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Senior Entitlements Manager
San Diego, CA
The Senior Project Manager is a full-time senior-level position providing consulting services to Company’s real estate development, public agency, and non-profit clients. The Senior Project Manager will work alongside the President/Owner and Project Associate on project feasibility, land use entitlement, and policy planning efforts to advance high-profile and innovative projects in the San Diego region. Projects range from major mixed-use developments to small-scale urban infill.
Research land use and planning materials to assess project feasibility and resolve issues that arise in the planning process.
Prepare land use and planning strategies that achieve client goals, minimize delays, and reduce risk.
Propose solutions to unforeseen problems encountered during the entitlement process.
Turn strategies and concepts into written reports and work product that can clearly convey complex planning and development issues.
Proactively identify opportunities to improve projects through creative use of existing land use regulations or by proposing new policies.
Prepare presentations, memoranda, correspondence, due diligence, and technical materials.
Review and evaluate development plans, surveys, and other technical reports.
Assist with permit applications and reviews for local agency approvals.
Coordinate comments, revisions, and submittals to ensure successful project entitlements.
Report on timelines, potential issues, and general project performance on a regular basis.
Prepare meeting agendas, lead meetings, and take notes to keep track of action items.
Engage with clients about projects and priorities throughout the planning process.
Interact with other client consultants such as architects, civil engineers, environmental consultants, and government affairs consultants to overcome obstacles and maintain schedules.
Act as a liaison with government agency staff, key stakeholders, and third parties to explain technical details and build project support.
Monitor legislative changes at the state and local level for potential impacts on client projects.
Represent the company and its clients at public hearings and stakeholder meetings through public speaking and community engagement.
Prepare and execute strong applications in response to Requests for Proposals (RFPs).
Establish relationships and maintain a professional network in the San Diego region with industry stakeholders, public officials, and community leaders.
Assist with ensuring the company has a visible presence at key industry organizations and local boards and committees.
Support public relations, communications, and media relations efforts as-needed.
Minimum five years of experience in land use, real estate development, housing, urban planning, government affairs, public policy, or a related field, including experience working on discretionary entitlements.
10 - 15 years of experience is desired.
Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree or professional degree preferred.
Experience working on discretionary entitlements and major planning initiatives to secure approval at public agencies.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to quickly resolve challenging problems.
Knowledge of development processes and understanding of municipal codes, zoning, development regulations, and land use plans.
Understanding of local legislative and political processes.
Demonstrated track record of creating quality work product.
Detail-oriented and excellent organizational skills.
Ability to prioritize and multi-task to meet deadlines.
Aptitude for taking direction and executing on it without extensive supervision.
Experience managing employees or outside consultants.
Ability to lead meetings and engage directly with clients and other project team-members.
Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to develop trust with diverse set of people and organizations to further a common cause.
Strong writing skills and public speaking skills.
Ability to maintain confidentiality of company and client information.
Existing professional network or the ability to quickly develop a strong network in land use, real estate, public policy, politics or related fields in the San Diego region.