Campus Environment Planning and Design Specialist

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime


Facilities Planning Campus Environment

About the Department

Facilities Services supports the mission of the University of Chicago through efforts to maintain and enhance the University campus and environment and provide superior client service to our community including faculty, students, staff, neighbors and visitors.

Job Information


  • Generate preliminary design analysis and solutions for a wide range of landscape and campus environment projects.

  • Assist in the management of small landscape planning and design projects and support large multi-campus environment and institutional planning initiatives.

  • Assist in developing landscape and campus environment design guidelines and in maintaining the exterior wayfinding signage program and other exterior signage requests.

  • Assist in analyzing and maintaining GIS data.  Perform spatial analysis that may include data layer merging and the use of spatial databases.

  • Support master planning and capital planning efforts with spatial and data analysis, zoning concepts and processes.

  • Manage data associated with the University’s planned development ordinances.

  • Support the Department in pre-project and project planning activities including presentation to management levels.

  • Assist in the coordination and synthesis of historic and cultural status, sustainability opportunities, infrastructure, deferred maintenance, program and functional requirements, and other relevant data related to the campus environment.

  • Assist in evaluating the campus environment from a variety of stewardship perspectives.

  • Develop innovative solutions in the planning, design and landscape construction processes of both international projects and on campus projects with international centers and partners.

    Additional Requirements ​​

    Education, Experience or Certification:


    • Experience within a higher education institution master planning required.

    • Master’s degree in landscape architecture and/or urban design.


    • A minimum of two years of international experience in professional landscape, planning, and/or urban design activities required.

    Technical Knowledge or Skills:

    • Zoning concepts and processes

    • Project presentation to management levels of a complex, multi-campus institutional organization

    • Education or experience must include: 2D and 3D modelling

    • AutoCAD

    • Revit

    • Sketch Up

    • Photoshop

    • Illustrator

    • InDesign 

    • ArcGIS

    Working Conditions:

    • Hybrid work available

    Required Documents:

    • Resume

    • Cover Letter

    • List of References

    • Portfolio of representative work

    Background check with review of conviction history required.

    When applying, the document(s) MUST  be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

    Benefit Eligibility


    Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement


    Pay Frequency


    Pay Range

    Will discuss with applicant.

    Scheduled Weekly Hours




    Job is Exempt


    Drug Test Required


    Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


    Health Screen Required


    Posting Date


    Remove from Posting On or Before


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