Sample Job Responsibilities for UGA's Students Completing Courses in
                FACILITIES PLANNING, DESIGN, & SUSTAINABILITY                        FPDS

Facilities Planning   Basic and Advanced Facility Planning Courses for Students Interested in

Facilities Planning, Design, and Sustainability

Facilities Planning, Design,
And Management For Students Interested in:

Health Care Organizations,
Public and Independent Schools,
& Public and Private Agencies


Strategies for Community &
Stakeholder Involvement,
Technical Knowledge,
Excellent HR Skills

Resulting in:

Professionals with the knowledge and ability to estimate population
demand, justify space needs, set goals for specifications, develop concept design, assist with schematic design, plan capital funding, manage facilities, and plan and oversee construction, remodel or renovate facilities, quote construction projects, interface with vendors and contractors, read and understand all types of construction drawings, and effectively use software required in the facilities planning, design, and management profession.
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Educational Planner I & II:
  Immediate positions for two educational planners, levels I and II with a minimum of 5 years of school planning and programming experience, and a professional degree(s)in planning and/or architecture to work in a highly successful, national architectural practice with education projects in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Kansas. We are expanding our educational planning capabilities while growing our school design capabilities. We offer an exciting work environment with major opportunities for professional growth. Great benefits.

Examples of Recent Job Announcements

Job Responsibilities
: This position will plan and oversee construction, remodel, renovation and facilities improvement projects for L-3 xxxx  facilities. Ability to accurately quote construction projects and interface with vendors and contractors. Must be able to read and understand electrical, mechanical and construction drawings. Sets highest ethical standards for self and others. Performs other duties as assigned. Must be able to effectively use Microsoft office products including Excel, Word, Project, and CAD software.

Planner II (Facilities Analyst) xxxx, xxxx, Maryland.—is seeking a Planner II (Facilities Analyst) in the xxxx Division of Long-range Planning. This position is responsible for calculating and analyzing school capacities, developing expertise in the facility requirements of educational programs, and participating in the planning for future enrollment and program needs. The person in this position writes educational specification documents for use in school construction projects, and attends meetings associated with facility improvement projects; including community meetings, architectural design meetings, and meetings with school system staff and leadership. The person in this position evaluates requests for facility modifications and conducts an annual review of space and geographic requirements for special programs and administrative offices. In addition, this position is responsible for evaluating where relocatable classrooms will be needed in the future to address over utilization of schools. Minimum qualifications for the position include a Bachelor’s degree with coursework in planning, research methods, and data analysis. Ability to use computers in planning work and to clearly present information orally, graphically, and in writing required. Excellent human relations skills required. Experience with educational facility planning, design, and construction is highly desirable. Other combinations of applicable education, training, and experience, that provide the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position, will be considered. Salary range for the position is $62,000 to $87,000, including an excellent benefits package.

Space Planner:
Under direction of the manager, the senior space planner is responsible for project management of all assigned projects. This includes schematic planning and design, furniture and finishes specifications, and coordinating moves. Will support needs of internal customer groups such as furniture requests, reconfigurations, and departmental moves. Knowledge requirements (education & experience): 4-6 years of professional experience in the areas of facilities planning, interior design, construction, or move management.  Degree in Architecture, Interior Design, or Facilities Management preferred. Skill requirements (include complexity of position): Excellent communication skills required, both written and verbal.  A-Cad and or facility management software expertise preferred. Ability to read and create plans and elevations required.  Ability to work independently on several projects at once, prioritize tasks and proactively solve problems needed.  Experience in Project Management skills including creating schedules, managing vendors, and knowledge of construction and facilities processes.

The Director of Facilities and Grounds is directly responsible for maintaining District buildings and grounds to ensure full and productive use of district facilities. In addition, the director will oversee the planning and work related to construction and maintenance projects. The director will serve in a leadership capacity in matters related such as building usage and boundaries. To accomplish these tasks, the Director of Facilities and Grounds must work closely with the Board of Education, administration, and staff.

Building Management Specialist:
The State of Alaska Department of Education and Early Development is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Building Management Specialist. This position is responsible for the implementation and updating of the preventive maintenance program for school facilities in the State of Alaska. The individual selected for the position will also provide compliance assistance to districts through training, feedback and technical support. Knowledge and experience in facility design, construction, operations and/or maintenance is essential. The position includes a significant amount of in-office work including assistance with the department's school construction and major maintenance prioritization process, and management of school construction and major maintenance grant and/or debt reimbursement projects. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to visit all of the school districts in Alaska on a rotating basis to assess preventive maintenance programs of school districts. Special Notice: *NOTE* ** *NOTE* *NOTE* *NOTE* This position requires a significant amount of travel within the State of Alaska to remote locations with limited services for short periods of time. Travel on small aircraft, boat, ATV, and/or snow machines likely. Accommodations may include use of sleeping bag on a cot or floor in schools or school district facilities in some rural communities. The position also requires good written and verbal communications skills, and the ability to utilize a computer to prepare and analyze district maintenance data, and prepare written reports. For information and instructions on applying, please visit Workplace Alaska on the State of Alaska web page.

Planning Work, Recreation
& School Environments

During the program of study, students complete a practicum by working 
closely with a company or organization in their selected field of study.  In addition to technical knowledge including computer operations, CAD, and project management software, the candidate is expected  to acquire information allowing them to plan and serve high quality people-friendly facilities.

In the proposed FPDM program, the study of Facilities Management is a significant part of a student's educational program, including one formal course and practicum!

  One objective of the proposed program is to teach students how lead and inform stakeholders
and owners about  appropriate goals for concept design -  goals that ensure high quality people-friendly facilities.

In General, all planning activities should be led by qualified planners.

For Education:  Qualified planners are educators who
have been trained in educational facility planning! 

For Health Care, Business, and Recreation:  Qualified
planners are people that have been trained in facility planning , design, and management with knowledge of the organization for which the planning is accomplished! 

This program proposes to train health care, business and industry leaders, recreation personnel, and educators in the proper process for planning , designing, and managing a facility in each respective field.

As the University Planner, you will analyze, develop and coordinate the campus master plans to maximize the efficient use of the campuses in a way that advances the institutional mission. This position ensures that any new development plans conform to the Campus Master Development Plan. The University Planner engages in all aspects of campus urban design, including project and precinct planning, landscape and open space planning, transportation, utility and telecommunication planning. The University Planner will play a critical role in managing community input as well as researching and conducting studies, analyzing data and making recommendations that are able to be implemented. The candidate selected for this position will have a wide range of responsibility throughout the University including recommending and participating in the development of University policies and procedures and may serve on University planning and policy-making committees.

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