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We’re Hiring! Executive Director for ULI Philadelphia

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Reporting to the ULI Executive Vice President for Member Networks (district councils and product councils) and to the District Council Chair of ULI Philadelphia, the Executive Director is responsible for leading the district council’s program of work, including developing and executing strategies that manage the district council and Institute resources, expertise, and leadership to have a constructive impact on local and regional development issues and land use policies.

The Executive Director will be charged with the oversight and coordination of the district council’s various activities, including programs, membership, corporate and program sponsorships, communications, public relations, and general management of operations.


This position is an outstanding opportunity for a well-regarded member of the land use and development community to expand upon the success of ULI Philadelphia and its strong membership base (currently around 1,000 members). The candidate must have strong interpersonal, organizational, and management skills, but at the same time must be able to “see the big picture” and connect the talent and expertise of the district council’s board and membership with ULI Philadelphia’s brand and strategic objectives.

The incumbent should have an entrepreneurial spirit, the ability to multitask and respond to situations quickly, and the ability to present to groups, manage public meetings, and be the “face” of the organization.

A background working with volunteers who include business professionals, public officials, corporate executives, and senior members of the real estate community is highly desirable. A current district council member is highly preferred.


  • Bachelor’s degree in real estate, urban planning or business/public administration, or related field. An advanced degree in real estate planning or urban studies is desirable.
  • 10+ years’ experience in real estate and land use, community relations, and/or nonprofit administration.
  • An existing network and presence in the Greater Philadelphia real estate community.
  • An ability to define the best interests of ULI Philadelphia and the community at large and to communicate them to both the district council and the public.
  • An ability to work effectively with people at all levels, including but not limited to corporate leaders, politicians, educators, public officials, etc.
  • Knowledge of consensus building and the ability to depoliticize sensitive issues—a forward thinker who can resolve issues before they occur.
  • Proven track record in strategic planning and execution of sound business plans.
  • An ability to communicate at all levels openly and effectively in both oral and written forms.
  • An ability to effectively manage myriad issues and to establish and meet priorities.
  • Experience in the preparation and monitoring of annual budget and financial statements; fiscally responsible.
  • Highly motivated professional who thrives in a team environment; is able to multitask; is self-motivated; and takes pride in his/her accomplishments.
  • An ability to travel throughout the region; make periodic visits to ULI’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.; and attend the annual Fall Meeting and Spring Council.


Expand HR Consulting has been retained to assist ULI with this search. Please submit your résumé and letter of introduction to Erica Thomas, Senior Consultant, ethomas@expandhr.com, subject line “ED, ULI Philadelphia.” Visit www.uli.org for a full job description. No phone calls, please. The Urban Land Institute is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. EOE/m/f/d/v.

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