City of San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo (SLO) sits at the heart of California’s majestic Central Coast, midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and covers 13.6 square miles nestled within a backdrop of rolling hills. Home to 47,000 residents, SLO represents a community that is committed to being a place where all people feel valued, respected, and that they belong. 

The City of San Luis Obispo is seeking a visionary and strategic thinker with outstanding communication and customer services skills to be their next community development director.  The community development director serves as a visible external ambassador, interacting with residents, businesses, developers, community groups, City Council, Commissioners/Committee members and their fellow City staff members. This individual will have a proven track record of positive community relations; be an innovative and intuitive leader with the ability to collaboratively and creatively find solutions to address organizational and community challenges; and be able to engage and build relationships with staff, City leaders and the community.  The ideal candidate would be a graduate of an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in urban planning or closely related field and five years of progressively responsible planning experience, including at least three years of supervisory experience. A Master’s degree and significant supervisory experience is preferred.  

The annual salary range is $167,648 to $209,586, and the City provides a competitive benefit package.

To apply for this exciting career opportunity, please visit our website at:

Peckham & McKenney

Resumes are acknowledged within two business days. Call Tara Schultz at (626) 644-1398 for more information. A detailed brochure is available at

Filing deadline is March 31, 2023.

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