Director, Property and Real Estate Management

Industry: Facilities Management
Location: Florida - West Palm Beach
Sector: Public Agency
Search ID: 19-0905-12
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Richard T. Nawoczynski
Richard T. Nawoczynski

Helbling is representing Palm Beach County, a repeat client, in conducting an executive search to secure a Director, Property and Real Estate Management. 

Nature of Work

This is highly responsible managerial, professional, administrative and technical work managing the County’s real estate and real property assets, including planning and directing the acquisition/disposition of land consistent with the future needs of County agencies.

An employee in a position allocated to this class is responsible for developing and negotiating agreements for acquisitions, dispositions, leases, exchanges, facility operators, and concessions, as well as unique and complex public/private developments; maintaining a current inventory of all County-owned land; and providing property management for unimproved property and leases. The work is highly visible, often representing the Department Director or Deputy Director in developing solutions to complicated inter-departmental issues and high profile public/private transactions.  There is also a significant amount of work involved with other governmental entities developing solutions which further the objectives of multiple governmental entities. The scope and complexity of duties require considerable independent judgement with decision-making. Incumbent works under the general supervision of the Deputy Director, Facilities Development & Operations (FDO). Work is reviewed through conferences, program effectiveness, and written reports.

Examples of Work

  • Issues counseling forms/disciplinary actions; handles employee complaints and grievances; and recommends the hiring, termination, and promotion of staff.
  • Directs the inventory of all County land and the maintenance of undeveloped land.
  • Coordinates site selection of new facilities.
  • Develops a lease management policy to determine the selection of property for leasing.
  • Negotiates leases for buildings.
  • Identifies the need for acquisition, disposition, and use of County owned land to accommodate future needs.
  • Develops and reviews agreements for appropriateness of business terms, accuracy, internal consistency, quality and consistency with Federal, State and local laws and regulations, as well as County policies and procedures. 
  • Leads negotiations for a wide variety of transactions involving acquisition, disposition, exchange, lease, easements, and facility operator agreements and concessions.
  • Participates in Development Team meetings.
  • Writes agenda items for meetings of the Board of County Commissioners (Board) and represents the Department before the Board as required.
  • Represents the Department at public hearings and meetings, advisory boards and committees, other governmental agencies, and the public.
  • Represents the Director and Deputy Director in a wide variety of meetings with constitutional officers, municipalities, not for profit entities, business partners, and private entities.
  • Assists in responding to County Commissioners, administrators, employees, customers, residents, and others regarding a broad range of inquiries regarding FDO. 
  • Performs related work as required. 

Minimum Entrance Requirements

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in Business or Public Administration, Finance/Accounting, Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Urban Planning, law, or related field.
  • Seven (7) years managerial experience in Real Estate or Real Property Management, including five (5) years of responsible experience in negotiating, drafting and/or administering development agreements.
  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible managerial and supervisory experience; or any equivalent combination of related training and experience.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of property appraisal methods and practices.
  • Thorough knowledge of real estate title search procedures, including verification and valuation work.
  • Thorough knowledge in the evaluation of multiple conditions/situations, and recommending priorities and schedules for accomplishing projects. 
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles of public land and services planning practices and policies. 
  • Considerable knowledge of Real Property contracts and leases.
  • Considerable knowledge of requirements of forms, content, and recording necessary to validate documents involved in real estate transactions.
  • Knowledge of general construction methods and procedures.
  • Knowledge of Palm Beach County geographic area or areas with similar environmental and soil conditions.
  • Ability to understand and interpret acquisition, disposition, leases, and other real property documents.
  • Ability to negotiate agreements with governmental, not-for-profit, and private entities. 
  • Ability to read, interpret, and evaluate surveys, site plans, and building drawings. 
  • Ability to analyze facts and exercise sound judgement in decision-making. 
  • Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely orally and in writing. 
  • Ability to plan, assign, and direct the work of subordinates.
  • Ability to manage long-term records maintenance, and to prepare and submit reports.
  • Ability to prepare legal descriptions and property conveyance documents.
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