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Boston College Introduction

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,150 full-time undergraduates and 4,420 graduate and professional students. Ranked 31 among national universities, Boston College has 758 full-time and 1,096 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $956 million, and an endowment in excess of $2.2 billion.

Job Description

The Director of Space Planning is one of the key leaders in the Division of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment (IRPA) and serves as a critical leader in the implementation and progression of the University master plan. 


Reporting to the Executive Director of Strategic Services, the Director is responsible for overseeing the planning and operations related the management and allocation of all space at Boston College, both current and future, and the use of space in the most strategic way to advance the University mission.  The Director will interact with leaders at all levels of the institution, determining the best approaches to serve both the needs of the various organizations on campus while managing a scarce university resource.  This involves meeting regularly with senior leaders to discuss University short term and long term strategies for space solutions including the allocation of space in new or renovated buildings and developing scenarios and space program solutions for these leaders to address University-wide needs.  It also involves working with Deans and managers across multiple academic and administrative departments to assess local space needs throughout the University in light of the strategic plans and growth needs for their areas. 


The Director works closely and in partnership with the Division of Facilities Management Services to coordinate projects seamlessly with university clients.  This involves creating, coordinating and monitoring space programs for complex capital projects and space and facilities project requests.  The Director also manages the request and prioritization of all renovation projects with senior leaders, preparing these requests for the annual capital budget process, and works closely with senior leaders to align their space priorities with their overall strategic plans. 


As part of the IRPA leadership team, the Director will advance the role of the IRPA organization as it strives to provide integrated services that leverage space, data, decision support and internal consulting.  The Director is also responsible for leading a team of three professionals, including an Assistant Director, a Project Planner/Manager and a Space Planning Specialist. 


  • Relevant BA/BS degree in Interior Design or Space Planning.
  • Seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in higher education settings in the field of space management or space planning. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast paced, team based, deadline oriented environment; the ability to effectively manage complex tasks and prioritize multiple projects and competing priorities.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills; strong analytical and problem-solving skills; high quality standards and attention to detail.
  • Outstanding written and interpersonal communication skills:  ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; the demonstrated ability to produce significant reports/documents; and strong presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Strong technical competencies and interest in exploring new technologies:  space programming, space planning and project management experience. Demonstrated proficiency utilizing computer applications, including AUTOCAD, Archibus, Excel, Microsoft word, and Database Software. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a team-member, both inside department and with overlapping or related departments as well as outside Architects/Contractors.
  • Ability to interact and deal effectively with diverse groups of people at all levels of the organization.  Experience working with senior executives is essential.
  • Excellent leadership and supervisory skills; ability to guide, manage and motivate staff.  

Closing Statement

Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process.

Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at