Director of Forward Planning in Palm Beach Gardens, FL at Lennar Homes

Date Posted: 11/26/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description


Summary of Position Requirements

Primary role will be to support the VP of Land during the acquisition, entitlement and development process. Efforts to include establishing budgets, schedules and coordinating the timely entitlement, design, planning and opening of new communities to meet or exceed the timeframes represented in CIC approved 'Greenfolders' or the most recently issued 'P X' updates.



Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Take charge of the “Greenfolder” process ensuring that the Division completes all due diligence and internal approval items within a timeframe that meets third party seller’s contractual requirements.
  • Conduct weekly meetings to track and update the schedule and progress of each future community and coordinate and ensure the timely completion with Division department heads and consultants.
  • Act as a liaison among all Division department heads, including Construction Operations, Product Development, Accounting, Sales, Land Development Managers and the Director of Land Acquisition to coordinate and direct the successful opening of a new or repositioned community or phase
  • Lead, coach, mentor and manage individuals and team to ensure top performance of all team members in achieving desired results while finding efficient and effective solutions that create overall organizational value.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities - After CIC Approval


  • Present, negotiate, and secure architectural approval from all relevant parties, including HOA and municipal officials while adhering to required CCR and zoning regulations
  • Coordinate entitlements, zoning, planning and design of new projects for seamless transition to Land Development.
  • Advise Sales and Purchasing Departments on required site and architectural features
  • Design (or engage consultants to design) overall community appearance and features, such as entrance/street monuments, signage, community details and specifications, colors, logo, name

Additional Duties and Responsibilities – During Due Diligence


  • Understand the community, surrounding area, competition and provide guidance to Lennar Associates and consultants on how and when to focus regarding the schedule
  • Identify and present potential risks for new communities, including challenges to implement the schedule, and all other areas of concern such as lot grading, dirt generation, model and signage locations, off-site constraints, visibility and other existing conditions
  • Coordinate with Product Development Manager to evaluate architectural covenants and zoning requirements and identify costs during due diligence
  • Understand onsite and offsite conditions and their impact on proposed product and marketing/sales and community/phase opening of community, common area features and landscaping, clubhouses, amenities, etc. Prepare a complete community specifications book containing all colors, patterns, details, and signs and review same with all Division department heads
  • Review sales collateral and CCRs (including all disclosures) relating to home brochures and community maps to ensure accuracy and reduce risk of misrepresentation
  • Coordinate with the HOA Manager to submit for approval all required HOA items (plans, signage, flags, etc.) and evaluate and approve architectural revision requests based on HOA covenants and precedents
  • Coordinate with the Director of Construction Operations to develop and implement the schedule to ensure enough homes are under construction as early in the process as possible; evaluate opportunities to jump start welcome home centers, sales, model homes and production homes and the costs to do same (e.g., install haul road to build welcome home centers or models before roads are paved)
  • Coordinate all activities to open the community/phase, such as ordering signs, securing easements/approvals for entrance features and offsite signs, submitting plans for trailers/Welcome Home Centers, obtaining all permits for same, order flags, develop grand opening program, organize website and digital media, and all other collateral and relevant materials
  • Research approvals/permits, zoning, engineering plans, improvement estimates, off-site improvements/contributions, soils/geology, wetlands, utilities, affordable housing component/contribution, and building costs.



Education and Experience Requirements


  • Minimum high school diploma or equivalent required
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Valid Driver’s license and a good driving record required
  • Minimum 5 years in land acquisition and/or development
  • Must be able to read, understand and evaluate civil engineering / development plans
  • Excellent written, oral, organizational and math skills
  • Must possess professional attitude to represent the company in a positive manner
  • Ability to perform, in a professional manner, multiple detail oriented tasks with simultaneous deadlines
  • Computer literate with ability to work with Microsoft Office.  Knowledge of CAD a plus.



Daily communication with Management, Associates and other outside entities. External contacts where the matters discussed require resourcefulness, patience and clarity.

Physical Requirements


Able to work in excess of eight hours per day in the confined quarters of a construction trailer, the ability to operate a motor vehicle, climb stairs/ladders, bend, stoop, reach, lift, move and/or carry equipment which, occasionally operate construction equipment. Able to sit at a computer monitor for extended periods of time to complete paperwork, meet with trade partners, and receive/return phone messages.  Must be able to work in construction environment under all weather conditions. Finger dexterity may be required to operate a computer keyboard and calculator.


This description outlines the basic tasks and requirements for the position noted.  It is not a comprehensive listing of all job duties of the associates.

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