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Space Planner (18340)

Date: Sep 19, 2022

Location: Washington DC, DC, US, 20016

Company: American University

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About the Department/Unit

The success of the Office of Space Planning and Management (OSPM) is powered by our unwavering dedication to the stewardship of one of American University's most important resources.  Our knowledgeable, talented, and customer service-oriented staff interact with a broad variety of stakeholders and are accountable for providing key data-driven insights and planning opportunities that contribute to an efficient and effective institutional use of space.  Our collaborative and inclusive team culture makes OSPM a rewarding and fulfilling place to work.  Success, creativity, and resourcefulness are celebrated here and are core to who we are in OSPM.


The Space Planner will support the advancement of the university’s campus plan and its goals of improving space utilization effectiveness and efficiency.  As a member of the Office of Space Planning and Management (OSPM), and reporting to the Director of Planning and Project Development, this position will develop planning solutions that address program needs that support and advance the university’s campus plan, mission, and short-term and long-term development.  The incumbent will develop program options that address space needs, translate these options into conceptual project plans, develop graphical information to visually communicate these plans, and distill effective presentation and communication materials that support a broad range of decision making across the American University (AU) community.  This position will also build and maintain peer relationships over time with all key representatives involved in the space planning process, based on professional camaraderie and mutual respect.

Essential Functions

  1. Space Planning: Manage space request process and serve as primary point of contact for all space usage requests. Manage and conduct studies and analysis associated with physical planning efforts and as required to support larger scale capital and smaller scale non-capital project initiatives.
  2. Other: Manage and/or support special OSPM projects as assigned. Perform other duties as assigned.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Full Time
  • Project Leader/Advisor A
  • Exempt

Salary Range

  • Commensurate with experience.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Planning, Interior Design, or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in architectural, planning, design, or other related fields.
  • Experience creating physical space planning options and floor plans.
  • Experience in campus master planning or space planning on a campus-wide level.
  • Experience using AutoCAD and other graphic software programs.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in Architecture, Planning, Interior Design, or related field.
  • Experience working in a higher-education setting.
  • Experience in space planning and/or campus planning for an institution of similar size and complexity.
  • Experience participating in or managing Master Planning initiatives.
  • Experience with a variety of software packages routinely used in written and graphic communication, including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe, Photoshop, InDesign and Bluebeam. Experience in the use of spreadsheets, presentation programs, and databases.
  • Experience with principles, methods, and best practices of space planning and management.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications


  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their families, several leadership development certificates, and has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly worksite. Click here to learn about American University's unique benefit options.


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