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:: Planning and Design Manager ::

Planning, Engineering and Real Estate

Position Code:
30023813 - Planning and Design Manager

Work Hours:
1.0, 52 wks

Application Deadline:

Position Description:


Under general supervision, generates inquisitive, creative, actionable data-driven solutions to align district facilities resources with existing and anticipated instructional, operational, financial and political opportunities and limitations; assures that projects meet state and Federal regulations and District standards.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS -- Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills.  This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Conduct facility feasibility studies, including statement of project intent and resulting scope, project budget and schedule assumptions and forecasts.  Develop unit goals and methods for their achievement. 
  • Update project information to reflect any changes as needed; communicate changes to appropriate staff.
  • Identify and coordinate the current and future facilities needs with academic and operational needs.  Conduct space utilization studies and recommend solutions to space utilization issues that may arise.
  • Review and update district facility guidelines as needed.
  • Identify and acquire data as necessary for facility decision support.
  • Develop recommendations to resolve gaps between desired and existing facilities.
  • Maintain relevant project and/or program information for optimal district access.
  • Works independently, and makes appropriate decisions based on experience; performs work within scope of authority, training, specialized skills and expertise; duties will vary according to job assignment.
  • An employee in this class may supervise and/or coordinate the work of contractors.
  • Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with students, clients, visitors, and MPS staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment 
  • Enthusiastically promotes the Superintendent’s goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures.
  • Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, records and MPS information.
  • Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis
  • At times may be required to work outside normal business hours and work extended hours to accomplish requirements of the position. 


Education, Training and Experience Guidelines

Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Urban Planning or related field; AND four (4) years of directly related experience OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources. 

Knowledge of:
  • Methods and practices for project planning, designs, technical plans, specifications, estimates, and reports for construction and maintenance projects.
  • Federal, state and local codes and regulations governing engineering and building construction.
  • Principles and practices of government project management, records management, and methods of evaluating construction contract compliance.
  • Principles and practices of public sector administrative management, including cost accounting, budgeting, purchasing, contract management, customer service and employee supervision.
  • Principles of school design.
  • Principles of mechanical system design.
  • Techniques and practices for efficient and cost effective management of resources.
  • Federal and state safety rules and regulations, including OSHA requirements.
  • Environmentally responsible and resource-efficient building techniques. 

Skill in:

  • Interpreting and applying construction standards and procedures; applicable Federal, state and local rules and regulations; and MPS policies and standards.
  • Managing and coordinating the planning and design of construction and maintenance projects.
  • Reading and interpreting designs, estimates, plans, and specifications.
  • Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
  • Maintaining complex technical records and files.
  • Analyzing problems, resolving disputes, and developing effective solutions.
  • Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with co-workers, contractors, public officials, and representatives from other local, State, and Federal agencies.
  • Operating passenger vehicles.
  • Operating a personal computer utilizing standard and specialized software including COMET, AutoCad, REVIT and other project management software.
  • Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.


Knowledge of:

  • MPS organization, operations, policies and procedures.
  • Architectural or Professional Engineering registration in Minnesota preferred.


A valid Minnesota State Commercial Driver’s License may be required.


Work is performed in a standard office environment which requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. A job is in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with long periods of computer work and heavy phone usage.

SALARY: AMP, $59,744 - $73,929

Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready. Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, marital status, age, sexual preference, disability or status with regard to public assistance.

 Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.

METHOD OF APPLICATION: All applicants, including MPS employees, must complete an on-line application at (click on Careers). In addition, upload an electronic copy of both your cover letter and resume to your application at the time that you apply. Make sure that you apply for the specific position in which you are interested.

Only complete applications, which include all of the following items, will be considered:

  • · Cover Letter
  • · Resume
  • · On-Line Application

Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee. Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.