City of South San Francisco

South San Francisco, California

The City of South San Francisco is located in northern San Mateo County on the western shore of San Francisco Bay, just ten miles south of San Francisco. The city is home to 66,105 residents over its 30 square miles and is centrally located to many of the Bay Area’s transportation systems, including Highway 101, I-280, Caltrain, San Francisco International Airport, the Bay Area Rapid Transit District Commuter Rail System (BART), and the San Francisco Bay Ferry.

South San Francisco’s resident population is composed of very diverse communities of color, with the largest percentage  multi-ethnic Asian and Latinx.  The City is committed to delivering responsive service to residents and a high quality of life.  To support a vibrant community, the  City maintains 270 acres of parks and open space, two active libraries, and a wide range of learning and recreational opportunities for residents of all ages. The city’s strategic location attracts many businesses, academia, and a highly skilled workforce, boasting a strong, diverse economy. with more than 3,200 firms and businesses, a business-friendly atmosphere, and championing innovation and growth. South San Francisco is home to more than 230 life science companies and is recognized as the “Birthplace of Biotechnology” and the “Biotech Capital of the World” with 12.5 million square feet of biotech labs and another 13.3 million square feet in the current development pipeline.  The city is currently experiencing some exciting new public and private development projects, such as a new $56 million Police Headquarters, a $103 million civic campus, and a multi-billion-dollar remake of its shoreline along the San Francisco Bay.  To learn more about this industrious City, please visit

With the recent promotion of Sharon Ranals from Assistant City Manager to City Manager, the City Manager seeks an exceptionally collaborative leader, who has the ability to establish a relationship of confidence and trust with the City Council, the Executive Team, staff, and the community of South San Francisco.  This position serves as a key leader within the organization, acting as the City Manager in her absence.  The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable of, or have experience in, public agency finance and budget, grant administration, human resources, cutting-edge technology, will work collaboratively with the Equity Officer on DEI strategies and organizational practices, and participate in cross-departmental sustainability initiatives. Experience with project management, capital projects, and public engagement strategies is highly desirable.  The Assistant City Manager will serve as the Chief Operating Officer, coordinating activities with other city officials, departments, outside agencies, organizations, and the public, and providing responsible and complex staff support to the City Council and City Manager.

The salary range for this outstanding opportunity is $252,960 to $306,084 (DOQ) with a 3% COLA scheduled for July 1, 2023.

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 7, 2023

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