Director (Contractor)

ABOUT US |   HR&A Advisors, Inc. (HR&A) is an employee-owned company advising public, private, non-profit, and philanthropic clients on how to increase opportunity and advance quality of life in cities.

We believe in creating vital places, building more equitable and resilient communities, and improving people’s lives.

From Brooklyn to London, Medellin to Hong Kong, we have guided hundreds of clients in transforming real estate and economic development concepts, and public infrastructure, first into actionable plans then into job-producing, community-strengthening assets.

Our clients include real estate owners and investors, hospitals and universities, cultural institutions and philanthropies, community development organizations and governments.

HR&A has offices in Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Raleigh, and Washington D.C. We come from diverse backgrounds, have a breadth of lived experience, and share a passion for cities. We are former city officials, executive directors, planners, lawyers, architects, and economists.

THE ROLE | We are seeking candidates for a Director position based in an HR&A office in Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Raleigh, or Washington D.C., which serve clients nationally. The Director will have the opportunity to work across a variety of HR&A practice areas, with initial emphasis on Broadband & Digital Equity work and will play a role in shaping the future of HR&A’s Broadband & Digital Equity Practice. Our Broadband & Digital Equity team serves as an extension of state and local governments’ broadband and digital equity efforts to design and manage large-scale programs to close the digital divide, funded largely by historic investments from the federal government and collaborations with philanthropy.

Successful candidates will have relevant project management experience in economic development, broadband & digital equity, real estate, or related consulting fields, and must demonstrate critical analytic thinking skills to serve our clients, possess a passion for intelligent urban development, and have a deep curiosity about the challenges and opportunities facing cities. Day-to-day tasks will require managing internal and external teams to complete complex real estate and economic assignments, including pro forma analysis for a range of uses, market feasibility research, fiscal and economic impact studies, public-private partnership strategy, and public policy design.

The Director will develop, review, and present client deliverables – including memos, reports, and PowerPoint presentations – and will support the firm’s business development efforts. Successful candidates will bring a strong foundation of real estate, broadband & digital equity, or economic development expertise and an interest in creative public-private solutions, as well as significant capacity for leadership.

Experience Required | Director candidates should have 8 – 12 years of work experience in broadband/digital equity planning, economic development, real estate, public policy and/or consulting in a related field. Candidates should also have a master’s degree, preferably in real estate, city planning, economic development, and/or business. Considerable additional experience in a closely-related field may also be substituted for a graduate degree. Preference will be given to candidates whose experience includes project management for consulting engagements in a relevant field.

In addition to considerable experience in program management, real estate, and economic analysis, the candidate must also possess substantial project management experience, excellent writing and presentation skills, and mentorship capabilities. Candidates should be highly motivated independent thinkers with sufficient poise for direct client interaction. The most successful candidates will show potential for rapid professional growth.

COMPENSATION | Director candidates should have a master’s degree, 8 – 12 years professional experience, previous responsibility for client deliverables, project management experience, and capacity for leadership.

The base salary range for this position is $126,000 – $143,500.  Where an offer falls inside the pay range is dependent on experience.  We offer competitive compensation packages, based on qualifications and experience.  This position is a full-time temporary contractor role for a maximum of three years that works alongside HR&A teams, where employment is via HR&A’s employment partner, Magnit.  Magnit benefits include health and wellness benefits and paid holidays.

HOW TO APPLY | HR&A is committed to attracting and retaining a talented, diverse, and competitive team of professionals dedicated to solving the challenges of urban life. Women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please submit a cover letter and resume as a single PDF document (maximum of 2 pages) here. If you have a digital portfolio, include a link within your cover letter. Applications without a cover lever will not be reviewed.

We ask that you submit a version of your resume that has your school information removed. There is no need to reformat your resume, and you should leave your degree (e.g., “B.A. Communications”). But please remove all undergraduate and graduate school name references. This request is part of our ongoing work to build a hiring system that is free from bias and based on candidate merit and performance in the hiring process.

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, medical condition, veteran status, or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law.

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