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VP, Construction Project Manager

Walker & Dunlop

Walker & Dunlop

Calabasas, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2024


Affordable Housing | Equity - Construction

We are Walker & Dunlop. We are one of the largest providers of capital to the commercial real estate industry, enabling real estate owners and operators to bring their visions of communities — where people live, work, shop, and play — to life. We are committed to creating meaningful social, environmental, and economic change in our communities. We believe seeking diverse talent and promoting the inclusion of all perspectives are more than moral imperatives – they are critical to our success and ability to innovate and grow.

W&D Affordable Equity (formerly Alliant Capital) is a leading tax credit firm focused on tax credit syndication for the development and financing of affordable multifamily rental housing. As a syndicator of Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), W&D Affordable Equity raises corporate equity and monitors the development, construction, lease-up, and permanent financing phases of its investments. With a dedicated team of experienced real estate, asset management, legal, and tax professionals, we provide the highest level of fully integrated real estate and investment support services.

The Impact You Will Have

The VP, Construction Project Manager will primarily be responsible for due diligence, construction monitoring, and investor reporting of multi-family housing construction projects. This position will oversee projects from pre-acquisition through completion. The Project Manager will also assist Joint Venture Partners with entitlement and construction of multi-family projects for W&D Affordable Equity’s own portfolio. The successful candidate will have a strong sense of the “big picture” as it relates to construction projects, as well as a strong background in the development, administration, and management of multifamily housing construction projects. Candidates should also have knowledge of building codes and regulations.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Prior to project acquisition:

    • Manage and evaluate pre-construction due diligence including review of project approval documentation, geotechnical reports, architectural, MEP, and civil engineering plans and specifications, environmental assessments and reports, project design, construction contracts, budgets, construction schedules, fee schedules, ALTA Surveys and title reports, Project Needs Analyses, Reserve Studies, and historical documentation as required.

    • Visit and evaluate prospective project sites, including evaluation of project plans and specifications against existing conditions, project location, and surrounding conditions.

  • During construction:

    • Oversee the construction of projects through correspondence, technical means, video and in-person site visits to ensure quality control and evaluate and approve construction disbursement requests and change orders.

    • Monitor construction progress against projections, and work with development team members and contractors to ensure delivery of projects on time and within budget.

    • Work with development partner members including Project Managers and on-site Superintendents to evaluate the contractor’s plans, schedule, and project documents, and recommend revised actions when appropriate.

    • Ensure that established project objectives, policies, procedures, and performance standards are within boundaries of company policy and contract specifications.

    • Foresee problems and initiate corrective action through collaboration with project team members when necessary.

    • Represent the company in project meetings and attend strategy meetings as required.

    • Work with the Contract Administrator to manage financial aspects of contracts to protect the company’s interests and simultaneously maintain good relationships with the developers and investors.

  • Interpret and explain plans and contracts to internal clients, administrative staff, and investors.

  • Prepare detailed project summary reports making recommendations regarding projects for presentation to senior management and investors. This work requires excellent writing skills, continual attention to detail in organizing, composing, typing and proof reading of written materials.

  • Respond to inquiries from investors, management, and co-workers, and provide information pertaining to the status of projects undergoing review and construction, providing written or oral reports as requested.

  • Establish work priorities, remain organized, meet deadlines, and maintain detailed notes and correspondence while working on multiple projects in various stages of completion simultaneously.

  • Provide the SVP-Construction with timely updates and critical issue reporting on all projects under the candidate’s management.

  • Provide technical and managerial advice and assistance to department management and personnel.

  • Provide technical advice to, and act as liaison between, the department and Joint Venture Developers.

  • Assist in developing departmental plans, goals, objectives, policies, and procedures.

  • Handle confidential and non-routine information with appropriate discretion.

  • Assist the SVP of Construction and department personnel with special projects or other duties as assigned.

  • Communicate with co-workers, management, clients, and others in a courteous and professional manner.

  • Conform with and abide by all regulations, policies, work procedures, and instructions.

  • Conform to all safety rules and use all appropriate safety equipment.

  • Attendance is generally 8:30 am – 5:30 pm local time Monday through Friday with the ability to work up to 2 of those days remotely.

Education and Experience

  • Minimum of 15 years of experience in the construction industry, at least 10 of which are at a level that required extensive project management work.

  • Experience with real estate and construction contracts is preferred.

  • Bachelor's degree in construction management, architecture, civil engineering, a related field, or equivalent on-the-job experience is required. (Minimum of 10 years of experience in project management of large, complex construction projects is required).

  • Must have a strong background in the development, administration, and management of multifamily housing construction projects.

  • Familiarity with lending practices and property management in multi-family industry is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Must be able to see the big-picture or ultimate objective of a construction project and be able to foresee any obstacles or issues to accurately report progress and/or any issues to the internal team members and outside investors.

  • Must understand building codes, housing regulations, and an ability to recognize public safety and security issues on a building site.

  • Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to express ideas clearly.

  • Must have an eye for detail, and a desire for continual learning.

  • Must possess excellent mathematical skills, including their application and use in problem solving.

  • Must have the ability to coordinate their own and others’ actions and manage time and personnel resources.

  • Position requires the candidate to use good independent judgment, discretion, and work independently and accurately with an attention to detail including the ability to make quick decisions.

  • Must be able to interact and communicate with individuals at all levels of the organization.

  • Must have high level of interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations independently or on a team. Position continually requires demonstrated poise, tact, and diplomacy.

This position has an estimated base salary of 160,000.00 plus annual discretionary performance bonus



What We Offer

  • The opportunity to join one of Fortune Magazine’s Great Places to Work winners from 2015-2023

  • Comprehensive benefit options* that have earned Walker & Dunlop the silver level of the 2022 Cigna Healthy Workforce Designation™, some of which include:
    Up to 83% subsidized medical payroll deductions
    - Competitive dental and vision benefits
    - 401(k) + match
    - Pre-tax transit and commuting benefits
    - A robust health and wellness program – earn cash rewards and gain access to resources that
    promote health, engagement, and balance
    - Paid maternity and parental leave, as well as other family paid leave programs
    - Company-paid life, short and long-term disability insurance
    - Health Savings Account and Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending

  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, with employee resource groups organizing activities and providing a space for open communication

  • Career development opportunities

  • Empowerment and encouragement to give back – volunteer hours and donation matching

*Eligibility may vary based on average number of hours worked

EEO Statement

We are committed to equity in all steps of the recruitment and employment experience. We believe in equal access to opportunities in our workplace. We do not tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on any characteristic protected by applicable law, such as race, color, national origin, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, sex, age, disability, veteran or military status, and genetic information. We strive to be a safe place to ask questions, build professional relationships, and develop careers.

Please be wary of recruitment scams. An indication of a scam might be a request for sensitive or bank information at the time of application or emails coming from a non walkerdunlop.com email address. Please call us at 301.215.5500, if you have any concerns about information requested during or after the application process.

Fair Chance Hiring

Background checks, including any questions related to infractions, arrests, or conviction records, will not be conducted until after a conditional offer of employment has been accepted. We will consider for employment qualified applicants regardless of arrest and conviction records, in accordance with federal, state, and local laws.