Project Assistant – Community Real Estate

Reports to: Project Manager
Revised: June 2016

Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) – Rooted in the Mission and focused on San Francisco, MEDA’s mission is to strengthen low- and moderate-income Latino families by promoting economic equity and social justice through asset building and community development.

MEDA is advancing strategies to create asset building opportunities for San Francisco’s Latino families and in the Mission District through: (1) our core, integrated Asset Building Programs related to housing, financial capability, workforce development, business development and tax preparation; (2) serving as a backbone agency to advance educational achievement and family economic success through the Mission Promise Neighborhood 2-generation approach; (3) creating and preserving affordable housing and commercial real estate in the Mission District through Community Real Estate; (4) providing access to capital and innovative financial products through the Adelante Fund; and (5) Policy & Advocacy efforts that support our mission.

Mission Economic Development Agency is looking for a ready candidate to be part of a new team to develop MEDA’s housing and commercial real estate assets. Mission Economic Development Agency has established a Community Real Estate program to fulfill our long term vision of building vibrant, diverse, proud and forward thinking communities in which residents can call San Francisco their permanent home and own their own homes and businesses.

As part of a dynamic organization in the Mission district serving the needs of generations of Latino families, we expect the right candidate will be passionate about building community value through the development of residential and commercial buildings in the face of intense development pressures. The Project Assistant will provide support to the Project Managers by coordinating schedules and meetings, providing administrative support and keeping projects moving. Our ideal candidate is an intuitive problem solver who is meticulously detailed oriented, able to work independently, possesses superior communication skills, is technology savvy, has a strong sense of initiative and delivers results. The primary responsibilities will initially be administrative in nature but will grow and adapt with the position and the demonstrated abilities and success of the new hire.


  • Assist with the preparation, updating and adherence to project schedules.
  • Assist with the evaluation of potential development sites and feasibility analyses related to property acquisitions.
  • Assist with the process for project approvals from planning and building departments and other regulatory agencies.
  • Assist with the preparation and filing of documents to facilitate escrow closings.
  • Assist with the bid and qualifications processes to select architects and general contractors and subcontractors. Assist with project design development and preparation of project plans and specifications.
  • Assist with the construction process, including meeting lender and governmental requirements and processing of pay application and loan disbursement requests.
  • Support the solicitation of feedback from various parties to ensure integrated design and development of projects.
  • Support outreach and public relations work as needed, including attending community meetings.
  • Meet with and report to the Project Manager on a regular basis to discuss issues associated with the development process.
  • Undertake tasks as may be assigned by the Director of Community Real Estate or Project Manager.
  • Perform other assignments and duties as assigned.


  • A high school degree and 1-2 years of experience in affordable housing. Associate degree with 3-4 year’s work experience or bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Experience in affordable housing and/or multi-family residential, commercial with non-profit and small business real estate finance preferred.
  • Ability to work within project teams.
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain cooperative relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds, including board members, public sector staff and officials, representatives of other nonprofit organizations, vendors, and people from low-income households.
  • Capacity to manage 2 or more projects independently.
  • Commitment to green-building and sustainable policies and practices.
  • Commitment to providing long-term affordable housing and to the concept of organizing low-income people to stabilize communities and create social change.
  • Well-developed verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • High degree of independence, initiative, responsibility, and accountability as well as capability in a team environment.
  • Ability to anticipate needs, risks and problems and to act proactively.
  • Must be able to travel to community or resident locations within a 10 mile radius of the work. Strong proficiency in using MS Office Word, Excel and Outlook software.
  • Experience with Excel, Google Docs, Google+, Google Drive, and Dropbox are needed.
  • Willingness and ability to attend occasional evening and weekend meetings and events.

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