Brown University seeks Facilities Planner

Location: Providence, RI

Department: Facilities Management

About This Organization:

Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and the School of Professional Studies.

With its talented and motivated student body and accomplished faculty, Brown is a leading research university that maintains a particular commitment to exceptional undergraduate instruction.

Brown’s vibrant, diverse community consists of about 6,200 undergraduates, 2,000 graduate students, 490 medical school students, more than 5,000 summer, visiting, and online students, and over 700 faculty members. Brown students come from all 50 states and more than 115 countries.

Undergraduates pursue bachelor’s degrees in more than 70 concentrations, ranging from Egyptology to cognitive neuroscience. Anything’s possible at Brown—the university’s commitment to undergraduate freedom means students must take responsibility as architects of their courses of study.

Brown University has 51 doctoral programs and 28 master’s programs. The broad scope of options vary from interdisciplinary opportunities in molecular pharmacology and physiology to a master’s program in acting and directing through the Brown/Trinity Repertory Consortium.

Additional programs include the Undergraduate Summer Session and Pre-College Programs for high school students — on campus, online, and abroad.

Brown is frequently recognized for its global reach, many cultural events, numerous campus groups and activities, active community service programs, highly competitive athletics, and beautiful facilities located in a richly historic urban setting.


Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Engineering, Project Management or a related field. Minimum five (5) years’ experience in facilities planning/architectural profession with significant experience in science facilities; additional experience in project management preferred. Experience in a University setting or a similarly large and diverse organization is preferred. Must possess an understanding of laboratory design protocols and regulations (i.e. regulations and guidelines from the NIH, AAALAC, etc.) Significant experience developing project programs and cost estimates. Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple projects and priorities. Working knowledge of technical building systems, (e.g. envelope, structural, mechanical) and codes. Proven experience with MS Office. Experience with AutoCAD and other graphic software is preferred. Exceptional written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills and experience with diverse range and all levels of staff. Demonstrated commitment and responsiveness to internal customer needs. Proven ability to handle and resolve issues with insight and diplomacy.


  • Provides both long and short-term campus development studies, project feasibility studies, space programming, utilization analyses and facility assessments. Responsible for the development of scopes of work, budget estimates, and project schedules for proposed University building projects, with an emphasis on laboratory and scientific research spaces and infrastructure.
  • Manage, organize, and develop programming, planning and feasibility studies working with end users, Provost’s office, external consultants, and other members of the Facilities Management staff to establish the goals and objectives of the intended facilities projects. With regard to laboratory and scientific research spaces, responsible for the planning of complex laboratory environments (including building infrastructure), translating clients’ needs into functional and achievable research spaces. Independently collect data, analyze and direct the establishment of project goals and objectives, and organize and communicate them to assist others involved in the design and construction process. Evaluate specific customer requests for and make recommendations regarding specialized casework, equipment, and systems for individual laboratory environments.
  • Develop and document scopes of work, preliminary layouts, schedules, and project cost estimates for administrative approval. Effectively transition approved projects to assigned project management staff.
  • Provide evaluations and recommendations on space development alternatives.
  • Organize and maintain plans for focused programs for continually improving the University’s facilities.

Academy Type: Facilities

Contact and Other Information for this Job:

Brown University has retained Helbling & Associates, Inc. to assist with this search.

Please contact:

Mr. Jim Lord, Managing Director, (724) 935-7500 ext. 109