The Port is Hiring: Real Estate Development Associate


The Port of Greater Cincinnati is seeking a Real Estate Development Associate to join a high performing team of professionals dedicated to transforming communities for lasting impact, including residential properties and commercial business districts. As a member of the Neighborhood Revitalization Team, you will be responsible for supporting the execution of a multi-faceted strategy to drive economic growth, job creation, social stability, and shared prosperity for all residents. This position will have a special focus on commercial property and property in neighborhood business districts.

The Real Estate Development Associate assists in the oversight and coordination of key processes throughout the real estate development cycle – concept through completion – in targeted neighborhoods in Hamilton County. The successful candidate has demonstrated exceptional attention to detail, capacity to create and maintain order, and strong verbal and written communication skills. Outstanding project management skills and the ability to build and maintain relationships with internal and external partners are essential to overall success and effectiveness in this position.



  1. Receive and review Property Acquisition Applications for completeness, coordinate with applicants, identify opportunities, and refer to internal team members.
  2. Support pre-acquisition analysis including: Financial Models or Pro-Forma analyses, feasibility studies, zoning analysis, and coordination of market research.
  3. Support the Due Diligence process for acquisitions including the review of: Title work, property surveys, environmental considerations, required infrastructure, and necessary site work.
  4. Develop and manage project budgets to ensure on-time and on-budget delivery of projects.
  5. Draft bid documents, including RFQs and RFPs, and coordinate the bidding process in compliance with all relevant laws and in accordance with The Port’s Inclusion Policy.
  6. Administer contracts, including negotiation of change orders, and processing of payment applications.
  7. Partner with government agencies and municipalities on projects to ensure timely approval of zoning changes, permits, and other compliance requirements.
  8. Establish relationships with stakeholders including but not limited to developers, vendors, contractors, and neighborhood partners.
  9. Coordinate with Facilities Manager for proper maintenance of assigned real estate property.
  10. Provide accurate and timely materials, mapping, and data to support the development of grant applications, presentations, board reports, news articles, and all other communication requests.



  1. Bachelor’s degree in Real Estate, Finance, Urban Planning, Business Administration, Construction Management, or other relevant fields.
  2. Direct or related experience in real estate development, real estate development finance, real estate lending, or community development, including knowledge of construction; is preferred.
  3. Ability to build effective working relationships with people of diverse social, economic, and racial/ethnic backgrounds and with cross functional project teams to deliver key objectives.
  4. Proven skills in advanced level problem solving, sound decision-making, exceptional follow-through, and precision in following procedures.
  5. Demonstrated success working as a team player to achieve organizational goals and objectives.
  6. Highly organized and willing to take initiative to drive results.
  7. Experience with pro-forma financial analysis and the real estate development process preferred.
  8. Extensive experience in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Project. Experience with database programs and GIS mapping programs preferred.
  9. Ability to identify site-specific development, entitlement, and permitting issues through the due diligence process to ensure project viability.
  10. Ability to read and review design drawings and documents.
  11. Previous experience or interest in working in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.


Other Prerequisites

  1. Ability to work during regular business hours.
  2. Ability to operate all applicable office equipment.
  3. Ability to tour Port Authority project sites and attend out-of-office meetings.
  4. Satisfactory results on pre-employment written and oral testing, as administered by appropriate practitioners at the Port Authority’s direction.
  5. Satisfactory results on background investigations.
  6. Insurable and ability to maintain insurability for the operation of motor vehicles, as use of a personal vehicle may be required to attend out-of-office meetings.
  7. Ability to perform all of the essential functions of the position outlined herein without creating a direct or indirect threat to the safety of oneself or others.

The Port is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Please send your resume and cover letter to William Fischer, Vice President of Community Development