Director of Real Estate - Sponsors for Educational Opportunity

January 10, 2018

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity

New York, New York 10005

DIRECTOR (SEO Career/PREA Real Estate Track)


If you have a strong background and experience in real estate, this role affords you access to leading real estate firms, exposure to senior leaders in SEO’s network, and the opportunity to improve diversity outcomes in the industry. We are looking for a mission-driven leader to be a strategic partner and expert in shaping our new track.


Come be a part of SEO inaugural real estate initiative – launched in 2017 in collaboration with the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) Foundation. Partners include Artemis, DivcoWest, Eastdil, Exelon, J.P. Morgan, KKR Real Estate, PSP Capital Partners, Rubenstein Partners, and many more


The Real Estate Director will be an integral player in launching this new initiative – engaging new partners, attracting talent, training and assessing a pipeline, guiding interns, and thinking strategically about growth opportunities. In addition, you will have access to SEO’s network of over 7,000 professionals across various sectors including finance, alternative investments, and real estate.


If you are someone who has solid experience in real estate, is skilled at interacting with various constituents, enjoys working as part of a team, can take a leadership role, and clearly wants to be part of SEO’s mission, you may be our ideal candidate. Because this project is mission-critical with new funders and new partners, we are looking for a minimum commitment of three years.


SEO Career is considered the premiere pre-professional development program targeting talented Black, Hispanic, and Native American undergrads.  Our team provides the tools needed to gain a competitive advantage to launch careers in all areas of major financial institutions and large corporations. Through our recently establish real estate track, we will be helping diverse candidates enter the real estate sector and compete at the highest levels.


Brief Job Responsibilities

  • Engage new partners about the SEO value proposition and develop strong relationships
  • Strategize with senior management team on the direction of the track, growth opportunities, and ideas to improve the experience
  • Provide guidance, direction and management supervision for the work of a RE Program Manager
  • Provide the PREA board with timely, accurate updates on project status
  • Develop training content for undergraduates to explore real estate career paths, prepare for the internship interview process, and/or prepare for their summer internship experiences
  • Build coaching/mentoring experience by guiding interns through pre-summer preparation/development and summer internship experience
  • Use expertise to interpret feedback received from SEO partners and coaches on candidate/intern performance and to provide guidance to your cohort
  • Leverage Excel capabilities to organize and track information about your interactions with the cohort to strategically analyze the group and assist in decision-making
  • Provide guidance on how best to interpret and respond to requests for talented candidates for Real Estate roles
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with all constituents
  • Other duties as required


  • Commitment to the mission of SEO and minimum 3-year commitment to the role
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum 7 years of professional work experience in real estate
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to multi-task, and handle changing priorities
  • Strong written and oral communications skills
  • Ability and desire to motivate, coach and mentor diverse college students during the college to career transition
  • Ability to communicate effectively with team members, partners, funders, interns, colleagues, alumni and senior staff
  • Ability and willingness to travel, work some nights and some weekends as dictated by programing needs


SEO is a nonprofit organization that offers a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience.  To apply please submit your cover letter indicating your desired annual salary and resume.

Email your personal information in confidences. In the subject line type: REAL ESTATE DIRECTOR 2018

Please no phone calls.

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V