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Opportunity is (Still!) Brewing at ULI Northwest | Now Hiring

Do you herd cats? Have an opinion about the Oxford comma? Are you savvy with both people and projects? If you answer “Yes!” to all these questions, then we should talk.

ULI Northwest is looking for a new member to join our small team of energetic professionals. Our work group is the productive force behind an array of programs and initiatives in real estate development and land use in the Pacific Northwest. As the local District Council of the Urban Land Institute, we carry forth ULI’s mission to connect the global real estate community.

We currently have openings for the following positions:

Manager (Seattle)
Please see below for descriptions and details about how to apply.

Manager (Seattle)


The Manager’s main responsibility is to manage programs and initiatives that support the Executive Director and facilitate the District Council’s goals and objectives. This includes working closely with the Executive Director, Portland Manager, Associate, advisory board and committee members and assisting with supervising the Associate and outside consultants.


  • Develop and maintain key external strategic alliances with other professional, academic, public sector, and non-profit organizations
  • Support the Executive Director, Chair, and management committee in its administration and in leadership development and succession
  • Develop and implement community outreach initiatives that are aligned with the ULI mission and the District Council’s 5-year strategic plan
  • Act as a main liaison between ULI Northwest staff and local committees; attend various meetings and events as required and report to Executive Director
  • Manage and support the Center for Sustainable Leadership and a new program, Urban Plan for Public Officials, including all aspects of planning and implementation
  • Manage project timelines and keep projects and people on or ahead of schedule

Committee Support

  • Support committees by sending meeting notices, tracking RSVPs, updating committee lists, assisting with recruiting and retaining volunteers, and preparing for committee meetings
  • Proactively work with committees to ensure individual assignments are accomplished between committee meetings
  • Attend advisory board and committee meetings, produce minutes, and disseminate information to committee members and ULI staff
  • Assist committees in producing and implementing their annual plans


  • Prepare event handouts and visuals (e.g., agendas, speaker bios, PowerPoint presentations)
  • Assist with all meeting logistics, particularly coordinating with the Associate
  • Keep list of potential member volunteers and manage volunteer assignments to support events


  • Regularly draft and finalize professional and persuasive communications on complex projects
  • Contribute ideas and finished pieces for marketing campaigns, social media, and the website
  • Participate in sponsorship and member recruitment; onboard and engage new members
  • Research and write grant applications to support the District Council’s initiatives
  • Keep abreast of and master new communication technology, software and social media and assist with implementation


  • Access records from ULI’s database to generate labels, reports, meeting rosters, badges, etc.
  • Receive and answer phone/email inquiries from members and prospects
  • Perform various administrative duties and special projects as required as part of the District Council team
  • Learn all systems and be the backup for the Associate


Daily direct work with District Council leadership, Executive Director, Portland Manager, and other staff based in the Washington, DC headquarters and across the globe


Daily direct work with member and sponsor firms, vendors, and consultants


  • BA/BS degree
  • 5+ years relevant experience
  • Project management expertise
  • Professional oral and written communication skills, including exceptional spelling and grammar
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills to work with senior executives in the private and public sectors in a sophisticated, respectful, and simultaneously collegial manner
  • Meticulous attention to detail in all aspects of work
  • Ability to initiate tasks and assume responsibility
  • Strong time management and organizational skills, able to prioritize and multitask
  • Some content knowledge and passionate interest in real estate and land use, policy, and/or environmental sustainability and urban planning topics such as: building healthy places, smart growth, urban infill, full spectrum of housing
  • Adaptable to changing needs and comfortable with ambiguity
  • Strong computer skills, including advanced facility with or ability to learn Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and Adobe products (InDesign); typing 60+ words per minute
  • Willing and able to attend early morning and evening events, and events in other cities across the region and North America
  • Use of personal (and/or ability to rent) vehicle for business use
  • Ability to lift 30 pound boxes during event preparation and setup


  • Graduate degree in a related field
  • Personnel management or supervision
  • Committee facilitation
  • Event planning and management
  • Substantive knowledge in real estate and land use
  • Grant research and application drafting
  • Love of language, able to “write something that sings”


Send an email to northwest.uli@gmail.com with all of the following:

  1. A personalized cover letter
  2. Your resume
  3. Recent salary history and expectations
  4. LinkedIn or equivalent social media links

References and writing samples may be requested. Please direct all questions to northwest.uli@gmail.com. No phone calls, please.

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