The Community Builders, Inc. (TCB) is a nationally recognized nonprofit developer, owner and manager of affordable and mixed-income residential and commercial properties. Founded in 1964, TCB has developed over 25,000 residential units as well as office and retail properties, and owns or manages over 11,000 rental units nationally. TCB strategic plan calls for continued growth in existing markets of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and the District of Columbia and expansion of our real estate development capacity, community life engagement and resident resource building, financial strength, and property management, all guided by our mission “to build and sustain strong communities where people of all incomes can fulfill their full potential”.
The project associate assists the Chicago Regional Director and Project Managers in achieving our goal of producing a minimum of three new projects in Chicago per annum. TCB teams work together to combine our development capacity, financial strength, property management and human development efforts, all guided by our mission to build and sustain strong communities where people of all incomes can achieve their full potential. To reach critical mass in strategically important target markets, the Project Associate will be expected to assist in providing an elevated level of insight and analysis, supported by thoughtful and strategic relationship management.
Key reasons to be in Development at The Community Builders
We lead with the mission. TCB takes on tough and complex projects, but also projects which will make a lasting difference for the communities in which we operate.
You will work with a team of bright and dedicated individuals, whose creativity and persistence and get it done attitude make for an enriching work environment.
You will build key skills as a Project Associate, with an opportunity to make a real difference as the team works through complex decisions. We look for individuals who can grow with TCB over time into more senior level development positions.
Assisting the Regional Director in building and sustaining a robust pipeline of impactful projects in Tier I and Tier II markets. This will involve research (who owns the property, who are the stakeholders, what are the comparable prices, etc.), obtaining documents (assessor’s maps, zoning regulations, registry deeds, etc.), and preparing maps and documents (using available templates, and where not available, creating new ones, to produce Requests for Proposals, funding applications, responses to RFPs, etc.)
Conducting due diligence to assess viability of projects.
Organizing meetings (contacting attendees, preparing agendas, keeping minutes, distributing notes, etc.)
Keeping files (filing documents and correspondence appropriately)
Tracking project tasks (calling participants to encourage progress, visiting sites to monitor progress, inputting data into tracking software, reporting progress to project manager, and notifying project manager when tasks are not on track)
Handling routine calls and correspondence
Handling routine project tasks (requisitions, A/P for several projects)
Input data into existing models (spreadsheets, charts, tables) to assist in due diligence
Create forms, spreadsheets, charts, tables and business letters as required to present project information
Preparing materials for meetings and presentations, including PowerPoint presentations, written handouts, charts, photographs, etc.
Assisting the Development Director and project managers with other tasks as needed to further the successful completion of the region’s projects.
Carrying out administrative tasks of the office including communications, record keeping, correspondence, filing, maintenance of office equipment etc.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Excellent writing skills
Excellent communication skills
Solid computer skills (experience with MS Office Suite a must) and demonstrated ability to quickly learn new software programs
Ability to undertake, balance, and manage multiple tasks and assignments
Excellent organizational skills
Be a self-starter and able to work independently
The project associate is accountable to several project managers in the region, but reports to TCB’s Chicago Director of Development
Education & Experience:
Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in business or related discipline. Master’s Degree in public policy, urban planning or related is preferred.
Minimum 2+ years related job experience, ideally project administrative experience in a corporate real estate environment, preferably managing due diligence process for closing with investors and lenders in a LIHTC transaction environment. Related experience acceptable.