Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County – General Plan Coordinator

Are you looking to start a career in affordable housing development, local politics, or land use? This job would be a great first step! In this role, you’ll learn the nitty-gritty of local zoning codes and the entitlement process, all while gaining access to national leaders in land use policy.

This job will be more fun if you’re an extrovert and enjoy talking to people about housing and their community. We’re an organization with lofty goals and a mission that’s always in the headlines - we just need to tell more people who we are!

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The Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County (HLC) is a membership-based organization that works with communities and their leaders to produce and preserve quality affordable homes. HLC supports its members as they work to create and preserve enough well-designed, sensibly located housing at all levels so that everyone who works here, lives here, or grows up here can obtain safe and affordable housing.

HLC and its membership coalition:

  • Advocate for housing policies that create affordability at all income levels

  • Collaborate with local government, community members and stakeholders to promote "complete communities"

  • Educate through community-wide events such as San Mateo County Affordable Housing Week and Housing Leadership Day

  • Empower residents to speak up for housing opportunities for everyone in their communities.

Key duties and responsibilities:

  • Grow HLC’s San Mateo base - spread the word about who we are and what we stand for

  • Organize and mobilize supporters for community meetings

  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with community leaders, small business owners, elected officials, city staff, and neighborhood associations

  • Continually seek out new partnerships and avenues for growth


  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Skillful communicator, verbal and written

  • Attention to detail

  • Able to complete basic tasks on a computer (word, wordpress)

  • Passionate about creating more affordable housing in San Mateo County 

  • Familiarity with housing policy, affordable housing funding, and local entitlements process a plus

  • Experience in organizing or campaign management preferred

  • Bilingual, in Spanish, is preferred but not required

  • Self-driven and able to work independently

  • Sense of humor

Status: Full-time or Part-time
Reports to: Organizing Director

Salary and Benefits:

$20 - $30/hour, depending on experience. Potential for part-time or full-time work. There will be night and weekend hours, often outside of the office. 

How to Apply:

Submit resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to resumes@hlcsmc.org as soon as possible. We would like to fill this position immediately.

Housing Leadership Council is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, compensation, termination, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.