff and committee member; prepare and develop for committee presentation feasibility studies, district plans, master plans, proposals, or area plans that clearly covey planning determinants and outcomes of analysis
Community and Regional Planning
Monitor local planning activities and promote the University’s interests with local and regional agencies, governing bodies, developers, and planning agencies. Direct, coordinate, and review the planning for off-campus development or lease activities in which the campus may participate.
Monitor local and regional planning activities for potential effects on the UCSC campus, including the effects of land use designations and policies, public utility plans and policies, annexations and annexation policies, local and regional transportation plans, etc. Advise the Associate Vice Chancellor- PPDO, Director of Physical & Environmental Planning, and other UCSC administrators of the potential effects of these planning activities.
Work with local agencies to maintain open channels of communication with UCSC. In collaboration with University Relations, develop strategies to build community support for and participation in campus development projects and entitlement processes.
Management and Administration
Participate in the development and implementation of organizational mission, goals, objectives, policies, protocols, and performance measures for Physical & Environmental Planning Services.
Implement quality control objectives for planning documents and other planning work products.
Help train, develop and mentor subordinate staff to maximize effectiveness and utilization of staff resources.
Assists with the development and implementation of customer service and efficiency initiatives required to ensure Physical & Environmental Planning Services operates in a cost-effective, customer-oriented manner.
Support the Strategic Goals of the Business and Administrative Services Division through implementation of Physical & Environmental Planning actions associated with these goals.
May perform any necessary functions in the event of an emergency (i.e., earthquake, fire, flood, etc.,) that can be safety performed.
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