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Senior Campus Planner

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Facilities Management
Harvard Medical School


Position Description
The Planning, Design and Construction Office has an opening for a dedicated, resourceful, and enthusiastic Senior Campus Planner to join a vibrant, newly integrated, and growing team that is responsible for all planning, design, and construction at Harvard Medical School. Under the supervision of the Director for Campus Planning, the incumbent will manage and control all aspects of comprehensive programming and analysis, strategic planning and feasibility studies with an emphasis on capital planning and preconstruction project planning for the school. The Senior Campus Planner identifies and works with end users, school leadership, external consultants, and other members of Campus Planning and Facilities staff to establish project goals and objectives, and plan for the highest and best use of intended facilities that align with the school's mission.

Responsibilities include:
  • Manages complex feasibility, planning and analysis studies for the short and long-term development of the school, including existing use, campus growth, and multi-year capital plan integration.
  • Determines and recommends initiatives in areas of focus and contracts with all necessary firms and specialty consultants required for successful completion of project.
  • Leads strategic project planning and establishes program, scopes of work, preliminary layouts, schedules and target budgets.
  • Responsible for timely execution of HMS's project delivery process.
  • Solicit and oversees the selection process and management of A/E firms, consultants and contractors in a manner that delivers high quality, fiscally responsible solutions that inform planning and future design and construction project phases.
  • Leads project teams, including end user and stakeholder groups, leadership, and HMS department representatives to develop program.
  • Communicates to senior leadership issues affecting delivery of proposed project plans to address risk and maximize opportunities for a successful project.
  • Constantly evaluates program, alternative design and strategies, and construction solutions to deliver the best and highest use of school's physical and financial resources.
  • Mediates solutions for issues and facilitates consensus building amongst stakeholder groups with varying priorities and viewpoints.
  • Identifies budgeting resources for funding approvals, including projections for future projects and their potential gains and losses.
  • Garners project and funding approvals and effectively transitions approved projects to project management staff.
  • Ensures program, goals, and objectives defined in planning are implemented in design and construction phases.
  • Contributes to the development, implementation and management of campus standards and plans for the continuous improvement of the school's physical resources and operations.
  • Work in a cross functional capacity with the project management team, facilities, environmental health and safety, campus services, and others.
  • Anticipates all school and agency approvals necessary to successful execution of a project. This includes local, state, University, and other approvals applicable to the specific project.
  • Completes invoicing and budget reconciliation upon feasibility completion, resolves all outstanding invoices and analyzes project costs for use in future project planning/budget development.
  • Represents Planning, Design and Construction interests as required and leads committee(s) as assigned.
  • Oversees planner staff on projects with overlapping resources.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in Architecture, Planning or relevant field required.
  • Minimum of 8+ years of experience in related area.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects of varying sizes simultaneously.
  • Strong problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Client-service approach to projects.
  • Strong analytical, presentation and communication skills.
  • Knowledge of cost estimation and scheduling.
  • Strong problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Must have the ability to quickly establish and maintain a solid working relationship with a variety of customers and constituents, including senior administration and faculty, as well as technical and operations staff.
  • Works equally well independently and in collaborative environments.
  • Proficient in AutoCAD and/or Revit, Microsoft Office.
  • Experience in basic science research programming and/or design highly preferred.
  • License, certification or master's degree preferred.
  • Proven ability to manage and resolve issues, under a variety of circumstances and urgency, with insight, diplomacy, and sensitivity, as well as coordinate and direct a multi-disciplined team which includes managers and peers independently and effectively.
  • Familiarity with City, State, and Federal codes and ordinances.
  • Knowledge with lab building construction and renovations in both new and aged facilities requiring coordination of utility and or structural impacts to occupied research facilities.
  • Familiarity with architectural, engineering, design, and construction best practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain project budgets and schedules, as well as plan and manage projects to achieve deadlines and objectives.
  • Knowledge of and ability to identify project risks.
  • Familiarity with A/V, MEP, HVAC, FA/FP, lighting, and control systems.
Additional Information
The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.

The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

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Work Format Details
This is a hybrid position that is based in Massachusetts. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed within one of the Harvard Registered Payroll States, which currently includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only). Certain visa types and funding sources may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.

We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:
  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
Job Function

Department Office Location
USA - MA - Boston

Job Code
332059 Construction/Proj Managmnt

Work Format
Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)


Salary Grade

Campus Planning and Facilities

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Time Status

Pre-Employment Screening
Credit, Criminal, Education, Identity

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
We are committed to cultivating an inclusive workplace culture of faculty, staff, and students with diverse backgrounds, styles, abilities, and motivations. We appreciate and leverage the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals. Harvard Medical School Mission and Community Values

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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