Assistant Director of Community Development – City of San Rafael

Are you eager to make your next position your own? Are you looking to be a part of a team that values collaboration and empowerment? Do you have a strong background in housing and homelessness? If you find yourself nodding “yes,” then the City of San Rafael’s Assistant Director of Community Development (Assistant Director) position is the perfect opportunity for you! This is a newly created position for a dynamic leader who is a strategic thinker and desires an executive position to be the right-hand person to the Director of Community Development and act as Director in their absence. This position will oversee a variety of projects with an emphasis on leading the City’s affordable housing and homeless programs and projects. This newly created position provides the Assistant Director with the opportunity to truly make this position their own, while also demonstrating that they are a collaborative and engaging leader and business partner. The ideal candidate will have in-depth knowledge of what is required for affordable housing initiatives and working with the homeless populations, including grants management and reports, and community engagement and communications work that is critical to this role. They will help lead an approximately 30-person department, with two director reports, and oversee an approximate budget of $5.2 million. Continue reading or apply for this exciting position where you can ensure the long-term success of the Housing and Homeless Strategies Program!

Salary range: $146,616 – $178,212
Application deadline: October 10, 2022
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Assistant Director of Community Development – Affordable Housing/Homelessness Programs

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The Assistant Director of Community Development will support and report directly to the Director of Community Development, assisting in overseeing approximately 30 staff in the Department, an approximate budget of $5.2 million, with a focus on leading the activities of the Housing and Homelessness Strategies Program. The Assistant Director will regularly collaborate with City staff, public, private, and non-profit agencies, and Council to ensure the long-term success of the program as it relates to rent stabilization, affordable housing production, homelessness housing strategies, homeless prevention and intervention, and project and program financing. The Assistant Director is responsible for developing policies, goals, and objectives for the Department, along with providing mentorship and guidance to staff. They will serve as an organizer, connector, project manager, and planner while building professional relationships with key stakeholders.


The ideal candidate will be highly analytical and strategic in their decision making. They will strive to advance the Department’s affordable housing efforts, while also serving as an inspiring and uplifting leader. The successful candidate will demonstrative strong problem-solving, communication, and relationship-building skills to help connect ideas to real-world solutions. They will also exhibit the technical skills necessary for this role, such as knowledge of relevant state and federal policies and regulations, contract compliance and proposal writing, and proven strategies for combating homelessness.


Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may qualify. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities is:

  • Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in public administration, business administration, land use planning, or a related field; AND
  • Four (4) years of increasingly responsible experience in human services, affordable housing, public health, community development, or a related field, including two (2) years of management or supervisory experience
  • Possession of a valid California driver’s license by the date of appointment


  • Bilingual (Spanish) capability


The salary range for this position is $146,616 – $178,212 DOE/DOQ annually DOQ/DOE and a competitive benefits program

HOW TO APPLY: For first consideration, apply by October 10th at:

Save the Dates: Round one interviews are virtual and will take place on October 24th. Round two interviews are in person and will take place on October 25th. Selected candidates must be available for all dates.

Please contact your recruiter, Wendi Brown, with any questions: