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Senior Entitlements Manager

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.

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