Our Community Managers are smart, savvy team leaders with a passion for customer service and a strong business acumen. They are accountable for all aspects of their property's operations, including financial performance, resident satisfaction and retention, and developing an engaged and productive team. They monitor a wide array of performance metrics, implement strategies to meet operational and leasing goals, analyze and respond to changing market conditions, and identify areas for improvement. As a Community Manager, you will direct sales activities, leasing administration, and maintenance initiatives at your property, exemplifying Equity Residential's brand each and every day by thinking like an owner and ensuring that your team members have the resources they need to be successful while enjoying the ride.
At Equity, being a manager is much more than sitting behind a desk directing others; we believe in leading by example and walking in the shoes of the people you manage. As a Community Manager, you will be out on the sales floor with your leasing team, inspecting the community with your maintenance professionals, and communicating and building rapport with your residents. You will be an expert on your community and submarket, including market conditions, competitor pricing, and new and pending lease-up developments. Overall, you are the business leader at your property; overseeing the entire operation including team performance and development, resident satisfaction, and financial success.
WHO YOU ARE
You will provide leadership and mentoring to your team, promoting a positive work environment that encourages collaboration and teamwork.
A Strong Communicator.
Your writing and speaking skills are clear and effective, helping you connect well with others.
A Team Player.
You are united with teammates in delivering the best experience to current and prospective residents.
Organized and Accountable.
You have exceptional time management abilities and are able to juggle the needs of changing priorities at the community while accomplishing objectives through training and motivating a high-performing team.
You are an idea person and like coming up with smart solutions to new challenges.
You keep your cool during stressful situations and quickly find solutions.
Flexible and Adaptable. You understand that the world does not exist through black and white lenses and embrace the opportunity to live in the gray.
Confident and Decisive. You take initiative, trust your gut, and are not afraid to make a decision or deliver a difficult message.
You invest extra energy to reach your goals and help your team reach theirs.
You follow through on commitments, letting residents know that they matter.
WHAT YOU'LL DO
Build community and industry knowledge
by identifying trends to prepare for future occupancy needs and offering recommendations and training.
Connect people to community
through effective leasing administration and training of your team.
Show off our community
by prioritizing curb appeal and maintaining accurate and in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the property and market.
Manage the leasing process
by guiding the team through effective sales strategies and follow-through.
Support maintenance operationsby partnering with your Maintenance Manager to provide a sparkling product through preventive maintenance, timely and efficient repairs, and a highly organized make-ready process.
Partner with your Regional Manager
to prepare and follow an operating budget and to plan community capital improvements, repairs, contract developments, and negotiations.
Orchestrate all accounting functionsassociated with the property, including processing invoices, paying bills, and assisting the Central Business Group (CBG) with collections, evictions, and managing resident accounts and charges.
Train and collaborate with talented teammates
to identify and solve any issues that arise.
Drive the community to continued operational success by proposing income-producing opportunities such as competitive pricing and value-add community enhancements.
Focus on performance metrics
ranging from your community's Customer Loyalty Score to sales conversion rates to apartment turnover efficiency - and everything in between.
Minimum 1 year of prior Community Manager experience
Minimum 2 years residential property management experience with working knowledge of tenant and eviction laws
Experience leading a high-performing team
Familiarity and comfort with performance metrics, sales quotas, and financial concepts
Demonstrated proficiency in working with computers including word processing, calendar management, software/database, and social media
Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
High school diploma or equivalent
Available to work a flexible schedule, including weekends
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College degree or related coursework in business, accounting, hospitality, or property management
Demonstrated ability to secure leases and to exceed sales goals
Working for Equity Residential (EQR), a leading multi-family real estate investment trust (REIT), means living our purpose: creating communities where people thrive. It means striving to provide the best in apartment living, speaking boldly about new ideas for innovation, and inspiring creativity in the ways we work together.
Our portfolio of high-quality properties in urban growth markets - New York City, Boston, Washington DC, Seattle, San Francisco, Southern California, and Denver - provides homes where people most want to live, work and play. We've got the best people in the business, as evidenced by our employee engagement scores and customer loyalty ratings. That's why our employees say they are proud to work at Equity, a company that gives our residents a place where they can Live Remarkably, and offers a culture where our employees have the opportunity to thrive.
When you join Equity Residential, you won't be treated as simply another employee - you will be considered a partner in our shared success. As such, we are committed to investing in your personal success through a benefits program that supports your Total Wellbeing.
We recognize that everyone has different needs outside of work. That's why, in addition to a competitive benefits package (medical, dental, vision and paid time off), we offer many unique benefits options to employees, like a comprehensive wellness program, pet insurance, new parent benefits, and paid time off for community service projects. In addition to your next job, you can also find your next home with us! Rent discounts on Equity Residential apartment homes are available to our benefits-eligible employees. The amount of the discount offered is determined based on the market, ranging upwards from 20%. Learn more about our Total Wellbeing program
At Equity Residential, like our residents, our employees come from everywhere. A richly diverse work environment captures top talent, cultivates the best ideas, and creates the widest possible platform for success. By focusing on inclusion, these differences are harnessed to create value - in ideas, business practices, relationships, and employee engagement. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are committed to maintaining a diverse, inclusive and equitable work environment where our employees can thrive.
All aspects of the employment process are merit-based. Every Equity employee is expected to maintain a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. Equity Residential does not discriminate against any employee or job applicant because of race, religion, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender, sexual/gender identity/expression, age, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation or related medical conditions), physical or mental disability, national origin, citizenship status, military (including uniformed service member or protected veteran) status, marital status, genetic characteristic or information, ancestry or any other characteristic protected by law. Equity Residential also prohibits retaliation against individuals who report harassment or discrimination, or participate in investigations into such conduct.ABOUT THE TEAM
Located in Chicago and in corporate offices throughout the country, Property Management is responsible for the day-to-day operations at our communities. This includes not only onsite interactions, but also implementing and using property-based systems, such as MRI and LRO. Additionally, we help shape Equity's portfolio in conjunction with the Development and Transactions departments.