RISE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

What

Rise Community Development (Rise) is seeking an experienced, mission-driven applicant to join our neighborhood redevelopment and community planning team in the role of Project Manager.  This is a full-time salaried position, with a salary range of $60,000 – $70,000 depending on qualifications. The position will require occasional night and weekend hours in addition to standard office hours. 

Rise provides an attractive benefits package, including paid time off, employer paid health and disability insurance, and a generous 401(k) matching program. Additional benefits include opportunities for professional development, an office near Metrolink stations and Metro bus lines (free parking as well) in Downtown, and a strong emphasis on individualism for how the day-to-day work of the position is approached.

Why

At Rise, we work closely with community-based organizations, local governments and community stakeholders to undertake transformative neighborhood redevelopment projects and, more recently, to engage communities in radically-community driven planning processes that are intentionally changing the way neighborhood planning is done, who is empowered in the process, and what the results look like.  Our team works on a range of services to support neighborhood revitalization, including:

  • Community engagement
  • Planning
  • Graphic design
  • Site selection and acquisition
  • Financial modeling of complex, tax credit-driven real estate development projects
  • Building of a development team
  • Attracting investors and lenders
  • Submitting financing applications to private and public sector financing sources
  • Submitting grant applications to public, corporate and foundation sources
  • Negotiating partnership agreements with investors.

Where

Rise was created in 1997 when two predecessor organizations combined. Rise continues the community development and real estate development traditions of both, combining a community-based approach with a high degree of technical expertise in real estate development.  We partner with communities to build stronger, more equitable St. Louis area neighborhoods.  Our work transforms neighborhoods.

We are the region’s foremost place-based nonprofit housing and community development organization, covering St. Louis City, St. Louis County, as well as the Illinois Counties of Madison and St. Clair.  We provide a wide-range of resources, including:

  • Capacity-building technical assistance to neighborhood-based community development organizations
  • Community engagement and radically community-driven planning services
  • Affordable and mixed-income/mixed use housing development services
  • Access to community data and data analysis
  • Database design and geographic information services
  • Access to financing.

Rise makes the connections between non-profit community organizations, financial institutions and government that make successful neighborhood revitalization possible.

Who

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in social sciences, business, urban planning, architecture, urban design, real estate or a related field
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Experience managing individual deadlines and tasks as part of a project team
  • Good communications skills with diverse audiences
  • Flexibility in reacting to changing priorities
  • Willing and able to explore innovative and efficient solutions to problems
  • Interest in a range of topics impacting social conditions, especially in an urban setting

Preferred Skills:

  • Master’s degree or 2+ years of professional experience working in community development, urban planning or housing development
  • Demonstrated experience building connections with community groups
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Able to manage projects and communicate with clients and partners
  • Understanding of the relationships between social conditions and quality of life outcomes
  • Familiarity with local governmental and political structures
  • Knowledge and experience in housing development planning and processes; real estate practice; real estate development finance, including low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) and historic rehabilitation tax credit-financed developments; housing programs and regulations (including HOME and CDBG)
  • Working familiarity with how to read and understanding construction drawings and a working knowledge of construction techniques
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign)

How

How:  Please submit only a resume and a quick answer to the following prompt (responses should be no more than 250 words) to [email protected], with the subject line “Project Manager”.

Do not submit a cover letter. We look forward to reviewing your materials!

How can we make neighborhoods fully hospitable to and inclusive of residents with a range of incomes, ages and abilities?

Rise is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind: Rise is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Rise are based on the organization’s needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, family or parental status, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation or any other status protected by Federal, State or local laws or regulations. Rise will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. Rise encourages applicants of all ages.