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Job Title : Real Estate Developer(Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services)
Date Posted : March 3, 2021
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Description :

 Established in 1976 as a partnership between residents, funders, and local government, Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS) is a non-profit, community development corporation affiliated with NeighborWorks® America. INHS is dedicated to expanding the housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income residents of Tompkins, Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland, Schuyler, Seneca, and Tioga counties. It seeks to foster communities that embrace diversity, equity and sustainability in ways that produce lasting outcomes.


Working closely with the Director of Real Estate Development, the Real Estate Developer is responsible for the development of affordable housing projects from inception through final finance closing by assembling and managing an external team of financiers, architects, designers, engineers and contractors. These projects include new construction, renovation or adaptive re-use of a variety of housing types such as multifamily rental, single family detached, condominium, cooperative, and mixed-use.


Site Evaluation and Selection

  • Explore possible development sites with respect to zoning, cost, environmental and development feasibility, cost and availability.

Project Development 

  • Develop project concepts and initial cost estimates;
  • Create and manage project teams that include INHS staff and outside consultants;
  • Develop financial analyses, project schedules, financing and operating plans.
  • Prepare initial assessments of project feasibility, including appropriateness of the site; development of cost estimates; long-term operating viability and market risk;
  • Present feasibility analyses to decision-makers and funders for approval with recommendations

Project Funding

  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge about local, state and federal affordable housing programs;
  • Under direction from the Director for Real Estate Development,
    • Develop viable project funding plans that include funding for predevelopment, construction and operations;
    • Prepare grant or loan applications for funding from local, state or federal funders.

Project Design and Engineering

  • Under direction from the Director for Real Estate Development,
    • Oversee the development of design alternatives by architects and other professionals;
    • Secure zoning/site plan approval for proposed projects, including environmental SEQR approval of plans/specifications from local authorities and funders.

Funding Approval and Construction Closing

  • Coordinate financing approval with all lenders

Construction Management

  • Under direction from the Director for Real Estate Development,
    • Oversee contractor selection and contracts;
    • Monitor construction and contract compliance;
    • Monitor or coordinate disbursement/draw requests with accounting/finance staff.

Permanent Closing

  • Under direction from the Director for Real Estate Development, ensure timely closing of completed projects with Finance department and attorneys/funders/investors.


  • Reports to: Director of Real Estate Development Supervises: no other staff


Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Real Estate, Architecture, Engineering, or Urban Planning and a minimum of five years of professional experience in housing and real estate development, real estate finance or planning.

Advanced financial analysis skills are required. Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work independently and manage competing priorities in a fast paced, changing environment. Basic knowledge of real estate law in New York. Ability to work effectively with different social and economic groups in community meetings and guide community meetings. Ability to negotiate development and consultant contracts.

Intermediate to advanced proficiency in Windows-based software including MS Word, MS PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, and MS Excel.

Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to the INHS mission to revitalize neighborhoods and to assist low to moderate income people in obtaining quality housing on a long-term basis.

Preferred: Ability to build and maintain complex financial models. Knowledge of Federal, State and Local public entitlement process and affordable housing funding process required; experience in obtaining planning approval, improvement permits, and building permits. A general knowledge of construction details and methods especially wood frame construction. Understanding of sustainable and advanced building techniques.


Travel around the service area, including out-of-county, will occur routinely. A valid driver’s license and access to transportation is required.

This description is not to be taken as a limiting document. Other duties may be assigned.

INHS provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment. INHS is a Tompkins County Living Wage Certified Employer.

TO APPLY Email a cover letter and resume to Johanna Anderson, Executive Director, at In the cover letter, please specifically address relevant experience and reasons for your interest in this particular position. For more information about INHS, visit

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