Executive Director, ULI Atlanta District Council


The Executive Director, ULI Atlanta, is responsible for leading the District Council’s program of work. This includes developing and executing strategies managing the Atlanta District Council and Institute resources, expertise, and leadership to constructively influence local, state, and regional development issues and land use policies. This position presents an outstanding opportunity for a highly regarded and well-networked member of the Atlanta real estate development and land use community.

This Executive Director’s responsibilities specifically include developing and managing an annual plan and long-range plans for the District Council, and hands-on management of sponsorship, membership, programs, conferences, key alliances, committee meetings, technical assistance panels, and collaborative public ventures. The Executive Director manages the District Council staff. Responsibilities also include global projects and, on occasion, support of the broader ULI. The Executive Director, ULI Atlanta, reports to the Executive Vice President of District/National Councils.


The Executive Director will work with the District Council Chair and its Management Committee, Advisory Board, members, staff and the EVP, District Councils, to:

  • Provide leadership communication through PR and press outlets on development and land use issues framed through the ULI mission and in coordination with District Council leadership.
  • Collaborate with the District Council Chair and Advisory Board Chair/Cochair to optimize the benefit of the Advisory Board for strategic advice, financial support, content focus, and engagement of senior leaders from the broader real estate community in programming.
  • Develop and execute strategies that direct the District Council resources, expertise, and leadership to constructively influence local, state, and regional development issues and land use policies. This is accomplished through programs, conferences, forums, meetings, programs, publications, technical assistance panels, collaborative public ventures, and other vehicles in Greater Atlanta.
  • Develop and execute a program of work for the District Council consistent with an Annual Business Plan and Long-Term Strategic Plan that provides for clear outcomes and methods to measure success, and achieving those outcomes.
  • Develop and execute a comprehensive sponsorship program that engages the ULI Atlanta Management Committee and Advisory Board and integrates these efforts with all programs and initiatives of the District Council, with an emphasis on sponsor recruitment and retention.
  • Develop and execute a comprehensive membership program to retain existing members, increase the number of new members, and encourage upgraded memberships, by delivering a successful value proposition and leveraging/expanding the network of engagement opportunities for members.
  • Develop and maintain key strategic alliances with other localnonprofit associations, academic institutions, municipalities, and appropriate regional, state, and federal agencies.
  • Direct the operations of the District Council with the input and support of the District Council Chair, Vice Chair for Mission Advancement, Treasurer, and Management Committee, and facilitate succession planning for all leadership posts of the District Council in tandem with the governance function of the Advisory Board.
  • Direct the operations of the District Council and implementation of the District Council’s program of work by successfully overseeing and supporting member-led initiatives such as local Product Councils and operating committees, as well as managing the District Council staff and office, and any third-party contractors.
  • Manage and closely monitor the finances and budget of the District Council in consultation with the Treasurer, including monthly reports, quarterly reforecasts, and annual budget preparation to maintain adequate reserves.
  • Work with the ULI Atlanta membership to provide opportunities for active member engagement in the program of work and attendance/participation at national events.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 10+ years of progressively responsible related experience in real estate and land use, community development, and/or nonprofit administration
  • Strong working knowledge of the Greater Atlanta real estate community
  • Working knowledge of the Urban Land Institute and ULI Atlanta (highly desired)
  • Ability to manage and develop staff
  • Proven networking skills
  • Advanced organizational and time-management skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to respond quickly and calmly in a fast-paced environment
  • Outstanding written, verbal, and interpersonal communications skills
  • A results-driven approach
  • Meeting-management skills
  • Ability to manage sponsorship and membership programs
  • Proven budget management skills
  • Ability to travel locally and within the U.S., including but not limited to occasional visits to ULI headquarters in Washington, D.C., and attendance at the annual ULI Spring and Fall Meetings.


Expand HR Consulting has been retained to assist ULI with this search. Please submit your résumé and letter of introduction to Stacey Berk, managing consultant, and Erica Thomas, senior consultant, ethomas@expandhr.com. Please use the subject line “ED, ULI Atlanta.”