City of San Leandro – Project Specialist II

The City of San Leandro’s Community Development Department is responsible for overseeing and guiding development activities in the city and consists of five divisions:  Building and Safety Services, Economic Development, Housing, Code Enforcement, and Planning.  Together, these facets work in tandem to promote quality development and increase investment in the community.  Currently, there is one full-time position available in the Economic Development Division.

Salary Range:  $8,141.00 – $9895.00/monthly

Position Definition:  Performs professional, specialized and more complex program work involving economic development, planning, affordable housing development, or other designated areas and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics:  The Project Specialist II performs responsible intermediate level work in connection with specific and technical assignments of a well-defined and limited nature within development-related fields.

Supervision Exercised and Received:  The Project Specialist II may have supervisory responsibilities on a limited basis.  Receives supervision from assigned management and/or supervisory staff.


Essential Functions:  The essential functions of this classification may include, but are not limited to, the functions below and are subject to changes in operational necessity.

  • Acts as liaison with citizen groups, City departments, merchants organizations, advisory committees, and other city, state, and county government agencies; responds to citizen and general public inquiries;
  • Conducts research and analysis and prepares reports; presents findings to City Council, citizens advisory groups and other private and public entities;
  • Attends trainings and otherwise maintains knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures;
  • Prepares a variety of compliance reports, correspondence and studies; researches, analyzes, synthesizes and documents information; responds to department and agency inquiries related to compliance reports; presents findings and recommendations;
  • Assists in the preparation of contracts and agreements; oversees the work of consultants and monitors consultant projects;
  • Performs special projects, reports and analysis involving multiple complex issues;
  • Establishes and maintains positive working relationships with co-workers, City employees, and a culturally diverse public with a focus on quality customer service and problem solving in a non-confrontational manner;
  • Works with other City departments and public and private agencies to coordinate programs and initiatives;
  • Follows all safety rules and protocols included in the Injury and Illness Prevention Program; takes appropriate action as required to identify and correct safety hazards and report safety concerns to their supervisor;
  • Performs required duties under the City’s disaster response plan;
  • Performs essential functions included within the Project Specialist I classification specification as required;
  • Performs complex research and analysis pertinent to planning, zoning, business license and permit processing functions;
  • Interprets and applies applicable local and state codes, ordinances and regulations;
  • Provides assistance and information to commercial and residential property developers related to site location, property information, demographics and development strategy;
  • Coordinates, develops and implements marketing strategies including social media;
  • Coordinates and implements business recruitment and retention strategies;
  • Works directly with businesses in site selection, resolving complex permitting issues and provides assistance in matters of construction, parking and financing;
  • Develops, coordinates, implements, and administers assigned economic development projects and activities;
  • Works with commercial property owners to promote property improvement and tenant attraction;
  • Administers various business incentive programs, recruiting businesses, drafting agreements, and overseeing disbursement of funds;
  • Participates in local business meetings and groups as assigned; and
  • Writes and presents formal and technical reports, working papers, and correspondence to the City Council, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Adjustments and at other meetings as required.


Minimum Qualifications:
Knowledge of:

Modern office methods and procedures, including keyboard skills and use of computer applications;

Methods of coordinating and monitoring programs and projects for compliance with state, federal and local rules and regulations;

Principles and practices of grant and contract administration and projects and programs management;

Principles and practices of economic development, business recruitment, small business development, and commercial revitalization;

Statistical and research methods particularly as applied to the collection, tabulation and analysis of economic and sociological data affecting zoning and city planning;

Community development and public policy principles and practices; programs and resources for community development; financial techniques and procedures relating to building conservation; community social agencies and resources; and programs and resources for affordable housing and housing rehabilitation;

Federal, state and local regulations dealing with neighborhood and housing improvement and including California laws, procedures and guidelines associated with real estate, finance, marketing and business attraction strategies; and

Principles and practices of business and real estate finance and budgeting.

Ability to:
Prepare and present accurate and concise reports on research and survey projects; site plans, maps, charts and other graphic displays;

Work effectively with boards, commissions, advisory committees and other City staff in a team-oriented, problem-solving approach;

Work independently and prioritize workload assignments;

Use initiative and exercise sound judgment;

Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing;

Follow oral and written directions;

Read, understand and explain complex legislation, regulations, ordinances, contracts and financial documents;

Effectively negotiate collaborative agreements with businesses, developers, organizations and individuals on a variety of issues;

Perform financial, business credit and other related analysis;

Establish and maintain a positive customer service attitude and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of performing work;

Use appropriate office and computer equipment and applications;

Monitor and administer programs and projects in accordance with federal, state and local rules and regulations;

Work in a fair, tactful and courteous manner with a diverse public, department personnel, other City departments, private entities and citizen groups;

Work in a creative team-oriented problem-solving environment;

Set priorities and handle multiple projects simultaneously;

Direct and oversee work of professional and clerical support staff;

Read, understand, and explain complex legislation, regulations, ordinances, contracts and financial documents; and

Perform the duties of a Project Specialist I.

Experience and Education Guidelines:  Any combination equivalent to experience and education that would most likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education:  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in urban planning, environmental design, planning, public administration, business administration, city planning, architecture, economics, civil engineering, urban design or a closely-related field.

Experience:  Two years of responsible experience in economic development, planning, affordable housing, community development or a related area performing duties involving program development, administration, project and program evaluation and monitoring, capital improvement, and revitalization.

Licenses/certifications/other requirements:  Must be willing to work such hours as are necessary to accomplish the job requirements; travel to attend meetings, seminars and conferences and perform work at various city locations.  Classification requires the possession and continued maintenance of a valid class “C” California driver’s license.

Possession and maintenance of an American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certificate is highly desired.

Completed applications must be on file with the Human Resources Division by Friday, March 19, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.

For additional information and to apply, please visit the City of San Leandro website at: