Prosper Portland, the City of Portland's economic development agency, seeks a proven leader and development professional who can lead the agency's community- and equity-based development work ensuring that our projects and programs support healthy, complete and resilient neighborhoods. The Development Manager will work thoughtfully and strategically to initiate community-based development projects and to ensure that our investments maximize community benefit for each neighborhood and are tailored to and reflect the unique interests of the communities we serve.
The Development Manager will lead a team whose work delivers on community defined and community driven priorities for real estate development projects. They will provide strategic guidance and mentorship to their team and empower staff to manage the projects and programs that support inclusive and human centered development for the City. They will lead efforts to develop and implement strategies for community relationship and neighborhood capacity building tied to real estate development that supports economic and livability benefits for all residents. The Development Manager and their team will work closely with Prosper Portland's Economic Development and Social Equity, Policy and Communication Departments to support business growth, equity outcomes, and community outreach as well as with the Asset and Investment Team to shape and execute real estate transactions.
The ideal candidate will have a breadth of experience in community-based real estate work with a demonstrated base of knowledge in development principles, best practices and procedures. This person will possess excellent communication, organizational and problem-solving skills along with the creativity and willingness to exchange and encourage new ideas. The Development Manager will be a committed leader, a culturally competent thought partner and consensus builder who can collaborate in ways that embrace Prosper Portland's values of learning, innovation, putting people first, inclusion and excellence.
Strong understanding of physical project development and management, community development, community engagement, public policy development, land use law, and urban and economic development planning and urban design principles.
Proficient in commercial real estate legal transactions and documentation.
Demonstrated ability to engage in complex community outreach that builds trusting community relationships and prioritizes inclusive engagement and equitable outcomes.
Comprehensive knowledge of real estate principles, practices and procedures, including property related negotiations, due diligence, and the preparation of transaction documents.
Demonstrated ability to support staff to conceptualize, manage, coordinate and monitor large, highly complex projects with constrained schedule, scope and budget limitations.
Strong cultural competency skills including knowledge of and experience working with diverse individuals, well-developed understanding of social and racial equity, and the ability to apply cultural sensitivity and awareness in interactions with a diverse range of stakeholders.
Superior interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to build trust and confidence with internal and external stakeholders; collaborative and team-oriented.
Strong written, verbal, and public speaking communication skills.
Strong facilitation, mediation, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills.
Demonstrated leadership and mentorship skills including ability to build effective partnerships and manage a team.
Skilled in staff management, employee development and mentorship, personnel management.
Ability to develop and design new projects/programs, formulate budgets and evaluate project outcomes and metrics.
Proficiency in computer applications such as spreadsheets, word processing, and financial analysis.
Well-developed skills in complex problem-solving, analytical skills, innovation and independent decision-making that are used to address project related and long-term financial, organizational and policy problems.
Broad knowledge and ability to interpret local, state, and federal laws and regulations pertaining to areas of responsibility.
Demonstrates sound judgment on a range of internal and external issues; tactful and diplomatic in handling sensitive, complex and confidential matters.
Bachelor’s degree in real estate development, finance, community development, urban planning or other relevant field.
Eight years of experience in community development, revitalization or project management with a focus on real estate development that supports community priorities.
About Prosper Portland
We are the economic and urban development agency for the city of Portland. We focus on building an equitable economy by carrying out a comprehensive range of economic development programs that support small business, improve access to workforce training, and create jobs for Portland residents. We work with partners to drive public attention and resources to different areas of the city, which helps Portland realize capital projects – parks, streetscape improvements, community centers –that would not happen on their own, making it a better place to live for all Portlanders.
Our work is based on four cornerstones: growing family-wage jobs, advancing opportunities for prosperity, collaborating with partners for an equitable city, and creating vibrant neighborhoods and communities.
We support innovative civic solutions that promote mixed-income neighborhoods with both affordable and workforce housing, and that evolve in ways that honor cultural diversity. We prioritize property ownership and real estate projects with communities of color and in low-income neighborhoods to create assets that can be passed from one generation to the next.