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Director of Real Estate and Finance

Position Description

Title: Director of Real Estate and Finance

Department: Real Estate & Finance

Reports To: Treasurer/Corporate Vice President, Finance

Function: The Director of Real Estate and Finance is responsible for overseeing the execution of real estate transactions and financing for a publicly-traded real estate investment trust investing primarily in hotels. The incumbent will manage all aspects of these transactions, including conducting due diligence, preparing and/or reviewing the transaction documents and overseeing the closing process.


  • Real Estate Transactions
    • Oversee all aspects of executing acquisitions and dispositions, including due diligence, review of documents and participating in the closing process
    • Reviews and/or negotiate the terms of all acquisition and disposition documents in conjunction with in-house and external counsel
    • Oversee the due diligence process for all transactions, including coordinating with brokers, lenders and third-party consultants
    • Manage the preparation of marketing materials and coordination of the bidding process
  • Capital Markets
    • Advise on complex financing matters such as private placements, public offerings, syndicated loans, capital structure, and rating agency presentations
    • Assist in negotiations of all financing; negotiate loan documents and oversee financing documentation and legal structuring with in-house and external legal counsel
    • Direct the loan closing process (including review of appraisals, zoning, environmental and engineering reports).
    • Assist in developing lending relationships
    • Manage the company’s debt portfolio (tracking of loan compliance with financial covenants
    • Liaise with other departments across the firm to follow-up on lender requirements
  • Other
    • Create financial models to analyze whether transactions are accretive/dilutive to the Company: acquisitions, dispositions, share buybacks and equity raises
    • Partner with the accounting department to determine possible transaction impacts to financial reporting process, annual audits, and SEC filings
    • Directly assist CFO and other senior executives on all strategic and ad hoc matters


  • Extensive knowledge of the loan underwriting and structuring process, including due diligence and closing
  • Strong analytical/financial modeling skills
  • Strong problem solving and project management skill
  • Excellent leadership skills. Proven ability to motivate high-performing teams
  • Proven ability to effectively manage and close multiple transactions
  • Ability to work effectively as a team player with other business units within the company
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong presentation and writing skills


  • MBA or Masters degree in Finance, Economics, Accounting or related area


  • Eight to ten (8-10) years’ progressive experience in the financial services, investment banking, transactions, or similar industry in roles of progressive responsibility
  • Five (5) years’ experience in the underwriting and/or structuring of real estate loans
  • Hospitality experience desired but not required


This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employee(s) will be required to follow any other job related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments.

A review of this position has excluded the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties. All duties and responsibilities are essential job functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent(s) will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities.

This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an "at will" relationship.


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