Recruitment #2201-4149-001



Appointment and continued employment are at the pleasure of the Commissioner - City Development Commissioner.

Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is an urban hub bursting with energy. Milwaukee provides a casual sophistication – big city appeal without the big city hassles. We are accessible and affordable, and our residents are welcoming. Milwaukee has evolved through the years, bringing together its unsurpassed old world charm with a breathtaking Art Museum, top-flight arts and cultural attractions, professional sports, lakefront festivals, recreational opportunities, and great restaurants.

The City of Milwaukee is proud to employ a diverse workforce that is committed to providing exemplary service to the City's residents. If you have a passion for being part of an inclusive team of public servants, please consider the following opportunity.


Under the direction of the Commissioner - City Development, the Real Estate Compliance Liaison Officer drafts and reviews documents, resolutions and agreements; formulates negotiation strategies; represents the department before boards and commissions; and provides guidance to the department.

Essential Functions

Technical and Analytical

  • Assist real estate staff with drafting and reviewing Purchase and Sale Agreements, Leases, Operating Agreements and other documents as required for real estate transactions.
  • Work with Tax Incremental Financing District (TIFD) project managers to draft and review notices, resolutions, project pans, term sheets and exhibits in agreements.
  • Review newly created or amended allocated and boundary amendment TIFDs.
  • Work with the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee (RACM) and City staff to draft and review resolutions and bond documents for RACM bond transactions prior to review by the City Attorney’s Office.  

Advisory and Project Management

  • Serve as the liaison to the Port of Milwaukee to assist with negotiations and drafting and review of northern harbor tract leases, including Summerfest, Discovery World, Harbor House and the Lakefront Gateway Project. 
  • Work with the Office of the City Attorney in the preparation and review of leases and contracts for the southern harbor tract.
  • Serve as a liaison to the City Attorney’s Office for real estate matters.
  • Work with the Commissioner and project managers to formulate and carry out negotiation strategy with developers and other stakeholders.
  • Work with Planning Staff and provide guidance for zoning matters.

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.

Conditions of Employment

Please be advised that new employees are required to have received either both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine prior to their employment start date or have an approved religious or medical accommodation prior to their employment start date. You can find further information relative to the City’s Covid-19 Vaccination Policy here.

Minimum Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree in business administration, finance, public administration or related field from an accredited college or university.
  2. Five years of progressively responsible work experience drafting and reviewing resolutions, agreements, and providing compliance guidance.  
  3. Valid driver’s license at the time of appointment and throughout employment.

Equivalent combinations of education and professional experience will be considered.

IMPORTANT NOTE: College transcripts are required and must be received by the application period closing date. Transcripts should be attached to your online application. Applications without transcripts attached will be considered incomplete and will be rejected. Student/unofficial copies are acceptable; however, your transcript must be legible and include your college/university name, your name, the degree completed (if applicable) and the date completed.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Juris Doctor (JD) or Master’s Degree in a related field from an accredited college or university
  • Experience with laws and ordinances concerning TIFDs, development, real estate management, and planning.
  • Work experience in government or the public sector.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Ability to understand, analyze and process federal, state, and local forms and contracts. 
  • Ability to read and interpret work related materials, such as governmental regulations, city ordinances and other complex documents.
  • Broad-based knowledge of governmental structure, real estate, housing and urban redevelopment principles.
  • Computer skills, including the ability to learn proprietary software, use spreadsheets, word processing software, e-mail and database applications.
  • Ability to conduct research and collect and analyze data.

Communication and Interpersonal

  • Verbal communication skills to effectively communicate to a wide variety of audiences, including residents, business owners, developers and elected officials.
  • Written Communication skills to be able to craft clear and accurate compliance reports and correspondence.
  • Public speaking skills to present information as a representative of the department.
  • Ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others and provide information, assistance, and support.
  • Ability to work effectively with people from all cultural, educational and socioeconomic backgrounds to accomplish departmental goals.
  • Ability to work well independently and function as part of a team.

Critical Thinking and Professionalism

  • Problem solving skills to recognize and recommend solutions.
  • Ability to plan and prioritize responsibilities to meet deadlines and adjust priorities as necessary.
  • Ability to gather information needed for an issue, seeking information from appropriate sources, and working with others to obtain necessary information.
  • Honesty and integrity to meet professional standards for handling confidential information.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment to make decisions.

Current Salary

The current salary range (Pay Range 2QX) is $99,369 - $139,123 annually, and resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $102,350 - $143,297Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to approval.

The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program which includes:

  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program
  • Onsite Clinic Services
  • Onsite Employee Assistance Program
  • Alternative Work Schedules
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Paid Vacation
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Leave and other paid leaves
  • Flexible Spending Arrangement
  • Commuter Value Pass  

For full details of the benefits offered by the City of Milwaukee, please visit

Selection Process


  • Screening for this position will be based on an evaluation of each applicant’s education, experience, and professional accomplishments, which should be detailed in a cover letter, resume and transcripts (if applicable).
  • Cover letter, resume, and college transcripts must be sent via email to Human Resources Officer, Vanessa Armstrong at by 4:45 p.m. on March 14, 2022.
  • Please indicate Real Estate Compliance Liaison Officer in the subject line of the email.
  • Questions relative to the selection process may be directed to HR Officer Vanessa Armstrong at
  • The City of Milwaukee reserves the right to invite only the most qualified applicants to participate in the selection process. 


  • The selection process will be conducted as soon as practical after March 14, 2022.
  • Receipt of application materials may be discontinued at any time after this date without prior notice. However, recruitment may continue until the needs of the City have been met. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the job selection process at the time and place designated by the City of Milwaukee.


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