Department/Location: Planning & Development / 1001 Washington Ave N
MPHA is seeking a Development Manager to join our growing development team. Over the past few years MPHA has completed work to preserve its existing units and produce new deeply affordable units utilizing HUD tools, LIHTC, bonds, debt and other soft sources. As a member of our team, you will work in a resident centric development process, pursuing creative projects and solutions to meet the growing needs of MPHA portfolio and housing demand. Recent project highlights include the Family Housing Expansion Project- a new 84 unit scattered site modular project and the Elliot Twins a comprehensive rehabilitation of 174 public housing units.
The primary purpose of this position is to plan, coordinate, implement, and complete real estate development and construction rehabilitation projects to preserve and expand MPHA’s housing stock. The incumbent oversees the development of construction projects on behalf of MPHA, including financial analysis, project site evaluation, and preparation of operating and development budgets related to large-scale projects.
All activities must support the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority’s (“MPHA” or “Authority”) mission, vision, and values.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The position duties and responsibilities listed below describe the general nature and scope of work. Other responsibilities, duties and skills may be required and assigned, as needed.
- Oversees development and construction planning activities for MPHA, including pre-development activities and financial analysis. Identifies requirements and manages phases for large-scale conversion projects. Maintains development project files.
- Plans and implements all project phases including pre-development due diligence, coordinating design development, construction documents, procurement/bidding, construction, and closeout. Utilizes project management tools effectively to manage, document, and monitor projects including but not limited to checklists, scheduling and budget tracking software, etc.
- Develops and maintains project financial proformas. Works to secure external resources to finance projects including tax credit financing, grants, loans, etc. Manages and is responsible for the funding closing process.
- Prepares HUD applications for acquisitions, dispositions, and other real estate transactions such as Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) conversions; manages all associated processes, including the timely submission of HUD required documents for said transactions.
- Researches, coordinates and monitors all required approvals from HUD, local/county, and state agencies, including acquisitions and dispositions regulations, zoning and building codes, and leasing and property management requirements.
- Monitors project budgets and manages change orders; reviews/approves invoices and ensures all documentation and project requirements have been satisfied before approving payment to vendors.
- Completes all procurement activities necessary for project planning and implementation and ensures compliance with MPHA and HUD procurement policies, procedures, and regulations. Works with other MPHA departments and external consultants to prepare bid documents and other solicitations for goods and services.
- Participates in construction oversight and ensures work follows plans and specifications. Advises contractors of needed corrections and works to resolve quality, performance, or job site problems.
- Establishes and maintains relationships with appropriate local and HUD officials, developers, and neighborhood organizations to promote MPHA development activities. Represents MPHA on internal and external committees, as needed.
- Coordinates resident engagement plan for development and construction projects and participates in resident advisory groups as needed.
- Prepares board reports and presentations for projects.
- Supports department leadership in developing and implementing real estate and creative financing strategies (e.g. expanding the portfolio, new construction, rehabilitation, etc.) to ensure the long-term viability of the Agency’s physical assets.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
MPHA expects all employees to exhibit the following behavioral skills:
Customer Service: Meets/exceeds the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; identifies, understands, monitors, and measures the needs of both internal and external customers; talks and acts with customers in mind; and recognizes working colleagues as customers.
Commitment: Sets high standards of performance; pursues aggressive goals and works hard/smart to achieve them; strives for results and success; conveys a sense of urgency and brings issues to closure; and persists despite obstacles and opposition.
Effective Communication: Employee is prepared, clear, concise, and organized in all facets of communication in order to fully establish understanding. Actively listens and understands the audience to adapt message appropriately. Communicates information with appropriate personnel in a timely manner.
Teamwork: Balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
Initiative: Proactively seeks solutions to resolve unexpected challenges. Actively assists others without formal/informal direction. Possesses the capacity to learn and actively seeks developmental feedback. Applies feedback for continued growth by mastering concepts needed to perform work.
In addition to the above competencies, MPHA expects its leadership employees to also exhibit the following behavioral skills:
Leadership: Provides direction by clearly and effectively setting course of action for department and subordinates; and manages performance by providing regular feedback and reinforcement to subordinates.
Strategic Capability: Provides mission, sets direction and inspires others to deliver on the organizational mandate. Decisions are based on ethical and social responsible principles.
Program and Project Management: Plans, manages and evaluates specific activities in order to deliver the desired outputs.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The work environment requires a demonstrated ability to interact effectively with persons from diverse economic, social, and ethnic backgrounds, including new immigrants, limited English language proficiency clients, and clients with a variety of mental health issues and other disabilities.
Office environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Position also works on Agency construction sites and properties, which may cause the employee to experience a range in temperatures and other weather conditions. The noise level may be loud, and the environment may be more hazardous than a standard office environment. This position may be required to work with contractors as well as Agency residents.
Education and/or Experience
Bachelor’s Degree in urban planning, architecture/engineering, construction management, real estate management, business administration or related field and a minimum of five (5) years of experience in construction, architecture/engineering, real estate development, or urban planning, preferably in relation to affordable housing development. Master’s Degree preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
Some positions may require possession of a valid driver’s license. Those positions may also require use of a personal vehicle and evidence of individual automobile insurance coverage, or the ability to be insurable under the Authority’s automobile insurance plan at the standard rate. Must pass a criminal history background check.
To perform this job successfully, the employee should have strong computer skills, experience with Yardi or similar software, and MS Word, Excel, and Outlook. Must have the ability to learn other computer software programs as required by assigned tasks.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
To perform this job successfully, the employee is frequently required to remain in a stationary position. Daily movements include sitting; standing; reaching and grasping; operating computers and other office equipment; moving about the office; and attending onsite and offsite meetings. The employee must be able to exchange information in person, in writing, and via telephone. The employee must occasionally transport up to 25 pounds.
The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority also offers an excellent benefits package that includes: Medical and Dental Insurance; Retirement plan; 457 deferred compensation plan; Group term life insurance (and optional term life insurance plans for family members); Long term disability insurance; paid sick leave; paid vacation leave; 12 paid holidays per year; tuition reimbursement program.