JOB SUMMARY: The Deputy Director, Transit Oriented Development (TOD) & Real Estate Planning reports to the Deputy Chief, Caltrain Planning and will be responsible for all activities related to developing and implementing a real estate strategy for the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain).
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Develop and implement a Real Estate and TOD strategy to drive rail station real estate and land use related planning and development decisions in support of the Caltrain Business Plan
Work with Caltrain planning staff to represent and advocate for Caltrain’s interests during local station area planning processes.
Plan, organize, manage, and coordinate the work of staff and consultants, as well as independent third parties, engaged in pre-development, planning, transactional, project management, and program support work for development on Caltrain-owned sites and in surrounding station areas.
Manage all aspects of the development process for significant Caltrain-owned developments, including land use planning, obtaining project approvals, identifying and securing development partners, and negotiating and executing development-related agreements and long-term leases of TOD sites.
Act as liaison with internal and external parties to ensure adherence to Board?authorized policies and procedures.
Ensure compliance with and enforcement of existing TOD policies and agreements.
Supervise staff. Hire, mentor, and take appropriate corrective and/or disciplinary action. Ensure EEO policies and procedures are followed. Participate in selection of staff. Coordinate staff training and professional development. Establish performance objectives. Monitor and evaluate employee performance.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
Work with senior leadership and other departments to develop a comprehensive strategy for the management and development of Caltrain-owned real estate assets in a manner that supports the long-term policies and goals of the railroad.
Conduct financial, site planning, and strategic planning analyses to support new and ongoing development projects, including new TOD projects and/or advancing existing real estate projects. Prepare written reports on the viability of development, as well as overall TOD program development and implementation.
Work with government affairs staff to assess the impact of legislative and policy proposals that may influence development and land use outcomes on or adjacent to Caltrain property.
Work with planning, public affairs, and finance staff to develop and evaluate potential financing strategies for public-private partnership development projects, including value capture mechanisms and other land-based financing methods.
Negotiate, develop, prepare, and/or manage all aspects of TOD land use transactions, including land sales, acquisitions, easements, and long?term ground leases. Initiate, prepare, and manage Requests for Qualifications (RFQs) and Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for TOD projects, and oversee professional and technical consultant/contractor agreements, work plans, budgets, schedules, and contract performance.
Plan, organize, and evaluate all aspects of planning, predevelopment, competitive offerings, negotiations, development, construction, and management of TOD projects, including review, evaluation, and approval of architectural, planning, engineering, environmental, financial, and real estate appraisal work product. Lead collaborative efforts with local jurisdictions to obtain appropriate and feasible development entitlements.
Represent Caltrain by preparing and presenting information on TOD and development projects to citizen advisory boards, community groups, external stakeholders, and members of the public. Prepare and present ordinances, calendar items, resolutions, project status updates, and other legislation to the Board.
Evaluate job performance of staff, which also includes the professional development of staff through the identification of on-the-job and other professional development opportunities.
Perform all job duties and responsibilities in a safe manner to protect one’s self, fellow employees, and the public from injury or harm. Promote safety awareness and follow safety procedures in an effort to reduce or eliminate accidents.
Perform other duties as assigned.
SUPERVISION: Works under the general supervision of the Deputy Chief, Caltrain Planning who establishes goals and objectives and evaluates performance.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Sufficient education, training and experience to demonstrate the knowledge and ability to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Development of the required knowledge and abilities is typically obtained through but not limited to:
Bachelor’s degree in Public or Business Administration, Finance, Real Estate, Planning, Economics, or a related field.
Six (6) years of increasingly responsible management experience in real estate project management, including acquisition and planning, development, property management, and/or interagency agreement and financial transaction development.
Three (3) years in a project lead or supervisory capacity, including management of staff.
Experience in public-private development on public property, especially TOD projects.
Possession of a valid California drivers’ license with a safe driving record.
Caltrain is the commuter rail system serving San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties that spans 77 miles and is governed by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (PCJPB), which consists of agencies from the three Caltrain counties. Each member agency has three representatives on a nine-member Board of Directors. The member agencies are the City and County of San Francisco, SamTrans and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. Caltrain operates a fleet of 29 locomotives and 123 passenger cars. The average weekday ridership for Caltrain is over 60,000 passengers.
Currently, Caltrain is going through a modernization program, The Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP). The electrification of the railway is a transformative change, and this is the most exciting time in the 150 year history of the railway. The primary purpose of the Project is to improve Caltrain system performance, reduce long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improve regional air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.