Advancement Project Manager (295 views)

Los Angeles, CA
December 19, 2018 2019-02-17
Job Description


Clifford Beers Housing (CBH) develops permanent supportive housing (“PSH”) for the most vulnerable. Our commitment is to create thoughtfully designed, affordable and integrated communities to enhance the lives of individuals and families who have experienced mental illness and homelessness.

CBH offers a comprehensive benefits package including a 403(b), medical, dental, vision, and life insurance plans as well as vacation, sick, personal, and holiday time off.


This position, under the direction of the Executive Director, will be the first member of the newly created Advancements Department that is responsible for effectuating PSH production without the use of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (“LIHTCs”), which has been historically the primary source of financing. The Advancements Department seeks to add a new line of production that is both time and cost efficient in comparison to LIHTC models by innovating and advancing new capital structures, partnerships and new ways of developing PSH.  This includes but is not limited to integrating market units to PSH, partnering with for-profit developers, developing PSH in R-1 neighborhoods, partnering with faith based organizations who own surplus land, etc.

By decomposing the LIHTC models and experimentation, the APM will be responsible for all aspects of project development including but not limited to: multiple feasibility scenarios, underwriting, research, funding applications, negotiation, closing, and building PSH developments.

The APM will also be responsible for realizing the necessary relationships to operate the building effectively which include but is not limited to property management, supportive service provision, etc. CBH hopes these innovative projects will serve as a model to create new tools to end homelessness in Los Angeles.
This position is better suited for entrepreneur, “out of the box” individuals interested in the exploration of new methods of non-profit housing development, urban planning, and real estate.






  • Critical thinking skills and the ability to make reasoned decisions with limited information
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks and adapt to changing priorities, work, and information as needed
  • Ability to perform under pressure with interruptions and to meet deadlines
  • Strong time management and organizational skills with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to synthesize and understand information from a variety of sources and documents
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Flexible work schedule that can accommodate demanding project deadlines
  • Familiarity with the MS Office Suite, particularly MS Excel, Word, and Outlook, and Adobe Acrobat
  • Maintain a professional demeanor in representing CBH to colleagues, constituents, funders, and public officials
  • Passion and support for CBH’s mission



  • Prepare funding applications for public and private financing consistent with funding regulations and within funding deadlines as well as innovates new funding opportunities
  • Closing of acquisition/predevelopment, construction, and permanent phase loans
  • Revise project proformas and other financial spreadsheets
  • Performing tasks necessary to further site acquisition, entitlements, project funding, and construction, including, but not limited to, review of studies, reports, and loan documents; distributing documents and information to parties as needed, etc.
  • Communicate with financing partners, consultants, and public agency staff
  • Actively participate in project problem-solving and discussions regarding project strategies
  • Maintain project information in an accurate and organized manner
  • Find, apply for, and report on grants suitable for the development of a department focused on developing permanent supportive housing without the use of LIHTC



A bachelor’s degree and preferably a master’s degree in business, finance, political science, public administration or urban planning is desired. 2-5 years work experience in a related field required. Relevant work experience may be substituted in lieu of a master’s degree. 


  • Proof of ability to work in the United States.
  • Must have and maintain a valid California driver’s license and auto insurance at all times and have the availability of an insured vehicle to travel within the Company’s service area.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this job.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

While performing the essential duties and responsibilities of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit at least 50% of the time; use hands to fingers, handle, or feel; and talk and hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand at least 25% of the time; walk at least 25% of the time; and reach using feet, legs, back, arms and hands.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20-30 pounds.  

Specific vision abilities required for this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.