Chief of Staff - District 7

City of San Jose, CA - San Jose, CA

With over one million residents, San José is the third largest city in California and the 10th largest city in the United States. District 7 is one of most culturally diverse areas in the City of San José. Its population of approximately 100,000 people is composed of a strong Latino, Vietnamese, Filipino, Cambodian, Somoan and African-American community— many of whom are immigrants. It is home to Little Saigon, La Placita, and the Black Leadership Kitchen Cabinet of Silicon Valley. District 7 encompasses a rich tapestry of neighborhoods, businesses, and cherished San José institutions such as Kelley Park, History San José, the Japanese Friendship Garden at Kelley Park, the San José Giants, and the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. It is also the future home of the San José Baraccuda hockey team. District 7’s diversity is its strength, and residents share a common goal of creating and maintaining a vibrant community in which to raise children and build a future.

Schools are the hubs of this high needs community. District 7 has the busiest police district and fire station in the City, some of the most crowded census tracts in the City, and relatively high levels of segregation and poverty. Maya Esparza, the City Councilmember who represents the district has been leading positive change since she was elected in November 2018.

The Chief of Staff will support Councilmember Esparza by planning, directing, coordinating, and evaluating the overall operation of the Councilmember’s office. The incumbent will manage the six-member District 7 Team, helping to sustain the good morale and positive attitude that enable the team to function at a high level and provide excellent service to the community. This person will serve as the main point of contact and project manager for District 7 within the City, relieving the Councilmember of administrative detail; acting as a liaison to other City Council offices; responding to constituent inquiries; attending and representing the Councilmember at governmental, community group, school, and service club meetings; and assuming responsibility for the office in the absence of the Councilmember. They will assist with legislation, field press calls, manage the office, and oversee the calendar with the scheduler.

The ideal candidate is someone who believes in public service and the power of government to improve the community. This person is highly skilled at: managing multiple projects simultaneously, relating to people at all levels (internally and externally), building rapport, implementing solutions, and working constructively within a bureaucracy. To ensure successful outcomes, this individual is also very pragmatic.

Education and Experience

Any combination of training, education, and experience that provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities to advise and support the Councilmember on matters of constituent services, public policy, community outreach and engagement, and communications. Typically requires a Bachelors degree and five or more years of government or public service experience. Experience working for an elected official at the federal, state, or local level or as a public or private sector manager are highly desirable. A Masters degree in public or business administration; or a degree in a technical field related to a municipal function is highly desirable.

Employment Eligibility

Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this county. Please be informed that the City of San José will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employee application.

Salary: $80,000 to $100,000 per year, DOQ, plus a generous benefits package.

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply immediately at For questions, inquiries or candidate recommendations, please contact: Cindy Krebs or Sherrill Uyeda at (562) 901-0769 or via email: or

Posted On: Monday, April 13, 2020

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