Project Manager

Company: Rippowam Corporation

Location: Stamford, CT

Job Function: Project Management


Rippowam Corporation develops real estate, creates entities to serve as the general partner in public-private real estate transactions, and delivers asset management services to the Charter Oak Communities (COC) portfolio.

The Housing Authority of the City of Stamford (CT), doing business as Charter Oak Communities, established Rippowam Corporation as its wholly-owned subsidiary in 2003. RC is a tax-exempt non-profit organization, designated under 509(a)3 of the IRS code as a supporting organization. To date, Rippowam and Charter Oak Communities have redeveloped or substantially renovated eight subsidized housing developments, creating sixteen developments containing 842 units for low-and moderate-income households, and 151 units of housing with no income restrictions.

The mission of Charter Oak Communities is to provide housing opportunities and human services to enable Stamford residents to thrive. It strives to provide Stamford residents with the ability to live in attractive, affordable housing in cohesive neighborhoods. COC collaborates with local partners to provide residents with services and opportunities to unlock their full human potential.

COC and Rippowam Corporation currently hold a portfolio of 1,537 units of rental housing, at 24 sites in Stamford. COC provides property management, resident services and other related services to residents at 19 of the sites. A contracted property management firm manages five mixed-income sites, providing similar services.


Rippowam Corporation (RC) seeks a dedicated and mission-oriented Project Manager or Senior Project Manager to join its real estate development and asset management team.

The Project Manager will serve an integral role within the larger development and asset management Team. Ideally a candidate will have knowledge of construction means and methods. They will bring a range of experiences with new construction, renovation, property rehabilitation and capital projects. They will have the ability to work with the Team and manage several projects simultaneously.

The Project Manager will assist the Senior Development Managers and the Senior Portfolio Manager to develop and implement COC/RC’s construction objectives, project goals and capital improvements at COC properties. They will establish and maintain strong, positive relationships with COC Property Managers, other operations personnel, and residents. The Project Manager will report to the RC president or their designee, however ongoing direction will be by the Senior RC Managers.


We are seeking a Project Manager who looks forward to being a key part of a cohesive real estate development team. They will work with the Team to ensure that projects are delivered within budget, on time and in accordance with established quality, safety, and service standards. Specific tasks will include the following:

Provide a strong onsite presence during building construction, renovation, and capital improvement work
Deliver support as needed for project cost estimating and final cost certifications
Assist with review of consultant proposals and contract documents, and
Assemble documents for funding checklists, applications, exhibits and narratives.

Be an active participant in periodic job meetings and report information accordingly
Participate in resident and land use planning meetings as they relate to project development and construction schedules and plans
Be on-site as needed to monitor progress, and if problems arise during construction, relocation, or otherwise, advise appropriate RC staff immediately
Review and recommend furniture, fixtures, and equipment (FFE) selections provided by contractor and architect
Assist in the review of project documents that require owner input, and file project documentation in appropriate project folders.
Assist in the preparation and review of construction related information for quarterly reports to lender/investors, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA), Department of Health (DOH) and others.

Asset Management
Assist in coordinating capital planning and managing capital improvement projects
Assist in determining capital needs across the portfolio and create ongoing long-term projections describing scope of work and estimated costs
Create and assist in building reporting and tracking systems for capital items and cycle replacement items, and
Support the asset management function in construction related activities designed to safeguard the portfolio.

Complete special projects assigned by Rippowam Corporation Senior Management.


The Project Manager will bring excellent communication, leadership, and construction management skills. They will maintain effective relationships with Rippowam Corporation Development Managers and Portfolio Manager, and consultants including architects, engineers, subcontractors, suppliers, field staff, and regulatory personnel.

The Project Manager will bring many of the following skills and experiences:
Working knowledge of multifamily construction and project management principles
Experience overseeing large scale residential development projects preferred
Ability to assist multiple project and portfolio managers and manage multiple, complex projects and tasks simultaneously, while meeting deadlines and budgeting requirements
Strong interest in affordable housing, community development, and Rippowam Corporation’s diverse work activities
Experience ensuring vendor accountability for decisions, actions, and results
An ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with people from a broad range of backgrounds
Self-starter who is mission driven and enjoys working with a united team
A minimum of five years of experience in design or construction project management, real estate development and/or affordable housing with progressive increases in responsibility
A bachelor’s degree in construction management, architecture, engineering, real estate development, affordable housing, or a related field, or the equivalent in additional work experience
Comfort reviewing construction budgets and preparing financial reports, and
Proficiency in Microsoft Office skills and Adobe PDF software.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary range for this full time position is from $95,000 to $130,000 depending on skills and experience.
After six (6) months of successful employment, this role may be eligible for a hybrid schedule.
COC/RC offers excellent benefits including paid vacation and time off, comprehensive medical and dental plans, and contributions to a 401k.
We provide a family-like work culture, wellness activities and team building experiences.
COC/RC is committed to ongoing learning, development, and professional advancement.

How to Apply

Submit a cover letter outlining your experience and qualifications and a resume as one document at Questions should be addressed to RC/COC seeks to fill this position by the fall of 2024 if not before.

Note: If you have a strong interest in this position but do not have all the stated qualifications, please indicate in your cover letter what motivates you to apply and how you would propose to build your skills while in the position.