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.
We are thrilled to add the role of Real Estate Development Manager to the DJDS team. The main objectives for this role are to integrate the core activities of real estate development, beginning with site/land acquisition, pre-development, construction, and ultimately occupancy, with the efforts of the entire interdisciplinary team. The Real Estate Development Manager positions the organization so that it may be able to consistently develop its social impact projects, including site acquisition strategies, program partnership models, funding vehicles, etc.
This full-time position will manage projects in the development pipeline as well as the day-to-day operations of DJDS’ emergent real estate portfolio. The Real Estate Development Manager will report directly to the Real Estate Development Director and the Executive Director. Working closely with the development and finance team, The Real Estate Development Manager will contribute to the continued development and growth of DJDS nationally and in the Bay Area. This position is an opportunity to help develop innovative real estate and development solutions in the social justice sector, which will include partnerships with for-profit and non-profit developers, public/private partnerships, public agencies, and philanthropy, with a focus on partnerships and tenants comprising a diversity of organizations that address the root causes of mass incarceration. The Real Estate Development Manager will report to our main office in Oakland, California; however, the role may include travel time for up to 10% of the job.
Please send the following, in pdf form, to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “Real Estate Development Manager”:
Please, no phone calls or recruiters. All applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.