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Housing Director

Housing Director

San Jose, CA, USA

San Jose, CA, USA

City of San Jose

Greg Nelson and Bryan Noblett


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Housing Director

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The City of San José offers a career capstone opportunity for large scale housing production leaders.  With compelling financial resources, political, and organizational support, the selected candidate will have the opportunity to make generational impacts on the lives of many.


Known as the “Capital of Silicon Valley,” the City of San José plays a vital economic and cultural role anchoring the world’s leading region of innovation. Encompassing approximately 181 square miles at the southern tip of the San Francisco Bay, San José is Northern California’s largest city and the 12th largest city in the nation. With nearly one million residents, San José is one of the most diverse large cities in the United States. Surrounded by the Diablo and Santa Cruz mountain ranges and enjoying an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, residents have easy access to the beaches along the California coast including Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Carmel; Yosemite and Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada; local and Napa Valley wine country; and the rich cultural and recreational life of the entire Bay region. For more information about the unparalleled quality-of-life in San José please visit


The Housing Department’s mission is to strengthen and revitalize the community through housing and neighborhood investments.  Supporting this work is a staff of 110 with an annual operating budget of $19 million for staff and non-personal/equipment expenses. The Director’s Executive Management Team includes an Assistant Director and two Deputy Directors. Additional information regarding the Housing Department’s current core services, related programs, and budget can be found in the Housing Department’s Budget Summary.

The Housing Director reports to and serves as a key advisor to the City Manager. The Housing Director stewards the Housing Element of the Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan; maintains alignment with the Five Year 2020-2025 Santa Clara County Community Plan to End Homelessness; and staffs and consults with the Housing and Community Development Commission.  The Housing Director also is a vital member of two interdepartmental teams leading two of four City Council Focus Areas: (1) Reducing Unsheltered Homelessness; and (2) Attracting Investment in Jobs and Housing. More information about the Housing Director’s impact on the City Council focus areas may be found in 2023-2024 City Council Focus Areas First Quarter Status Report.


The City of San José seeks proven Housing Production candidates who bring executive leadership capabilities; experience working directly with under-resourced communities, centering data driven goals in equity and maintaining a consistent commitment to equity and inclusion; demonstrated experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating rental control policies; large scale experience and success in all phases of housing production development including preplanning, financing, and construction for affordable and market-rate housing; experience in use and oversight, including regulatory requirements, of State of California funding for homelessness and housing programs and services and associated regulatory requirements; and a mastery of U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations, statues, and policies.


Education: A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in public administration, business administration, urban planning, real estate, human services or discipline related to the business performed by the department. A Master’s Degree is preferred.


  • Ten years of progressively responsible professional experience that demonstrates proficiency at the management and policy making levels of a corporate or public organization responsible for a complex range of programs. Five years at a management and policy making management level.

  • A combination of experience from the private sector followed by extensive experience in the public sector is ideal.


The annual salary range for this position is $185,359 to $300,247. This position also receives an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable compensation in addition to the compensation listed above. The actual salary will be determined by the final candidate’s qualifications and experience. For more information on employee benefits, visit the City’s Human Resources Benefits website.


This recruitment will be handled with strict confidentiality. References will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established. Confidential inquiries are welcomed to Greg Nelson or Bryan Noblett at (916) 550-4100.

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply online by Friday, January 26, 2024, at Interviews are tentatively scheduled to be conducted in early to mid-February of 2024.

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