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Real Estate Management Director

Metropolitan Council Saint Paul, MN
  • Posted: September 16, 2019
  • Full-Time

We are the Metropolitan Council, the regional government for the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. We plan 30 years ahead for the future of the metropolitan area and provide regional transportation, wastewater, and housing services. More information about us on our website. 

We are committed to supporting a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve. 

How your work would contribute to our organization and the Twin Cities region:

The Real Estate Management Director provides strategic leadership for the timely and effective provision of the services and transactions necessary to meet Metropolitan Council real estate property needs and requirements, including acquisition, disposition, leases, licenses and relocation in compliance with all federal and state statutes, rules and regulations governing real estate property transactions. This position coordinates real estate activities across the Council and develops work plans, policies, and procedures that support the Council's real estate business strategy.

  • Develop and execute real estate management strategies to address the Council's current and long-range needs for real estate property including acquisitions, development, leasing and disposition of assets.
  • Provide leadership on real estate strategies to address Council and program needs and align with industry best practices and compliance with requirements.
  • Direct the provision of real estate management services to acquire, lease, and dispose of real estate property and property rights.
  • Proactively manage relationships with business units to understand upcoming projects and challenges, and review current and future needs and priorities for real estate management services.
  • Effectively negotiate complex real estate agreements with both public and private interests.
  • Manage, assign, review and develop staff through servant leadership.
  • Develop and communicate goals and benchmarks to evaluate the Real Estate Management team performance and customer service.
A Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Real Estate, Finance, Law, Engineering or a closely related field AND eight or more years of progressively responsible experience in real estate management including five or more years of supervisory or leadership experience
A Master's degree in Business Administration, Real Estate, Finance, Law, Engineering or a closely related field AND six or more years of progressively responsible experience in real estate management including five or more years of supervisory or leadership experience

What additional skills and experience would be helpful in this job (desired qualifications):
  • Knowledge of and experience with public sector real estate programs.
  • Experience directing real estate programs requiring coordination and negotiation with governmental entities, private developers, and individuals.
  • MBA and/or JD

What knowledge, skills and abilities you should have within the first six months on the job:

  • Thorough knowledge of real estate management principles and best practices.
  • Knowledge of property value and appraisal methods, property descriptions, records, legal documents and procedures involved in property transactions.
  • Knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations governing acquisitions.
  • Knowledge of land surveying.
  • Knowledge of strategic planning and project management principles.
  • Skills in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Critical thinking skills sufficient to understand legal and business risks.
  • Skilled in collaboration and relationship building both internally and externally.  Negotiation skills sufficient to address and resolve issues with diplomacy and tact.
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering plans and drawings.
  • Ability to analyze factors which influence the value of property sufficient to determine property values.
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing to clearly convey complex issues to decision makers.
  • Ability to negotiate complex real estate and business issues.
  • Ability to lead, manage, develop and motivate staff, and effectively plan and distribute workload.
  • Ability to think strategically, analyze issues and make sound recommendations and decisions.

What you can expect from us:
  • We offer the opportunity to make a difference and positively influence the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
  • We encourage our employees to develop their skills through on-site training and tuition reimbursement.
  • We provide a competitive salary, excellent benefits and a good work/life balance.
More about why you should join us!Union/Grade:  Non-Represented/Grade L
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Safety Sensitive:  No
What your work environment would be:
You would perform your work in a standard office setting. Work may sometimes require travel between your primary work site and other sites.
What steps the recruitment process involves:
  1. We review your minimum qualifications.
  2. We rate your education and experience.
  3. We conduct a structured panel interview.
  4. We conduct a selection interview.

Once you have successfully completed the steps above, then:
If you are new to the Metropolitan Council, you must pass a drug test (safety sensitive positions only) and a background check, which verifies education and employment, covers driving record (if applicable to the job) and any criminal record. If you have a criminal conviction, you do not automatically fail. The Metropolitan Council considers felony, gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor convictions on a case-by-case basis, based on whether they are related to the job and whether the candidate has demonstrated adequate rehabilitation.
If you are already an employee of the Metropolitan Council, you must pass a drug test (if moving from a non-safety sensitive position to a safety sensitive position) and criminal background check if the job you're applying for is safety sensitive, is a supervisory or management job, is in the Finance, Information Services or Human Resources departments, or has access to financial records, files/databases, cash, vouchers or transit fare cards.
IMPORTANT: If you make a false statement or withhold information, you may be barred from job consideration.

The Metropolitan Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please call Human Resources at 651.602.1398. Employment Type: Full-Time

Metropolitan Council


Saint Paul, MN
55101 USA

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