• Full Time
  • Pasadena, CA
  • 191877 – 239846 USD / Year

Website City of Pasadena

Director of Rent Stabilization

Rent Stabilization Department

City of Pasadena, California

Annual Salary: $191,877 – $239,846 DOE/DOQ

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The City of Pasadena, California invites applicants for the position of Rent Stabilization Director.  The role offers an exciting opportunity to run the newly established Rent Stabilization Department and provide information to landlords, tenants, and the general public about the rights and responsibilities of renters and landlords, adopt and enforce policies, and move the new department into a fully operational organization! This Director will manage a team of 20 full-time staff and an approximate budget of $6 million. The City is seeking a capable, confident, and passionate leader with a strong vision and extensive technical expertise.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced operational and fiscal administrator with a background in program management, staff development, and regulatory processes. They should possess emotional intelligence, diplomacy, and adept communication skills, and be capable of fostering connections among various stakeholders, including City Council members, the Pasadena Rental Housing Board, tenants, landlords, and actively engaged city residents. This role offers exciting opportunities for visionary leadership of the Department’s initiatives, which include rental policy, community outreach, and supporting the Board. Discover more about what makes Pasadena such an amazing community to work, live, and play at VISIT PASADENA and CITY WEBSITE. Shape the way Pasadena’s residents live, now and in the future – apply today!

View the full recruitment brochure here: https://indd.adobe.com/view/d93ad79d-dbc6-429f-9daa-22c526d9b74a

The Rent Stabilization Director will navigate a dual reporting structure, accountable to both the Rental Housing Board and the City Manager. This position will be appointed by and report to the City Manager on a daily basis, and they will be actively engaged with the Board regarding meetings, operations, and other areas of interest, while managing a team of 20 full-time staff and an approximate budget of $6 million. This role will lead initiatives focused on rent stabilization, community education, empowerment, and rental data collection. They will focus on community engagement, communicate with the Board and City Council, and interface with external organizations, and develop staff to do the same. The Director will help build the Department’s reputation as a significant and effective organization through the demonstration of a positive culture that values integrity, transparency, and the capacity to inspire trust and confidence in others.

The ideal candidate for this role is knowledgeable, consistent, and a detail-oriented professional, and will be a people-centric executive leader. They should be a compelling public speaker and presenter, capable of simplifying complex research and ideas to engage audiences effectively. They will communicate regularly with the Board and Council, highlighting the Department’s impactful efforts, and act as the Department’s spokesperson for the broader Pasadena community.


Any combination of education and/or experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for acceptable job performance would qualify. Example combinations include:

  • Education: Graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in public or business administration, law, urban planning, or a closely related field.
  • Experience: At least five (5) years of management or supervisory experience which has included program planning and development and supervision of professional and support staff.
  • Driver’s License: Possession of or ability to obtain a Class C California driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record.
  • Schedule: Ability to attend evening or weekend meetings and events, as required.


  • Experience in the housing field is desirable, specifically in rent stabilization, landlord-tenant relations, fair housing, code enforcement, homelessness prevention and/or affordable housing.
  • A master’s degree in a related field.
  • Bilingual (Spanish-speaking).

Salary and Benefits 

The salary range for this position is $191,877 – $239,846 DOE/DOQ, plus a competitive benefits package.

For additional details, please see the Salary Resolution for executive management employees.

HOW TO APPLY: For first consideration, apply by April 19th at: https://wbcpinc.com/job-board


Round one interviews will be held in person on May 9th. Finalists will move forward to round two, in-person interviews on May 10th. Selected candidates must be available for both dates.


Please contact your recruiter, Levi, with any questions:

  • levi@wbcpinc.com
  • 866-929-WBCP (9227) toll-free
  • 541-664-0376 (direct)

To apply for this job please visit wbcpinc.com.