Project Manager: American Communities Trust

Posted November 18th, 2015 at 9:28 am.

Employment Type: Full Time with benefits, exempt and at-will.

Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience. Eligible for ACT’s standard health/dental/retirement benefits package.

Location: Either ACT’s main office in Baltimore, MD or ACT’s satellite office in Philadelphia, PA

About American Communities Trust: American Communities Trust (ACT) is a national community development partner dedicated to “building social impact” in urban and low-income communities across the U.S. Founded in 2008, ACT focuses on the nexus of social-impact real estate, impact investment, and community benefits in order to build dynamic, cross-sector partnerships. Through our work we harness national best practices, deep expertise, and innovation to create lasting benefits for resilient communities. ACT carries out this work through our Community Impact Strategies, Social Impact Consulting, Impact Investing, and Project Development.

About ACT’s Community Impact Group: ACT works with private developers, financial institutions, government entities, and other partners to help them maximize the community impact of their projects and investments. This approach translates to meaningful social impact and bottom-line results. Our diverse team manages community engagement, benefits agreements, compliance reporting, evaluation, marketing and storytelling. We are experienced with a range of financing sources including New Markets Tax Credits and Low Income Housing Tax Credits. We tailor our approach to fit the unique needs of each project and community, designed in concert with our partners and local stakeholders. We often employ outside-the-box strategies informed by national best practices. Our creative approaches include local coalition building, technical assistance, capacity building, and deploying a community impact fund to support local groups.

Our work includes:

  • Community needs assessments
  • Community impact analysis
  • Community benefits agreements (CBAs)
  • Local stakeholder engagement
  • Evaluation, compliance and reporting
  • Community investment strategies
  • Advising on sources of local and national subsidy
  • Administering and advising on community fund deployment
  • Tax increment financing (TIF)
  • Local/DBE/MBE/WBE employment
  • Advisory services

Job Description: This project manager position will work primarily on community impact strategies for corporate clients. At least initially this position will work primarily with a single client—a Community Development Entity (CDE) that makes New Markets Tax Credit investments around the U.S. ACT’s role with that client is to do the following:

  1. Help the client identify potential future NMTC deals that are strong community-based projects;
  2. Work with the client to develop the community benefits agreement (CBA) for each project;
  3. For each project that the client invests in, ACT is responsible for administering a community impact fund that we invest as grants, loans, and capacity building technical assistance to local organizations in the target community;
  4. Put in place evaluation metrics for each grant investment and track outcomes over a 7-year period;
  5. Work with the client to monitor and report on CBA compliance over a 7-year period.
  6. Produce reports and narratives with both qualitative and quantitative data and analysis on the community impact of these projects.

This job will require a significant amount of research into the communities where our client has projects, and relationship building with community-based organizations, community leaders, elected officials, and other stakeholders. The job will require an understanding of community-based relationship building, community engagement, community needs assessment, and evaluating and measuring impacts. We are seeking someone who can work successfully with both grassroots organizations and local residents as well as representatives from our corporate client and other corporate partners.

This job will also require a significant amount of travel. Travel schedules may fluctuate but will include at least one-to-two trips per month. In busier periods it may require as much as three-to-four trips per month. Locations could be anywhere within the U.S. based on where our client’s projects are located. The job may also require periodic trips to conferences and other events related to the NMTC program and the specific projects.

Note: This job is contingent upon our client continuing to receive NMTC allocation and to engage ACT’s services. If either of these conditions are no longer true, this position may be discontinued.


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher;
  • Strong interest in social-impact work and community development;
  • Experience in community engagement and community needs analysis;
  • Understanding of tools and methodologies for evaluating impact;
  • Clear, narrative writing and communications skills. Good ability to condense complex information into a concise, compelling story;
  • Detail oriented;
  • Strong time management skills, deadline-oriented, and outcome-focused;
  • Entrepreneurial and self-motivated while also a good team player.

Application: To apply, please email a cover letter (specify whether you prefer to be based in Philadelphia or Baltimore), resume (with salary requirements), and a writing sample to The subject line of the email should read “ACT PM Position”. No other type of submission will be accepted.

ACT is an equal-opportunity employer.

Filed under: Management Level by Margie DuBrow

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