Manager, ULI Washington District Council (Bethesda, MD)

BASIC FUNCTION SUMMARY: The ULI Washington (ULI WA) District Council staff is composed of six positions: Executive Director; two Directors, two Managers, one of whom is the subject of this position description; and one Administrative Assistant.

This Manager will be the lead staff person on several ULI Washington programs, including the UrbanPlan and the Regional Land Use Leadership Institute (LI). The Manager will also participate in other aspects of the District Council’s work program as time permits, including but not limited to sponsorship, committee support, membership outreach, communications, and other programs and initiatives. Located in Bethesda, MD, this position will be full-time exempt and will be reporting to the Director of Community Outreach for the ULI Washington District Council.


In coordination with the Director of Community Outreach and the Executive Director, plan, manage, implement, and measure several District Council initiatives, including:


The intention of this position is to provide program assistance to the LI, helping sustain a dynamic, informative, and valuable program that is highly sought after by candidates and attracts an impressive roster of speakers. The intent is to work with the committee to develop compelling, innovative content that cannot be experienced elsewhere.

Duties will include but not be limited to the following:Identify lessons learned and critical success factors from previous years of the ULI Washington program as well as from inaugural years of other programs within ULI nationally.

  • As appropriate, work to modify the program in accordance with feedback and lessons learned from other District Councils and key participants.
  • Manage the overall program to ensure excellence in quality, content, and experience and consistency with ULI’s mission.
  • Comply with LI’s budget, keeping track of spending against this budget on a monthly basis and make spending adjustments as appropriate in ensure a break‐even or better financial performance for the LI.
  • Manage recruitment of a diverse group of top‐notch applicants.
  • Manage the application process, including revising and circulating the application, overseeing the committee’s review of applications, and notifying candidates of application disposition and financial aid decisions.
  • Work with a leadership consultant or consultants to help class members better understand theories of leadership and their professional strengths and weaknesses.
  • Work with volunteer co-chairs to select program day co-chairs from a volunteer base and manage and assist their efforts to create detailed agendas for each program day, secure speakers, and develop interactive exercises.
  • Assist program day co-chairs in securing venues and work with the Administrative Assistant to finalize event logistics for each day.
  • Work with the Director of Community Outreach, who manages the mini-Technical Assistance Program, to ensure that this component of the program is in line with overall goals of the LI.
  • Maintain regular communication with class members with program updates, agendas, and other pertinent information.
  • Analyze results of a class survey following every program day and use them to modify future sessions.


Oversee the implementation of the UrbanPlan program in area high schools and universities. UrbanPlan program support includes the following elements:

  • Creating, with the UrbanPlan ULI member Committee, an annual calendar for program implementation.
  • Arranging for training of teachers and volunteers.
  • Marketing the program to new volunteers and new teachers/schools.
  • Implementing the program in the classroom by working with teachers and champions, securing volunteers, and providing materials.
  • Maintaining the UrbanPlan database and reporting to the UrbanPlan Committee and District Council Executive Committee on the program progress.
  • Purchasing, inventorying, and maintaining UrbanPlan supplies and materials.


Provide staff support to the WLI Steering Committee to implement the WLI strategic plan, including:

  • Staffing the WLI and Next Ten Steering Committees.
  • Providing support for the events sponsored by the WLI and Next Ten.
  • Integrating the WLI activities into the broader ULI District Council activities.


  • Provide general support for other ULI Washington programs such as Case Studies, the Trends Conference, the Award Dinner, and Advisory Board meetings, and attend these events.
  • Work as a member of a team to develop programming and initiatives that further the mission of the District Council. Assist in the preparation of an annual program of work for the District Council.
  • Provide customer service to ULI Washington members on a daily basis.
  • Communicate ULI Washington’s progress and initiatives to public, private, and nonprofit organizations and the media. When appropriate, seek opportunities to expand strategic partnerships to advance the District Council’s mission.
  • Attend early-morning and evening events as needed.

Internal Relationships:

Close coordination with the ULI Washington Executive Director and other staff, ULI Headquarters staff, and other ULI District Council staffs.

External Relationships:

Maintain frequent interactions with ULI Washington volunteer members. Develop and maintain relationships with local nonprofits, public agencies, community leaders, and other industry professionals.


  • Demonstrated high degree of initiative and program management.
  • Advanced software skills (Word, Excel, graphic design, website software, new communications technologies).
  • Strong professional oral and written communication and interpersonal skills to work with senior business and public sector executives.
  • BA required, MA desirable.
  • Five to seven years of related experience (e.g., real estate, urban land economics, urban planning, policy).
  • Excellent oral and written communication.
  • Ability to build relationships with ULI members to encourage their commitment and contribution to programs and initiatives.
  • Proven project management skills and the ability to manage several projects at once.
  • Creative and tactful negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to initiate tasks and assume responsibility, and to work with minimal supervision in a high-production position.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.


To apply, please submit your letter of interest and résumé to with “Manager, ULI Washington” in the subject line. EOE/m/f/d/v