Director of Real Estate Services - JFMD

January 30, 2018


Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48301

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit is seeking a high level Director of Real Estate Services.  The Director will oversee all real estate activities for the Federation’s diverse portfolio, primarily located in the Detroit metropolitan area.  The portfolio includes multiple properties, with 2.3 million square feet of space, valued at approximately $400 million.  The properties include office buildings, schools, elderly apartments, a community center, camps, a theater, and University Hillels.      


• Direct the vision and strategy for the Federation’s real estate portfolio.
• Oversee the newly centralized property management function.  Direct the outsourced property management firm.
• Develop a capital plan to address deferred maintenance items, and oversee numerous projects currently in process.  Develop a preventative maintenance plan, going forward.
• Develop real estate operating and capital budgets for the properties.
• Identify cost savings opportunities and efficiencies to reduce real estate costs.
• Oversee new construction and renovation projects.
• Provide specifications, scope of project, and obtain bids.
• Act as Owner’s Representative to track project activity, coordinate with agency Building Committees, architects, and engineers, and process documents for payment to contractors.
• Direct the lease activity for the Federation Building, including negotiating leases and renewals, and tenant improvements.
• Handle real estate transactions, including purchases and sales of properties.
• Coordinate the Real Estate and Capital Needs Committees.  Report on the status of projects, and prepare requests for approval.
• Establish strong working relationships with Committee members, Board members, donors, agency Directors, facility staff, vendors, contractors, and architects.


• Bachelor’s degree
• Minimum of ten years of real estate experience in property management, project management, and construction
• Demonstrated knowledge of construction and building systems, including HVAC systems, roofs, parking lots, plumbing, electrical, etc.  Knowledge of building codes and zoning requirements.
• Strong budgeting and financial skills
• Strong cost cutting and negotiation skills
• Strong supervisory skills
• Strong team player
• Proven organizational and planning skills
• Ability to balance multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
• Prior experience working with volunteer Committees