Master’s of Urban & Environmental Planning Program Coordinator (Arizona State University)

Arizona State University

Job title: Master’s of Urban & Environmental Planning Program Coordinator (Arizona State University)
Hiring institution: ASU, School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning
Location: Tempe, Arizona | United States
Application deadline: Open until filled

Job Description
The Master’s in Urban and Environmental Planning (MUEP) program at Arizona State University (ASU) is expanding our staff to support our graduate planning programs, students, and networks. We seek an individual with planning practitioner experience. The MUEP Coordinator plays a unique role in our master’s program, working collaboratively with MUEP faculty, students, and staff to link urban planning education to practice and develop the next generation of planners. This position reports directly to the Associate Director of Planning and the Assistant Director of Graduate Programs. Our ideal candidate includes a professional planner who is high-performing, positive, and service-oriented with excellent attention to detail.

The MUEP is a flagship graduate program for the School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning (SGSUP) at ASU. Accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board, the MUEP program presently serves aspiring planners in an immersion, campus-based graduate program. We maintain strong ties to a robust network of alumni, practitioners, and allied professional contacts. In fall 2024, we will expand our program to include a fully online MUEP program.

The mission of the MUEP program is to improve public wellbeing by providing the knowledge and tools needed by professional planners to shape places that are responsive to climate change and promote the health and prosperity of diverse communities. To achieve this mission, we collaborate across a team of planning faculty and staff. The MUEP Program Coordinator Sr. helps to achieve this mission by being a champion of the program within the planning professional community. In the immediate term, the MUEP Program Coordinator Sr. will also be essential in helping facilitate the launch and continued success of SGSUP’s new online MUEP program.

Please visit our complete job posting for additional details and to apply.
Essential Duties

  • Provides (and leads) non-trivial administrative support to the Associate Director of Planning and Assistant Director of Graduate Programs, demonstrating independent judgement and initiative.
  • Supports a variety of program development efforts and processes, such as: admissions and recruitment, accreditation, MUEP program events (e.g., annual orientation, career and professional development events, and lecture series).
  • Provides critical advising and professional development support to MUEP students, including advising related to course selection and program-level experiences, internships and professional networking opportunities, and career development.
  • Fosters network connections with existing and new planning professionals for the development of community partnerships within the program, including (but not limited to) diverse internships, capstone projects, and career opportunities for MUEP students and graduates.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with graduating students to develop a strong community network and continued engagement of professional alumni.
  • Collaborates with the Associate Director of Planning and planning faculty to shape and implement the strategic plan for the MUEP and oMUEP programs. These activities include contributing to monthly Planning Program meetings, as well as data collection, surveying, data analysis, and strategic planning.
  • Attends regular graduate support staff meetings and represents the programs/school on various college, university, and professional committees.
  • Stays up to date on employment trends within planning subfields.
  • Performs other duties as assigned to ensure the continuity of department operations and to meet department needs, which can shift over time due to a variety of variables.

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND four years administrative/coordinate program experience; OR, Master’s degree in field appropriate to area of assignment AND two years administrative/coordinate program experience; OR, Eight years of progressively responsible administrative/coordinate program experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.
Desired Qualifications

  • Evidence of a master’s degree in urban planning or directly related field.
  • Experience working in the professional planning field.
  • Certification (or Candidate status) by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
  • Demonstration of proactive and creative thinking, identifying opportunities to improve processes within the program.
  • Involvement in professional planning organizations and/or experience with building professional networks, demonstrating the ability to develop new and ongoing alumni and practitioner relationships within the program.
  • Strong project management skills, including working in a team environment.
  • Demonstration of professional communication and writing skills.
  • Experience in using Microsoft Office.
  • Experience in using Google Drive and other collaborative platforms for scheduling, document sharing, maintaining spreadsheets and forms.

Working Environment

  • Use office equipment including a personal computer.
  • Communicate to perform essential tasks.
  • Read/interpret written and oral instructions/directions.
  • Anticipated work hours are Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm on the Tempe Campus, with occasional conference travel and/or evening events.
  • Hybrid Remote work will be considered upon completion of the training period. Dean or Vice president-level approval is required.

Department Statement
The School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning (SGSUP) is a major participant in the instructional and research activities of Arizona State University. A staff team of 20 supports 30+ tenure/tenure-track faculty including four members of the National Academy of Sciences, approximately 1,000 undergraduate majors (split between campus and online) and 140 graduate students studying in one of six graduate degree programs (MA and PhD programs in Geography, a PhD in Urban Planning, a Master’s in Urban and Environmental Planning (MUEP), a Master of Advanced Studies in Geographical Information Systems, and a PhD in Geographic Information Science) as well as graduate certificate programs in GIS, social science research methods, and transdisciplinary transportation studies. SGSUP has grown quickly in the past year, especially via online enrollment, and a new MUEP online program is due to launch in 2024. More complete school and program information can be found at

Please note: ASU is not able to offer sponsorship for this staff position.
Instructions to Apply
We will begin reviewing applications after March 11, 2024.

To apply please visit ASU’s employment job page and submit a compelling letter of interest citing why you would like to work in a University setting, how your professional experience will add value to SGSUP’s MUEP program and why you are an ideal candidate, along with a detailed resume that clearly illustrates prior knowledge, skills and experience that meets minimum and desired qualifications.

Please also provide full contact information for three professional references.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job
duties and name of employer for each position. Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.


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