Community Development Director

City of Menlo Park
January 24, 2023
Menlo Park, California
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The City of Menlo Park is a city of beautiful, tree-lined neighborhoods and active commercial districts. Located conveniently between the major metropolitan areas of San Francisco and San Jose, Menlo Park is home to approximately 35,000 residents in its 19 square miles. Menlo Park’s residents reflect a diverse range of backgrounds and interests who are actively engaged in community life. Incorporated in 1927, Menlo Park is a General Law city operating under a Council-Manager form of government.

Under administrative direction from the City Manager, the Community Development Director plans, organizes, manages, directs, and oversees the staff, functions, and activities of the Community Development Department, including building, land use and zoning, housing, short- and long-range planning, construction and building inspection, and may include economic development.

The Department includes 36 FTE’s and a budget over $13 million. Last fiscal year, the very engaged team of professional staff processed over 1,300 residential and 170 commercial building permits, conducted over 9,000 building inspections, released 25 below market rate rental units for occupancy, and approved three bonus level mixed-use and residential development projects resulting in the approval of over 1,000 housing units and over $23 million in community amenities. This position provides highly responsible and complex professional assistance to the City Manager in areas of expertise, including proposing amendments to the City’s General Plan, related ordinances, and housing and economic programs. Additional responsibilities include coordinating the activities of the Community Development Department with those of other departments and outside agencies and managing and overseeing the complex and varied functions of the department.

The City of Menlo Park is seeking a Community Development Director who is a committed and strong leader that can represent the department with integrity. The selected candidate will have the opportunity to make an impact on the community’s future for quality development. Candidates who understand public agency development, contract administration, and inclusive and accessible community engagement are most competitive. Qualified candidates possess a Bachelor’s degree with major coursework in urban planning, engineering, public administration, business administration, or a related field, and seven (7) years of management and/or administrative experience in planning or building inspection/code enforcement programs, including at least three (3) years of management or supervisory experience. The City of Menlo Park, CA offers an attractive salary range and benefits program. The current salary range for this position is $165,126 - $234,259 annually; placement within this range is dependent upon qualifications and experience.

If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please apply online at If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Valerie Phillips at (916) 784-9080.

Filing Deadline: February 27, 2023

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