Town of Portola Valley

Portola Valley lies in the scenic foothills of southern San Mateo County, five miles west of Stanford University. Covering ten square miles and a 4,500 population, the Town values its environmental and historic heritage, its excellent public schools and its economical Town government supported by a multitude of volunteers.  Since incorporation in 1964, development in Portola Valley has been measured and the Town has retained a rural ambiance, offering a good balance between modern life and pastoral quiet. Residents treasure the Town’s 1900 acres of permanent open space, environmental heritage and sustainability ethic, and fine public schools. An extensive trail system, scenic roads, and natural views of the western hills contribute to one’s feeling of being in the country, as do architectural guidelines that call for buildings to be subservient to the land. To learn more about this charming town, please visit

This position requires a “hands-on” confident people person who can work effectively with the Town Council to provide unbiased advice and recommendations on critical policy objectives defined by the Town Council.  The ideal candidate is an open and honest communicator with the ability to listen as well as say “no” when necessary, and is comfortable giving and receiving constructive feedback when interacting with the Town Council and residents.  Candidates who bring the right balance of operational and soft skills, including having strong operational, project management and policy skills while working collaboratively and effectively with the Town Council, staff and the community make ideal candidates.   Candidates with a commitment to high touch customer service to serve and respond to residents who have a strong spirit of engagement are encouraged to apply.  The Town Manager will have an opportunity to engage the community in and lead the organization through emerging priorities, including affordable and workforce housing, housing element implementation, audit compliance, infrastructure, open space, fire safety and environmental matters, financial stability and revenue-generation.

The current salary range for this outstanding opportunity is $241,566.  

Please submit your cover letter and resume (including month/year of employment) via our website:

Peckham & McKenney

Feel free to contact Maria Hurtado at (831) 247-7885 if you have any questions regarding this position or recruitment process.

Filing Deadline:  June 14, 2023


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