Campus Planner – Northeastern Universtiy

Position Type: Staff

Location: Boston Main Campus 

About the Opportunity

Job Summary:
The Campus Planner will join the University as it continues a more-than- decade-long trajectory of unprecedented growth in student enrollment, faculty, staff, and physical space along with tremendous advances in academic and research rankings. The mission of PREF is to shape and care for Northeastern University’s physical environment in support of learning and discovery. It is in this context that the Planner, reporting to the Associate Vice President for Campus Planning and Design, will be responsible for managing space and campus planning studies in Boston and select global locations.

The Planner will use their skillset to manage planning studies, develop space program options and approaches to solve specific space needs and goals of the University.  Utilizing their background in architecture, space or urban planning and design thinking, the Planner will evolve program needs into practical short- and long-term options, develop graphics to visualize these options and approaches, and assemble graphically clear presentation and communication materials to provide decision support for senior university leadership.

The Campus Planner will ensure that the program and design decisions reflect the experiential components of successful projects at Northeastern, the input of critical members of the university community, and the innovation and flexibility that Northeastern has come to demand in the creation of new spaces.

Successful candidate will be expected to be adept in understanding space planning, campus and urban design, the local permitting processes, community engagement, transportation and economic issues, and the housing market in Boston.


Work requires a completion of Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Urban Planning or a closely related field with 4 years of experience in space design or planning. Master’s Degree in Architecture, Planning, Urban Design or a related field is preferred with a minimum of 2 years of experience.

Prior experience working in urban planning with a municipality or higher education campus planning is preferred. Work requires the ability to solve space and site planning issues, to understand urban planning context, to communicate clearly in written, verbal, and graphic form, and to collaborate effectively as part of a team.

Working at a range of planning scales from campus-wide approaches to capital renewal, to smaller project level planning, being able to easily pivot between each is critical.  Strong project management skills as well as the ability to apply creative planning approaches and design thinking in a fast-paced environment to support multiple planning activities concurrently is essential.

Knowledge of databases in Excel is a requirement of this position. In addition, proficient use of AutoCAD, Geographic Information Systems, Adobe Creative Suite, PowerPoint and other tools to design and assemble graphically compelling presentations is highly desirable.

Position Type: Facilities

Additional Information

Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.

Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit for more information.  

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

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