Development Manager, Multifamily Division

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JDA is currently searching for a full-time Development Manager for the Multifamily Division.  A description of the position and requirements are listed below.  Qualified candidates should email their resume to

Position Summary

As a member of the Multifamily Division Team, the Development Manager, (“The Position”), will report to and assist the Director of Construction and will be responsible for all aspects and oversight of the specific projects assigned. The Position will be expected to effectively lead and manage the design team, third party consultants, and general contractor through all phases of the pre-development and development/construction process, from early programming and conceptual design through the duration of construction and delivery of the final certificate of occupancy. The Position must initiate and manage the construction phase of the project to ensure successful and on-time delivery. Through intelligent design and cost review, consultant management, problem identification and resolution, and building and managing contractor relationships, the Position is expected to deliver developments under budget and ahead of schedule, while managing and eliminating Johnson Development Associate’s deal specific exposure. Prior to the start of construction for the assigned project, the Position may require the relocation to an area near the project site and the Position will work from an office located at or nearby the project site. The Position may require some travel and overnight trips. Below is a list of additional responsibilities the Position will entail.

Position Responsibilities – Essential

  • Support and Partner with the Multifamily Real Estate Team Members in the evaluation of opportunities by leading the site planning, design, and underwriting/cost analysis processes, and identifying and quantifying potential risks.

  • Lead the Physical Due Diligence and Entitlements process to ensure that all potential physical or regulatory impediments to our ability to develop a site to its intended end use are identified and quantified along with the required remedies to remove or address the impediment.

  • Know and evaluate the correct vendors and service providers including, but not limited to contractors, architects, engineers, land planners/landscape architects, consulting engineers, etc. Know the key players and identify who and when to engage. Develop and maintain these relationships. Identify and negotiate scope and contracts when we are prepared to engage.

  • Lead the Design process from Conceptual through Design Development by constantly engaging the design process/feedback loop through asset management, 3rd party management, marketing, leadership, and other applicable stakeholders. Ensure that our design team understands and incorporates all of the selected features and programming into the project documents using the most efficient and up to date design criteria and specifications.

  • Solicit, aggregate, and manage project specifications, continually seeking opportunities for efficiency, improved performance, cost savings, greater longevity, and improved safety.

  • Lead the contractor procurement process to include finalizing the list of all invited bidders and assembling and ensuring the completeness and accuracy of all required bid documents including, but not limited to, the Bid Forms/Instructions, Scope of Work, Contract, Drawings/Specs, and List of Alternates & Allowances. Leverage the talents and resources of fellow internal and external team members in Management, Legal, Development, Operations, Finance, Real Estate, and Design as needed.

  • Plan internal and external resources as required to coordinate and monitor every facet of the development process in projects that are assigned, including:

    • General oversight of all daily construction activities of the project’s General Contractor and their Sub-contractors

    • Manage design professionals and consultants and act as the liaison between the design team, the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), general contractor and the Management Team.

    • Oversee project permitting and closeout activities

    • Monitor and review all aspects of project design changes through detailed plan review and verification of costs associated with change orders

    • Interface and coordinate with the community and municipal entities

    • Manage procurement of project permits and approvals

    • Regulate on-site inspections of progress & quality

    • Manage General Contractor to insure timely, on budget delivery of the project maintaining a focus on actual progress versus the project schedule

    • Prepare and distribute to the management team weekly reports for the assigned project.

    • Understand the various material tests throughout the construction process; develop methods to mitigate risk on a project‐specific basis

    • Monitor trends in the local construction market including pricing and availability of materials and labor

    • Research and evaluate design and construction alternatives and value engineering opportunities that will enhance the product being constructed without compromising functionality or life cycle costs

    • Interface and develop working relationships with potential Johnson Development Associates business partners, including but not limited to various public agencies, designers, consultants, contractors, and vendors

    • Continually understand & convey the inherent risks associated with a particular project


  • Minimum 3 years of relevant experience in real estate development, construction management, estimating, architectural and/or civil engineering design. Specific experience in Multifamily/Residential development and/or construction is strongly encouraged.

  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Real Estate Development, Construction Science/Management, Architectural Design, Civil Engineering or equivalent levels of work experience.

  • High degree of proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel). Proficiency in MS Project (although not required) is a plus. Proficiency in a Project Management software such as Projectmates or Procore is a plus but not required.

  • Detail oriented and organized

  • Ability to prioritize and accomplish multiple tasks effectively. Ability to work independently on-site.

  • Represent Johnson Development Associates, Inc. in a positive and professional manner

  • Maintain a high regard of confidentiality for company information

  • Be self-motivated and demonstrate excellent time management discipline with minimal direction

  • 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

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Company is committed to diversity and equal opportunity employment. The Company does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy (including medical needs due to pregnancy, child birth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, military obligations, or marital status. This policy applies to all areas of employment, including employment status and opportunities such as hiring, internal promotions, training, opportunities for advancement, and termination and applies to all Company employees and applicants.


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.

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