East Palo Alto

Community Development Director (19961140)

Economic Development
San Francisco/Peninsula
Until filled or until 50 applicants
$146,056.00-$177,533.00 Annually

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


2415 University Avenue East Palo Alto, 94303


This classification is FLSA exempt and reports directly to the Assistant City Manager; oversees, provides direction, and participates in all activities of the Community Development Department. Responsibilities include coordinating the activities of the department with those related to planning, development, zoning, and building of the City. The incumbent is accountable for accomplishing departmental planning and operational goals and objectives for furthering the city’s strategic priorities, goals, and objectives within general policy guidelines.





Ideal Candidate

Organizes work well, setting priorities and meeting critical deadlines with minimal direction. Applies logical thinking to solve problems or accomplish tasks. Is a creative problem solver who anticipates change, and deals well with complexity and ambiguity. Understands interprets and communicates complicated policies, procedures and legal principles clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.


► Has knowledge of principles, practices and procedures related to the development and implementation of a comprehensive planning, zoning, housing, code compliance and building inspection program.


Is able to apply principles and techniques involved in the development, maintenance and implementation of a comprehensive master plan including the development of affordable housing programs.


►  Will have the ability to independently analyze, propose and implement solutions to complex planning and redevelopment problems; prepare reports and make effective oral presentations; advise the City Manager, members of the City Council and appropriate commissions on various economic development activities; ensure the day-to-day functions of the Community Development Department are carried out.


► Experience in  being able to independently analyze, propose and implement solutions to complex planning and redevelopment problems.


► Establish effective working relationships with architects, contractors, developers, owners, supervisors, employees, and the general public.


Minimum Qualifications  

Requirements And Education:


  •  Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with a degree in one or more of the following: Land-Use Planning, Urban Planning, Public Administration, Business Administration, Community Development, or a closely related filed; and
  •  A Masters Degree from an accredited college or university would be desirable; and
  •  Seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional experience in directing community development, economic development, redevelopment, and urban planning.


License and /or Certifications:


  •  Valid California Class C Driver’s License or higher and a good driving record.



Benefits & Compensation




Classic Members - 2.5% @ 55 formula

¨ Employee pays 8% employee contribution

  •  Three year average final compensation


New Members—2% @ 62 formula

  •  Employee pays 6.25% employee


  •  Three year average final compensation



  •  (City pays 100% Employee Coverage and 65% Dependent Coverage)


  •  (City pays full cost for employee only)
  •  Life Insurance: (City pays for coverage of $150,000)
  •  Long Term Disability:  (City paid)
  •  State Disability Insurance: (Employee paid)
  •  Management Leave:  up to 76 hours / year
  •  Holidays: 12 paid holidays / year
  •  Vacation: Two weeks per year
  •  Sick Leave: 8 hours / month
  •  Optional Benefits: Flex (125) Plan with Supplemental Benefits


Special Instructions


  How to apply:


Submit a comprehensive cover letter summarizing your interest in the position and a comprehensive resume. List all degrees (college and post-college). Provide five work-related references along with your application and responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire.



To be considered for this extraordinary employment opportunity, please complete the City Application and supplemental information at www.Calopps.org.  For additional information visit our website at: www.cityofepa.org.



Inquiries pertaining to the recruitment, the

application process or additional information about the position, or the City, may be

directed to Ms. Irma Martinez at


Successful candidates will be invited to

participate in an oral panel examination.


Recruitment Contact

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