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Gillian Executive Search, Inc. - recruiters in real estate development, construction and architecture

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER:  Out client is a real estate development firm specializing in large estate homes, luxury multi-unit buildings, and high-end commercial properties. Founded in 2004, the firm invests in highly sought-after residential and commercial properties in the Western US. Currently active in Lake Tahoe and Sun Valley, they are also exploring prospects in Aspen, Park City, and other high end Western US markets. With each project, our client collaborates with the finest architects, designers, contractors, and craftsmen in the region to create uniquely beautiful homes. With corporate headquarters in Sun Valley, Idaho, we are seeking a hard- working new team member to join us.

NOTE: This position will work closely with extreme high-net worth clients on various finish and punch list items, after they’ve purchased a residence. This can be a demanding process so your patience and client facing negotiation skills sets must be strong.

Luxury Mountain Residential Hospitality Development

Job Description: The Development Manager for Sun Valley will oversee 3-4 development projects from inception to completion, including pre-purchase proformas, design studies, permitting, construction, staging, marketing, and post-sale close-out. Key responsibilities include managing project budgets and schedules concurrently, conducting feasibility assessments, navigating the permit process, selecting contractors, securing financing, and overseeing the construction and sales process. The role also involves coordinating, analyzing, and implementing construction budgets, as well as creating, maintaining, distributing, and managing project schedules.


1. Lead the design development process, collaborating with project design team members to ensure high-quality outcomes.

2. Navigate the permitting process by liaising with local officials, agencies, lawyers, and neighbors.

3. Establish and maintain development schedules.

4. Manage project budgets approved by the VP of Development and President.

5. Negotiate consultant contracts and oversee contract administration for our client.

6. Assist the VP of Development in identifying, interviewing, and recommending potential general contractors for pre-construction and construction services.

7. Negotiate construction contracts and establish Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) budgets.

8. Supervise general contractors throughout project build-out. 9. Conduct detailed cost estimating, value engineering, and project scheduling during development stages.

10. Review and approve monthly consultant billing and pay applications on behalf of ownership.

11. Ensure construction progress aligns with drawings and specifications.

12. Support administrative tasks across planning, development, construction, and sales.

13. Manage Construction Administration duties, including change order control and digital filing of communications.

14. Provide daily reports to the VP of Development and weekly reports to the company.

15. Conduct construction cost estimating and maintain a comprehensive database.

16. Maintain communication with consultants, contractors, and municipalities.

Skills/ Qualifications:

1. Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in a construction-related field.

2. Preferably, extensive project management experience in large-scale luxury residential and/or resort  mountain projects.

3. Bachelor’s degree in construction, development, real estate, or a related field.

4. Outstanding interpersonal skills, demonstrated through exceptional communication and the ability to effectively lead and motivate a team.

5. Strong proficiency in time and project management.

6. Proficient in MS Office Suite, with the ability to develop and manage schedules and budgets from scratch. Thorough understanding of construction management software.

7. Thrives in a small company environment that values highly motivated, self-directed individuals.

Job Requirements:

1. Preferably, the applicant resides in or is willing to relocate to Sun Valley/Ketchum.

2. Travel: Occasional travel required, depending on development needs, approximately once or twice a month. Current projects in Sun Valley, and Tahoe.

3. This role entails both office work and significant time spent on-site; comfort in both settings is essential.

4. Full-time position requiring 40+ hours per week with regular office hours.

5. The applicant must demonstrate commitment, enthusiasm, and dedication to the role.

Salary and benefits are regionally competitive and dependent on the applicant.

Application Process: Please submit a resume, references, and a portfolio of completed work to Kipp Gillian | Gillian Executive Search who is fully retained but the company search and fill these positions.  866-600-0437 x 1 |

    • Job type: Permanent
    • Location: Sun Valley, ID
    • Date posted:
    • Pay:$- $ per hour