Development Manager - Seattle


The Development Manager will be responsible for all ongoing ground up development projects on behalf of major clients in the greater Seattle area. This includes pre-development, entitlement, contractor selection and a strong financial acumen to handle all project financials. Candidates must be attracted to a fast-paced environment where responsiveness and customer service are highly valued. A predisposition towards collaboration, teamwork and personal responsibility will be critical to a candidate’s success. The development professional will be part of a team responsible for assessing the viability of new developments, due diligence on new builds, approvals & entitlements. Additional areas of responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Site Feasibility/Layout - Review jurisdictional zoning, general plans, specific plans and design guidelines. Develop site plans that fall within guidelines and that balance functionality with maximum site coverage.
  • Environmental –Review public and provided data to characterize environmental risk of potential land acquisitions and develop strategies to assume environmental obligations if warranted. Underwrite cost of solutions and bracket the cost of risk. Work with external consultants to balance creative solutions with risk. Negotiate work plans and prescriptive or protective agreements. See environmental plans through to NFA.
  • Relationships: Develop and maintain strong external relationships that are beneficial for cooperation and problem solving during design and entitlement. These include city staff and elected officials, community leaders, lobbyists, consultants, attorneys, union leaders
  • Land Usage –
  • Identify and issues/risks and propose mitigations and solutions.
  • Determine feasibility of desired development by assessing the following: governing agency requirements; required municipal approvals; CEQA requirements; environmental conditions and situations; utility service availability; fees; geotechnical investigations; natural and cultural resource impacts; required offsite improvements; Right-of-Way issues; mass grading and significant site issue evaluations ; drainage plans; planning and zoning classification; survey, title; other relevant information.
  • Work with project managers to develop anticipated project schedules – from entitlement to construction completion, including detailed permitting process.
  • Provide preconstruction with information upon which to base preliminary budgets
  • Provide content for Investment Committee Memos
  • Entitlements – Run the entitlement process for new land acquisitions. Responsibilities include:
  • Negotiate entitlement process - type or need for SEPA or, level and type of studies, concessions and conditions
  • Manage the application and SEPA process including consultants and land use attorney
  • Manage architects and civil engineers through application process
  • Work with project managers to address design concerns
  • Interface with city council, planning commissioners or other jurisdictional influencers to ensure project support.
  • Prepare and present planning commission / city council presentations
  • Negotiate with environmental groups or other project opponents
  • Conduct community outreach/meetings where appropriate
  • Maintain project entitlement schedules
  • Be an office leader in staying on top of regulatory or municipal changes, trends and events that could affect our projects or pursuits
  • Support the Design Process – Work with our development project management group to ensure any relevant entitlement commitments are incorporated into the building design.
  • Proposal (RFP) Responses – Work with the leasing and project management teams to respond to tenant RFPs, ensuring the intended use is in line with entitlements
  • Building Acquisition – Assist acquisition team with site related issues, including: title/survey coordination and review; site development or zoning issues review; physical inspections; environmental consultant coordination.


  • Minimum of 7-10 years of relevant experience required. Experience in an industrial real estate environment strongly desired.
  • Relevant work experience as entitlement manager, planning manager, real estate development manager, land use project manager, architect or permitting specialist
  • Deep knowledge of greater Seattle state environmental regulations, specifically a strong understanding of the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)
  • Ability to lead entitlement efforts for land use approvals pursuant to SEPA including compliance with zoning regulations and ownership requirements.
  • BS degree in civil or environmental engineering, architecture, planning, urban planning, public policy, real estate, law, or related field.
  • Possess strong initiative and effective organizational skills.
  • Creative and enthusiastic approach to solving issues.
  • Willingness to train or supervise associates.
  • Attention to detail, and ability to multitask and prioritize workload.
  • Ability to establish and maintain relationships and interact with various levels of professionals inside and outside of the company.
  • Proficient working with MS Office Suite to include Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Vaccinated for Covid-19 or possess a medical or sincere religious belief waiver.