Assistant Director of Real Estate Development

The Assistant Director will coordinate the following activities under the direction of the Director, with direct management responsibilities for multiple members of the Real Estate Development team: review regulation and policy changes and advise on comment letters and outreach; develop and manage relationships with jurisdictional partners, lenders, design team members, contractors and other partners required for the success of the Department; review financial data for projects in predevelopment and potential acquisitions, including proformas, balance sheets and other financial statements, rent rolls and loan documents; identify new sites for affordable housing development and engage in strategic planning regarding the pipeline; lead staff development efforts and assist with training; engage in conflict resolution at the project level as required, such as easement and title issues, investor/lender conflicts and rate negotiation, neighbor disputes, etc. to support the project management team.


Our Benefits

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Sick Leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Long- term Disability
  • Health/Fitness Club


  • 401K and Employer Match


  • Paid Holidays
  • Education Assistance
  • Computer Purchase Loan
  • Employee Assistance Program



The Assistant Director will coordinate the following activities under the direction of the Director, with direct management responsibilities for multiple members of the Real Estate Development team.


  • Direct search for appropriate land for single and multifamily housing development.
  • Assess and document housing and community development needs in communities through research and contact with farmworkers and other low-income residents needing better housing.
  • Determine project feasibility, including market research, financing proformas, operating budgets, environmental review, due diligence, and risk assessment.
  • Manage various aspects of site selection, land use approvals, negotiations with landowners, community outreach, and entitlement process with local jurisdictions.
  • For single family program, coordinate land development with self-help housing delivery staff, including lot sales.
  • For multifamily project development, manage all aspects of entitlements, financing, and construction or rehabilitation of units. Maintain close communication with asset management staff.
  • Oversee development financing applications to public and private lenders/funders.
  • Prepare reports to funding agencies and lenders.
  • Assist in the selection process of project team, including engineers, architects, environmental consultants, utilities, etc.
  • Effectively and constructively manage and coordinate the services of professional consultants such as planners, architects, engineers, building contractors, and others.
  • Oversee the management of contractors, including monitoring of development work to ensure work is completed on schedule and in compliance with contract requirements and local agencies.
  • Oversee escrows for land purchase and sales with appropriate SHE staff and outside agencies. Represent SHE programs to community groups, other organizations, government agencies, and private partners.



  • Provide leadership to program staff and the organization in carrying out the programs and mission of SHE.
  • Seek appropriate financial resources to maintain, expand and improve program efforts.
  • On-going in-depth review and analysis of program operations, community needs, and program resources.
  • Ensure program staff members are well-trained, well supported, and provided a safe work environment.
  • Assure compliance with SHE policies and with quality and cost standards at all program levels.
  • Maintain effective communication with SHE partners, funders, and regulators in a way that furthers positive working relationships.
  • Prepare program and project budgets; review fiscal data, effectively manage within budget.
  • Represent SHE to communities, agencies, the media, and participants.

Must Haves

  • Bachelor of Arts or Science, preferably in a field related to this position such as Community Development, Urban Planning, Finance, Management, Public Policy, Construction Management, Business, etc., and five years in the field as a project/program manager or other position with direct responsibility for coordinating housing and/or real estate development projects.  Directly-related housing development and/or management experience may be substituted for some of the educational requirement.
  • Two years of progressively more responsible administrative or management experience; a background in grants management is helpful.
  • Demonstrated technical, management, and administrative experience and expertise appropriate to the specific program area(s).
  • Experience with real estate development, including project entitlements and approvals is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience with public speaking, meeting facilitation, and effective communication skills.


You're passionate
You're a passionate and energetic person who's excited to connect and strategize with residents and communities.
You love people, communities, and problem solving
You're always excited to meet someone new, listen, and help them find solutions to their needs.
You were born a people person
You enjoy interacting with people–over email, on the phone, and in person. You're a great listener, motivator and get excited to help others be more successful.
You get excited about the details
You're a detail oriented person who is organized and always looking for efficiencies.
You're a creative and strategic thinker
You strive to come up with innovative and creative solutions to problems that seem impossible. You're capable of thinking about the big picture and coming up with a plan to execute.
You're self-motivated
You see something that can be improved and you go after it. You have a strong desire to help others and to be a part of something special at Self-Help Enterprises.