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Executive Director, Institute for Real Estate Development

Auburn University
Alabama, United States
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Nov 10, 2022

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Executive Director, Institute for Real Estate Development

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Position: The Harbert College of Business ( HCOB ) and the College of Architecture, Design, and Construction ( CADC ) invite applications for the position of executive director of the Institute for Real Estate Development. This position is non-tenure track, non-tenure eligible, and could be either part-time or full-time. It is an option, but not a requirement, that the individual taking this position work from Auburn.

In 2010, the Master of Real Estate Development ( MRED ) program was launched as a joint program between the Harbert College of Business and the College of Architecture, Design, and Construction. The growth in the MRED program and its enhanced reputation over the years is the genesis for the recently approved institute. This institute will complement the MRED program and will bring visibility to the university’s expertise in real estate development.

The Mission of the Real Estate Institute
The Institute for Real Estate Development (the Institute) seeks to advance and support real estate education at Auburn University, empower and inform real estate professionals, and serve as the nexus between Auburn University and the real estate community. The Institute will have a midsouth/national focus, concentrating on multiple real estate sectors.

The Institute will accomplish its mission by:
  • Supporting students, faculty, and staff involved in the MRED program and other real estate education at Auburn University
  • Serving as a source of thought leadership to real estate practitioners, students, and faculty
  • Serving as a source of professional and continuing education services for real estate professionals
Job Responsibilities: The primary responsibilities of this position are to represent the Institute and Auburn University to real estate practitioners, stakeholders, alumni, and students. The executive director will recruit for and manage the membership programs, work closely with the (yet to be hired) administrative director and staff to plan and execute conferences and events, work closely with the academic director on professional education program opportunities, lead strategic planning, and work with HCOB and CADC development officers in fundraising.

About Auburn University: Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier land-grant institutions and was ranked 42nd among public universities in the 2022 edition of U.S. News & World Report. Auburn is an “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity” institution, offering Bachelor’s, Professional, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctoral degrees. Auburn has 1,443 full-time faculty and enrolls 31,526 students from all fifty states and nearly one hundred countries, including 5,510 graduate students and 1,085 professional students.

Rooted in more than 160 years of tradition, Auburn University occupies 1,841 acres and is the academic home to more than 30,000 students. Auburn’s commitment to active student engagement and professional success, and public/private partnerships garners a growing reputation for outreach and extension that delivers broad economic, health, and societal impact.

Auburn University has a commitment to providing a welcoming, respectful, and inclusive environment for all to thrive. Several initiatives have been implemented with an overarching goal of establishing and maintaining a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusiveness. For example, Auburn has compiled its five-year strategic plan with those from across its colleges, the Presidential Task Force for Equity and Opportunity, and the Office of Inclusion and Diversity with key goals that work to create a campus that is equitable for students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds. Auburn places a heavy focus on recruitment and retention that creates a robust and diverse employee base.

Location: Auburn, Alabama is a vibrant and thriving college town and community. Southern Living recently recognized the city of Auburn as one of the top small towns in the South and Money magazine named Auburn as the best place to live in Alabama. Known as the ‘Loveliest Village on the Plains,’ Auburn offers a high quality of life including a vibrant cultural scene at the new Gogue Performing Arts Center, SEC sports throughout the academic year, national award-winning chefs and restaurants, a K-12 school system that is top-ranked in the state, general and concierge healthcare options, and an exceptional College of Veterinary Medicine for pet care. Chewacla State Park, just five miles from campus, offers camping, hiking, and mountain biking, as well as swimming and boating opportunities. Auburn’s historical sister town, Opelika, is a fifteen-minute drive and has become known for its eclectic downtown offerings including multiple breweries, boutiques, and hobby shops. The Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport is only 90 minutes away, with multiple shuttle service options to/from Auburn daily. Birmingham is a similar drive to the north and Montgomery, the state capital, is only 50 minutes to the southwest. Beaches and mountains are only a 3-4 hour drive. Auburn University is understanding of and sensitive to the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples.

Auburn University is an EEO /Vet/Disability employer

Minimum Qualifications

Job Qualifications: A successful candidate will have a strong understanding of real estate markets, including trends and developments, and knowledge of the discipline that would allow for easy conversation with industry professionals. This person will also have a demonstrated capacity to establish, cultivate and manage professional relationships, knowledge of Microsoft Office products and other technical relationship management tools, and the ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends. Some travel is expected. A bachelor’s degree with a minimum of ten years of relevant experience is required. A graduate degree (Ph.D., J.D., or master’s) from an accredited college or university plus a minimum of six years of relevant real estate experience is desired but not required. Significant and outstanding experience in real estate is an adequate substitute for a graduate degree.

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Special Instructions to Applicants

Application Procedure: A review of applications will begin December 1, 2022. Select candidates will be invited to interview with a search committee made up of representatives of the Harbert College of Business and the College of Architecture, Design, and Construction. A review of and interviews with candidates will continue until a qualified candidate is selected and recommended for appointment. Interested persons should forward a letter of application and resume/curriculum vita. Reference names and contact information is required on the application; however references will not be contacted until a finalist has been identified. All application materials should be submitted to:

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