Join our MEDA Team
At MEDA, we find meaning and fulfillment in investing in people’s lives. We work collaboratively to close the opportunity gap for low- to moderate-income Latino families in San Francisco’s Mission District by providing them access to affordable housing, career and small-business development, education and more. As MEDA continues to strengthen this community, we need more talented professionals dedicated to inspiring positive change – and driven to succeed in a fast-paced team environment. Be one of us!
Your Career Opportunity
As a Senior Project Manager with the Community Real Estate (CRE) team, you will be on the leading edge of MEDA’s efforts to stop displacement of families in the Mission and San Francisco through housing preservation and production. The Senior Project Manager will primarily focus on housing production - the acquisition, security of planning entitlements and financing, management of construction, and transition of buildings to operations. Your passion for keeping families rooted and advocacy for making change will be well utilized in this position. Your skills in careful project and financial management, directing and coaching of junior staff and leading decision making will ensure your success in this position.
Are you interested in combining your skills in real estate/financial analysis with a commitment to social resilience for the Mission district in San Francisco?
Specifically, you will work on the following areas:
- Real Estate development. Respond to the City’s Request for Qualifications/Proposals and other opportunities to receive developer rights of affordable housing projects. Conduct due diligence tasks to safeguard the organization’s investments and corporate integrity. Work closely with asset management and services integration, including MEDA services, to transition buildings into MEDA’s portfolio upon construction completion. Establish and manage the budget and fee projections both for the project financing and construction costs.
- Community engagement. Promote and solicit community feedback about developments- in-progress to the general public, as the project team continue to develop the design, financing and construction plans of the projects; and promote leasing opportunities as the project is ready for marketing and leasing, establish trusting relationship with the community in coordination with other MEDA staff, including community real estate and housing opportunities program staff.
- Advocacy and Constant improvement. Be part of making changes to guidelines for financing, policies, programming. Limited leadership in implementing procedures and protocol for constant improvement. Be part of an evolving team which reinforces standard operating procedures for increasing efficiency and maintains communications.
Your Keys to Success
To perform successfully in this role, you will need to leverage these key qualifications:
- A bachelor’s degree and 5 years of experience in affordable housing development project management; OR a master’s degree in urban planning, business, economics, law, public policy or a related field and 4 years of experience with direct responsibility for team management.
- Capacity to independently manage multiple projects
- Ability to lead project teams and manage consultants.
- Ability to assess needs and risks, and problem solve proactively.
- Ability to build strong, accountable teams.
- Strong experience in affordable housing and/or multi-family residential, commercial with non-profit and small business real estate finance preferred.
- Strong financial proforma and writing skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Word
- Spanish fluency preferred.
- Working knowledge of Mission District preferred, with professional or personal experience working with communities of color required.
- Proven ability to develop and maintain cooperative relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds, including board members, public sector staff and officials, representatives of other nonprofit organizations, vendors, and people from low-income households.
- High degree of independence, initiative, responsibility, and accountability as well as capability in a team environment.
- Commitment to MEDA initiatives and sustainable construction methods.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Senior Project Manager will lead project teams of 1-2 staff within the CRE team.
They will represent MEDA in joint venture development partnership, and perform the following duties and responsibilities:
Acquisition and predevelopment
- Lead in initiating and evaluating new development opportunities, including necessary feasibility analyses related to acquisition of projects, and responding to RFQ/P opportunities.
- Lead in obtaining necessary financing for developments including researching sources and preparing applications.
- Engage in creative real estate financing solutions for purchase and ownership of buildings including crowdfunding, tenant equity, co-op ownership. Work closely with Director of Community Real Estate in applying these solutions to buildings.
- Guide preparation of project-related budgets and schedules, and monitor each project’s acquisition
- Facilitate the process for project approvals from planning and building departments and other regulatory agencies.
- Direct loan documents and facilitate escrow closings.
- Lead bid and qualifications processes to select architects and general contractors and subcontractors. Direct project design development and preparation of project plans and specifications.
- Conduct due diligence tasks to safeguard the organization’s investments and corporate integrity.
- Solicit and coordinate work of project consultants including coordinating bid and qualifications processes to select development-related consultants
- Act as liaison between MEDA, its consultants, vendors, partners, and the community
- Process and monitor payment application requests
- Organize special events such as ribbon cuttings, groundbreakings, and project openings
Transition to Operations
- Work with Property Management, Tenant Services, Asset Management, and tenants to ensure integrated design and development of projects.
As needed, present reports to the Board of Directors and Board Committee(s)
- Able to travel to community or resident locations within a 10- mile radius of the work
- Able to attend occasional evening and weekend meetings and events.
Your MEDA Experience
Do meaningful work in an innovative workplace, and be challenged in your professional growth.
Joining MEDA means having meaningful experiences that develop achievers – from across the Mission neighborhood and from within our organization. We find meaning and fulfillment in our work as we see this community thrive and are driven to achieve better outcomes by challenging ourselves to innovate
We offer a market-leading benefits program that reflects MEDA's values and mission. We invest in people's lives and support our own people's health and financial well-being.
Our core benefits include:
- Comprehensive medical, vision and dental insurance for employees and their dependents – 100 percent covered by MEDA; company paid life and disability insurance.
- 401(k) Plan for employees with company match
- Generous paid time off -- minimum of 20 days for new employees + holidays
- Employee Assistance Program that offers free financial and legal counseling to employees or their families
- Other forms of voluntary benefits