Program Associate, Atlanta Civic Site

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Starting salary is commensurate with experience.




477 Windsor Street, Southwest
Suite 304
United States


Position Summary

The Foundation seeks a program associate for its Atlanta Civic Site team to help advance its community development goals and strategies. This work includes a substantial focus on the redevelopment of Pittsburgh Yards, a 31-acre Foundation-owned site in southwest Atlanta, for the benefit of surrounding communities. Therefore, the Foundation seeks an individual with commercial development experience.  

The Atlanta Civic Site team focuses on the six neighborhoods that make up Neighborhood Planning Unit V (NPU-V), seeking to transform them into communities where children and families thrive, with an explicit focus on promoting racial and ethnic equity and inclusion. The team’s neighborhood transformation strategy aims to ensure NPU-V is safe and has strong locally owned businesses; high-quality affordable housing; and resident networks that improve the community. 

This position will support investments in inclusive economic development at Pittsburgh Yards and quality affordable housing development, with the goal of attracting large-scale co-investment to improve the infrastructure and economic and housing conditions in the community.


• Support the Pittsburgh Yards development with project management and real estate development assistance, including providing the Foundation’s perspective at construction meetings; reviewing and commenting on construction documents, timelines and progress reports; participating in recruiting and selecting tenant prospects that are mission-aligned; managing queries from prospective partners; managing invoice review and processing; tracking and problem solving on financial compliance and reporting; providing agenda development and documentation for key meetings; coordinating with attorneys and consultants; and assisting with ensuring effective communication with various Foundation teams, such as Finance and Social Investments

• Guide the maintenance and condition of Foundation-owned real estate to sustain the properties as assets including problem-solving challenges, recommending strategies and handling administrative activities such as vendor relationships and invoice processing for maintenance, insurance and property taxes  

• Support opportunities to improve real estate surrounding Pittsburgh Yards to benefit the local community, including working with local, state and regional authorities on issues such as street enhancements and opportunities for local businesses

• Develop and manage contracts for short-term and interim uses for real estate that is not under development to generate revenue and community benefits

• Support additional projects within the neighborhood transformation strategy, in particular those related to affordable housing and physical development, by providing project management assistance, including tracking and managing timelines; coordinating with partners and grantees; managing budgets; drafting and disseminating documents; and maintaining organized records

• Assist with maintaining relationships with key contacts, networks and community members

• Represent the Foundation at various meetings, including providing oral and written presentations and, subsequently, an analysis of meeting results to supervisor, in addition to following up on action items

• Respond to community queries about affordable housing, homeownership, real estate development and community planning issues

• Participate in community planning and housing strategy sessions to advance the Foundation’s mission and provide technical assistance to community members 

• Stay current on community development concepts and evidence-based practices, identify critical research and resources related to existing work, provide analysis and summaries to supervisor as needed and use knowledge to make recommendations for improvements to neighborhood transformation projects and strategies

• Work with the Strategic Communications team to draft briefings, articles and presentations that help keep stakeholders and community members informed about neighborhood transformation work

• Assist with managing interns and consultants as needed

• Exhibit sensitivity to and respect for diversity in personal, professional and business relationships on behalf of the Foundation

• Seek to use Foundation resources in an equitable manner with regard to race, ethnicity and gender

• Demonstrate awareness of and appreciation for the Foundation’s mission, values, standards, principles and programs, drawing on Casey’s knowledge management system, intranet, website, staff development sessions and other learning opportunities to establish this competency

The duties listed above are intended as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. 


• Bachelor’s degree in equivalent postsecondary credentials in real estate development, urban development or a related field; master’s degree preferred

• Three to five years of work experience in real estate development, preferably including commercial development experience 

• A minimum three years of managerial experience

Essential Skills and Abilities

• Knowledge of concepts, practices and issues related to community development, real estate development, affordable housing, construction and urban planning

• Ability to manage and analyze real estate project development and operating budgets, critique invoices and payment applications, examine architectural plans, consider insurance options and evaluate and monitor development agreements

• Proficient at real estate and community development project management such as managing timelines (including construction and closing timelines); establishing and tracking goals; contracting with vendors and delegating tasks; preparing compliance reports; processing invoices; and documenting meetings where real estate terms are used

• Ability to navigate, interpret and analyze data and research related to community development (such as land use, property values, commercial rents, affordability trends, etc.) and to subsequently summarize and report on analysis

• Sensitivity to the role of a funder in community-level work and to community-building dynamics

• Ability to advise community members on the affordable homebuying process, zoning and code enforcement issues and land-use and development strategies

• Ability to effectively prepare and conduct presentations, including PowerPoint presentations, surveys, spreadsheets, agendas and various other documents for public meetings (including the ability to explain real estate issues in accessible language)

• Demonstrated proficiency in using the internet and basic software applications (Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), as well as the ability to quickly learn and use various other software applications such as invoicing, contact management and file sharing

• Attention to detail and self-discipline and organizational skills to work independently while also communicating regularly on progress and challenges

• Experience working with multidisciplinary teams and working effectively with people from diverse cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds

• A firm commitment to the Foundation’s mission of improving results for children and families, promoting racial and ethnic equity and inclusion and creating pathways to opportunity


A strong benefits package will be provided.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume.