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

Opportunity to work in a regional California office for a privately held and streamline organization developing affordable and market-rate housing since 1986.  The regional staff of development professionals works closely as a team and is responsible from acquisition through lease-up and is supported by a broader corporate team including in house architectural, construction, legal, accounting, administrative and property management staff.

The Development Project Manager is responsible for overall management of the development process for multiple residential communities.  While the company targets both market-rate and affordable opportunities, the culture and business strategy of the organization requires a comprehension of, and/or desire and enthusiasm for development of affordable tax credit housing.  The role includes supervising and carrying out all technical aspects of development including initial feasibility analysis, acquisition, design, financing and entitlements, coordination with construction staff in the plan check and construction stage, and coordination of start-up operations with Property Management staff. The Development Project Manager reports directly to the company’s regional executive and will have direct, transparent communication with the top executives and owners of the company and is expected to exercise a high level of independent judgment in the conduct of business responsibility with minimal supervision. 


The resume of the regional office in California includes a spectrum of housing development including permanent supportive housing for the homeless and high-rise luxury market-rate apartments.  The company has built over 26,000 units nationwide and is managing a pipeline of units under contract and slated for development of over 2,500 in California.


LOCATION:  Orange County

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Evaluation of potential sites to determine feasibility for affordable.
  • Negotiation of acquisition.
  • Evaluation of financial feasibility and preparation of financing plans for development.
  • Securing pre-development, construction, and permanent financing from conventional, public, and quasi-public agencies. Development and management of budgets for each funding source.
  • Selection, contracting and management of design team and other development consultants.
  • Public presentations and public representation of the company and its development projects.
  • Coordination with construction management, general contractor, property management and monitoring of construction and operating budgets.
  • Development and management of overall project budget and financing.
  • Oversight of loan closings and coordination of all lenders
  • Coordination with property management for initial occupancy and lease-up activities.
  • Technical support, training, and professional development for junior development staff
  • Management of project close-out Requirements
  • Thorough knowledge of the affordable housing development process as it relates to multi-family
  • Familiarity with government affordable housing programs at federal, state, and local
  • Firm understanding and experience with public planning, entitlement, and permitting
  • Ability to conduct sophisticated financial analyses of affordable housing projects including site acquisition, predevelopment activities, construction financing, and permanent financing.
  • Familiarity with the funding and loan closing process and ability to facilitate financial
  • Ability to understand and interpret policies of federal and state agencies and private lending institutions which may apply to a given
  • Ability to exchange information, discuss and negotiate business arrangements, and advocate for the accomplishment of proposed development
  • Ability to exercise a high level of housing development skills, leadership ability, and attention to detail with a broad view of the development process.
  • A bachelor’s degree or graduate study in business, finance, economics, public administration, community development, planning or related field.

At least five, and preferably ten, years of development experience in affordable residential housing with an emphasis on multi-family

Compensation: A reasonable expectation is

Base range of 135 – 165K plus bonuses and benefits.  Range is based on breath of experience.

    • Job type: Permanent
    • Location: Newport Beach, CA
    • Date posted:
    • Salary:$150000 - $175000