WANTED: Director to revitalize corridor and historic neighborhoods in Detroit

Jefferson East, Inc. is a partnership organization and collaborative catalyst for economic development among the five districts that comprise the east Jefferson corridor: Lafayette Park, Rivertown, the Villages, the Marina District and Historic Jefferson-Chalmers. We are hiring an Economic Development Director to help transform a Detroit corridor and nearby historic neighborhoods.

Do you love creating a visually compelling, before and after redevelopment story that transforms commercial districts and neighborhoods? If yes, then you may be interested in leading the revitalization of the East Jefferson corridor, and JEI’s historic Jefferson-Chalmers Main Street project, including the redevelopment of vacant and blighted commercial properties.

With JEI’s partners, the goal is to bring buildings back to a useful life that support neighborhood retail and housing in multiple neighborhoods. Specifically, you will help energize seven retail storefronts, attract inspiring entrepreneurial business owners and support JEI’s properties with finance layering, environmental cleanup and project management coordination.

JEI seeks a highly motivated candidate who is eager to build their professional experience with the JEI team and board of directors. You understand real estate, the development process and proformas, with strong negotiating skills. You have proven project management acumen with strong leadership to keep your work and everyone else on track, and the ability to say no. Most important, you know how to build trusting relationships that lead to collaborations with our partners, including the JEI team, community members, local business/property owners, city staff, funders and peer organizations. Above all, you love urban spaces and want to be immersed in Detroit’s transformation.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelors in Real Estate Development, Urban Planning, Business, or a related field.
  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Project management certification or related training.
  • 5+ year’s relevant experience in real estate development.
  • Experience in real estate, brokerage, contract management and negotiation.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • $55,000-65,000, depending on qualifications
  • $4,800 Annual Health Care Stipend
  • Flexible work environment
  • Generous paid time off

Apply by: August 5, 2016
Start date: October 3, 2016

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