Design Manager
New York, NY Design and Construction
Job Type

Fairstead is a vertically integrated real estate company specializing in affordable and mixed-income housing. Since 2014, Fairstead has acquired and/or developed more than $4 Billion of multifamily property across the country, and today owns a portfolio of 16,500 apartments in 18 states. The company’s comprehensive platform provides hands-on expertise across all multifamily disciplines, including acquisitions, development, design and construction, energy and sustainability, property management and social services.


Fairstead’s primary mission is to provide high quality housing to all regardless of income, and to make our stakeholders feel “Right at Home.” We accomplish this through an empathetic and innovative approach, and by utilizing our interdisciplinary platform as an investor, developer, owner, and operator. Fairstead provides hands-on expertise across all multifamily disciplines, including acquisitions, development, design, construction, energy, sustainability, property management and social services. With a long-term commitment to its residents, communities, and partners, the Fairstead team stands out by:

· Listening to and understanding the needs of its residents, communities, partners, and stakeholders alike

· Developing and preserving high quality affordable housing in an innovative and sustainable fashion

· Creating a positive social and environmental impact within the properties and communities it serves

Fairstead’s Core Values

· Empathy

· Innovation

· Entrepreneurship

· Determination

· Integrity


The Design Manager is a professional and leadership position that combines planning, personnel management, and diverse project management. The Design Manager is responsible for directing and implementing all aspects of the business plan for projects in the existing pipeline and new acquisitions. They will be responsible for performing analyses and due diligence for perspective acquisitions and obtaining full entitlements for the development and construction of residential and mixed-use real estate projects. The Design Manager requires knowledge of architectural design and engineering principles, practices, and procedures, estimating, and project accounting, building systems, construction methods, and the principles, methods, and practices of project management. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provides the necessary leadership and responsible for managing multiple development projects across a variety of disciplines simultaneously. 
  • Performs analysis and due diligence for the proposed acquisition of properties including raw land, approved projects, and improved land including all items established in Fairstead’s due diligence checklist and procedures.
  • Assists in obtaining site plan and/or zoning approvals, with government agencies, utility companies, etc.
  • Recommends, establishes, and implements approvals strategy for entitlement.
  • Recommends design professionals and consultants, negotiates, and prepares contracts, establishes scope of work, and design criteria.
  • Collaborates with architects, engineers, and other professionals in order to develop project requirements, objectives, and expectations, and clearly communicates this information to all project team members.
  • Preparation of due diligence budgets, approvals budgets, and schedules.
  • Assists Acquisition Team in evaluation of potential properties to be acquired.
  • Defines material issues impacting the approval of development projects.
  • Identifies, processes, and obtains required permits.
  • Establishes project goals and milestones and prepares and tracks schedules of the approval process and funding requirements.
  • Oversees, coordinates, and reviews design selections and submittals for accuracy and cost impacts.
  • Coordinates, attends, and orchestrates design and approval meetings.
  • Accurately documents all aspects and events of approvals process.
  • Supports marketing, leasing, and sales efforts for the projects.
  • Transitions the projects to the Pre-Construction Project Manager with a summary of permits, project requirements, scope of work, critical-path items, and restrictions.
  • Manage all project funds according to established accounting policies and procedures


  • Bachelor’s Degree: Architecture, Engineering, Real Estate, Construction Management; Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in Real Estate Development and entitlements.
  • Experience performing due diligence on multiple projects.
  • Detail oriented with strong analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstration of strong interpersonal communication and presentation skills