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The Catalyst team has a wealth of experience in real estate development, community based projects, social enterprises and socially progressive businesses. If you are interested in working with a dynamic team of professionals who are helping to build affordable rental housing in communities throughout BC, we want to hear from you.

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Development Manager

We are currently seeking a Development Manager who will work closely with the VP Project Planning & Partnerships to manage the generation of new affordable development projects from initiation through the project feasibility, business case, and preliminary planning phases.

This role would ideally suit someone with a strong background in managing real estate development feasibility work, a passion for building community through affordable rental housing projects, and the ability to work with a wide variety of project stakeholders. The successful candidate will possess excellent communication skills, strong attention to detail, great problem-solving and time-management skills, an intrinsic sense of curiosity, a keen sense of humor, and the ability to embrace a diverse workload with a positive and results-oriented focus.


  • Highly skilled at developing and maintaining strong relationships with key stakeholders. An excellent collaborator with strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Self-starter, highly motivated, and able to manage your time without a lot of supervision.
  • Enjoys being part of a team and recognizes the importance of each member of the team and their roles.
  • Strong development management skills and attention to detail. Excellent quantitative and budgeting skills.


May include:

  • Degree/Diploma in management/business, real estate, planning, urban land economics, etc.
  • Work experience that demonstrates the above qualities and skills, with a minimum of three years of direct experience. Experience working in non-profit real estate and/or housing would be ideal.
  • Advanced Excel and PowerPoint skills. Comfortable in a mac environment.


Reporting to the VP Project Planning & Partnerships, your responsibilities would include:

  • Taking the lead in conducting development feasibility studies and business cases with potential partners.

  • Arranging and attending meetings with prospective project partners to present the Catalyst development process and assess potential partners’ organizational mission, vision, and priorities.

  • Conducting preliminary meetings and building relationships with municipal staff, potential funders, and other project stakeholders.

  • Hiring and overseeing the work of architects, consultants, contractors and other service providers through feasibility study and business case phase of project development.

  • Working with the VP Project Planning & Partnerships in preparing and delivering presentations about Catalyst, our projects, and our development model.

  • Presenting on behalf of the organization at partner meetings.

  • Conducting general research and market analysis, maintaining a strong knowledge of the industry.

  • Conducting feasibility analysis and preparing business plans, reporting on each to internal and external partners.

  • Preparing input for and analyzing pro forma budgets in coordination with the Development Analyst.

  • Preparing project accounting as required such as monthly invoicing and cash flow updates. Develop project schedules and manage timelines together with our partners.

  • Managing the creation and negotiations of project agreements and legal contracts as necessary.

  • Supporting communication plans for new projects and for the Project Generation team, including stakeholder registers and project communication plans during various project stages.

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