Physical & Community Planning’s overarching mission is to prepare and advance campus land use plans so that the environmental quality, aesthetic value, functional effectiveness, and unique setting of the university is maintained. Charged to oversee the development and implementation of land use plans, planners provide a wide range of analyses and administrative services pertaining to environmental, urban and open space planning and design during a period of unprecedented campus growth and transformation.
Planning plays a significant role in pre-planning efforts to support various customers across campus. Campus Planners participate collaboratively on teams geared to advance major development projects through interactions with ad hoc building advisory committees and standing planning groups. They are responsible for maintaining an effective liaison between the UC San Diego Campus and the San Diego community regarding the campus’ physical development.
Planning is also responsible for environmental impact reviews/compliance in accordance with the guidelines established by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), for a wide range of innovative and challenging projects unique to the academic, research and public-service mission of a major public institution of higher education.
Under the general direction of the Assistant Director Environmental Planning, the Senior Environmental Planner provides professional environmental planning services and management for a wide variety of projects relating to the physical development of the academic campus or health system enterprise, ensuring compliance with CEQA and other governmental and permit requirements related to environmental quality.
Since the University of California is its own lead agency under CEQA, the Senior Environmental Planner manages consultant work and contracts for a full range of project related services from pre-design through construction and mitigation monitoring. Specifically the Senior Environmental Planner works proactively as part of a larger project development team consisting of UC Office of the President/UC San Diego staff, legal counsel, and outside consulting architects, engineers, planners and other development professionals: attends meetings; provides early environmental scoping input; develops environmental studies to support project decision making; makes presentations; and provides guidance and advice to decision makers regarding environmental scheduling, budget and planning issues germane to projects.
Manages and directs consultants in the preparation of environmental compliance documents, technical studies and regulatory permits. Manages contracts and schedules for this work. Develops and enforces appropriate mitigation monitoring programs for campus projects.
The position supports the Assistant Director Environmental Planning, specifically in the development of two comprehensive Long Range Development Plan Environmental Impact Reports (La Jolla and Hillcrest), which will chart the course for campus development through 2035, and develop the tiering framework upon which all future projects will rely.
Undergraduate degree in Environmental Science/Studies, Urban Planning, Geography or related field, and progressively responsible professional environmental planning experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.
Thorough knowledge of environmental planning/principles and legal statutes/guidelines associated with CEQA, with progressively responsible experience preparing and managing environmental analyses for CEQA documents.
Strong project management skills, including ability to take and give direction, stay organized, and manage time efficiently.
Strong knowledge of and ability to manage budgets for consulting services and complex projects.
Ability to exercise tact, diplomacy, and flexibility to work with administrators, faculty, staff, students, contractors, governmental representatives, consultants, legal counsel and the general public.
Ability to understand and interpret a variety of land use plans, master plans, open space plans, schematic design drawings, and working drawings.
Ability to identify possible limitations to development due to environmental constraints. Strong analytical skills including attention to detail.
Skilled at synthesizing and summarizing a variety of written material. Ability to determine and locate sources of information.
Ability to define problems and determine solutions and to implement changes and to improve systems.
Ability to identify data sources, determine appropriate methods of data collections, analysis, interpretation, and reporting and extrapolate data based on conclusions and recommendations.
Ability to assess consultant’s performance and commitment to overseeing production of high quality work within established budgets and schedules.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite applications.
~ DOJ/FBI background and DMV checks and clearances required prior to hire.
~ Must possess and maintain valid California Driver License.