Senior Director with Building Healthy Places


The Senior Director will manage key components of the portfolio of work that ULI expects to be funded by a new two-year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, “Shaping Land Use and Transportation Policies and Practices for Health and Social Equity.” Specifically, the Senior Director will be responsible for leading work to engage ULI district council task forces to identify policy barriers that make health-promoting development difficult or increase the vulnerability of low-income people, build a case that reform is needed, and prepare specific recommendations for shifts in policy and practice. The Senior Director will work intensively with up to four ULI district councils, informing this work with national research and best practices and concluding with a widely shared report that distills the national implications of this work. This work program is supported by a grant from an external foundation.

The Senior Director will be part of the Building Healthy Places Initiative, one of three flagship programs of the Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance (CSEP), and will report to the Senior Vice President for Content. He/she will receive staff support from members of the CSEP team, including Senior Associates assigned to the project as well as colleagues who manage the resilience program. The Senior Director will not have direct reports, but will be able to direct the activities of team members. He/she will be responsible for managing the budget for this project.

The Senior Director will be expected to maintain positive relationships with the ULI members engaged with this project at the district council and national levels. The Senior Director will also need to manage the activities of contractors (such as writers, editors, and designers) for reports and other program deliverables.

This is a full-time, exempt position, located in Washington, DC.



The Senior Director, with the support of other staff members and in partnership with district councils and others, will:

  • Conduct scans of research undertaken by other organizations on land use and transportation policy and practice barriers to health and social equity.
  • Prepare detailed work plans, identify objectives, and establish other parameters for the district council task forces.
  • Conduct research and prepare briefs, toolkits, or reports on relevant topics for district councils, members, and local governments.
  • Identify and engage four district council task forces, producing findings and recommendation reports for each engaged district council.
  • Widely share outcomes of this work locally, encouraging participants to identify and push for policy reforms.
  • Work with district councils to develop action plans.
  • Synthesize district council findings and recommendations for a wider member and local government audience.
  • Travel within the United States will be required. A reasonable expectation would be two trips per month, each with a duration of two to three days.


  • At least 7-8 years of related experience.
  • A strategic thinker and exceptional communicator, able to strategically execute the program of work.
  • Comfortable engaging with ULI members on complex policy and practice issues related to land use and transportation.
  • Able to receive a budget with expenses allocated to labor, direct expenses, and other costs and achieve program deliverables on time and on budget.
  • Has a strong grasp of land use and transportation policy and practice issues, including typical current approaches and regulations as well as emerging best practices and innovations.
  • Possesses excellent oral and written communication skills, tact and judgement, and the ability to interface effectively with senior ULI members and district council staff.
  • Able to set a larger strategic direction with a focus on impact and outcomes, as well as an ability to effectively implement the day-to-day tasks and activities that will lead to project success, and to project an air of confidence and competence to project partners.
  • Able to effectively manage the activities of more junior staff and other colleagues assigned to this project.
  • Able to maintain keen attention to detail, timelines, and budgets.
  • Able to speak in front of ULI members and staff to share information about the project as well as about policy and practice issues.
  • Able to write summaries of various topics, including research on issues and challenges and national best practices.
  • Able to represent the project to high-level funders and partners.
  • Able to make presentations at conferences and events.


Master’s degree in urban planning, real estate, or related field, or bachelor’s degree with equivalent experience.


 To apply, please follow the link below. Please submit a resumé and letter of interest.

EOE/m/f/d/v. No relocation reimbursement is offered at this time.

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