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Company Name:Wayne County Government
Location:Detroit, MI
Employment Type:Full Time
Category:Director/Deputy Director
Pay:Commensurate with experience - Salary
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The Deputy Director for Capital Development coordinates all general fund real estate activity while reporting to the Director. Within this position the Deputy Director is tasked with identifying need, negotiating and executing all general fund leases, assisting with the disposition of general fund property assets, which includes engaging Wayne County's roster of brokers, scheduling all site surveys, resolving parcel splits and working with the community of jurisdiction to assure inclusion in the marketing and decision making process, and draft purchase and development agreements. Moreover, this position should be filled with experts in tax abatements, and the County's role.

Key to this position is having real estate sales and/or developing experience, and be able to give analytical, evidenced based opinions on proposed County projects or dispositions. The Deputy Director will also be responsible for developing budgets, staffing plans and inter-County working groups aimed at streamlining real estate management and/or transactional processes. Preferred, but not mandatory, is a working knowledge of government agencies that partner in the transaction, such as the Assessor, County/local planning commissions, permitting offices and Register of Deeds. 

  • Performs independently, or works with a vendor to conduct a regular lease audits of all Wayne County leased properties to ensure the County needs are being met, and/or not underutilized. Moreover, this will make certain that rates are being paid on utilities and for common space is being allocated properly.
  • Lead the Wayne County's property indexing project, which intends to identify all parcels in Wayne County where the County holds title. This requires work with the assessor and register of deeds to clean titles and prepare for sale. Moreover, the Deputy Director will help determine which properties can be sold and returned to the tax rolls.
  • Assist with the disposition of general fund property assets. This includes the engagement of Wayne County's roster of brokers and to determine which has the appropriate profile to sell specific properties.
  • Schedule all site surveys and work resolve parcel splits needed for sale of the property.
  • Work with the community of jurisdiction where Wayne County properties are being sold to assure that they are included in the marketing and decision making process.
  • The Deputy Director will set matrix criteria for selecting offers.
  • Draft purchase and development agreements that consider Wayne County priorities, such as scope, timeframe, minimum investment and the inclusion of Wayne County business and works in any project.
  • Liaise with Wayne County corporation counsel to guarantee that business and legal decisions are in harmony.
  • Meet with developers seeking tax abatements and draft development agreements pursuant to their request.
  • Prepare RFPs for Management and Budget as it relates to budgetary and finance requirements for building maintenance, security and other property needs as required.
  • Spearhead the process of backfilling vacancies in County owned facilities.
  • Meet with prospective tenants to show properties, explain terms of occupancy and provide information.
  • Confer with legal authorities to ensure that renting and advertising practices are not discriminatory and that properties comply with state and federal regulations.
  • Analyze bids from contractors for repairs, renovations and maintenance.
  • Oversee and maintain records of sales, rental or usage activity, special permits issued, maintenance and operating costs or property available.


Education and Experience

Bachelor's Degree preferably in Finance, Business Administration, Real Estate, Accounting, or Economics; AND

The minimum level of work experience is 5 - 7 years of commercial, residential or industrial real estate sales/brokering, a title company or construction trades. Having property surveying and/or appraisal, and managerial experience is helpful. Developing construction plans, or serving as a site supervisor is also considered an asset.

Wayne County is an Equal Opportunity Employer AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.


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