Planning and Development Associate

Telesis Corporation
Washington, DC
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Real Estate Development
Experience Level: 

Telesis is an award-winning real estate development firm that has been active for over three decades and has developed or planned a complex mix of over $2.8 billion in public and private financing for the revitalization of neighborhoods across the country. Our work has produced more than 17,000 units of affordable and mixed-income housing, and a wide range of commercial and civic uses. Telesis utilizes public and private investment to leverage other resources and skillfully works with community leaders and residents to secure the organizational, civic, and financial support required for a project’s success. We also provide consulting on affordable housing and community and economic development. Telesis is a Community Development Entity, authorized to allocate New Markets Tax Credits to support community and economic development in distressed communities.  

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Telesis seeks an experienced urban planner to join the DC office. Under the supervision of the Chief Operating Officer, the Planning and Development Associate will oversee a variety of projects in DC and across the country. The Planning and Development Associate will manage aspects of the predevelopment phase of the development cycle, focusing on planning, due diligence, and entitlements. In addition, the person will pursue new business development and assist with other projects. Most Telesis projects are complex, large-scale redevelopments with multiple financing sources. Our portfolio and pipeline include market-rate and affordable multifamily housing, as well as mixed-use developments. 


The Planning and Development Associate will oversee various aspects of planning and development work. This includes managing or coordinating planning efforts for current and prospective projects; overseeing conceptual and schematic design; overseeing due diligence; managing entitlements and government approvals; and liaising with residents, community members, and government agencies.

The Planning and Development Associate is responsible for organizing resident and community meetings and facilitating charrettes as needed. Specifically, he/she will oversee the Choice Neighborhood Planning Process including working closely with the public housing authority and various team members focusing on the redevelopment of an urban community.

The Planning and Development Associate will also be involved more generally in planning activities within the neighborhoods where Telesis works. Such planning can include consulting for government agencies, local community organizations, or in partnership with residents.  The Planning and Development Associate will be expected to travel approximately 20-30% of the time.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Oversee the preparation of RFP and RFQ submissions, and other financing applications, for community development work including identifying team members, putting together proposals and overseeing presentations.
  • Understanding affordable housing finance redevelopment and preparing pro formas to support the work related to rental or homeownership opportunities.
  • Prepare engaging and clear PowerPoint presentations as needed for related work.
  • Oversee predevelopment, including surveys, appraisals, title, environmental assessment, etc.
  • Work closely and manage new business opportunities to understand neighborhoods and key potential development opportunities, tracking RFP and RFQ opportunities in various areas where Telesis maintains an interest.


Education: Bachelor’s degree required with a preferred degree in urban planning, architectural history, architecture, historic preservation or a related field. Graduate degree in urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, urban studies, historic preservation, geography or related field is also strongly preferred.

Work Experience: Three to five years in planning and/or land use/development.  Some experience with affordable housing and community development as well as community engagement is preferred.


Must be able to work well independently and take initiative; to think and function at a strategic and detailed, project level; and to efficiently undertake multiple, concurrent tasks. Candidate should be able to work effectively with the community and government agencies to resolve issues, have strong analytical abilities, excellent writing and oral communication and presentation skills, and a strong interest in community development. Well-developed interpersonal skills, including an ability to work well with a wide range of people and organizations, are also essential.  

Candidate must have proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (including the ability to prepare visually compelling PowerPoint presentations), Adobe (graphics editing and layouts in 

Photoshop and InDesign) and ideally some experience with ArcGIS with the ability to prepare complex graphics and maps for the website and other projects. A candidate is expected to be experienced with conducting economic, demographic, and site analysis utilizing ArcGIS and other software programs.

Requires a broad-based understanding of community development and engagement, with strong planning skills. Candidate must also have the ability to quickly research information in detailed reports, communicate findings to others. 

Experience should include:

  • Involvement in planning efforts, as well as RFP and RFQ submissions or other financing or development applications.
  • Due diligence on development opportunities
  • Detailed planning and analysis, and management of project sub-consultants, schedules and priorities
  • Management of government as well as community partners. 
  • Experience with planning efforts, and presentations to the various entities and engagement with the community
  • Overseeing entitlement and permitting processes with local government and utility companies


To be considered for the position send a cover letter, resume, description of several recent projects, and compensation requirements.

Published on:
July 11, 2018 - 2:47pm
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