The Real Estate Specialist is a new position at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In recent years, internal work at the National Trust as well as a growing engagement with preservation organizations, real estate developers, green building advocates, and community development groups across the country has led us to expand the capacity to provide sophisticated and effective real estate expertise both on specific projects and in training organizations involved with development through revolving funds, income-producing uses at historic sites, energy retrofit programs, and related activities. The Real Estate Specialist will become part of a growing team of National Trust staff working in this sphere, and will collaborate with other historic property development specialists in the Preservation Partners Network, the Historic Properties Redevelopment Program network, and the National Trust subsidiaries: the National Trust Community Investment Corporation, and the National Main Street Center.
The Real Estate Specialist provides in-depth real estate development expertise to several key National Trust-related projects and campaigns. This individual located in our Field Services department in the Preservation Division collaborates most directly with our Field Services, Historic Sites, Preservation Resources, and Preservation Green Lab offices as well as the Trusts Legal Division.
The position is projected to be based in New York City, but other locations that align with National Trust field office locations may be considered, especially Chicago, Los Angeles or San Francisco.
National Treasures: Serve as a team specialist to help develop and evaluate innovative development-based preservation solutions for a broad range of threatened sites and buildings with national significance.
Preservation Green Lab/Livable Cities Priority: Meet with local developers and city officials in communities where the Trust is engaged to develop solutions for the adaptive reuse of vacant and underused properties and promote sustainable, preservation-based development.
Historic Site redevelopment: Work closely on projects at key National Trust Historic Sites where we are considering shared use reinventions that involve both for-profit and non-profit uses and partners.
- For instance, assist our project team at sites such as Cooper-Molera and Woodlawn in the ongoing relationships between for-profit developers and the National Trust. Help with the review of business plans and provide detailed financial analysis to help determine and implement mission-appropriate courses of action in development for the National Trust.
- At other sites such as Lyndhurst and Chesterwood, help our team develop and evaluate options and potential partners for various buildings on the grounds. The skills noted above would all come into play in this work.
Professional Resources: Work with Preservation Resources and the Historic Property Redevelopment Program to identify training and resources gaps among professional preservationists and allies. Provide subject matter expertise in the development of trainings, webinars, publications and toolkits.
- 3-5 years related experience, preferably in a context of 8-10 years of overall work experience - particularly in a matrixed and geographically dispersed organization. Specialized experience or education/training in related areas may substitute for years of overall experience.
- The Specialist will be involved with projects entailing six- to seven-figure rehabilitations; work history should include demonstrated experience with projects of similar scale, in the following areas:
- Direct experience working with Project Managers and teams for building rehabilitation projects, providing real estate analysis on the projects.
- Direct experience building and managing a development project budget and proforma.
- Direct experience in client-facing positions.
- Direct experience with financing development projects, including the use of financial incentives such as tax credits for rehabilitation, energy efficiency, and affordable housing.
- An interest in conservation/preservation/sustainability-related solutions to real estate development; professional experience, training or education in a preservation-related field a plus.
- Presentation and writing skills ability to work effectively and collaboratively with NTHP staff as well as partner, industry, and donor representatives. Experience helping to identify or develop and implement training solutions a plus.
- Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint required. Familiarity with other software, including databases, design and social media engagement tools, a plus.
- Advanced analytical skills and problem solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization.
- Ability to achieve results with general supervision.
- Experience successfully managing internal and external stakeholders and relationships.
- Proven ability to collaborate across divisions to implement processes and achieve results. Track record of building and maintaining productive relationships with multiple stakeholders.
- Demonstrated success enaging culturally diverse audiences, partners and colleagues preferred.
- Ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently and respond to a high volume of ongoing requests in a timely fashion, along with ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment.
- Regular and reliable attendance required.
- Master's Degree (or equivalent combination of traning and experience) in Real Estate Development (Strongly Preferred), Finance, or Planning