Open Positions

The Kelsey will be hiring for several roles over the next couple of months. If you are interested in learning about roles, please check back here or follow The Kelsey on LinkedIn.

Manager, Housing Development

Based in San Francisco, operating nationally, we are a team of people with and without disabilities creating a disability-forward housing future. This means that we create housing solutions that center on disability access, inclusion and equity, and which open doors to more affordable homes and opportunities for everyone. We have 240 homes in our pipeline and lead policy, advocacy, and field-building initiatives to support market conditions to make inclusive housing the norm. 

All new and existing team members are expected to embody our values in their everyday work:

  • Disability-Forward: We bring our lived experiences as disabled people and allies to everything we do. We seek to create spaces where disability is a valued part of human identity and communities. We center access, practice interdependence, and value diversity. 
  • Intentional: We are thoughtful, curious, and deliberate. We deeply understand the systems impacting our work and willingly learn new strategies needed to advance our mission.
  • Joyful: We value joy even as we undertake serious work and challenges. We create space for ourselves and our partners to experience community, fun, purpose, and happiness. 
  • Radically Inclusive: We are welcoming, care-centered, and accepting. We practice hospitality and foster belonging for all people in our community and networks, across their many identities and ideas.
  • Groundbreaking: We pave new ways to understand and approach the work we do, unconstrained by status quo and stigma. We transparently and willingly share our knowledge with others to make more impact possible and open new opportunities.

About the Role

We are hiring a full time team member to join our growing real estate team. For this role, you will: 

  • Manage pipeline of new projects and inquires for support in developing disability-forward housing
    • Respond to organizations and individuals requesting support to develop affordable, accessible, and inclusive housing
    • Create tools to support those in early scoping of their own housing efforts
  • Identify and oversee feasibility studies with partners: In addition to working with partners, we are also pursuing our own housing developments
    • Review sites for potential development of new construction
    • Work with technical partners to identify structural/architectural possibilities that are both cost-effective and accessible 
    • Work with financing partners to determine a feasible capital stack
  • Manage Housing Technical Assistance Projects: We are partnering with several organizations to build their capacity to create inclusive, affordable, accessible housing. The Project Manager’s role is to ensure that the vision is executed against while maintaining feasibility for the project
    • Develop and execute RFPs to find development, design, and construction partners for inclusive housing projects
    • Support public financing strategies and applications
    • Position projects to philanthropic partners, lenders, and tax credit investors  
    • Support real estate partners on finance close activities
    • Work with property owners to design and execute resident services plan 
  • Support organizational management to develop replicable business development processes to support in-bound requests for partnership:
    • Manage, update, and keep current financial proformas and resources to support feasibility studies 
    • Collaborate with cross-functional team members to implement internal information tracking system 
    • Cultivate relationships with architecture, contractor, and other firms that will support feasibility analysis

Within the first 3 months, as a Housing Development Manager, you will own the delivery of at least one housing feasibility study on behalf of a nonprofit organization that would like to develop affordable, accessible, inclusive housing on a site they own or control. 

Within the first 6 months, you will feel comfortable, empowered and well-versed about The Kelsey’s mission and approach in order to speak to potential partners who are just learning about our work. For instance, you would be able to speak about our Design Standards for Accessibility and Inclusivity to potential design/architecture partners and articulate the value of centering on the needs of people with disabilities in housing design. 

About You

We’re looking for someone with passion and drive to make an impact, be innovative, and collaborative in creating a disability-forward future. Ideal candidates will combine analytical expertise with a passion for social change in housing. This role would be great for someone who wants to apply technical real estate feasibility skills and project development to implementing a new, scaled model of inclusive housing.

The key traits that are most important in this role are: 

  • Extensive experience in financial modeling 
  • Understanding of affordable and mixed income housing
  • Resourceful – comfortable with making assumptions with the best information available 
  • Independent – can work through ambiguity to solve problems
  • Experience in designing replicable processes and materials for other organizations to use 

We need people with and without disabilities from diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and skill sets to live out our mission at The Kelsey. We strongly encourage people who have felt the impacts of the nation’s housing crisis to apply. This includes but is not limited to people most impacted by racism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, classism, and other forms of oppression. 

Please note that you must be authorized to work in the United States. You can reside in any U.S. state.

What We Offer

The salary range for this position is $70,000 to $110,000. We offer benefits such as robust health coverage, four weeks of vacation and family leave. This is a remote position, but some travel may be required including trips to the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Application Process

  1. Please fill out this application form. It consists of a few questions to gauge whether you meet the key traits listed above. We are reviewing applications on a rolling basis starting on March 27. We encourage you to submit your application by April 7th
  2. We will schedule interviews starting the week of April 10th. We’ll be evaluating everyone for the qualifications listed in the job description and values fit. We want to see you at your best and fairly assess the candidates, so we’ll tell you our interview questions in advance! 
  3. For candidates that make it to the final round, we’ll ask you to spend 2 hours on an assignment related to the role. We aim to extend a final offer for this role in early May.

If you have any access needs or accommodations for the interview process, please don’t hesitate to email us at Requests will have no impact on the selection process.