• Full Time
  • Berkeley, CA
  • $182,945 - $267,549 DOE/DOQ USD / Year

City of Berkeley

Director of Health, Housing, and Community Services

Department of Health, Housing, and Community Services

City of Berkeley, California

Annual Salary: $182,945 – $267,549 DOE/DOQ

The City of Berkeley, California, is seeking a visionary Director of Health, Housing, and Community Services to lead a staff of about 240 full-time employees and oversee an approximate budget of $100 million. The Director will champion the community’s welfare and wellbeing, entrusted with a broad spectrum of essential human service programs. They will oversee all critical activities of the Health, Housing, and Community Services Department, ensuring that the Deputy Director and each of the Department’s five Division Managers are empowered and supported to carry out impactful work. As the leader and voice of the Department, the Director will provide policy direction and advise the City Manager and the City Council on all aspects of community health services. The ideal candidate is a perceptive and empathetic leader, who views all programs and initiatives through a lens of inclusivity and emphasizes excellence in service delivery. This highly experienced Director must be adept at breaking down barriers, fostering collaboration, and forging strategic partnerships while navigating labor and workforce needs. Step into a vital leadership role in a progressive and pioneering community – apply today!

View the full recruitment brochure here: https://indd.adobe.com/view/7de99c9e-cecf-46d6-af6c-063861939494


Through strategic planning, effective administration, and collaborative engagement, the Director of Health, Housing, and Community Services plays a pivotal role in addressing the evolving needs of the City’s residents. The Director integrates housing development with neighborhood revitalization efforts and economic development opportunities, demonstrating a holistic approach to community welfare. Additionally, they provide guidance on matters related to health and housing, serving as a liaison between the City Manager, City Council, and the public. The Director will sit on various boards and commissions, providing guidance and executive leadership to ensure that services are more accessible for everyone. The Director’s duties also extend to navigating complex funding relationships with federal, state, and county agencies, ensuring compliance with relevant regulations. A major aspect of this role is fiscal management – securing diverse sources of funding to successfully keep the Department’s programs running efficiently. They will expertly oversee the budget and ensure that all relevant data and research on program effectiveness is prepared for City Council.


The ideal candidate is a highly experienced public sector professional with a background in environmental health, housing, public health, and/or mental health. They should be a visible, influential, decisive, and diplomatic leader with a proven track record of empowering and uniting others in service of a common cause. This position requires orchestration of outreach, education, and initiatives, necessitating strong communication and presentation skills. They should also be an open communicator and promote transparency and integrity to foster trust within the organization and community. The Director will have strong mentorship skills, political awareness, and the ability to seamlessly coordinate with commissions, nonprofits, and vendors within the community. The Director will also artfully navigate grant funding complexities, connecting the dots to big-picture strategies while strategically braiding funding to address long-term programmatic needs.

The next Director will prioritize work-life balance and self-care for themselves and their team, recognizing the high-touch nature of their work. As the Department Director, they must also develop strategic partnerships, understand labor standards, and have relevant supervisory experience, ensuring they are equipped to handle the complexities of the role effectively.


  • EDUCATION: Graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in Business or Public Administration, Health Care or Hospital Administration, Public Health Administration, or a closely related field.
  • EXPERIENCE: Six (6) years of progressively responsible experience in public administration, health care management, or community development. At least four (4) years of this experience must have been at a managerial level, which included state and federally funded services; policy formation; program planning, development and implementation; and budget and personnel management.
  • California Driver’s License and a satisfactory driving record.


  • 10 years senior level experience in a public agency setting.
  • Master’s degree in the fields noted above and experience with citizen-participation based planning efforts, citizen boards and commissions, and state and federal grant administration.


The annual salary is $182,945 – $267,549 DOE/DOQ, plus a generous benefits package.


For first consideration, apply by May 22nd at: https://wbcpinc.com/job-board/


Round one interviews will be virtual and held on June 17th. Finalists will move forward to in-person interviews on June 27th. Candidates invited to interview must be available for both dates.

Please contact your recruiter, Terri, with any questions:

805-450-8296 (direct)

To apply for this job please visit wbcpinc.com.