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Real Estate Specialist

The Real Estate Specialist manages real estate disposition initiatives, with an emphasis on new construction development, major projects, vacant lot sales initiatives, and sale of historically significant improved properties.



Real Estate Development and Major Redevelopment Project Management

  • Manage all aspects of multimillion-dollar development and redevelopment projects, including new construction and adaptive reuse. 
  • Perform property evaluation and appraisal, issue requests for proposals, evaluate development proposals, coordinate environmental review and participate in drafting contracts and other documents.
  • Perform closings and review completed projects for compliance with development agreements.
  • Inventory and monitor City-owned properties. Inspect all properties that come into City ownership through tax foreclosure and recommend demolition of unsafe and deteriorated City properties.
  • Lead the new construction development process from initial inquiry through compliance after construction.
  • Assist developers with meeting City requirements and permit needs.
  • Evaluate development projects as part of the Department of City Development (DCD) Design Review Team.


Manage City of Milwaukee Land Bank

  • Manage the disposal of vacant lot sales under the $1 Lot Initiative.
  • Appraise property and evaluate offers to purchase and development proposals, ensuring consistency with market data, adopted plans, design guidelines and City policies.
  • Develop and implement marketing strategies for the disposal of City-owned property.
  • Prepare Common Council resolutions and reports and present to legislative committees and other regulatory boards and commissions.
  • Collaborate on designs and construction plans for appropriate residential and commercial development on varied City properties.


Manage Housing Infrastructure Preservation Fund

  • Coordinate all aspects of Housing Infrastructure Preservation Fund, including budgeting for the restoration of historic structures the City acquires in tax foreclosure, creating grant agreements, presenting to regulatory boards, and evaluating program effectiveness.
  • Recruit contractors, solicit and review bids, draft contracts, and produce scopes of work for City expenditure properties.
  • Create historic restoration plans, in consultation with the Historic Preservation Commission.
  • Review restoration work for compliance.
  • Implement marketing plans for the sale of renovated homes and coordinate community and press outreach to reach sales goals.


Support Real Estate and Urban Planning Initiatives

  • Promote and enforce sustainable and universal design principles.
  • Coordinate urban agriculture initiatives with Milwaukee community groups, organize outreach and community input planning sessions and create community education plans.
  • Collaborate with governmental entities, non-profits and private landowners on redevelopment plans for blighted areas of the City.
  • Lead Vacant Land Re-use initiatives via research, community outreach, policy evaluation and implementation.


We welcome qualified individuals with disabilities who are interested in employment and will make reasonable accommodations during the hiring process in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.




  1. Bachelor’s degree in real estate, urban planning, architecture or similar field from an accredited college or university.
  2. Three years of professional experience in the acquisition and/or disposition of real estate or performing similar duties related to the position. 
  3. Valid driver's license and the availability of a properly-insured personal vehicle for use on the job at the time of appointment and throughout employment. Automobile allowance is provided.



 Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered



The current salary range (Pay Range 2GX) is $69,286 - $74,974 annually, and the resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $71,364 - $77,223Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to approval.

Employees possessing an AICP certification will be paid an additional 3%.

The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program. For full details of the benefits offered by the City of Milwaukee, please visit



The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.