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South Dakota State University
Facilities & Services
South Dakota
Posted: 12/1/2021
Director of Campus Planning

South Dakota State University (SDSU) Facilities and Services Department is seeking a unique and talented individual to serve as Director of Campus Planning. This position will serve as a strategic partner to provide forward-looking and transformational guidance, embracing a culture where facilities and services are aligned to support the University’s land-grant mission.

This position will work with a diverse set of stakeholders across campus ensuring projects meet the intended programs and provide safe and comfortable facilities for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors to SDSU. This is a 12-month, full-time position, offering great benefits and a generous leave package. Candidates must be authorized to work in the US. Sponsorship is not available for this position.

SDSU actively seeks to increase social and intellectual diversity among its faculty and staff. Women, veterans, minorities, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


The Director of Campus Planning will lead and direct the development of an internal team supporting design, architecture, space planning, space analysis, code analysis, and facility use and coordination. This position will prepare immediate and long-range plans for campus projects and allocation of maintenance resources. The Director of Campus Planning will provide planning and design oversight to contract architectural/engineering firms and design professionals for campus projects. This position will collaborate with the leadership team of Facilities and Services to develop objectives, policies, and procedures and to formalize and implement the vision of SDSU with an emphasis on high quality, cost-effective services.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Bachelor of Science/Art in planning, or related field completed by application date;
  • Licensed Architect in state of South Dakota within 12 months of start date;
  • At least ten years of related experience in design, planning, or project management;
  • Effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills;
  • Computer experience including Autodesk, Microsoft E-mail, Word, and Excel;
  • Demonstrated effective customer service skills;
  • Organized, detailed, and results oriented;
  • Valid driver’s license or ability to obtain within 30 days of hire;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to exercise sound judgment and make good decisions based on the best interests of the campus community.


  • At least seven years of professional and administrative experience in University Facilities or related public-works design and construction;
  • Masters in Architecture, Engineering or related field.


Commensurate with qualifications.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students.

SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals, and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center, and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by December 22, 2021. 


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.

It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.

For questions on the position, contact David Law at (605) 688-6615 or

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status, or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.