Community Development Director

The City of Millbrae
September 23, 2022
Millbrae, California
Job Type


JOB TITLE: Community Development Director

AGENCY: City of Millbrae

LOCATION: Millbrae, CA

FILING DEADLINE:  November 4, 2022

SALARY RANGE:  $168,267 – $227,161 Annually


The new Community Development Director is a high-level leader proficient in all areas of community development and will function as a key member of the management team in implementing City Council priorities and shaping the future of the City. The Director plans, organizes, and directs the activities of the Department, working with local and regional partners to ensure the City’s priorities and goals are achieved.

Under the direction of a visionary City Manager, this position is responsible for providing excellent leadership and directing and managing overall operations of an efficient and effective Community Development Department. The successful candidate will be well versed in the principles and practices of city planning; governmental administration; Federal, State, and Local laws affecting public planning; uniform building codes; and other codes enforced by the department. They will be responsible and innovative in creating succession planning, providing mentorship, fair supervision, and strategic training, with the ability to manage a budget of approximately $3 million and a team of ten full-time employees.


The ideal candidate will bring executive-level expertise in urban planning design and design review, creative leadership, effective negotiation skills, a collaborative approach to management, and will enjoy mentoring and developing employees to create a highly productive team-oriented environment. The successful candidate will have significant experience working with CEQA and current State Housing Element laws and processes; sophisticated experience working on General Plan implementation, commercial office, and hotel development projects; as well as current and long-range planning experience. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated ability to direct and manage multiple priorities while exercising sound independent judgment. This position interacts with stakeholders across all sectors, thus requires exceptional interpersonal communication skills and astute political awareness. The ideal candidate will take initiative, be innovative, and excel in delivering and setting the standards for excellent customer service.

Key Attributes, Skills, and Characteristics

  • Politically savvy, creative, and adaptive.
  • Provide leadership and inspire support in the City’s efforts to create a work culture that values integrity, respect, teamwork, excellence, and high performance.
  • An active problem solver with high-level critical thinking skills who anticipates and responds to problems utilizing a progressive approach.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills necessary to translate technical concepts to all audiences, build trust, and create and foster positive relationships with staff and other stakeholders.
  • Strong negotiation skills, with a transparent communication style; equipped with the ability to lead by example and set the tone for excellence.


The City of Millbrae is perfectly situated between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, nestled between the sun-warmed hills that separate the Pacific Ocean from the San Francisco Bay. Serving a highly educated and active resident population of approximately 23,000, the City is the heart of San Mateo County.

For more details about this opportunity, please visit the job brochure at:


To be considered, please submit a resume, cover letter, and four work related references (who will not be contacted in the early stages of the recruitment) at:

Resumes must reflect months and years for positions held.

For additional information, please contact:

Frank Rojas at: (510) 495-0448 or Email: [email protected]


Carlo Zabala at: (510) 342-3233 or Email: [email protected]


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Joe McKinney has served as Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations since 2012. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Land of Sky Regional Council in Asheville, North Carolina from 2003 to 2012. Under his leadership, Land of Sky became recognized nationally for its innovation in program areas including planning and economic development, workforce development, transportation and transit, aging services, volunteer services, and geographic information systems. Joe has also held various other roles in city, county, association, and government management. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

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