Senior Project Manager

Founded in 1984 as an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat NYC constructs new or renovates existing homes in the five boroughs of New York City for affordable homeownership by families in need. Our mission is to transform lives by building quality homes with families in need and by uniting all New Yorkers around the cause of affordable housing.

Job Overview

The Senior Project Manager is responsible for managing all phases of development for Habitat NYC’s affordable homeownership development projects from inception through occupancy, including acquisition, construction and disposition. The Senior Project Manager is also responsible for problem-solving to ensure that all assigned projects are delivered on time and on budget. This position reports to the Vice President of Real Estate and Construction.


• Prepare information packages for the purposes of obtaining debt and equity financing
• Prepare consultant RFP’s, as needed, and evaluate proposals
• Secure public and/or private financing for affordable housing development projects
• Create and maintain project pro-forma and present internal and external reports
• Prepare bid package and level bids for contractors and consultants on assigned projects
• Lead multi-disciplinary project teams comprised of attorneys, lenders, local and state agencies, architects, engineers, expediters, general contractors, consultants
• Conduct regular site meetings during construction, maintain meeting minutes, review and process payment requisitions, negotiate change orders if needed
• Guide projects through various city approval processes for land disposition, public funding, construction, tax exemption/abatement, and tax lot apportionment through agencies including HPD, DOB, DOF
• Manage multiple projects, deliverables, milestones, schedules and budgets simultaneously
• Embrace change and adopt a “can do” mentality when performing tasks; be solutions oriented
• Drive the plan development process through schematic and design development phases and utilization of drawings for project feasibility
• Coordinate all building plans and project documentation through entitlement and site/building construction approvals
• Solve problems as they arise during construction to keep the jobs on schedule and budget

• Prepare pre-development budgets and schedules for proposed projects and tracking and updating budgets and schedules from the initial phases through construction completion
• Create financial models with well-researched explanations of financial assumptions for underwriting
• Participate in development meetings through pre-development and development stages, including meetings with municipalities, community boards, design teams, and public hearings throughout the land development process
• Prepare cash flow analysis and monitoring monthly project schedules to determine if projects are on schedule and within the approved budget
• Demonstrate leadership and communication skills with ability and willingness to face challenges, direct others, and effectively address conflict


This position emphasizes requires a highly organized, detailed oriented individual with extensive experience in the development of affordable housing in New York City.

Basic Qualifications

• Bachelor’s Degree in real estate, urban planning, engineering, business administration, architecture, construction management or related field is preferred
• Masters of Urban Planning, Masters of Science in Real Estate Development or advanced RE certification is required
• Minimum 5 years of experience in affordable housing in New York City
• Experience managing multiple projects and coordinating multiple tasks
• Thorough understanding of the governmental entitlement and permitting process
• Must be a self-starter with a positive attitude who is highly motivated and goal-oriented
• Must be able to work in a team environment
• Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
• Effective organizational, prioritization, and time management skills
• Accurate, detail-oriented, dependable, and punctual
• Must be proficient in Microsoft Office
• Organized and able to multi-task in a fast paced environment

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter outlining your qualifications to Jennifer Schwerin, Vice President for People Services at humanresources@habitatnyc.org with the subject heading Senior Project Manager.

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With the help of thousands of volunteers each year, Habitat NYC builds and preserves homes for ownership by low-income families throughout the five boroughs, creating a stronger and more united New York.