Content Director, Europe

London, United Kingdom

Job Description

ULI is seeking a Content Director, Europe, to join its Global Content team and develop ULI’s content programme of activities in Europe as part of the global content programme. Reporting to the Chief Content Officer (CCO), the Director will be responsible for the initiation, development, and execution of ULI Europe’s content plan in order to support the growth of the organisation in Europe and enhance its visibility. The role will be based in the London office; 12 people are based in that office, but you will be part of a global organisation of 150-plus people.

About the company

The Urban Land Institute provides leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. ULI is an independent global nonprofit supported by members representing the entire spectrum of real estate development and land use disciplines.

The successful candidate will

Development Content Programme

  • Work with ULI Europe’s CEO and Global CCO, ULI’s global content staff, and Europe staff and member leadership in Europe to develop ULI’s content programme on topics relevant for Europe.
  • Prepare and conduct meetings with ULI members and outside experts to research and disseminate ideas relevant to ULI. This may include organising forums; developing event programmes; identifying speakers and participants; developing supporting materials; and implementing follow-up actions.
  • Work with the CCO and ULI’s global content staff to tap into existing global content work and tailor it to the needs and preferences of ULI Europe’s membership.
  • Work with the Global Content Team and Executive Office to ensure that the programmes of ULI Europe are integrated with other programmes at ULI and that the information about the ULI content objectives and programme of work is effectively disseminated to ULI Europe’s members, Product and National Councils, partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Contribute and take an active, collaborative part to provide the European perspective to global content projects being worked on in Asia and the United States to ensure that the global content is truly global and at the same time relevant to ULI’s membership in Europe.
  • Act as a link between ULI Europe’s management, ULI’s global content team, and the ULI Policy and Practice Committee in Europe to gather content ideas and develop a content programme including the needs and preference of ULI’s membership in Europe.

Delivery Content Projects

  • Act as project manager, closely involving the global content production and project management team, for all content projects in Europe to ensure delivery on time and within budget.
  • Assist members of the Global Content Team and Executive Office on discrete projects, as requested.
  • Support the European Business Development Director in securing the necessary funding for content projects.
  • Execute the research and write-up of research projects when carried out in-house, for publication and dissemination through various ULI and external distribution channels (e.g., through presentations and articles).

Advisory Services

  • Contribute to the development of Advisory Services panels in Europe by actively liaising with the National Councils on potential topics and approaches; and
  • Contribute to the organisation and execution of Advisory Services panels in Europe from a content perspective, alongside the National Councils and the Global Advisory Services team.

Product Councils

  • Closely co-operate with the Product Council chairs on the programme of work for the European and National Product Councils and the specific council meetings.
  • Contribute from a content perspective to the set-up of the various council meeting programmes and work closely with the relevant chairs to put together an interesting programme and propose compelling speakers.
  • Act as a link between European and National Product Councils on interesting topics, themes, and the mutual programmes of work.

 Internal and External Representation

  • Contribute from a content perspective to the programming of the major ULI Europe events (Paris Conference, Leadership Retreat) and regional events.
  • Contribute from a content perspective to the programming of ULI Europe’s annual events menu prepared for the National Councils and other National Council events.
  • Promote the visibility of ULI’s worldwide programmes and events, serving as one of ULI’s principal spokespersons on matters of policy, content, and industry leadership.
  • Represent ULI in Europe by giving external presentations and presenting at National Councils’ events and ULI Europe’s flagship events, as well as external conferences.
  • Represent ULI to the media on an as-needed basis.
  • Serve as an expert resource and adviser to ULI members, District Councils, and staff.
  • Assist in attracting sponsorship for research projects and foundation grant funds.

Required education and skills

  • Must have both a good degree (minimum upper second class) with a research bias such as real estate, urban planning, economics/social geography, or related degree. Must be able to demonstrate intellectual robustness.
  • Experience in research, education, and outreach projects.
  • Seven to ten years of progressively responsible experience in research-related work, with at least two years’ experience in directing projects.
  • Extensive knowledge, experience, and expertise in a broad range of topics related to real estate, especially resilience, and broad knowledge of climate change and associated sustainability issues.
  • Experience in providing technical assistance to public and nonprofit organisations and working with and for nonprofit organisations.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to manage several projects simultaneously. You must be articulate and able to express your ideas and technical information in a succinct and expressive manner. You will be able to write comprehensive and detailed research documents and reports.
  • Presentations: It is critical that you have some experience in presenting your work and findings to management groups.
  • Confident in dealing with all levels of management.
  • Experience in working as a team player in a variety of settings.
  • A natural enthusiast and self-motivated, you enjoy dealing with different issues and meeting tight deadlines.
  • You must have strong drive and be intellectually inquisitive, having ideas of your own and enjoying contributing to decision making.
  • Challenging attitude, depth of thought, and good judgement.
  • Pragmatic approach to solving problems and developing recommendations.
  • Be highly organised, with the ability to anticipate work requirements, and a proactive approach to managing deadlines.
  • Ability to travel for spring and autumn meetings in the United States twice per year. Given the role of interfacing with the National Councils, in terms of pan-European travel, plus the travel to the United States, we would envisage that travel would represent 15 to 20 percent of his or her time.


  • Postgraduate ideally.
  • Experience in finance and infrastructure and land use development helpful.
  • Ideally experience with working across Europe.

How to apply

Linda Steel of Ideachange has been retained by the client to search for and put forward suitable candidates for the above post. She is available for contact at her office, Ideachange,, Horseshoes House, Bledlow Road, Princes Risborough, Bucks HP27 9NG tel. 00 44 1844 275788, or e-mail at or during evenings/weekends on 00 44 1844 274957 or 07956 371478. A shortlist of closely matched candidates will be submitted.

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