Senior Development Project Manager

Metro Portland , OR 97228

Posted 2 months ago

What motivates you? Is it pursuing your passion in real estate? Is it applying your experience and knowledge to help better the communities in which you live and work? Do you feel passionate about making communities more equitable and inclusive? Or is it that you get the opportunity to work on and lead complex housing projects that require public private partnerships, every day?

Interested in a challenging role that does all three? If so, look no further.

What you will do

As part of Metro's Planning and Development Team, the Senior Development Project Manager performs a variety of complex projects and assignments for Metro's Affordable Housing Bond Site Acquisition Program and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Program, and supports the 2040 Planning and Development Grants program.

Past projects that serve as good examples include the award winning 4th and Main project in downtown Hillsboro and the award winning Orchards at 82nd Ave in Southeast Portland. Current projects include redevelopment of parcels near the Elmonica MAX station in Beaverton and a large former broadcasting studio site in NE Portland for affordable housing.

The person in this role will perform analysis of real estate market conditions and real estate development feasibility. This role will negotiate public-private financing agreements, land acquisition and associated due diligence, and conduct sensitive communications with the public, development partners and outside agencies. The Planning and Development Department is committed to equitable outcomes across the region. Read the Department's Equity Strategy here.

Program management and support

  • Negotiates in the public interest the acquisition of land, provision of incentives for higher density development, redevelopment, affordable housing or other related program interests.

  • Reviews TOD and Housing Bond projects for compliance with each program's investment criteria.

  • Prepares staff reports for TOD Steering Committee and Metro Housing Bond approval processes.

  • Manages Metro 2040 planning grants and serves as technical advisor on 2040 planning projects.

  • Plans, develops, drafts, formats and executes programs, objectives, strategies and budgets for the Housing Bond Site Acquisition Program and TOD Program.

  • Manages multiple SAP and TOD projects and related program activities that require a high level of proficiency in transit-oriented development principles, financial analysis, and real estate development due diligence.

Stakeholder management

  • Facilitates development partnerships among private landowners, land developers, community based organizations, local jurisdictions, regional transit agencies (TriMet) and Metro.

  • Coordinates the selection of consultants, administers agreements and contracts with agencies; monitors work completed by consultants, contracting agencies and other organizations as appropriate.

  • Identifies programmatic, legislative, policy or regulatory strategies that can help facilitate investment area project development and support; builds agreement on common goals among multiple stakeholders.

RFP/RFQ management

  • Oversees and develops RFP/RFQ processes and engages developers in public-private partnerships that facilitate SAP/TOD goals.

  • Leads process and vetting of qualified contractor proposals, assembles bid submissions and fosters the selection of contractors.

Traits for success

  • Able to succeed in a work environment where ambiguity exists.

  • Ability to navigate the needs of various stakeholders and find an equitable consensus and outcome.

  • Systems thinker with advanced critical thinking and problem solving ability.

  • Advanced ability to mediate and resolve planning issues involving opposing interest groups.

  • Knowledge and practice of public-private partnerships.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with people of all ages and from a variety of cultural, economic and ethnic backgrounds.

  • Advanced ability to present technical information clearly to elected officials and the general public.

Experience and education

  • Bachelor's degree in urban planning, public administration, business, landscape architecture, urban studies or related field AND
  • Three years of experience in public/private partnerships and/or real estate development and urban revitalization efforts at the local level OR
  • Any combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job.

Preferred skills

  • Demonstrated experience managing complex projects with multiple stakeholders.

  • Ability to work with and successfully lead a team of professional colleagues and consultants.

  • Understanding and experience developing projects within a complex regulatory environment.

  • Passion for people, policy and technical details.

This position is represented and is classified as a Senior Regional Planner. Classification descriptions are typically written broadly and do not include the specific duties and responsibilities of the positions. The base salary target for this recruitment is between $79,331 - $ 87,464.

Additional Information: Work location: In response to COVID-19, work will generally be performed off-site (remote/telework) until the Metro Regional Center reopens.

Additional Information Related to COVID-19: The health and safety of our employees and community is a top priority for Metro. Employees will be required to follow all Metro COVID-related policies and procedures, which may meet or exceed guidelines set forth by the CDC, Oregon Health Authority, and other federal, state and local jurisdictions. Learn more at

Hello, we're Metro

Across greater Portland in 24 cities and three counties, there's one local government that brings us all together. Led by an elected council, Metro helps Oregonians shape the future and provides services that make life better today. Metro's work spans parks and nature, land and transportation, garbage and recycling, and arts and events. We help make greater Portland a great place to call home.

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Online applications: Metro accepts job applications online. If you need assistance or accommodation with your application, or access to a computer, call 503-797-1570.

Accommodation: Reasonable accommodation is available to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing this application or participating in this process. To obtain confidential assistance please contact Human Resources 503-797-1570.

Public Employees Retirement System (PERS): New employees will pay the employee portion of the PERS contribution.

Veterans' Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualified veterans may be eligible for veterans' preference when applying for Metro positions. If you are a veteran and would like to be considered for a veterans' preference for this job, please provide qualifying documents as instructed during the application process.

Criminal background check: In order to protect the wellbeing of its employees, the public and agency assets, Metro may conduct criminal background checks on candidates selected for Metro positions. Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude employment and will be considered on a case by case basis. A background check will only be conducted if you are selected as a finalist for a position. If selected as a finalist, you will be contacted by Human Resources prior to the initiation of a background check.

Equal employment opportunity: All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, familial status, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability for which a reasonable accommodation can be made or any other status protected by law. Assistance will be gladly provided upon request for any applicant with sensory or non-sensory disabilities.

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