Position Objective:

Community HousingWorks (CHW), a nationally recognized nonprofit developer of affordable housing real estate projects, is looking for a Project Manager to join our multifamily division. The primary job responsibilities will be to plan, coordinate, implement, and manage all activities related to affordable housing development, from acquisition to construction completion and permanent loan conversion. The Senior Project Manager is in charge of this position.


Essential Functions

  1. Assesses the viability of potential development opportunities; conceptualizes a development program in accordance with the organization’s mission and goals; and makes recommendations to the supervisor and senior team.
  2. Plans and executes a review of all financial and physical due diligence required to protect the organization’s real estate investments.
  3. In collaboration with development team partners, plans and obtains entitlements, planning approval, all construction permits and approvals, and all wet and dry utility plans and approvals.
  4. Stakeholders and the general public are represented by the Organization’s representative. Plans and strategizes outreach to gain community support for projects. As needed, attends and participates in community and government organization meetings.
  5. Establishes and monitors time and cost schedules; prepares and monitors project budgets and cash flow projections.
  6. Researches funding sources and remains familiar with key sources’ threshold and screening criteria; Prepares and submits funding applications in order to secure funding for the development’s predevelopment, construction, and permanent phases.
  7. Implements a pre-approved selection process to recommend the hiring of development team members, contract consultants, and financial partners for the subject project.
  8. Strategizes and collaborates with supervisor on the negotiation, coordination, and preparation of various development-related contracts, obtaining legal reviews as needed to reduce risk to the organization and secure project financing.
  9. Manages the design process in collaboration with the supervisor and senior team, as well as coordinating the design process with the Asset Management, Property Management, and Resident Services Departments as needed.
  10. Manages the design and construction teams, which include architects, general contractors, engineers, construction managers, and other consultants, to ensure project budget and schedule adherence, cost containment, and quality control. Resolves associated issues and concerns. Regular site inspections and construction draw meetings are conducted and organized. At least twice a month, personally inspects active construction projects.
  11. Monitors project financial accounting, contract payments, and lender and funder reporting requirements, and prepares them as needed.
  12. Prepares and delivers progress reports to the supervisor, senior team, board of directors, board committees, and others as needed.
  13. As needed, assists in the research and preparation of policy briefings for the Agency, Supervisor, and Directors.
  14. Coordination of the transfer process with Asset Management and Resident Services staff following the completion of new construction and/or acquisition of existing residential properties.
  15. Other responsibilities include real estate development, policy development, organizational budgets, planning, and administration.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills

  1. Capability to plan and manage multifamily real estate development projects. Knowledge of project management principles and tools
  2. Strong analytical abilities, computation, negotiation, and problem-solving abilities are required.
  3. Capability to make public presentations and successfully collaborate with community groups, government and private lenders, and low-income tenants.
  4. Budgeting, finance, and cost management knowledge are required.
  5. Knowledge of different funding sources and application processes for affordable housing development.
  6. Leadership and team-building abilities are required.
  7. Basic understanding of building construction. Capability to track and manage construction projects, subcontractors, and participants in project development.
  8. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  9. The ability to work both independently and in groups.
  10. Strong computer skills in office automation and a variety of software applications such as spreadsheets, word processing, and databases, as well as MS Office Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project Manager, and Adobe.

Education & Experience

A bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public administration, accounting, business, real estate, or a related field is required, as is four years of project management experience with a real estate development firm or a related business. It is preferable to have a master’s degree in a related field. Partial experience with lender or investor organizations can be substituted. Extensive knowledge of low-income housing tax credit financing.

Desired Qualifications: Experience with community planning and contract management; knowledge of, or experience with, issues confronting low-income communities and families. Being able to communicate in Spanish is advantageous.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are typical of those that an employee must meet in order to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Individuals with disabilities may be allowed to perform essential functions with reasonable accommodations.

The employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear while performing the duties of this job. The employee must occasionally stand, walk, and drive a car.
The employee is required to occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 – 40 pounds. Close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus are all required for this job.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are typical of those encountered by an employee while performing the essential functions of this job. Individuals with disabilities may be allowed to perform essential functions with reasonable accommodations. In most workplaces, the noise level is moderate.


The annual salary range is determined by experience and education. CHW provides generous benefits to its employees, which include:

  • Health Coverage
  • Dental and Vision Insurance
  • 401(K)
  • Disability and Life Insurance
  • The FSA (Flexible Spending Account)
  • Paid Vacation
  • Paid vacation
  • EAP (Employee Assistance Program)