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Executive Director, ULI Austin District Council Posted Aug 06
Urban Land Institute , Austin, TX
Executive Director, ULI Austin

About ULI

The Urban Land Institute is the preeminent multidisciplinary

real estate organization, facilitating open exchange of ideas,

knowledge and experience among local, national and international

industry leaders and policymakers dedicated to creating and

sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Structured as a 501(c)

(3), nonprofit, member-driven research and education organization,

the Institute has more than 40,000 global members representing the

entire spectrum of land use and real estate development

disciplines, both in private enterprise and public service.

ULI's strengthcomesfromthe collective intellectual capital and

diverse on-the-ground experience ofitsmembership. Members include

real estate developers, builders, owners, investors, architects,

public officials, planners, brokers, appraisers, attorneys,

engineers, financiers, and academics. For these diverse

constituents, ULI provides various educational programs,

publications, forums and meetings, applied research, and advisory


ULI's culture is focused on providing exceptional benefit to the

member by leveraging its collective intellectual and experiential

capital. The strength and value of the organization is deeply tied

to connections made between members at all levels; ULI delivers its

mission by inspiring, informing, and mobilizing its membership to

improve the practices and policies that drive effective land use

and urban development.

The work of ULI centers around five "pillars" or primary areas

of programmatic emphasis: housing and communities, real estate

investment and finance, sustainability, building successful cities

and regions, and the practice of real estate development.

Austin, Texas has been a top ranked city over the past decade

across every measure, and ULI Austin has been a successful partner

in the growth and development of the Central Texas area. ULI Austin

has established itself as the "thought leader" in local and

regional development and land use issues and the premier real

estate organization in Central Texas. ULI Austin membership has

doubled in three years and participation in ULI Austin programs and

initiatives has skyrocketed while the impact and visibility of the

organization has increased dramatically, and the organization's

financial position is robust. For additional information on ULI

Austin, please visit .

The Opportunity

Reporting to the EVP, District Councils, and Chair, ULI Austin,

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 constructively impact local

and regional development issues and land use policies.

The Executive Director will be charged with the oversight and

coordination of the various activities of the District Council,

including programs, membership, corporate and program sponsorships,

communications, public relations and general management of


The candidate must have strong organizational and management

skills, but at the same time must be able to "see the big picture"

and think and act in a visionary manner. He or she must also have

an entrepreneurial spirit, the ability to multi-task 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.

Specific responsibilities include:

Develop and implement a program of work, budget and a staffing

plan for the District Council that provides for clear outcomes and

methods to measure success.

Develop and promote strategies that direct the Austin Council

and Institute resources, expertise and leadership to the issues

affecting land use policies through education forums, community

initiatives, conferences, meetings, programs, publications and

other sources.

Advance a comprehensive sponsorship program that provides a

robust, sustainable platform for staff and programs, including the

support and oversight of volunteers that are working to secure


Implement a comprehensive membership program that engages the

membership committee as well as the YLG and other Committees in

efforts to maintain existing members, expand new memberships, and

encourage upgraded memberships, such as from associate member to

full member; provide opportunities for active member voluntary

engagement in our program of work.

Foster and maintain key external strategic alliances with other

professional, academic, public sector and non-profit


Support the Chair, Advisory and Management and Governance

Committees in administration, leadership development and


Oversee, with District staff, the implementation of the

District Council's program of work, including the following:

Programs and events throughout the region focused on, among

other subjects, Real Estate Trends, Sustainability/SmartGrowth,

Housing, Infrastructure and Capital Markets

Young Leaders Group Programs and Events

Policy & Practice Initiatives

Local Technical Advisory Panels

Local Member Product Councils (Residential, Commercial,


Women's Leadership Initiative


Communications and Social Media

ULI Austin Annual Report

Manage the ULI Austin office and staff, currently two full time

managers and two part time contractors.

Serve as an innovative model and expert resource for other

District Councils across the country, especially as it pertains to

the UrbanPlan program.


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 Austin and its strong membership base.

Requirements include:

10+ years' progressively responsible experience in local real

estate and land use, community relations and/or nonprofit


Bachelor's degree in real estate, urban planning or

business/public administration or related field; an advanced degree

is desirable.

ULI member highly desirable.

Working knowledge of theAustin real estate community, the Urban

Land Institute and the ULI Austin District Council Strategic Plan

and programs is highly desired.

Highly motivated leader who thrives in a team environment;

multi-task oriented; self-motivated and takes pride in his/her


Ability to effectively manage a myriad of issues and to

establish and meet priorities.

Experience in the preparation and monitoring of annual budget

and financial statements; fiscally responsible.

Ability to work effectively with people at all levels,

including but not limited to corporate leaders, politicians,

educators, public officials, etc.

Experience recruiting, managing, developing and leading a


Ability to plan and oversee high-quality events in support of

the District Council.

Ability to grow and retain membership and sponsorship


Proven track record in strategic planning and execution of

sound business plans.

Ability to communicate at all levels openly and effectively in

both oral and written forms.

Highest level of honesty and integrity.

Computer savvy, Excel and PowerPoint.

Ability for moderate travel throughout the greater Austin

region; periodic visits to ULI's headquarters in Washington D.C.;

attendance at the annual Fall Meeting and Spring Council Forums and

periodic meetings with surrounding states and the North Texas,

Houston and San Antonio districts.

Expand HR Consulting has been retained to assist ULI with this

search. Please submit your resume and letter of introduction to

Sharon Ossi, subject line "ED, ULI Austin".


Employment Type: Permanent

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