Lead Developer

  • Job posted by IFF

Job Type

Full Time




United States


The Organization


IFF improves the world by strengthening nonprofits and the communities they serve. As a mission-driven lender, real estate consultant, and developer, IFF helps communities thrive by creating opportunities for low-income communities and persons with disabilities. Key to our success has been a deep sense of purpose, a broad perspective, and a relentless focus on achieving positive results. Across the Midwest, we help clients from every sector, including human service agencies, health centers, schools, affordable housing developers, and grocery stores.


Staff contributes its extensive business experience with an unrivaled connection to the mission of IFF and the nonprofit clients it serves. IFF is looking for candidates with a commitment to the work it does and can demonstrate their creativity, detail-orientation, diligence, efficiency, enthusiasm, flexibility, organization, thoughtfulness, and sense of humor.


Basic Job Function


The Lead Developer is responsible for conceptualizing, planning, structuring, organizing, implementing, and then evaluating IFF’s proactive real estate development business, including business development, relationship development, executive oversight of projects, and financial management. The Lead Developer works collaboratively with all parts of the Social Impact Accelerator Group, Real Estate Services, Capital Solutions, Asset Management, Resource Development, and Finance team members to coordinate initiatives in innovative and collaborative ways to solve community development challenges.


Duties and Responsibilities:


1.      Serves as Project Executive on the conceptualization, planning, structuring, organizing, implementing and thoughtful evaluation of IFF’s development initiatives.


  • Originate, structure, and execute on thoughtful, innovative and integrated development opportunities connected to IFF’s broader work in full collaboration with internal team(s).
  • Lead thoughtful evaluation of prospects including recommendations on delivery mechanism, IFF role, equity investment, connectivity to vital services priorities and broader IFF work, research and evaluation, and make go no-go recommendations.
  • Work with team to identify appropriate community engagement role, using an equity IFF framework lens, and thoughtfully and successfully structure an approach.  
  • Act as Project Executive to deliver projects on time and on budget and successfully identify and assemble internal human resources, manage hand-off to Asset Management and frame post-completion lessons learned, development feedback loop, and research and evaluation questions.
  • Maintain and analyzes internal financial data for planning purposes and monitor financial results of projects during and post development on a quarterly basis.

2.      Identify key research and evaluation questions for further consideration. Codify lessons learned and develop Intellectual Property for internal and external benefit.


3.      Develop and maintain internal and external relationships to grow work.

4.      Facilitate meetings with clients, make presentations, and represent IFF at meetings, presentations, and events.

5.      Prepare regular reports for senior management including equity and risk management committees and prepare written materials on projects for other internal and external presentations.

6.      Performs other duties as assigned.


Performance Measures:


1.      Successful completion of projects according to goals set forth for each project including schedule, budget, community engagement, and internal team assembly and oversight. 


2.      Thoughtful and judicious approach to project evaluation at go, no-go junctures with intentional integration of lessons learned.


3.      High satisfaction on IFF team evaluation and client surveys.


4.      Demonstrated commitment to project evaluation and feedback loop.


5.      Longer term financial performance of portfolio owned and held by IFF. 


6.      Internal and external meetings and interactions are facilitated, organized, and managed in a meaningful and productive manner with positive, productive relationship management. 

7. Demonstrated ability to problem solve and innovate

8. Written and oral presentations are clear, well organized, comprehensive and persuasive. Appropriate supporting material and visual aids are well utilized and enhance the presentation.

9. Cultivates a culture of openness in information sharing. Encourages open communication, cooperation, and the sharing of knowledge.

10. Models personal accountability that promotes ownership and engagement. 


11. Builds and maintains effective working relationships with colleagues, peers and team members measured by high satisfaction on IFF team evaluation and client surveys.


12. Values and supports differences in others, contributing to an inclusive work environment. Demonstrates the ability and willingness to communicate effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and experiences to create a collaborative, collegial, and caring community.


Position Qualifications:


Education: Bachelor’s degree required preferably in business, finance, community development, planning, or public policy.  Advanced degrees preferred.

Previous Experience:  Minimum of ten years’ experience in economic, community and/or real estate development. Direct real estate and/or community development project management experience. Demonstrated analytical and strategic skills with ability to plan, manage, and implement multiple projects. Deep understanding of finance and lending with proven ability to structure complex capital stacks. Ability to effectively manage projects to budget and within specified schedules.

Special Knowledge & Skills:

1.      Excellent interpersonal skills.


2.      High level written and oral communication and presentation skills.

3.      Proficient computer software skills, including spreadsheets.

4.      Ability to think creatively about problems.

5.      Ability to work in and with all communities across the Midwest, and ability to represent the interests of the IFF at all levels of government and with community and civic leadership.

6.      Network of contacts with nonprofit agencies or leaders a plus.

Unusual Requirements: Travel is required. The role may require occasional evening and weekend work. The Lead Developer may visit abandoned buildings and vacant lots for full inspection/due diligence and visit active construction sites.

IFF values equity, diversity and inclusion as part of its mission to strengthen nonprofits and the communities they serve. IFF is an equal opportunity employer.



Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply


Application Instructions: Applicant must submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to careers@iff.org with “Lead Developer” in the subject line of the email.