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Project Development Manager at Culdesac Tempe at Culdesac

Tempe, AZ
Job Type
6+ years
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About the role


Culdesac builds cities for people, not cars. Our goal is to create the first car-free city in the US. Culdesac’s CEO Ryan Johnson was previously on the founding team of Opendoor, and our investors include Khosla Ventures, Zigg Capital, Initialized Capital, and Y Combinator.

We started by creating the first car-free neighborhood built from scratch in the US - Culdesac Tempe, a $170 million mixed-use neighborhood development for 1,000 residents opening in 2022. The neighborhood covers 17 acres and features 55% open space, shared courtyards, and abundant bookable spaces. Culdesac is the co-developer and tech-enabled property manager. More on us here.

Culdesac is looking for a Project Development Manager to facilitate the design, planning, & building permit development of Culdesac car-free neighborhoods. This is a full-time role with a particular focus on the multi-phase Culdesac Tempe project, the first car-free neighborhood built from scratch in the US. You will collaborate with the Culdesac and Sunbelt Holdings team in field meetings and online communications to help design, plan, and deliver this 761-unit car-free apartment community with 16,000 sq. ft. of retail, as well as with development partners on other Culdesac Real Estate projects. In this multi-disciplinary position, you will work closely with teams of architects, engineers, general contractors and other partners. Expect to ramp up quickly in this fast-paced, productive environment. The target start date is January 10th, 2022 or soonest availability.

How you will make an impact:

  • Manage with Sunbelt Holdings the design, planning, and building permit development of Culdesac Tempe with our architecture, engineering, and zoning partners

  • Engage with other development partners on the design, planning, and building permit development of other Culdesac Real Estate neighborhoods in the development pipeline

  • Oversee the research of people-first approaches to urbanism and real estate development for application at Culdesac neighborhoods

  • Assist with real estate finance pro formas and related real estate data collection and analysis

  • Collaborate with our architecture, engineering, and general contracting partners to optimize the design and construction of Culdesac neighborhoods

  • Develop Culdesac's internal knowledge & presentations on our approach to people-first design & planning

How you will be successful:

  • Strong preference for individuals prioritizing a lifestyle leveraging public transportation, micro mobility, and other alternatives to private cars.

  • You can juggle many components of multiple mixed-use, large-scale development projects, all with strict deadlines and budgets, simultaneously.

  • A Bachelor's degree or Master's degree in urban planning, real estate development, or a related field.

  • Strong domain knowledge is a prerequisite for this position.

  • 5 or more years of experience in architecture, urban planning, or real estate development.

  • Driven, ambitious person with an innate sense of humility.

  • You are detail-oriented and experienced in the review of Design & Construction Documents.

  • You have top-notch written and oral communication skills.

  • You have the ability to think strategically and analytically.

  • You thrive in a fast-paced environment.

Why you'll love being part of the Culdesac Team:

  • We work as a team: We are inclusive, drawing on the strengths of people who bring a different perspective. We find ways to work together that overcome disciplinary and geographic separations.

  • We are driven, humble, and ambitious: Our mission is to build cities for people, not cars. We are doing this through hard work, asking for feedback along the way, and seeing our work through to the end, including the last 10%.

  • We have a caring, supportive, and honest culture: We get to know one another, we support our community together, we have fun together, we even have Culdesac talent shows!

  • We are revolutionizing the real estate landscape: Are you ready to be part of this transformation?

Culdesac is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.


  • Are you legally authorized to work in the U.S.?

  • Will you now or in the future require visa sponsorship for employment at Culdesac?


  • Are you interested in learning more about being a resident at Culdesac Tempe?


  • Please describe how you are prioritizing a lifestyle leveraging public transportation, micro mobility, and other alternatives to private cars.

  • What micromobility have you tried/have experience with? Is there something new in this space that you're particularly excited about trying?


  • Why do you think there aren’t enough walkable neighborhoods in the US?


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Why you should join Culdesac

Our cities should be celebrated. They have been the largest driver of innovation in human history. But somewhere along the way, things broke and our quality of life suffered. We built our lives around our cars as cookie-cutter housing popped up around the country. Sprawl became commonplace, and we normalized hour-long commutes, even as private vehicle ownership became the largest source of carbon emission pollution. We became more isolated and felt less connected to each other. It doesn't have to be this way.

We're building cities for people, not cars. Our team blends technology, real estate, and culture to reimagine our daily lives. We come from different backgrounds to bring a fresh perspective on what's possible. As a team, we keep a pulse on our community and what they need. We ride our e-bikes to lunch, host pop-ups on construction sites and make 16-acre cornstarch art pieces. We cultivate these relationships and bring our community closer together so they can experience the neighborhood they deserve.