Senior Campus Planner (MT0840, LOG3C, GR06)

Job Category: 
Term positions for Management and Professionals


Position Summary:

The Senior Campus Planner reports to the Director, Development Projects of Campus Planning and Development Office. The incumbent will lead project planning initiatives and develop recommendations relating to feasibility, options and conceptual design development. The incumbent will liaise with external and internal stakeholders and multiple complex groups in order to communicate, resolves issues, and negotiate consensus. The incumbent is responsible for leading planning efforts and representing programmatic needs as well as providing planning consultation to a broad diversity of stakeholders both internal and external to the University. The incumbent acts as a critical resource for executive-level decision-making about campus master planning, site planning and project planning initiatives. The incumbent operates as a system-wide consultant for multiple units and University entities seeking campus planning and project development for a diverse and complex set of initiatives and programs. The incumbent provides leadership to peer professional and academic staff.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide senior professional expertise on University real estate matters, to include property acquisition, property disposal and space rentals. Actively involved in the development of long-range facility plans for all academic and administrative departments which includes developing and overseeing feasibility studies, master plans, reports and presentations to assist in the strategic long-range planning and facility development required.
  • Plan and control initiatives by identifying needs including space programming.
  • Analyze and prioritize in support to the strategic plan to the University and the University Master Plan.
  • Develop a program of requirements for specific initiatives and assist in the project initiation from a planning perspective. Responsible in achieving tasks by respecting detailed calendars and budgets.
  • Manage the University’s internal and external space leasing.
  • Communicates and makes presentations to Senior Management in terms of space allocation and report findings as well as negotiates with University departments on matters of space allocation, exchange or relocation.
  • Negotiates with clients, being faculties and departments and other administrative units as well as external agencies on confirming feasibility parameters of projects and outlines program’s needs.
  • Liaises with external clients particularly with the provincial and municipal Governments to ensure projects comply with regulations.
  • Prepares all reports detailing the processes and recommendations for the projects.
  • Prepares and negotiates submissions to external agencies.
  • Establishes and develops partnership with other institutions and external agencies and represents the University in official meetings.
  • Consults with internal and external stakeholders and reviews proposed changes associated with landscape, circulation, land use, wayfinding and infrastructure.
  • Develops, leads and presents of site plans and business cases, including facility sitting, orientation, height and massing and circulation studies, for approval from Senior Management.
  • Leads project planning initiatives to improve quality of the campus environment.
  • Evaluates development proposals for consistency with the University Master Plan. Leads site selection and land use analysis for Master Planning efforts for all campuses.
  • Authors and presents planning documents, reports, presentations and studies.
  • Liaise external parties or jurisdictions when plans are intertwined, coordinates review and interaction with these entities for issues that have wide significance.
  • Performs research and collects data from multiple sources to address planning needs. Synthesizes multiple sources of information and analysis and consistently reports in multiple formats (verbal, written) to multiple audiences and levels internal and external to the University in the decision-making process.
  • Ensures quality graphic production capacity, including overseeing others’ work, using software (Adobe Design Suite, Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign) to achieve and maintain consistent graphic standards in all planning material.

Education and Experience:

Undergraduate degree

Five (5) years' related experience

Other Qualifying Skills and Abilities:

Undergraduate degree in relevant domain is preferred. Demonstrated experience in all phases of development project planning and proven ability to manage architects and engineers in the planning phase. Experience managing initiatives in higher education setting is an asset. Academic planning and scenario development experience. Extensive knowledge of and experience in macro project financial analysis and interpretation. Professional certification as architect and/or urbanist is required. Graduate degree in relevant domain is preferred . Strong analytical background and project development skills. Ability to manage multiple development initiatives and prioritize appropriately. Ability to work in a PC environment and advanced level of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Exceptional communication skills with internal stakeholders at all levels of the organization, as well with external stakeholders and authorities. Experience in higher education in a related field, an asset. Strong written and excellent spoken communication skills in English and French.

How to Apply:

Please submit your cover letter and curriculum vitae, clearly indicating the reference number, to Facilities Management and Ancillary Services:


McGill University, Facilities Management and Ancillary Services (HR), Area Personnel Office

1010 Sherbrooke Street West, 10th floor

Montreal, Quebec

H3A 2R7


(514) 398-5191

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The deadline to apply for this position is January 30, 2020 at 5:00 PM.

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Facilities Management and Ancillary Services
Campus Planning and Development Office (CPDO)
Salary Range: 
(Grade 06) $59,900 - $79,900 (midpoint) - $103,900
Three (3) years
Reporting to: 
Director, Development Projects
Reference no.: