Designing Justice + Designing Spaces (DJDS) is the only nonprofit architecture and real estate development firm in the country that innovates in and around the built environment to address the root causes of mass incarceration. With a focus on restorative justice and restorative economics, we partner with and serve low-income communities of color across the country. Our work counters the societal inequities evident in the dominant architectural models of justice — courthouses, jails, prisons, etc. — by designing and developing new prototypes such as peacemaking centers, mobile classrooms, and re-entry housing for formerly-incarcerated men and women. To achieve the mission and continue our ethos, the team is comprised of architects, designers, real estate developers, operations/events production staff, and community organizers; and projects often involve community members and systems-impacted individuals as experts, consultants, and contractors. Our work is founded on restoration and we incorporate it into our company culture and operations. We engage with our communities and partners with trauma-informed processes and patience. We value — and practice — self-awareness and personal growth in order for all staff members to be able to bridge the communities in which we work, from philanthropy to elected officials to those incarcerated and their communities of care.
The Director of Real Estate Development will be a critical leader in our abolitionist multidisciplinary AEC non profit that is using Design/Architecture and Real Estate Development to build the ecosystem of spaces that need to be created to end mass incarceration. The Director will apply creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit to support DJDS projects and our clients projects in site/land control both sale and rental, advise and lead the team through pre-development, construction, and occupancy. The Director of Real Estate Development will create, and lead on the execution of a strategy that positions the organization to develop its own social-impact projects but also as a consultant with community based organizations, systems impacted men and women and municipalities to support site acquisition strategies, creative financing strategies, pro forma development, program partnership models and innovative funding vehicles for commercial, nonprofit centers, transitional housing and affordable housing projects. The position may include up to 20% of time traveling to project sites nationally. The Director of Real Estate Development will report to the Executive Director.
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The company reserves the right to add or change duties at any time, through the authority of the Board of Directors.
Please send the following, in pdf form, to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “Real Estate Development Director”:
Please, no phone calls or recruiters. All applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.