Project Manager-Real Estate @ County of San Diego - San Diego, CA

Job Overview

2 months ago

Project Manager-Real Estate

County of San Diego - San Diego, CA

The County of San Diego has current openings for Project Manager - Real Estate.

These positions may have a teleworking and/or flexible schedule available after an initial training period. Interviews will take place the week of March 6th, 2023, and Job Offers will be made March 30th, 2023.

The Department of General Services includes the Asset Management Division. The Asset Management Division includes the Real Estate Services and Strategic Facility Planning business units. Real Estate Services acquires and leases property for County use and manages the County’s real property portfolio. Strategic Facility Planning ensures that facilities in the County’s portfolio align with client departments’ service delivery requirements. The Division’s professional staff has expertise in Planning and Environmental Planning, Architecture, Surveying, Real Estate, and Valuation. The Division develops the annual Major Maintenance Implementation Program and Capital Improvement Needs Assessment.

The Department of General Services is seeking a Project Manager-Real Estate in the Asset Management Division to be responsible for appraisals and valuations, acquisitions by purchase and lease, sales transactions, property management and landlord-tenant issues for all County facilities, offices, and institutions. The Project Manager supervises Real Property Agents within the division and manages and oversees the performance of contracted work.

The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, have the ability to act on their own initiative, make sound decisions, set and achieve goals, solve problems effectively, identify operational problems and formulate appropriate solutions, establish trusting relationships internally and externally, and demonstrate leadership through communicating, coaching, supporting, and mentoring staff. This candidate will possess the technical expertise to:

  • Interpret regulations from other governmental agencies as they apply to management of County owned property;
  • Coordinate the activities of a diverse project team that may include County clients, attorneys, consultants (brokers, appraisers, planners, A/E, etc.), external stakeholders, and internal Subject Matter Experts;
  • Negotiate and prepare an array of agreements and real property contracts;
  • Handle complex purchase and lease acquisition efforts to facilitate various County uses ranging from public and private developments to wireless communications to open space; and
  • Plan, manage, and coordinate the professional activities of a section within the Real Estate Division, to include distributing work assignments and evaluating and developing staff;
  • Perform complex fiscal and other pertinent analyses and make recommendations to Department executives and clients;
  • Understand associated project inputs such as real property appraisals, land survey documents and exhibits, facility planning studies, and tenant improvement construction drawings.

Please click here for additional information on the job classification for Project Manager- Real Estate Option.


The timeline for this recruitment is outlined below.

  • Interviews, Job Offers and Background Process begin in March 2023. Note: Current County employees may be excluded from additional background screening.
  • Pre-employment Medical Screening: Approximately 3 days following successful background investigation results.
  • Anticipated Start Date: Start date will be based upon successful completion of medical screening or other mutually agreed upon date.

If you are not selected for this interview process, you may have the opportunity to compete for future vacancies.

The Department of Human Resources removes personally identifiable information from all recruitments. This practice, called Blind Applicant Screening, hides a candidate’s personal information that could influence or bias a hiring decision. Personal information includes name, phone number, address, gender, age and race. This process helps contribute to a fair and equitable selection process leading to a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

The most highly qualified candidates, based on the evaluation results, will be referred for an interview. Be sure to include your experience in meeting the minimum requirements in both the Work Experience section and the Supplemental Questionnaire section of the Application. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the application Work History and/or supplemental questionnaire.


  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency in real estate, business administration, public administration, economics, urban planning or a closely related field, and, two (2) years of professional lead-level experience in real property acquisition, commercial property acquisition, commercial property leasing, property management, relocation assistance, appraisal, and real property development in a public or quasi-public agency which exercises power of eminent domain, OR
  • Six (6) years of professional-level experience in real property acquisition, commercial property leasing, property management, relocation assistance, appraisal and real property development in a public or quasi-public agency which exercises the power of eminent domain, with at least two (2) years of such experience having been obtained at the level equivalent to that of a Senior Real Property Agent in County service.

Note: Possession of one or more of the following designations is highly desirable: Senior Right-of-Way Agent (SR/WA), Member of Appraisal Institute (MAI), Certified Property Manager (CPM), Real Property Administrator (RPA), Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), Registered/Licensed Architect, Civil Engineer, Interior Designer, Landscape Architect or Land Surveyor.


As part of the County of San Diego’s pre-employment process, prospective candidates will undergo a background check (including fingerprinting) and a pre-employment medical screening prior to beginning County employment. Additional types of background investigations may be conducted based on the job-related activities of the position. Current County employees may be excluded from this process.


Qualified applicants will be placed on a six (6) month employment list based on scores received during the evaluation contained on their employment and supplemental applications. Please ensure all information is complete and accurate as the responses you provide on the supplemental application questionnaire will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system. If you are successful in the initial screening process your application will be reviewed individually to confirm that the information you provided is accurate and qualifying.

Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable a qualified individual with a disability to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis.

As an employer of over 19,000 employees, the County of San Diego is an organization committed to veteran hiring, retention, and professional development. We recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by our veterans and value the unique expertise and leadership qualities they bring to our workforce. We strive to provide veterans with the resources and tools necessary to maximize their employment opportunities, and to assist veterans with their transition into civilian life by applying the valuable skills, knowledge and training acquired in service to positions and career paths at all levels within our large organization. Click on the resource links below to learn more about how the County of San Diego supports its veterans.

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The County of San Diego offers preferential credits for military service to assist qualified applicants in transitioning from military to civilian careers with the County of San Diego.

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The County of San Diego and its employees embrace the vision of: a just, sustainable, and resilient future for all. Our values include: integrity, equity, access, belonging, excellence, and sustainability. Each of which are infused throughout our operations. While also embracing a mission of strengthening our communities with innovative, inclusive, and data driven services through a skilled and supported workforce. Click here for more information on our Strategic Plan ( (Download PDF reader) as well as our commitment to serve everyone, to build a Framework for the Future that will create a County that works for all.

Under California Government Code Sections 3100 - 3109, public employees are designated as disaster service workers. The term "public employees" includes all persons employed by the state or any county, city, state agency, or public district. Disaster service workers are required to participate in such disaster service activities as may be assigned to them by their employer or by law.

The County of San Diego is committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion because our diverse workforce is our greatest asset and our customers are our number.

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