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Urban Land Institute Colorado
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Denver, CO
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Published 18 days ago

Urban Land Institute Colorado (ULI Colorado) seeks a dynamic Executive Director to lead, influence, and shape the District Council’s work around local and regional development issues and land use policies. This person will oversee a fast-changing region with immense potential for growth and opportunity.

The Organization

Urban Land Institute (ULI) is the preeminent multidisciplinary real estate organization, facilitating an open exchange of ideas, knowledge and experience among local, national and international industry leaders and policymakers dedicated to creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. ULI is structured as a 501(c) (3), nonprofit, member-driven research and education organization. With a membership of more than 45,000 global members, ULI engages with professionals representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development across the private and public sectors. ULI delivers member benefits at the local level via 53 North American District Councils.

ULI’s strength comes from the collective intellectual capital and diverse on-the-ground experience of its membership. 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 in their communities. Members include real estate developers, builders, owners, investors, architects, public officials, planners, brokers, appraisers, attorneys, engineers, financiers, and academics. ULI provides various educational programs, publications, forums and meetings, applied research, and advisory services for these diverse constituents.

The work of ULI centers around five “pillars” or primary areas of programmatic focus: housing and communities, real estate investment and finance, sustainability, building successful cities and regions, and the practice of real estate development. Furthermore, ULI incorporates the five distinguishing characteristics of their work to be mission-driven, global, interdisciplinary, independent, and research based. District Councils support best practices in land use through education programs, mentoring, networking events, project tours, policy work, and advisory services. By offering nonpartisan, unbiased expertise to community leaders, District Councils positively influence such issues as compact development, transportation, urban design and workforce housing.


ULI Colorado

Established locally in 1998, today ULI Colorado has over 1400 members across the various land use disciplines. With access to local, regional, and national experts in land use, ULI’s programs provide unparalleled information and networking opportunities. ULI is the only organization that brings leaders and land use professionals from ALL disciplines. These professionals include developers, architects, planners, attorneys, engineers, brokers, investors and lenders, and government officials involved in every sector of real estate development. ULI brings these professionals to the table to discuss current industry trends and facilitate decision-making and brainstorming at the local level. Additional member benefits include access to ULI’s wealth of information and resources, including ULI educational workshops, webinars, and the Real Estate School. In addition, ULI Colorado currently runs the following programs: Young Leaders Group (YLG), Local Product Councils, Professional Development, Advisory Services, Building Healthy Places Initiative, and the Women’s Leadership Initiative.

At the heart of ULI Colorado’s mission is the recognition that communities can only truly thrive if they are built on the foundations of diversity, inclusivity, and social equity. With this in mind, an action plan has been developed with input from Coloradans of color in land use professions that is informing ULI Colorado’s work now and into the future.

ULI Colorado is based in Denver, Colorado, the state’s capital and most populous city. In the past 10 years, the city has seen unprecedented growth. According to Denverite.com, the city of Denver grew by nearly 20 percent between 2010 and 2020, adding more than 115,000 residents to the area. As a result, the city itself is at an inflection point: a tremendous shift in demographics, industry, and real estate development. At the same time, affordable housing is hard to come by, and many have been displaced. This is an exciting, yet critical, time for thoughtful growth and impact for the future of Denver and Colorado as a whole. The next ULI Colorado leader will be instrumental in building Colorado’s future.

ULI Colorado has an annual budget of $845,000 and a small talented staff of three, including two directors, with headquarters in the Alliance Center in the heart of downtown Denver. Current Executive Director, Michael Leccese, will be retiring in early November after 16 years of service. For additional information, please visit Colorado.uli.org/.

The Position

Reporting to the Vice President, District Councils in Washington, DC, along with the ULI Colorado District Council Chair (who is a volunteer), the ULI Colorado Executive Director is responsible for leading ULI Colorado’s program of work. This work includes developing and executing strategies that manage the District Council and its organizational resources, expertise, and leadership to shape and constructively impact local and regional development issues and land use policies. 

The Executive Director will use their influence to drive and lead the various activities of the District Council, including programs, membership, corporate and program sponsorships, advisory services, communications, public relations and general management of operations. The Executive Director will ensure that programming aligns with the ULI Global priorities and operates in compliance with ULI policies.

Strategic Priorities for the next 12-18 months include:

  • Reimaging Healthy Urban Living Reinvigorating public and commercial spaces during and post-COVID and continue to support the development and revitalization of healthy communities with access to active living, healthy food, economic opportunities and nature.
  • Promoting mobility and transportation Envisioning the future of mass transit, including the Front Range Passenger Rail, related to land use, development, mobility, the economy, and environmental quality, while seeking innovation in alternative modes that support healthy, balanced communities with access to transit options for all.
  • Addressing the affordable housing crisis Focusing on the gap in “Missing Middle” housing where ULI can prioritize and influence stakeholders who can make a difference to support positive outcomes.


Key Responsibilities

The Executive Director’s primary responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing the District Council’s programs throughout the region, as well as communications, social media and reporting.
  • Enhancing ULI Colorado’s reputation and identifying ways to lead and contribute to the dialogue on land use policies within the region.
  • Developing and implementing a strategic program of work, budget and a staffing plan for the District Council with clearly defined outcomes and methods to measure success.
  • Building funding relationships and strategic partnerships with existing sponsors, and expanding the sponsor network.
  • Implementing a comprehensive membership program that engages the membership committee as well as programmatic committees and other ULI Colorado Committees.
  • Providing expertise and leadership regarding issues affecting land use policies through education forums, community initiatives, conferences, meetings, programs, publications and other sources.
  • Supporting District Council Chairs and other leadership committees, including local management committee leaders, in the Denver region.
  • Managing the ULI Colorado office and staff.


Experience and Attributes

The Executive Director must have a passion for ULI’s mission and have attained a high level of respect, influence and connections throughout the industry, including both real estate and local government.  At the same time, the Executive Director is expected to bring new ideas and approaches to the work that are relevant and enterprising, responding to the changing dynamics of this moment in history. Additionally, energy, dynamism, creativity, a visionary and entrepreneurial spirit, and a natural connection to a younger generation of professionals are important attributes for this role. This person must also apply a highly relational and team-oriented approach to leadership.

Ideal candidates for this position will bring the following experiences and attributes:

  • 10+ years of progressively responsible experience in real estate land use, community relations and/or property development.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people including members, corporate leaders, politicians, educators, public officials and ULI national staff.
  • Providing skilled leadership to volunteers who include business professionals, public officials, corporate executives, and senior members of the real estate community is highly desirable.
  • Proven track record in strategic planning, executing sound business plans, and overseeing successful, high-quality events in an ever-evolving environment.
  • Successful experience growing and retaining membership for an organization/association.
  • Prior success in cultivating and securing funding/sponsorships.
  • Experience in preparing and managing an annual budget and financial statements; fiscally responsible.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and experience engaging with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Experience leading, inspiring, and collaborating with a small and dynamic staff, with previous involvement in fostering staff leadership and professional development.
  • Visionary, inspirational, and innovative leadership to promote and advance thoughtful growth and development for the city and state.
  • Ability to communicate at all levels openly and effectively in both oral and written forms.
  • Extremely high emotional intelligence, inspirational and charismatic.
  • Knowledge of the Colorado real estate community and ULI programs is desired.
  • Bachelor’s degree in real estate, urban planning, business/public administration or related field; an advanced degree is desirable. 


This position requires moderate travel throughout the region and other District Councils. The salary range for this position has been set at $140k-160k. A generous package of employee benefits and an annual bonus of up to 10% is also offered.

Application Process

To apply, upload resume and cover letter here. For more information, please contact Adrienne O’Rourke at Adrienne.ORourke@marcumllp.com.

ULI Colorado is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.


About Marcum’s Nonprofit & Social Sector Group

On behalf of ULI Colorado, Marcum’s Nonprofit & Social Sector Group is working with a committee comprised of ULI Colorado leadership and other members to advance the search. Founded in 1984 and recently merged with Marcum, we are, and always have been, a mission-driven professional services firm seeking to do more for nonprofits and socially conscious organizations like ULI Colorado.

Urban Land Institute Colorado (ULI Colorado) seeks a dynamic Executive Director to lead, influence, and shape the District Council’s work around local and regional development issues and land use policies. This person will oversee a…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Executive

Compensation

USD 140,000 - USD 160,000

Benefits

A generous package of employee benefits and an annual bonus of up to 10% is also offered.

A generous package of employee benefits and an annual bonus of up to 10% is also offered.

Location

On-site
Denver, CO, USA

How to Apply

To apply, upload resume and cover letter here. For more information, please contact Adrienne O’Rourke at Adrienne.ORourke@marcumllp.com.

ULI Colorado is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

About Marcum’s Nonprofit & Social Sector Group

On behalf of ULI Colorado, Marcum’s Nonprofit & Social Sector Group is working with a committee comprised of ULI Colorado leadership and other members to advance the search. Founded in 1984 and recently merged with Marcum, we are, and always have been, a mission-driven professional services firm seeking to do more for nonprofits and socially conscious organizations like ULI Colorado.

To apply, upload resume and cover letter here. For more information, please contact Adrienne O’Rourke at Adrienne.ORourke@marcumllp.com.

ULI Colorado is an equal opportunity…

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