The City of San Mateo (pop. 105,661) is the largest municipality in San Mateo County, located on the San Francisco Bay Peninsula. This culturally and economically diverse community offers an extraordinary quality of life characterized by safe neighborhoods, quality city services and assets, friendly people, and an ideal location. The City’s increasingly vibrant and walkable downtown area continues to attract a wide array of small-to-medium-sized businesses, some of which, according to community members, include many of the best dining options in the Bay Area. The municipality has benefitted from a steady history of leadership, with just five city managers over the last 30 years and three city attorneys over the last 36 years. The City of San Mateo is seeking a knowledgeable, forward-thinking professional with flexible and adaptive leadership skills to serve as the new Community Development Director. Candidates must have prior Community Development and project management experience and understand the principles, practices, and laws of urban planning, land use economics, housing, building, and code enforcement. The ideal candidate will have excellent customer service skills and value community engagement. The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City officials, elected and appointed individuals, other departments, other governmental agencies, citizens, and the public is essential.
Qualified candidates possess the equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in planning or related field considered useful in city planning. A master’s degree in planning, public administration, or a related field is highly desirable. At least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in municipal planning and community development, including five years in a responsible administrative and policy-making capacity is required. A background in planning and land use is highly preferred.
The annual salary range for the Community Development Director is $220,513.44 - $243,116.07; placement within this range is dependent on qualifications and experience.