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Vice President, National Real Estate Programs  

Category National Initiatives - National Real Estate Programs  

NeighborWorks America: Working Together for Strong Communities

Purpose of Division:

The National Real Estate Programs Department is one of four departments that make up the National Initiatives Division at NeighborWorks America. The Division is responsible for developing, testing, and managing innovative national strategies and services in support of the approximately 250 local NeighborWorks Organizations located across the country. Areas of focus for the National Real Estate Programs Department include real estate development and asset management, business strengthening, and access to capital. The duties of this position are performed under the direct supervision of the Senior Vice President of National Initiatives.

Position Summary:

The Vice President, National Real Estate Programs, leads NeighborWorks’ national efforts to achieve corporate real estate goals. The Vice President provides subject matter expertise, strategic planning, national thought leadership and leads program development and management activities. Key focus areas of this position include designing and overseeing strategies that support sustainable business lines in real estate development, portfolio management and resident services. This position provides direction to align NeighborWorks financial and technical resources in support the NeighborWorks organizations that actively develop multifamily and single family real estate and operate some 175,000 rental units. In addition, the Vice President is actively engaged with NeighborWorks’ affiliated community development capital corporations in supporting needed capital products to serve the network’s real estate activities.

The Vice President leads a team of five program managers (one vacant position) and is responsible for staff performance and budget development and oversight.

Preference is for Washington, DC; consideration will be given for NeighborWorks regional office locations (Atlanta, Boston, New York, Kansas City or Denver).

Essential Duties/Responsibilities

Real Estate Development and Preservation

  • Direct and develop innovative programs to achieve NeighborWorks America’s strategic outcomes in real estate development and preservation. Programs address a wide range of real estate types such as multifamily and single-family housing, mixed-use, commercial and community facilities.
  • Identify trends in real estate practice and lead a team to develop national strategies, resources and tools to sustain organizations, foster innovation and advance practices that address systemic inequalities.
  • Direct and oversee delivery of key programs that support sustainability of organizations through a focus on business and portfolio strengthening and growth.

Industry Leadership

  • Provide strategic expert advice to NeighborWorks’ senior leaders and Officers which may include providing written and analytical support for budget documents, testimony and presentations.
  • Oversee key national partnerships supporting professional development and thought leadership in real estate fields including the Consortium for Housing Asset Managers (CHAM) and Strength Matters supporting CFOs and financial professionals. See attached.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholder institutions to elevate NeighborWorks’s real estate development efforts and to develop best practices and test innovations.
  • Represent NeighborWorks’ real estate development initiatives and other programs at conferences, stakeholder meetings, etc.

Management and Leadership

  • Lead a diverse team of staff providing strategic vision and guiding them to successful implementation of national real estate and asset management programs and strategies.
  • Proactively engage the Real Estate Advisory Committee, comprised of Network CEOs, to gain advice on the programs and resources being developed and deployed. This includes regular conference calls and semi-annual in person meetings.
  • Oversee design and implementation of grants designed to advance real estate development practices and portfolios within the Network, in coordination with the National Initiatives Operations team and the Field Operations Division.
  • Collaborate with division SVP and VPs to define and coordinate division strategies and goals, including embedding equity considerations in program design and grantmaking.
  • Oversee department budget, funding contracts and professional service contracting in support of program activities.
  • Deliver presentations and analytical writing for internal and external audiences on programmatic and policy topics.
  • Work in collaboration with the NeighborWorks training staff to develop and offer training and capacity building strategies.
  • Assist SVP of National Initiatives and corporate leadership with implementation of special projects as requested.

Asset Management

  • Oversee the ongoing use of and development of data tools which currently include (a) MFInsights system for quarterly data on portfolio performance, (b) annual real estate development pipeline data, (c) quarterly and annual data points in the NeighborWorks data collection system.
  • Participate in the quarterly Organizational Health Tracking System (OHTS) process and meetings to share knowledge of Network portfolio performance and potential risks.

Capital Formation

  • Support the formation of strategic capital resources needed by the NeighborWorks Network, by serving as NeighborWorks America’s relationship manager with two related capital corporations (CDFIs) -- NeighborWorks Capital Corporation and Community Housing Capital Corporation. This includes managing the
Position Requirements

Minimum Qualifications:
(a) Education: Bachelor’s degree is required.

(b) Experience: Minimum 15 years of experience in the field of affordable housing development, management or financing, including both technical and leadership roles,

(c) Licenses, Certifications: None specified.
(d) Competencies, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Considerable knowledge in real estate development, finance and portfolio management, and resident services.
  • Demonstrated business acumen with ability to balance mission and bottom line.
  • Significant work with and understanding of community based non-profits and affordable real estate development and management in this environment.
  • Strong management skills with the ability to inspire, motivate and set the direction for a team of staff.
  • Management of multiple complex programs with the ability to meet critical deadlines. This includes managing budgets, timelines and coordinating with a diverse group that will include but not be limited to staff, consultants, and advisors from within and outside the NeighborWorks® network.
  • Demonstrated strategic change management for innovation along with ability to conceptualize and launch new strategies and programs over a period of years.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve complex problems, analyze quantitative and qualitative information, and make recommendations as well as to prepare studies, surveys and reports.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with others and successfully interact with people at all management and support levels, as well as people of diverse socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Accomplishments that reflect innovation, teamwork, integrity, effectiveness, and efficiency, including demonstrated leadership, ability to influence and bring about consensus, be flexible and to work independently.
  • Ability to develop high-level professional relationships, coordinating with national and local partners and funders.
  • High level of flexibility and adaptability required.
  • Maintain timely and regular attendance.

(e) NeighborWorks America Staff are expected to demonstrate excellence in the following:

  • Sensitivity to racial, gender, sexual orientation and cultural differences
  • Effective, respectful, and timely communications with internal and external stakeholders
  • Listening effectively, seeks and accepts feedback
  • Effective teamwork
  • Analytic, thoughtful and strategic thinking
  • Considering the mission, objectives, and goals of NeighborWorks and demonstrating an understanding of the impact of her/his/their decisions and behavior on the organization

(f) Technology: Proficient use of Microsoft Office suite.

Preferred Qualifications:
A Master’s degree in business administration, public policy/administration/affairs, nonprofit management, planning, or related discipline is strongly preferred.

Working Conditions:
(a) Travel: Up to 25 percent.
(b) Physical/Sensory Demands: Fast-paced working environment, extensive computer usage including regular use of video conferencing.

Duration Continuous  
Division National Initiatives  
Department National Real Estate Programs  
Travel up to 25%  
Working Conditions Fast-paced working environment, extensive computer usage including regular use of video conferencing.  
Close Date 4/19/2021  
Location CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS: District of Columbia Office  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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