Development Manager (Self-Storage)

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Position Summary

The Position reports to the Director of Development and will be responsible for executing on the Company’s pipeline of development opportunities. Day-to-day responsibilities include consultant team management, coordinating project design, assisting in obtaining necessary approvals and permits, budget forecasting, bid administration, contract negotiations, construction management, and project delivery. Additionally, the Development Manager will assist and support the Real Estate Manager in their efforts to acquire new development opportunities. The Position will require travel and some overnight trips. Below is a list of some of the additional responsibilities the Position will entail.

Position Responsibilities

  • Lead teams of consultants and contractors to implement JDA’s regional capital deployment goals and objectives.
  • Plan internal and external resources as required to coordinate and monitor every facet of the development process for assigned projects, including:
    • Assist Real Estate Managers in evaluating land acquisitions.
    • Hire and manage design professionals and consultants.
    • Assist the Director of Entitlements in obtaining necessary planning and zoning approvals.
    • Engage appropriate service providers and/or consultants to provide conceptual and pre-construction estimating for all aspects of development.
    • Oversee the preparation of construction schedules and budgets.
    • Manage procurement of project permits and approvals.
    • Regulate on-site inspections of progress & quality.
    • Manage contractors to insure timely, on budget delivery.
    • Review due diligence materials and present findings to Management on viability of sites for development.
  • Assist in preparing the deal financial and feasibility analysis for projects.
  • Manage the pre-construction and construction process including but not limited to preparation of estimates, plans and specifications, permitting, bidding, and finalizing construction contracts within established parameters under the general supervision of the Director of Development.
  • Provide weekly construction reports to management and internal team members.
  • Assist in developing site plans that deliver the best-in-class product consistent with the market demands while achieving the investment assumptions approved in the underwriting process.
  • Assist the legal team in managing contracts, easements, and any necessary agreements necessary for development.
  • Monitor trends in the local construction market including pricing and availability of materials and labor.
  • Research design and construction alternatives and value engineering opportunities that will enhance new developments without compromising functionality or life cycle costs.
  • Interface with various public agencies and develop working relationships.
  • Understand & convey the inherent risks associated with a particular project.
  • Place a heavy focus on managing the construction and maintaining a significant on-site presence as owner’s representative.

Required Education and Experience

  • 4+ years of experience working in an engineering, construction, or real estate-related field preferred.
  • High degree of proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Project and Projectmates preferred.
  • Ability to travel up to 50%.
  • Detail-oriented and organized.
  • Ability to prioritize and accomplish multiple tasks effectively.
  • Represent Johnson Development Associates, Inc. in a positive and professional manner.
  • Maintain a high regard of confidentiality for company information.
  • Exceptional written and verbal skills
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial work environment.
  • Work and manage a team well under pressure.
  • Proficient organizational skill set, documenting and maintaining notes from correspondence and meetings and cataloging them for easy retrieval.

Beneficial Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in construction science or civil Engineering preferred.
  • Experience in the real estate industry

Equal Opportunity Employer

JDA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. JDA complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The company has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic duties have been included. It is intended to provide guidelines for job expectations and the employee's ability to perform the position described. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. This document does not represent an expressed or implied contract of employment nor does it alter your at-will employment, and the Company reserves the right to change this job description and/or assign tasks for the employee to perform, as the Company may deem appropriate.

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