Director of Campus Planning and Design California College of the Arts
The Director of Campus Planning & Design is an experienced, enthusiastic, collaborative professional to lead it's campus planning efforts. Reporting to the VP of Campus Planning, the Director for Campus Planning and Design guides the development of long and short-term goals and innovative design approaches to ensure that college facilities support CCA's educational mission and community.
This position works closely with VP of Campus Planning, college leadership, and project stakeholders to establish multi-year plans and budgets for CCA campus buildings, landscape and future capital projects. They oversee and lead the integration of sustainable design, imbuing a respect for the environment and conservation of resources into every project the College undertakes. The Director of Campus Planning & Design develops and maintains CCA's design standards for architecture and landscape, and serves as CCA's primary liaison with architects, builders, contractors, consultants and other third parties related to building projects,.
The Director of Campus Planning & Design takes capital projects from feasibility assessment through design; researches and communicates best practices; supports real estate activities; and maintains campus planning document inventory and archives. With oversight of campus-wide planning activities, this position establishes project definitions, and identifies feasibility and risk mitigation plans. The position defines appropriate teams for each project, and drives plans and decisions at the right level within CCA to maintain adherence to schedules and budgets.
Essential Job Function(s) Campus Planning 25% of time Responsibilities
Advance campus facility and infrastructure planning for short, medium & long-range scenarios;
Support the development of strategically integrated long-term capital plans consistent with College funding priorities through a collaborative approach with the VP Campus Planning, CFO and other key College Leaders.
Support project definition and project feasibility, collaboratively working with project teams, consultants and state agencies as required.
Direct projects from design and contract documents preparation, construction and occupancy; maintaining continual and timely communication with the design team, stakeholder user groups, senior leadership; planning, leading, organizing and implementing project-related work for high quality construction projects; facilitating design approvals with senior administration.
Develop project estimates, budgets, and schedules. Act as representative to consultants and contractors in developing projects within CCA's financial capacity as coordinated with VP Campus Planning and the CFO.
Identify important connections between the projects and mobilize cross-unit teams to study and make decisions as needed to move projects forward.
Ensure that CCA projects are in compliance with all applicable guidelines, standards, policies, and procedures for procurement, contract development and management, and building codes, as well as, campus sustainability goals and objectives.
Provide key support to VP Campus Planning and CFO in real estate strategies, and development activities.
Represent college on entitlement and permitting efforts; proactive outreach to community groups and governmental agencies.
Campus Design 25% of time Responsibilities
As campus design lead, work closely with VP Campus Planning, AVP Operations and stakeholders to develop space commissioning plans aimed at ensuring essential project performance goals are met
Assess project quality and functionality via user feedback, data, and observation to ensure space is performing to acceptable standards, balancing aesthetics and functionality
Communicate performance results to planning and leadership teams
Track deficiencies, fine tune, and recommend space/function changes and corrective actions; oversee the planning and implementation of corrective measures to space/function
Consultant Coordination 15% of time Responsibilities
Partner with the VP Campus Planning and AVP-Operations in the selection of Architects and Engineers for capital projects.
Prepare RFPs and RFQs, coordinating efforts of a variety of consulting teams, participating in designer and contractor selection, and initial project definition.
Oversee and coordinate vendors and consultants on various campus planning projects; providing direction, support and implementation of ongoing projects.
Act as representative to consultants and contractors in developing projects within CCA's financial capacity as coordinated with the CFO.
Campus Design Standards 10% of time Responsibilities
Develop and implement CCA's design goals, standards, and guidelines for campus planning, architecture, and landscape.
Develop ongoing best practices, processes and benchmarking including sustainability and energy conservation.
Support space planning and provide design guidance for the college community.
In coordination with the AVP-Operations, establish a kit-of-parts for use and reuse of FF&E across the campus facilities.
Stakeholder Engagement 20% of time Responsibilities
Serve on, or support various college committees in relation to campus planning
Support the Board of Trustees Facilities Committee
Work with Auxiliary Services to manage campus transportation planning, including making recommendations on the campus transportation plan.
Liaise with the city of San Francisco and neighborhood accordingly with respect to planning of infrastructure projects.
Work closely with CCA stakeholders and academic leaders to determine appropriate vision and goals to support programmatic priorities.
Coordinate staff, faculty, and student groups as appropriate to provide input into campus plans and roadmaps.
Non-Essential Job Function(s) 5% of time Responsibilities
Performs additional duties as required.
Bachelor's degree in Planning, Architecture or Engineering, Urban Design or equivalent
5-7+ years of proven success in facilities design, construction, renovation, development, urban design, landscape architecture, architecture, and project management experience or similar combination of education and experience
Experience in planning and zoning issues preferred
Experience in higher education or comparable environment preferred
Experience in either institutional or campus planning (long and short range), capital programs, space management, land use and/or transportation services preferred
Experience in interiors, furnishings, consultant selection and managing team projects preferred.
Must have a passion for directing the creation of diverse academic and fabrication environments, specifically within an arts college.
Strong project management, oral and written communication skills a must.
Must demonstrate technical leadership and direction of campus planning, project planning and coordination of the project development process, as well as effective teamwork and advisory work with internal and external stakeholders.
Demonstrated ability to garner support for complex planning projects across internal and external stakeholders, including regulatory bodies, community groups and internal stakeholders.
Comfort level and demonstrated ability to undertake effective non-physical policy and financial analysis, scenario development, and planning approaches for the wide range of systems typical in campus environments
Demonstrated experience implementing and reaching sustainability goals and managing planning and construction budgets
Highly refined communication skills, working with academic teams, senior executive decision- makers, and members of the public
Must be detail oriented, analytical and computer literate
Proven record of providing excellent internal and external customer service
Strong interpersonal skills and problem solving ability
Knowledge of standard business and accounting practices
Facile with technology and the digital tools of the trade
Demonstrates alignment with college's values and mission
Bachelor's degree in Planning, Architecture or Engineering, Urban Design or equivalent, preferred
Experience in Higher Education or comparable environment a plus but not required
Location San Francisco
Application Instructions Applicants are required to attach a cover letter and resume. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Recommended document file formats are Word or PDF. If there are multiple attachments, we recommend compressing/zipping your files into a zip format file. There is also a place in the application for you to provide a link to large documents. Please submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions.
Application Deadline For staff positions, screening begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.
EEO Statement As an educational and cultural institution, California College of the Arts has a responsibility to provide access and opportunities for all people, with special attention to supporting groups historically underrepresented in higher education.
We believe that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence, and our student, faculty, staff, and trustee bodies should reflect the diverse world in which we live, with attention to race, ethnicity, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and ability.
California College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.
Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is an independent art college with 21 undergraduate programs in architecture, design, fine arts, visual studies, and writing. The college also has graduate programs in architecture, comics, curatorial practice, design, design strategy, film, fine arts, visual and critical studies, and writing. Through these programs, the college has created a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment. Diverse cultural perspectives enrich the CCA community and the college believes that continuing to expand the horizons of the students and faculty is essential to achieving its educational objectives. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students.