The Durst Organization

  • Project Associate

    US-New York
    # of Openings
  • Durst Profile

    For over 100 years, The Durst Organization has been a family-run business dedicated to the principles of innovation, integrity, community, and sustainability. We develop, build, own, and manage premier office towers and residential buildings that set new standards in environmental responsibility and user efficiency. Our enduring relationships with our tenants and partners are critical to our success and have made us generations of builders, building for generations.


    The Project Associate will undertake discrete tasks and long term assignments in the support of a construction project or projects, and will fulfill many of the management and day-to-day activities necessary for the advancement of construction projects throughout all project phases. The Project Associate will work integrally with all members of the Construction Team on analysis, assessment, contract awards, recordkeeping, presentational materials, schedules and financial performance, and/or consultant oversight in accordance with the needs of a project at various stages of development


    • Project Management:
      • Provide meeting organization and support
      • Identify, track, prioritize, and resolve issues
      • Communicate regularly with team members
      • Provide assistance in the set-up, management, and oversight of projects
      • Provide assistance in documenting key initiatives, decisions, policies and directives
      • Develop and maintain project management tools (Budgets, schedules, action, list(s), etc.)
      • Develop analyses across a variety of purposes and uses
      • Record and distribute minutes in development-related meetings as required
    • Project Administration:
      • Maintain project accounting records using in-house software system
      • Review and oversee activities of project administrators to ensure quality standards of the project
      • Develop and document areas of improvement in communications
      • Document key decisions and directions
      • Participate in quality assurance efforts
    • Design Team Coordination:
      • Track design team progress
      • Coordinate design team and integrate the efforts of in-house technical staff
      • Participate in design team and construction meetings
      • Assist in the coordination of the design process through all phases of design and construction
    • Coordinate permit approval /entitlement process:
      • Liaise with design team, expediter, and construction manager to efficiently procure permits from multiple agencies


    • Contract procurement:
      • Prepare requests for proposals (RFPs)
      • Establish scope, prepare levelling sheets, and manage bid evaluation



    • Four (4) year degree from accredited institution, preferably in engineering, architecture or real estate, or industry experience relevant to the position
    • Master’s degree in Real Estate development is a plus
    • Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks, on multiple projects, without losing sight of immediate needs or long-term goals of the project.
    • Proven problem-solver and strong planning, analysis and organizational skills
    • Experience in the analysis, entitlement, development, design and/or construction of high-rise residential, commercial, or mixed-use projects preferred
    • Familiarity with real-estate and construction terminology preferred
    • Knowledge of construction trades and types of construction
    • Appreciation of quality finish construction
    • Proven analytical and communications acumen
    • Understanding of sustainable design and construction practices
    • Knowledge of applicable codes (building, energy, planning) preferred
    • Knowledge of OSHA, NYC DOB, and related safety requirements
    • Effective oral and written communication skills, as well as excellent interpersonal skills
    • Demonstrated understanding of budget and schedule creation and management
    • Applied knowledge of software platforms such as Excel, scheduling software (e.g. MS Project, Primavera), Visio, PowerPoint, and Google products.


    Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer: Minorities/Female/Disabled/Veteran


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