Executive Director, ULI Los Angeles - Urban Land Institute

January 12, 2018

Urban Land Institute

Los Angeles, California 90017

Reporting to the Executive Vice President, District Councils, and Chair, ULI Los Angeles, the Executive Director is responsible for leading the district council’s program of work, including developing and executing strategies that manage the district council and Institute resources, expertise, and leadership to constructively influence local and regional development issues and land use policies. 

The Executive Director will be charged with the oversight and coordination of the various activities of the district council, including programs, membership, corporate and program sponsorships, communications, public relations, and general management of operations.

The candidate must have strong organizational and management skills, but at the same time must be able to “see the big picture” and think and act in a visionary manner. He or she must also have an entrepreneurial spirit, the ability to multitask and respond to situations quickly, and the ability to present to groups, manage public meetings, and serve alongside district council leadership as a “face” of the organization. A background working with volunteers who include business professionals, public officials, corporate executives, and senior members of the real estate community is highly desirable.

Specific responsibilities include the following:

  • Develop and implement a program of work, budget, and a staffing plan for the district council that provides for clear outcomes and methods to measure success.
  • Develop and promote strategies that direct the Los Angeles District Council and Institute resources, expertise, and leadership to the issues affecting land use policies through education forums, community initiatives, conferences, meetings, programs, publications, and other sources.
  • Work in concert with district council leadership to advance a comprehensive sponsorship program that provides a robust, sustainable platform for staff and programs, including the support and oversight of volunteers who are working to secure sponsors.
  • Implement a comprehensive membership program that engages the membership committee as well as the Young Leaders Group and other committees in efforts to maintain and enhance existing members, expand new memberships, and encourage upgraded memberships, such as from associate member to full member; provide opportunities for active member voluntary engagement in our program of work; and incorporate strategies that enhance the diversity of the membership.
  • Foster and maintain key external strategic alliances with other professional, academic, public sector, and nonprofit organizations.
  • Support the Chair, Advisory Board, and Management and Governance Committees in administration, leadership development, and succession.
  • Oversee, with district council staff, the implementation of the district council’s program of work, including the following:
    • Programs and events throughout the region focused on, among other subjects, real estate trends, sustainability/smart growth, housing, infrastructure, and capital markets 
    • Young Leaders events
    • Policy & Practice initiatives
    • Local Technical Advisory Program panels (“TAPs”)
    • Local Member Product Councils (Housing, Capital Markets, Leadership, others)
    • Women’s Leadership Initiative
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    • Communications and social media
    • ULI Los Angeles Annual Report.
  • Manage the ULI Los Angeles office and staff, currently consisting of a senior director, a senior associate, and an associate.
  • Serve as an innovative model and expert resource for other district councils across the United States.


This position is an outstanding opportunity for a well-regarded member of the land use and development community to expand upon the success of ULI Los Angeles and its strong membership base. Requirements include the following:

  • Ten-plus years’ progressively responsible experience in local real estate and land use, community relations, and/or nonprofit administration.
  • Bachelor’s degree in real estate, urban planning, business/public administration, or related field; an advanced degree is desirable.
  • ULI membership experience highly desirable.
  • Working knowledge of the metropolitan Los Angeles real estate community, ULI, and programs is highly desired.
  • Highly motivated leader who thrives in a team environment; is multitask-oriented; is self-motivated; and takes pride in his/her accomplishments.
  • Ability to effectively manage myriad issues and establish and meet priorities.
  • Experience in the preparation and management of annual budget and financial statements; fiscally responsible.
  • Ability to work effectively with people at all levels, including but not limited to corporate leaders, politicians, educators, public officials, etc.
  • Experience recruiting, managing, developing, and leading a staff.
  • Ability to plan and oversee high-quality events in support of the district council.
  • Ability to grow and retain membership and sponsorship base.
  • Proven track record in strategic planning and execution of sound business plans.
  • Ability to communicate at all levels openly and effectively in both oral and written forms.
  • Highest level of honesty and integrity.
  • Available for moderate travel throughout Greater Los Angeles; periodic visits to ULI’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.; attendance at ULI’s annual Fall Meeting and Spring Council Forum; and periodic meetings with surrounding district councils.
  • Computer savvy, with proficiency in using Excel and PowerPoint.