Senior Programmer/Planner - Academic Health Sciences - Kahler Slater


Kahler Slater / Chicago, IL / Website


Kahler Slater designs to enrich life and achieve powerful results. Through architecture, interior design, strategic advisory, and environmental branding, Kahler Slater solves their clients' most pressing challenges, advances strategic goals, and accelerates progress. They offer expertise in civic and cultural, healthcare, higher education, corporate workplace, residential, hospitality, and sports, recreation, and wellness sectors.


Kahler Slater is seeking a Senior Programmer / Planner who is enthusiastic about leading planning for Academic Health Science projects.

Our ideal Senior Programmer/Planner will be a design-forward, technically savvy, problem solver who has a passion for higher education and health sciences. As the Senior Programmer Planner, you will inspire, motivate, and educate as you provide leadership for our health sciences, dental, nursing, and medical education projects across the country.

You will work with a team that is aligned with our open and flexible culture that encourages individual initiative and collaboration. You will build trusting relationships within the team and across Kahler Slater.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities of a Senior Programmer / Planner - Academic Health Sciences:

Project Development
-Facilitates the collaboration and coordination between the end-users, the owner, and the design team
-Develops, manages, and facilitates measurable data collection through interviews, focus groups, end-user surveys, observation, and post-occupancy evaluation
-Assists in leading the planning and design phases of significant Academic Health Science projects, translating volume projections, and developing design layouts during early phases of the project
-Reviews work for accuracy, omissions, legibility, and provides QA/QC review

-Partners with clients in determining goals and objectives of the facility through a clear programming and planning process
-Inspire, motivate, and lead project team in client service, design approach, and project delivery
-Establish an environment that encourages experimentation, innovation, and design creativity
-Contribute to a high level of energy and enthusiasm in the firm, and foster a spirit of collaborative problem solving and design excellence

Business Development
-Support team marketing and business development efforts which could include marketing proposal strategies, interviews, project pursuits, networking events, and thought leadership

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities of a Senior Programmer / Planner - Academic Health Sciences:
-7+ years of experience in higher education academic health sciences programming and planning
-Professional degree in Architecture or Interior Design preferred  
-Healthcare programming planning experience is also valued
-Strong facilitator of meetings leading clients through the design process
-4 years of Revit production experience, and proficiency utilizing Revit
-Proficient in digital 3D modeling to communicate planning ideas to users  
-Successful team-orientation and collaboration behaviors
-Strong communications skills, spoken, written, and graphic
-Focuses on collaboration and cooperation with others, demonstrating design leadership
-Efficiently responds to client needs
-Able to coach and be coachable
-Able to work effectively under pressure and within restrictive time deadlines and budget parameters while maintaining focus, positive attitude

Working relationships and scope for a Senior Programmer / Planner - Academic Health Sciences:
-Reports to Project Leader of the project(s)  
-Collaborate with other design and project team members
-Represents the firm in alignment with Kahler Slater’s core values 
-Mentors staff members 

Working conditions of a Senior Programmer / Planner - Academic Health Sciences:
Work is performed in a professional, collaborative, creative, open office environment. Great flexibility in your schedule is both required of you and returned to you due to our many project deadlines. Occasional overnight travel is expected as it relates to servicing clients and professional development. 

Include a cover letter, resume, and portfolio when you apply.  

Kahler Slater is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status. 

Kahler Slater is an E-verify employer. 


Erica Chappelea
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