Director of Housing & Real Estate

Compensation Description: $50,000 - $60,000 salaried, commensurate with experience

Reports to: Associate Director


The Director of Housing & Real Estate is responsible for managing department personnel and programs. Position involves coordinating the redevelopment of vacant and abandoned housing and the development of new housing in the Stockyard, Clark-Fulton & Brooklyn Centre neighborhoods.


• Leads and manages the Metro West Housing Team through mentoring, coaching, and supervision ensuring staff engagement to meet organizational and department goals and objectives.


• Research the acquisition of vacant housing, including: property ownership, title, liens, zoning, environmental issues and tax delinquencies for potential acquisitions through tax foreclosure proceedings.

• Maintain database of vacant /abandoned housing through site visits to inspect properties to assess their marketability for redevelopment and tracking pending foreclosures.

• Negotiate the purchase of real estate from current owners, negotiate the release of liens and other encumbrances, and coordinate receivership cases for development.

• Coordinate transfer and rehabilitation of vacant houses by private sector and non-profit developers.

• Prequalify developers to verify track record of high-quality rehabilitation and financial capacity.

• Distribute RFPs (Requests for Proposals) for the transfer of vacant houses and select the best proposal for the market.

• Inspect houses during rehabilitation and at completion of construction to verify quality standards.

• Facilitate housing development by assisting with coordination of community meetings.

• Procuring financing through banks and non-profit lenders.

• Marketing to prospective residents.

• Coordinating City approvals including Design Review, Planning Commission, permits, and other assistance as needed.

• Work with private sector and non-profit development partners.

• Work with the community to identify and preserve historic housing stock in the service area.

• Work to achieve voluntary compliance with building codes and refer noncompliant properties to City departments for nuisance abatement.

• Provide testimony and recommendations about properties at Board of Building Standards, Board of Zoning Appeals, and Housing Court as needed.

• Other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The preferences listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning or 2 years of experience in a related field.

• Firm understanding of real estate markets and property sales/purchase procedures.

• Experience in real estate transactions, understanding of real estate financing, knowledge of housing construction.

• Experience in housing and community development in a non-profit, government, banking, or development capacity.

• Previous experience should include real estate sales and acquisitions, real estate finance or related field.

• Experience working in urban communities is preferred.

• Fluency in Spanish preferred.


The specific personal traits desired for this role include:

• Excellent oral and written communication skills and have the ability to work with public and private officials and negotiate complex transactions.

• Must be proficient in spreadsheet analysis (Microsoft Excel) and proficient in word processing (Microsoft Word).

• Must be self-motivated, able to work independently, innovative, and able to “think on your feet”.


• Availability to work flexible schedule including evenings and weekends with potential local and out-of-town travel required.

• Ability to operate a motor vehicle.

• Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.

• Prolonged periods of walking and standing.


Please send a cover letter and your resume to Kristyn Zollos at

We will accept applications until the position is filled.

Please note: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.

METRO WEST is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind: METRO WEST 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 METRO WEST are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. METRO WEST will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. METRO WEST encourages applicants of all ages.