VP, Real Estate Development and Planning

Organization: Empire State Development
Website: http://www.esd.ny.gov

Posted: January 23, 2020 | Closing: February 16, 2020

Job Description


Reporting directly to the Executive Vice President of Real Estate Development and Planning, the Vice President of Real Estate Development and Planning will be one of two VPs managing a diverse portfolio of statewide real estate development projects from planning and marketing through environmental review and public approvals, to closing and disposition.  The VP will be an integral part of a small, dynamic team, responsible for managing intra- and interagency teams, consultants, and staff; negotiating with developers and other public and private partners; collaborating with elected officials and other community stakeholders; and analyzing project financing.


  • Supervise and coordinate multidisciplinary ESD project teams tasked with planning, marketing and disposing of surplus and underutilized State properties through General Project Plans.
  • Manage public and private parties involved in the purchase or lease of properties during the public approvals and disposition process. These parties may include landlords/landowners, developers, architects, urban planners, financial consultants, engineers, appraisers, title abstract companies, attorneys, environmental consultants, State and municipal agencies, and others.
  • Help manage Real Estate Development staff, providing guidance and constructive feedback, including regular one-on-one meetings; encouraging training and other growth opportunities; and monitoring projects to ensure they are on track.
  • Represent ESD at conferences and public functions.


Education Level: Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree in real estate, finance, urban planning, business, law, public policy or related field strongly preferred.

Equivalent Experience required: 7+ years’ experience in at least one of the following fields: real estate, economic development, urban planning, public administration or related field.

Knowledge required: Knowledge of public policy, urban planning, real estate and/or other fields related to economic and real estate development.  Knowledge of construction is a plus.

License: Must have valid driver’s license


  • Effective leadership: manages and mentors staff effectively; confident making decisions; exercises good judgment.
  • Problem-­solving: identifies, prioritizes and addresses performance deficiencies by focusing on the “20% of the issue driving 80% of the result”; breaks down complex problems into manageable components; willing to question and revisit the status quo; able to navigate bureaucratic impediments to achieve pragmatic results.
  • Big-picture thinking: quickly gets up to speed on complex government bureaucracies, programs and policies; employs systems­‐level thinking to understand goals and interdependencies across agency; considers the impact of a decision both internally and externally, short- and long-­term.
  • Collaborating: builds supportive, trusting relationships with agency colleagues; cultivates network of diverse colleagues from which to solicit information, feedback and resources; seeks to understand needs of colleagues and proactively identifies opportunities and offers support.
  • Synthesizing: communicates in ways understandable to intelligent non‐experts; summarizes key points efficiently and clearly; prepares professionally-written materials suitable for dissemination.
  • Active listening: validates problem hypotheses and potential solutions with staff, managers and external constituents; listens to broader environment to identify and understand sensitivities.

Attention to detail: carefully reviews work products before advancing to colleagues and external stakeholders to submit work that is context appropriate, clear and error free.

Send resume to resumes@esd.ny.gov, indicating job title in subject line and salary requirement in email body

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