Job Opening – Community Real Estate Consultant

Communities on the margins of opportunity deserve a trusted partner on their journey towards financial growth and stability. As a locally invested, collaborative partner in social justice and financial equity, Community Vision (Community Vision) provides nonprofits, small businesses, and social enterprises with strategic investment and guidance deepening work, scaling impact, and strengthening our communities.

We realize that the impact of discriminatory policy, institutionalized financial neglect, and systemic racism have resulted in a deep sense of distrust felt among communities on the margins of opportunity, including people of color, folks of various abilities, genders and sexualities, and communities with low financial wealth. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities. Community Visions is an equal opportunity employer; people of all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Community Development Consultant

Oakland/San Francisco, California


In 1987, Community Vision’s founders had a vision of putting their money to work as a tool for building financially strong and culturally vibrant communities capable of growing their sown seeds of self-determination. We promote economic justice and alleviate poverty by increasing the financial resilience and sustainability of community-based nonprofits and enterprises. Through flexible financial products and sound advice, we create opportunities to make socially responsible investments that revitalize Northern and Central California communities. We envision financially strong and culturally vibrant communities where each person has access to decent jobs, homes, health care, education, and economic opportunities. We work in partnership with individuals and organizations who share our vision of sustainable communities and social and economic justice.


Community Vision’s consulting and training team build racial and economic equity and security of place across California by supporting and delivering community-led real estate strategies and related learning programs. The Real Estate Solutions department’s innovative approach provides customized advising, support and training (workshop and cohort programs)  in two key areas — financial management and real estate consulting services — to community-based nonprofits and small businesses.

The Community Real Estate Consultant will support Bay Area and/or Central Valley nonprofit organizations and small businesses around planning and implementing their real estate projects. This can include guidance around establishing a project vision,  leasing, buying, financing and fundraising, escrow and due diligence and assembling a development team when needed. Additionally the consultant will participate in the delivering of webinars, workshop and cohort learning sessions.


Community Vision is dedicated to anti-racist practices and to building an anti-racist organization. This includes treating colleagues with respect, supporting the vision of the organization and demonstrating the professional practices of the organization which are community centered, patient, communication, work-ethic, responsiveness, conscious of difference, humility and curiosity, humor, creativity, practical, accountability and data driven. Staff members attend to the culture of the organization by being ambassadors of Community Vision’s values and participating in internally focused work groups.


  • Build trust-based, collaborative relationships with nonprofit leaders, board, staff and their communities, to develop their understanding of the real estate process and identify and implement real estate solutions for their organization
  • Support real estate projects with needs and feasibility assessments by preparing and analyzing space and location needs, financial models for program and organizational budgets and forecasting, project sources and uses, real estate pro forma and occupancy cost projections, and financing scenarios
  • Determine clients’ ability to take on debt and/or fundraise for a project and assess overall financial ability and organizational capacity to own and/or lease and manage real estate
  • Looking across market and non-market sites, support clients in identifying and analyzing sites and securing program/office space under favorable lease or ownership agreements
  • As needed, assemble development teams to deliver projects including project manager, legal counsel, architect, general contractor. May coordinate some predevelopment activities by soliciting bids, evaluating responses and securing vendors/providers
  • Prepare and deliver written feasibility reports/analyses and summary presentations as necessary for clients. Further, prepare project summaries for external funder reports
  • Present at real estate development and financing related webinars, workshops, and cohort gatherings. Develop new offerings, tools, and resources in coordination with training staff
  • Develop professional services, resources, and funding referral networks, and navigate clients to these networks and opportunities as needed
  • Collaborate with Community Vision staff to coordinate client strategies and services
  • Pursue professional development opportunities and maintain needed job knowledge, skills, and competencies by participating in educational programs and learning networks


Ideal Qualifications 

  • 4+ years of community development experience -or- 4+ years experience consulting with a basic understanding of the real estate development process.Experience with providing technical assistance and advising to organizational leaders that places a strong emphasis on a ‘trusted advisor’ approach to relationship management
  • Understanding of community and traditional financing, integrated capital strategies, and philanthropic fundraising is a plus
  • Ability to design and explain financial models (pro forma, budgets, etc)
  • Basic understanding of nonprofit finance and organizational/management structures
  • Attention to detail and ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines
  • Experience delivering training and group presentations. Experience developing educational experiences for adults is a plus
  • Understanding and ability to work with a range of nonprofit partners that reflect the diversity of the Bay Area, Central and Northern California
  • Enthusiasm, entrepreneurial spirit, and a passionate commitment to work in community development and the nonprofit sector
  • Understanding of the issues facing and operating structure/culture of nonprofits.
  • Ability to work with a range of nonprofit clients that reflect the diversity of the Bay Area, Central, and Northern California
  • Relationships in or authentic understanding of Bay Area communities of color, low-income communities, and/or other disinvested communities


The Community Real Estate Consultant is a full-time exempt position. This position reports to the Director, Real Estate and Training. The salary for this position is between $84,975 -$108,150 annually, depending on experience and if outside of the Bay Area salary will be adjusted based on cost of living of the region. Benefits include: 100% health insurance premium coverage for employees and a contribution towards dependent coverage, dental insurance, long-term disability & life insurance, transportation and cell phone subsidies, employer contributions towards retirement savings, three weeks’ vacation, and a commitment to work/life balance. Occasional evenings and out of area travel may be necessary. Position  involves regular computer and telephone use plus some minimal lifting. The position can be based at either of Community Vision’s offices in San Francisco or Oakland. All staff are working remotely until further notice.

Send resume and cover letter via email to Subject line to read: Community Real Estate Consultant. Letters should discuss your interest in the position and in working at Community Vision. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. 

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