The Durst Organization

  • Senior Project Manager - Entitlement and Design

    US-New York
    # of Openings
    Project Development
  • Durst Profile

    Generations of Builders, Building for Generations

    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.

    Our Mission Statement: We build, own, and operate many of the world’s most innovative and efficient buildings. We create value for our tenants and partners by developing sustainable residential and commercial properties in which people live, work, and thrive.


    The Senior Project Manager – Entitlement and Design plays a central and highly visible role in the advancement of multiple projects in the Philadelphia area. The Senior Project Manager typically has an area of particular expertise within the development cycle, and extensive experience in the entitlement and design stage of a development project. The Senior Project Manager oversees Project Managers and consultants, as well as collaborates with internal partners based on their expertise in a particular field. The Senior Project Manager will be involved in day-to-day activities throughout all project phases to assure that quality, time, and cost are in line with project objectives. The Senior Project Manager will do a great deal of community outreach by coordinating with all agencies including, but not limited to governing authorities, department of real estate and utility companies as it relates to engineering plans and necessary approvals. The Senior Project Manager must conform to a standard for excellent organizational and communication abilities, and possess the ability to draw upon a thorough understanding of the development process in order to define and execute processes. They must apply their skills to effect solutions and maintain schedule and budget commitments.


    This role will require travel to Philadelphia on a regular basis.


    • Implement executive decisions as needed
    • Define initial timelines for entitlement process, design, and construction
    • Lead in the coordination and documentation of all design and construction meetings
    • Schedule meetings with municipalities neighborhood groups, design teams, and public hearings
    • Create, monitor, and track project schedules
    • Identify, track, prioritize, and resolve issues
    • Assist in the development of initial cost estimates and budgets
    • Provide information for consideration and decision by executives
    • Identify areas of schedule risk and opportunity and coordinate mitigation or optimization strategies
    • Assist in the management of the design process through all phases of design and construction
    • Compliance with contract documents, conflict resolution, safety rules, quality and security requirements to maximize production and eliminate down time
    • Must have the ability to manage multiple projects, tasks, and possess strong organizational, communication, and leadership skills
    • May participate in early development assessments to assist in defining opportunities to sites under evaluation
    • Maintain protocols and process for clear communications and record-keeping
    • Assist in the coordination of design team, manage, and integrate the efforts of in-house technical staff and operational staff
    • Contribute to the overall management enhancement and improvement of the Development Division
    • Maintain critical path development, design, and construction schedules and meetings


    • Four (4) year degree from accredited institution, preferably in engineering, architecture or real estate, or industry experience relevant to the position
    • Recognized significant experience in real estate development or associated field
    • A high degree of demonstrated skill in infrastructure design, industry trends, planning and entitlements
    • Master’s degree in real estate development or construction management is a plus
    • Ten (10) years of progressively large and complex development, design, and/or construction of high-rise residential, commercial, or mixed-use projects, Experience in the Philadelphia market a plus.
    • Proven problem-solving skills with ability to devise and implement processes and strategies to resolve complex issues
    • Understanding of bidding, award, construction, and turnover process
    • Understanding of sustainable design and construction practices
    • Knowledge of NEPA, SEQR, CEQR and ULURP processes is helpful for certain projects
    • Knowledge of OSHA, NYC DOB, and related safety requirements
    • Knowledge of all major trades and how they integrate into construction
    • Demonstrated understanding of budget and schedule creation and management
    • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
    • Effective oral and written communication skills
    • Applied knowledge of software platforms such as Excel, Scheduling software (e.g. MS Project, Primavera), Visio and PowerPoint.
    • Willingness to travel up to 50% to project location and surrounding area


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


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