Job Description: Associate Project Manager

First Community Housing (FCH) is an award‐winning California 501(c)(3) Non‐Profit Housing Development Corporation in San Jose, California. Since 1986, FCH has been creating housing for low‐income residents throughout the San Francisco Bay Area (currently 23 properties, with a total of 1,800 units). FCH has been a pioneer of the integrated design‐build process, leading to innovative design and sustainability. Low‐income populations we serve include families, seniors, individuals, and those who are formerly homeless, developmentally disabled, and clients of mental health services.

FCH’s Development Department is expanding and has an exciting opportunity for an Associate Project Manager to join its team to help with a healthy pipeline of projects. This is a great opportunity for someone who is passionate about affordable housing and is looking for a career track in project management.


Successful candidates will demonstrate in their resumes and cover letters that they meet the education and experience requirements and possess the desired skills and core competencies. After initial screenings, candidates may be evaluated and assessed through interviews and written exercises, including using basic Microsoft Excel functions.

Candidates must send BOTH A RESUME AND COVER LETTER to:

Vianey Nava, Director of Housing Development
Subject line: “FCH-Associate Project Manager”


Position Description

The Associate Project Manager (APM) works closely with FCH Project Managers and the Director of Housing Development to manage tasks related to the development of projects from feasibility analysis through construction and conversion to permanent financing. The APM is expected to bring general knowledge of urban planning and the real estate development cycle to the position.


The APM assists and supports Project Managers by handling discrete components of various development projects, including but not limited to the following tasks:


  • Research legislative issues, land use, municipal code, funding applications, and other topics related to affordable housing

  • Communicate and report to project team in a timely manner

  • Create and maintain budgets and schedules, which includes coordination with internal staff as well as external Design Team

  • Assist with preparation of responses to Requests for Proposal (RFPs)

  • Manage aspects of consultant relationships, such as contracts, payments, and correspondence

  • Assist with preparation of Planning Department submission materials, public engagement, and approval processes

  • Assist with project design development, including working with Design Team to meet all regulatory and programmatic design requirements

  • Assist with construction and permanent loan closing due diligence, internal document review, and title documents

  • Track invoices, prepare loan payment applications (draws), and coordinate other project accounting tasks

  • Assist with preparation and interpretation of project pro forma statements and financial analysis

  • Assist with preparing funding applications, such as for tax credit financing, governmental loan and grant programs, etc.

  • Assist with obtaining pre-development, construction, and permanent funding commitments

  • Assist with organizing, coordinating, documenting, and facilitating escrow closings


Growth Expectation

The Associate Project Manager will be expected to grow within the position to be able to handle all the tasks above independently and with a sense of ownership and urgency. The broad exposure gained in this position may facilitate the advancement to a Project Manager position.


Reports to:

The APM reports to the Director of Housing Development and is managed day-to-day by the Project Managers whom the APM supports with individual assignments and tasks.


Required Experience and Education

The experience requirement may be fulfilled by a combination of education, training, and other related experience that speaks to the Position Description (above) and the Desired Skills and Core Competencies (described in the section below). This requirement may be met by (but is not limited to) either of these two scenarios:

  1. One or more years of experience with increasing responsibility in real estate development AND one or more of the following:

    • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, architecture, public policy, construction management, environmental studies, social work, urban planning, political science, or other housing-related field

    • Housing development training, including but not limited to Housing Development Training Institute, Bay Area Housing Internship Program, or LEED Certification

    • Project management training or other training relevant to the skills and competencies listed below


  2. Two or more years of experience with increasing responsibility in real estate development, project management, or other role requiring the core competencies listed below


It is incumbent upon applicants to thoroughly explain and make a case for how their experience and qualifications meet the skills and competencies below as well as how those experiences and qualifications relate to the responsibilities and expectations of the position.


Desired Skills and Core Competencies:

  1. Service-oriented team player

  2. Excellent written and verbal communication

  3. Detail oriented

  4. Follows directions and follows through

  5. Ability to solve problems independently and as part of a team

  6. Ability to learn tasks and take on new challenges

  7. Ability to prioritize among competing goals, exhibit flexibility, and work in a fast‐paced, entrepreneurial environment

  8. Understanding of and experience with Microsoft Excel

Salary Range
Starts at $70,000 and will be compensated based on experience


The FCH benefits package includes medical, vision, and dental insurance, and paid time off (PTO) for all full-time employees. Dependent coverage is available at the employee’s expense. In addition to PTO accrual, First Community Housing recognizes 13 paid holidays.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Applicants must have a strong commitment to racial equity, as it is central to FCH’s mission and in the way we treat and reflect the communities we serve, as well as how we treat each other and every organization with whom we work.


Work Environment
This job operates in a professional office environment using standard office equipment such as computers, phones, and photocopiers. It is essential that applicants be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and be familiar with file sharing and collaborating platforms such SharePoint as well as virtual communication platforms such as Teams and Zoom.

Some travel will be required to view properties and prospective sites, to attend meetings at construction sites and at public agencies, and to attend events and conferences. A reliable form of transportation is required.


FCH offers a hybrid working environment; employees work both in the office and from home if they so choose and as their work duties permit. All work-from-home arrangements are made on a case-by-case basis and must be approved in advance by the employee’s direct supervisor.


When working from home, employees are expected to follow all procedures and work rules as if they were in the office, including but not limited to tracking their time, working their normal schedule, and maintaining productivity.


Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly must talk or hear. The employee frequently must stand; walk; use hands to handle, finger, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee occasionally must lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.


Candidates must send BOTH A RESUME AND COVER LETTER to:

Vianey Nava, Director of Housing Development
Subject line: “FCH-Associate Project Manager”


This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.


FCH is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBTQIA+ persons, people of different levels of physical ability, and all qualified persons to apply for this position.


First Community Housing complies with ADA regulations as applicable.