The Universities of Wisconsin are a premier system of public higher education. We educate approximately 161,000 students each year and employ about 35,000 faculty and staff statewide.  Through a constellation of 13 universities statewide, the Universities of Wisconsin are a tremendous academic, cultural, and economic resource for Wisconsin, the nation, and the world.

The Office of Capital Planning and Budget provides support to the Board of Regents, the 13 institutions of UW System and, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Administration Division of Facilities Development, the State of Wisconsin Building Commission. The office offers institutional partners guidance and expertise in capital planning, budgeting, administration of the UW Managed design and construction program, architectural/engineering assistance as well as real estate services to support the institutions in developing and maintaining their biggest single physical investment – university facilities.

The office also develops the Board of Regents biennial capital budget request and submits it to the state’s Department of Administration for its recommendation as part of the governor’s biennial state building program.

This is an advanced technical and management position responsible for assisting in the development and stewardship of the over the 67 million gross square foot, $13 billion Universities of Wisconsin System facility infrastructure. This position is an essential part of a team of professionals that work with a high degree of independence within the framework of University and State laws, policies, and rules.

This position has responsibility for leadership in the architectural aspects of long-range and biennial facilities planning and assists in the development of architectural policies and standards for the Universities of Wisconsin. This includes active involvement in long-range planning, exterior development, aesthetics and land use evaluation, the identification and evaluation of alternative concepts and problem solving, cost estimates for a wide variety of facility issues and projects, and project programming. It involves representing the University System during project design; providing general architectural consulting to all university system institutions; and technical assistance to UW System Administration. Related activities include participation in development of the $1.8+ billion biennial capital budget and agenda materials for monthly Board of Regent and State Building Commission meetings.

This position will also act as a technical resource for the campuses and Universities of Wisconsin.


  • Provide leadership in long-range planning and biennial capital budget preparation. This includes providing architectural expertise to all UW-institutions in the UW System, promoting, advising, and guiding physical planning according to sound architectural and planning principles.
  • Implementation of projects defined in the UW System’s biennial capital budget. Provide leadership to implement the approved capital improvement projects for each institution in the UW System, expediting tasks ranging from approvals through design (but not including construction).
  • Administrative policy, procedure, and program management. Assist in developing and implementing the administrative and operating structure for capital planning and budgeting in the University of Wisconsin System.   This includes acting as an architectural liaison between the UW-institutions and UW System Administration, advising the Senior Associate Vice President for Capital Planning and Budget on directions taken on plans, actions, accomplishments, and problems to ensure continued awareness of the activities.
  • Provide Architectural Technical Support. Provide architectural expertise to all institutions in the Universities of Wisconsin, including problem solving, DOA project support and projects that are entirely gift or grant funded. This position will function as the UW System planning liaison for projects that can range from $100k to $300M+.


  • Registration as a Professional Architect in the State of Wisconsin.
  • Five years of experience with progressive responsibility as a facilities planner or architect.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Ability to travel up to 50 percent of the time.


  • Experience in comprehensive long-range capital planning, facilities planning and assessment, architectural standards and codes, and cost estimating.
  • Experience in project development or guiding project development, capital improvement projects, direct interaction with user groups, and program development.
  • Experience developing policies, planning processes, procedures, deliverables, and standards to promote comprehensive planning for large facilities or systems.
  • Experience with higher educational project development and/or campus and facility planning.

The UW System is required to conduct a criminal background and sexual harassment check for the selected finalist prior to employment.

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e., a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without the need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.

The office location will be at 780 Regent Street, in Madison, Wisconsin.  (Due to the nature of this position, the incumbent will alternate between traveling as necessary to the UW-institutions and spending time on-site in the office.)


Inclusive Excellence is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for Universities of Wisconsin. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the Universities of Wisconsin community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning, research, scholarship, creative activity, community service, and diversity as inextricably linked goals. Universities of Wisconsin fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background – people who serve the State of Wisconsin and the public good.

The Principal University Planner + Architect (official title: Capital Planning & Budget Manager (Inst)) is a full-time, salaried, exempt, academic staff position. Well-qualified candidates can expect a starting annual salary within the range of $90,000- $118,000, commensurate with the candidate’s education, related experience, and qualifications.

UW System employees receive an excellent benefits package. To learn more about the benefits package, review the Faculty, Academic Staff & Limited Appointees.  Please see this link for total compensation information: UW System Health & Retirement Contributions Estimator to provide you with total compensation information.

To ensure full consideration, please submit application materials as soon as possible. Applicant screening will begin immediately and be ongoing through Thursday, June 6, 2024. However, applications may be accepted until the position has been filled.

  1. Go to the UWSA Applicant Portal to submit your materials online (in PDF Format) and select the appropriate applicant portal, either External Applicants or Internal Applicants and click on the position title that you want to apply for. 
  2. Upload in PDF format a resume and cover letter addressing your experience and education as it applies to all minimum and preferred qualifications.  Failing to submit the required application documents may disqualify your application.
  3. Submit your application.


If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request by contacting Derek Allen, HR Compliance Officer at

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran, and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies.  We promote excellent through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Questions may be addressed to: Lori Fuller, HR Business Partner at