Sault Tribe
  • - EDC
  • Sault Ste. Marie, MI, USA
  • $22.865 per hour
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Under the general direction of the Real Estate Manager, the Project Specialist plays a pivotal role in the Real Estate Division. This position is responsible for providing specialized expertise in project management and coordination within the realm of real estate development initiatives. The Project Specialist is tasked with supporting the execution of real estate projects and ensuring adherence to timelines, budgets, and quality standards. Collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to facilitate seamless project implementation and contributes to the overall success of the EDC's real estate ventures.  The Specialist is responsible for providing expertise in negotiating, preparing, submitting, and reporting on Economic Development grants. 


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)


  • Assists with oversite of the planning, execution, and completion of real estate development projects within designated timelines and budgets.
  • Develop and maintain comprehensive project plans, including milestones, deliverables, and resource allocation.
  • Monitor project progress, identify potential risks or obstacles, and implement proactive measures to mitigate issues and ensure project success.
  • Coordinate with cross-functional teams, including architects, engineers, contractors, and legal advisors, to facilitate smooth project execution.
  • Conduct market research, feasibility studies, and financial analysis to evaluate potential real estate investment opportunities.
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders, such as the planning, finance, and legal departments, to align project objectives with organizational goals and priorities.
  • Act as a liaison between the EDC and multiple court systems to address tenant issues and legal matters related to real estate properties.
  • Assists with submission of timely and accurate competitive grants, including writing, implementing, and reporting. Assists with ensuring compliance with established applicable laws, regulations, and tribal, state, and federal policies, procedures, and practices.    


ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)


  • Provides technical support for the Economic Development Division.
  • Maintains appropriate files and prepares correspondence, reports, and written documentation.     
  • Identify areas for process improvement and implement best practices to streamline project management processes and enhance operational efficiency.
  • Provide recommendations for optimizing project workflows, resource allocation, and decision-making processes within the Real Estate Division.
  • All other job-related duties as assigned.





Immediate peers, peers in other departments, immediate supervisor/manager, managers in other departments, Executives, Board of Directors, local, state, and federal grant agencies, customers, and vendor/service providers.




Position sedentary, primarily sitting/lifting a maximum of 10 pounds. Physical factors include constant typing, frequent sitting, use of hearing, near vision, occasional standing, walking, carrying/lifting, manual handling, use of midrange/far vision, depth perception, and color/field of vision. Working conditions include occasional exposure to weather, extreme heat/cold, wet/humidity, noise, and vibration. Potential hazards include constant computer use and occasional equipment use.




Education:     Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Real Estate, Finance, Economics, or Project Management, or five years demonstrated ability in relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of degree.


Experience:    Minimum of 3 years of experience in project management, real estate development, or related field in addition to above stated education requirement is required. Prior experience in commercial or residential real estate development is preferred.


Certification/License:   Must have a valid driver's license and be insurable by the Sault Tribe Insurance Department. Must comply with annual driver's license review and insurability standards with the Sault Tribe Insurance Department.  Will be required to complete and pass pre-employment drug testing.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  Excellent knowledge of practices and formats for development and strategic planning required. Must be computer proficient and have a working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and database software.   Working knowledge and proficiency in project management and other specialty software programs preferred.   Must have strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills. Must be able to work with minimal to no supervision. Must have organizational skills and be able to plan, prioritize, and manage workload to meet goals in a timely manner. Must have excellent communication skills and be able to communicate clearly in person, in writing, and by telephone and email.  Must be able to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with coworkers, supervisory personnel, and the general public. Must have excellent project management skills; provide strong leadership, prioritize project tasks, and meet project deadlines. Must be able to exercise good judgment. Must maintain confidentiality. Native American preferred.


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