Senior Project Manager

- Saint Paul, MN

30+ days agoFull-time
We're looking for experienced professionals to join a team that is passionate about building a vibrant, dynamic Saint Paul by leveraging the strengths of a diverse urban core city. This is an exciting role that will provide you with the opportunity to shape the future of Saint Paul.

There are openings on the Housing and Economic Development teams within the Department of Planning and Economic Development (PED). PED's mission is to build community wealth - through business, housing, jobs, planning, financial and cultural assets.

With the Housing team, your role would be to leverage a variety of affordable housing finance tools and lead single and multi-family housing projects including acquisition, rehabilitation and disposition of properties. With the Economic Development team, you would lead commercial development deals, and support business investments and job growth in the City through business loan programs. Our current Economic Development strategy articulates the work in more detail. In either role, you would lead real estate development projects on behalf of the City.

We are posting these positions at three levels – Project Manager, Senior Project Manager and Principal Project Manager - and will hire candidates based on the best alignment of skills and experience with the department's current needs. Please apply for the highest level you qualify for in terms of minimum credentials. Feel free to contact our Human Resources consultant Kate Moen (, or 651-266-6693) with any questions.

Primary responsibilities:
Initiating, planning and managing all aspects of real estate development projects on behalf of the City of Saint Paul, including property acquisition and assembly, reviewing development proposals, financing, negotiating deal terms, and property sales
Negotiating and managing contracts with community organizations, government entities, businesses and developers
Evaluating project development proposals requesting City assistance including Tax Increment Finance, Revenue Bonds, Tax Credits, property sales and pass-through development grants, and making investment recommendations to department management and elected officials
Providing guidance to other staff on development strategy, policy and logistics
Working collaboratively with colleagues in the department and other City departments to develop creative solutions to building a dynamic, vibrant city for all residents
Collaborating with community organizations, government entities and developers on real estate projects

Preferred experience and skills:
Strong understanding of real estate finance and development, either housing or commercial
Experience with creating and evaluating development and operating pro formas
Ability to clearly and effectively communicate projects and financing concepts to the public and elected officials
Strong negotiating skills and experience negotiating terms for real estate development projects
Experience with community engagement, especially in immigrant and minority communities
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex technical concepts clearly across different audiences and varying levels of the organization
Experience working collaboratively across different skill sets and points of view
Superior attention to detail, critical thinking, problem solving and organizational skills
Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision while meeting deadlines
A drive to do what it takes to get the job done including taking on different roles and responsibilities and adapting to changing environments
Bi-lingual competency, ideally Spanish, Hmong, Vietnamese, Somali or Oromo
Research experience - demographics, economics, market trends and policy

For the Housing role:
Affordable housing development – including acquisition, rehab, disposition and Federal and State financing tool

For the Economic Development role:
Experience in cultural-themed place-making and business development
Specific experience and knowledge in one or more business sectors: health care; higher education; manufacturing; technology; arts & entertainment; etc.
Small business consulting - particularly minority-owned small businesses and/or start ups
  • The City of Saint Paul postings create an eligible list that we hire from for up to a year.
Saint Paul is a city of neighborhoods. Like a network of urban villages, our neighborhoods are strong and stable, each with its own unique offerings, texture of historic interest, cultural landmarks, and racial and ethnic diversity. Our population has just exceeded 300,000, and we are home to just over 179,000 jobs. Saint Paul is at the heart of the 3.8 million-person Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area. More than 80 languages are spoken in the homes of Saint Paul school students, with the four most used languages being English, Spanish, Hmong and Somali. We seek to strengthen our innate assets by meaningfully engaging our diverse residents and businesses to build a city that is vibrant, cosmopolitan and welcoming, and to maximize our unique potential to be a compelling force in the global economy.

The Department of Planning and Economic Development's mission is to build community wealth - through business, housing, jobs, planning, financial and cultural assets.

The City of Saint Paul has established a Racial Equity Strategy with goals of ending racial disparity in the City as an organization, achieving racial equity in city services and engagement, and eliminating race-based disparities in our community. This citywide effort is designed to ensure that race does not predetermine opportunities in education, employment, housing, health and safety.

A Bachelor's Degree in Urban Planning, Economics, Housing, Finance, Real Estate, Public Administration, Business Administration, or a related field and two years of experience as a Project Manager or equivalent or four years of experience in a development project management role.

Experience can be substituted for education.

Some positions in this class may require reading, writing, and speaking fluently in a language other than English. Please note if you have language skills.

May require a valid Minnesota Class D Driver's License, or equivalent out-of-state driver's license. The driver's license must have no suspensions or revocations for driving-related offenses within the two year period prior to the date of appointment. Suspensions for parking-related offenses are excluded.

Submit a City of Saint Paul online application, including answers to the Supplemental Questionnaire.
Upload or submit the following required document(s) via the online application system, mail, in person, email, or fax. (Zip files and web links will not be accepted. Each uploaded attachment is limited to 10MB.)
A legible copy of your resume (required)
A legible copy of your cover letter (required). Indicate in your cover letter, whether you are interested in the Housing role, Economic Development role, or if you would be willing to work in either of the roles.
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Assessment: The assessment process will include a pass/fail Qualification Rating which includes a review of your resume and application against the primary responsibilities and preferred qualifications.

Open Job Posting: This posting is open to anyone who meets the position requirements.

Eligible Lists: Eligible lists typically are created from a pass/fail assessment. Those who pass the assessment will be placed on an eligible list for approximately one year. Hiring Managers may interview/hire anyone from the list.

You will be notified if you are invited to participate in the final selection process which may include an interview.

Condition of Employment:
This position requires a background check and submittal of proof of education as a condition of employment. Candidates will be required to submit proof of education to Human Resources upon conditional job offer. The City of Saint Paul encourages individuals to apply for positions regardless of criminal history.

Human Resources Contact Information:
Kate Moen
Suite 1400 City Hall Annex
25 West Fourth Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Phone: 651-266-6693
Fax: 651-266-6490

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Veteran's Preference: If you are a veteran and would like to receive Veteran's preference in accordance with MN Statute 197.455, you must submit a photocopy of your DD214 preferably at time of application. Click here for more information.

The City of Saint Paul is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Veterans, women, persons of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The City of Saint Paul offers a competitive benefits package:
Paid / Partial Paid Benefits:
Competitive salary
Health insurance with basic dental
17 days of vacation to start and 10 paid holidays per year
Sick leave
Life insurance
Subsidized metro pass
Deferred compensation options
State pension (PERA)
40 hour work week with occasional overtime
Federal Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Optional Benefits:
Dental insurance
Flexible Spending Accounts
Disability Insurance
Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
Long Term Care Insurance

An Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer