Join Our Team

SB Friedman Development Advisors is constantly looking for motivated, enthusiastic and accomplished professionals to join our talented team. Opportunities that are currently open are listed on this page. If your background and experience fit the requirements of the position, we welcome you to submit the requested materials for review. If there are no current openings that match your experience, feel free to send your resume, which we will keep on file until a suitable position becomes available. Thank you for your interest in joining SB Friedman.



Location: Chicago, IL
Type: Full-time position

We are seeking candidates with 1-3 years of experience and a background in Community/Economic Development and Economics/Finance Research to support our general practice. Responsibilities would include: research, quantitative and qualitative analysis, data synthesis, presentation of findings, and technical writing (including memoranda and reports). As Associates are routinely assigned to multiple projects at any given time, candidates should have demonstrated ability to sift, organize and synthesize various data in a timely manner and draw reasonable conclusions and/or recommendations from the data analysis.

Requirements of Position

Candidates must have a graduate degree in urban planning, business or real estate and demonstrate:

  • Exceptional quantitative analysis skills, particularly using Microsoft Excel
  • Strong writing ability
  • Strength in oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Detail orientation and accuracy
  • Commitment to community revitalization and economic development

In addition, successful candidates will have academic and professional experience in areas relevant to our practice, such as:

  • Demographic and economic analysis
  • Public finance and tax projections
  • Real estate market analysis
  • Real estate financial analysis/feasibility

The following additional skills and experience are desirable for Associate candidates:

  • Strength in oral communication and presentations
  • Experience with GIS and Esri Business Analyst
  • Experience with IMPLAN and/or similar tools 

Application Process

Please respond by submitting the following via email to, and address your materials to: Geoff Dickinson, AICP, Senior Vice President.

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Written sample of your professional or academic work

Writing samples should be primarily authored by the applicant; if a team project is submitted, clearly indicate the responsibilities and contributions of the applicant. Incomplete submittals or submittals in other formats may not be considered or reviewed.

Other Details

The firm supports the professional growth of its staff and encourages all professionals to become active in professional and trade organizations. Salaries and benefits are competitive, based on experience, and are augmented by performance-based bonus compensation.

All applicants will be afforded equal opportunity without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability unrelated to ability, military status or an unfavorable discharge from military service.