Chief of Planning and Design (531229)

  • California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office
  • Long Beach, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Administration and Management Planning and Development

Job Description


Chancellor's Office Statement

Join our team at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor, and make a difference in providing access to higher education. We are currently seeking experienced candidates for the position of Chief of Planning and Design. The CSU Chancellor's Office, located on the waterfront adjacent to the Aquarium of the Pacific in downtown Long Beach, is the headquarters for the nation's largest and most diverse system of higher education. The CSU Chancellor's Office offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding vacation, health, and dental plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 15 paid holidays a year.


The anticipated salary hiring range is up to $17,500 per month, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The salary range for this classification is $6,250 to $20,063 per month.


Administrator III

Position Information

The California State University, Office of the Chancellor, is seeking a Chief of Planning and Design to direct the development and implementation of the systemwide capital outlay program through the leadership and management of the Planning and Design unit staff. The Chief is also responsible for oversight of the CSU Building Official, providing support to universities in matters related to code compliance and interpretation. Responsibility also includes supporting the universities in their compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Chief maintains current knowledge and understanding of national and statewide regulations, proposed legislation and other relevant issues affecting campus planning and development.


Under the general direction of the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Capital Planning, Design and Construction, the Chief of Planning and Design will:

-Supervise the Planning and Design unit staff, establish unit performance goals and priorities and coordinate the quality, quantity and scheduling of their work.

-Oversee design and code compliance for the system, including supervision of the CSU Building Official; participate as needed to resolve design disputes and resolution.

-Provide leadership in the area of CEQA compliance through supervision of the Director of Land Use Planning in their support of universities.

-Advise the Assistant Vice Chancellor (AVC) of Capital Planning, Design and Construction on the progress of all work and consult with the AVC on future planning, architecture, building and environmental policies. Recommend new procedures for the basis of the Capital Outlay Program and assist the AVC in developing the systemwide priority list based on the categories and criteria adopted by the board. Analyze capital programs and procedures, perform detailed studies, prepare reports and make recommendations to the AVC.

-Review and recommend projects proposed for the Capital Outlay Program (COP) based on the analysis provided by unit staff, oversee project scope, schedule and budget for the action year capital outlay projects and five-year facilities renewal plan, and supervise annual production of the COP book and five-year plan.

-Coordinate with Academic Program Planning to review systemwide academic program changes that may affect capital programs. Oversee campus master plan revisions for consistency with Academic Master Plans and multiyear capacity projections.

-Supervise capital outlay planning in coordination with the CO divisions of Academic and Student Affairs and Financing and Treasury and oversees completion of due diligence requirements for taxable and tax-exempt bond funded facilities funded under CSU financing authority, including but not limited to cashflows and private use forms

-Respond to questions and develop justifications for campus projects reviewed by the LAO and the DOF during the annual budget deliberations and campus scope visits. Coordinate the preparation and submittal of COBCPs and Quarterly Status Reports for active projects.

-Overall responsibility for the activities of the Seismic Review Board related to establishing policy, periodic reporting and analysis and plan review.

-Inform the CSU Seismic Review Board and the Mechanical Review Board on the status of priority projects in the Capital Outlay Program approved for financing by the board.

-Attend schematic reviews on all major capital outlay projects.

-Review and critique Board of Trustees’ agenda items developed by Planning and Design unit staff, includes items, power points, backup documents and other presentation materials; coordinate unified submittal of items to the Assistant Vice Chancellor.

-Develop recommendations for revisions of space utilization standards, cost guides and indexes, including new policies or procedures affecting capital outlay needs systemwide.

-Review campuses’ proposed space changes for the Space and Facilities Database. Perform analyses of campus capacities, space utilization, course section reports and other relevant documents as required.

-Develop capital training programs related to university architecture, CEQA, planning and development and participate in professional conferences and organizations.

-Work with campus Executive Facilities Officers to ensure the campus’ physical development process is timely, responsive and falls within the framework of established Board of Trustees’ policies and requirements and state agencies and legislative mandates.

-Analyze proposed legislation that may impact the CSU’s capital planning programming, enrollment, and funding. Prepare new legislation as needed to improve or streamline CSU capital outlay programming.

-Coordinate closely with other unit Chiefs and executive leadership to ensure that the Planning and Design unit’s goals and objectives align with other unit goals and the mission of CPDC in general.


This position requires:

-Bachelor's degree in architecture, engineering, business, city planning, public administration or a closely related field or equivalent combination of education and experience. Advanced degree and state licensure in architecture or engineering strongly preferred. State certification as a Certified Access Specialist (CASp) a plus.

-Six to ten years capital planning experience demonstrating the application of the methods, practices and procedures of facilities planning, design, construction and fiscal management, environmental review and budgetary control techniques.

-Ability to assist campuses in a collegial manner to meet systemwide goals for facilities renewal, deferred maintenance backlog, critical infrastructure and academic program and capacity needs for academic and self-support projects.

-Demonstrated leadership and supervisory skills in a professional setting.

-Ability to analyze and review capital outlay requests for academic enhancements as well as physical plant capacity and renewal.

-Excellent communication skills, verbal and written; ability to edit and proof staff work.

-Excellent skills in developing and maintaining effective and collegial working relationships.

-Experience in hiring, retaining, leading and managing technical and administrative staff.

-Current computer knowledge and skills with the Microsoft Office Suite.

-Demonstrate detail-focused and accurate work.

-Excellent time-management skills.

-Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet established deadlines.

Application Period

Priority consideration will be given to candidates who apply by September 4, 2023. Applications will be accepted until the job posting is removed.

How To Apply

Please click "Apply Now" to complete the California State University, Chancellor's Office online employment application.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager at (562) 951-4070.

Title IX

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This position requires new hire employment verification to be processed through the E-Verify program administered by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHSUSCIS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

If hired, you will be required to furnish proof that you are legally authorized to work in the United States. The CSU Chancellor’s Office is not a sponsoring agency for staff and Management positions (i.e., H1-B VISAS).

COVID19 Vaccination Policy

Per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy , it is strongly recommended that all Chancellor’s Office employees who are accessing office and campus facilities follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications.

Mandated Reporter Per CANRA

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Conflict of Interest

The duties of this position will include participation in decisions that may have a material financial benefit to the incumbent. Therefore, the selected candidate will be required to file Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest when they first occupy the position, and on an annual basis, complete ethics training within 6 months of appointment, and attend this training every other year thereafter.

CSU Out of State Employment Policy

California State University, Office of the Chancellor, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees upon date of hire to reside in the State of California. As of January 1, 2022, the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.


The Chancellor's Office policy requires that the selected candidate successfully complete a full background check (including a criminal records check) prior to assuming this position.
Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

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