City of San Mateo – Deputy Community Development Director

A scenic, culturally and economically diverse San Francisco Peninsula community, the City of San Mateo (pop. 104,490) offers an extraordinary quality of life characterized by safe neighborhoods, outstanding libraries, stellar schools, and an ideal location.

The City takes great pride in its public facilities and boasts a modern, state-of-the-art library and police station, both of which were designed as certified “green buildings” that incorporate energy-saving and environmentally sensitive features. Find out more interesting facts about the City of San Mateo at


Mission Statement: To Ensure a quality-built environment and healthy neighborhoods that contribute to a strong economic base in the City of San Mateo; to be responsive to the community and respected by it; and to provide outstanding customer service.

Also known as CDD, this department is organized across four divisions — Building, Code Enforcement, Neighborhood Improvement and Housing, and Planning Division. CDD has broad responsibilities including long-range planning, review of applications for new development, implementation of the City’s housing programs, and maintenance of neighborhoods.

CDD processes building permits, conducts building inspections and completes nuisance violation investigations. CDD is committed to customer service; over 90% of customer service survey respondents answer positively to questions about levels of service and responsiveness.


The Deputy Community Development Director will assist the CDD Director on running the day-to-day operations of Community Development. The Deputy Director will provide administrative department oversight, and help to the Director in implementing service improvements, streamlining, and technology upgrades.


The ideal candidate will possess the ability to balance and sustain momentum around a multitude of competing priorities during an exciting time in San Mateo’s history. The professional chosen for this position will be an exceptional people manager with a proactive mentoring and coaching style. The Deputy Director must operate with a continuous improvement mindset, be receptive to new ideas and comfortable with managing change. The ideal candidate will exhibit an extraordinary customer orientation that is characterized by concern for customer experiences and relationships, rather than simply transactions. He/she will be expected to support a contemporary community development culture that values customer interaction and is aligned with the City’s Organizational Vision. In support of the department’s efficiency efforts, the Deputy Director will play a key role in helping to facilitate the implementation of new technology. An excellent verbal and written communicator, the Deputy Director will be comfortable addressing a wide variety of audiences.



Six years of progressively responsible experience in project management, community development, specifically in building, housing or code enforcement, and community facilitation, three years of which have been in a supervisory role.


Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, public policy, planning, urban studies, economics or a closely related field. A Master’s degree is desirable.

Licenses and Certificates:

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver’s license, which must be maintained as a condition of employment.

ADA Special Requirements:

Essential duties require the following physical abilities and work environment: Ability to work in a standard office environment; ability to travel to different sites and locations.

Knowledge of:

  • Operational characteristics, services and activities of a comprehensive community development department.
  • Organization and management practices as applied to community development programs, policies and operational needs.
  • Project management principles and concepts.
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.

Skill to:

  • Analyze technical and administrative information.
  • Public speaking, written and oral communications.
  • Problem solve and thought processing.

Ability to:

  • Lead as a member of a networked team.
  • Facilitate public meetings.
  • Engage in ongoing process improvement review and implementation.
  • Maintain and exhibit discretion, honesty and integrity when handling sensitive situations.
  • Participate in a collaborative and positive manner with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Understand, interpret and explain codes, regulations and policies.
  • Provide vision and set operational goals to achieve this vision.
  • Deal constructively with conflict and develop solutions.
  • Learn quickly and think strategically.
  • Generate options and make recommendations.
  • Set priorities and multi-task.
  • Determine when to seek assistance, refer, inform or escalate a problem.
  • Be innovative and willing to take initiative.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted.

Salary: The salary range is $173,808 to $191,623. Placement within the range DOQE.

Retirement: PERS 2%@55 with 3 year average final comp for “classic” members and 2%@62 with 3 year average final comp for “New” Members. City contributes 0.5% to Deferred Compensation Plan and matches 2% to Retirement Health Plan. Employee & City pay into Social Security.

Medical: A choice of plans with City paid premium of up to 100% for individual coverage, and up to 90% for two-party and family, or $160 per month if waived.

Insurance: City paid premiums for Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance

Auto: Monthly $300 automobile allowance

Vacation: 20 – 25 working days annual vacation earned, depending on length of service in government

Holidays: 13 days paid holidays per year (includes 3 floating holidays) earned

Leaves: 12 sick days per year earned; 48 hours of executive leave per year

Programs: Credit Union, Employee Assistance Program, and Free Fitness classes through City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation programs

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