Director of Land Use

Our Story

The San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) is an award-winning public housing agency that has earned national recognition. SDHC’s innovative programs provide housing assistance to individuals and families with low income or experiencing homelessness in the City of San Diego—the eighth-largest city in the nation and second-largest in California. SDHC’s major program areas are:

  1. Create & Preserve Affordable Housing:SDHC has collaborated with developers to create or preserve more than 22,000 affordable rental housing units in service in the City of San Diego. SDHC awards loans to support developments, authorizes the issuance of Multifamily Housing Revenue Bond financing, and administers land use programs, such as density bonus and inclusionary housing, to support affordable housing developments. The affordable housing units in service include more than 4,100 units owned and/or managed by SDHC, including its nonprofit affiliate. In addition, SDHC has helped more than 5,900 low- and moderate-income families achieve the dream of homeownership since 1988.
  2. Provide Rental Assistance:SDHC helps pay rent for more than 16,000 households with low income each year. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds SDHC’s rental assistance, which is SDHC’s largest program. More than 60 percent of the households that receive rental assistance from SDHC are identified as seniors age 55 or older, individuals with disabilities or full-time students ages 18-23. SDHC is one of the original 39 housing authorities out of 3,200 nationwide to receive a “Moving to Work” (MTW) designation from HUD. MTW status provides SDHC the flexibility to design and implement innovative approaches to provide federal housing assistance.
  3. Address Homelessness:SDHC is a leading partner in collaborative efforts to address homelessness in the City of San Diego. HOUSING FIRST – SAN DIEGO, SDHC’s landmark homelessness action plan, is an effective, diverse funding and housing strategy that has created more than 10,600 housing solutions since its launch in November 2014 for people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. SDHC also is one of the lead organizations for the Community Action Plan on Homelessness for the City of San Diego, a comprehensive, 10-year plan that builds on recent progress, lays out short-term achievable goals and serves as a guide for long-term success in addressing homelessness.

The agency’s current Strategic Plan identifies SDHC’s vision, purpose, mission, core values, strategic priorities, and commitment to equity and inclusivity. SDHC’s Core Values include serving clients with equity, dignity and respect; a commitment to excellence and innovation in all SDHC does; and belief in transparency and being good financial stewards. The agency’s mission is to foster social and economic stability for vulnerable populations in the City of San Diego through quality, affordable housing; opportunities for financial self-reliance; and homelessness solutions.

SDHC is governed by the San Diego City Council in its role as the Housing Authority of the City of San Diego. A seven-member Board of Commissioners oversees SDHC’s operations. The Mayor of the City of San Diego appoints Commissioners, who are confirmed by the City Council. However, SDHC is not a department of the City of San Diego, and SDHC staff are not city employees.  SDHC has more than 350 employees and a total annual budget of approximately $600 million.

For more information, please visit:

Leadership & Culture

SDHC is led by a dynamic senior leadership team that includes the President & CEO, four Executive Vice Presidents and five Senior Vice Presidents. The Director of Land Use will report to Molly Chase, SDHC’s Senior Vice President of Policy and Land Use. She is a seasoned policy and land use leader with hands-on experience directing strategic initiatives, building internal systems, and leading effective teams.  Prior to joining SDHC, Molly served more than eight years with the City of San Diego in various senior level positions. The Director will join a dedicated team of exceptionally talented staff working collaboratively to develop and deliver effective affordable housing programs in innovative and inclusive ways.

Benefits & Features

  • Salary – $120,000 – $140,000
  • 9/80 compressed work schedule with every other Friday off
  • Employer-paid pension contribution of 14% to base salary
  • 457 tax-deferred savings plan
  • Compensation for exceeding performance expectations
  • Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • 28 days paid time off per year
  • 14 paid holidays
  • Wellness and employee assistance programs
  • Rewards and recognition program
  • Tuition reimbursement, training opportunities, and mentoring program

For more information, please visit:


The location of this role is hybrid with an office at 1122 Broadway, Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92101.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Policy and Land Use, the Director will assume full management responsibility for SDHC’s administration of City of San Diego land use programs for affordable housing, such as Density Bonus and Inclusionary Housing.

Key priorities and focus areas for the Director over the next 12 months include:

  • Integrate SDHC Land Use Review into City Development Services Department Software System, Accela
  • Create customer facing information materials on SDHC website to assist applicants using affordable land use programs
  • Review and provide input on upcoming City Housing Action Package 2.0 and Proposed Changes to the Land Development Code
  • Review,  Update, and Streamline Department Processes, forms and tracking methods
  • Ensure project records are updated in Salesforce and on-base and develop standard reports in Salesforce

This is a highly collaborative role, supervising a Housing Programs Manager and working in partnership with a variety of stakeholders including the City Planning and Development Services departments, SDHC’s General Legal Counsel, affordable housing developers, and consultants. The Director will work closely with City of San Diego on proposed additional land use programs. This is an excellent opportunity for a creative and adaptive leader to provide significant input and direction in addressing the affordable housing crisis in the City of San Diego.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsibility for all land use department programs, services, and activities including:
    • Inclusionary Housing, Density Bonus, Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Bonus Program, North City Future Urbanizing Area (NCFUA), Complete Communities, and Coastal Affordable Housing Replacement Programs.
    • Preparation of Affordable Housing Agreements and related documents.
    • Creation and maintenance of project records and electronic files, including periodic public records requests.
    • Respond to customer service requests.
  • Make presentations to the Housing Authority, SDHC Board of Commissioners, City Council, and a variety of boards and commissions.
  • Represent SDHC in meetings with government agencies, community groups, and various businesses, professional and regulatory organizations.
  • Monitor changes in laws, regulations and technology that may affect SDHC or departmental operations; implement policy and procedural changes as required.
  • Respond to difficult and sensitive public inquiries and complaints and assist with resolutions and alternative recommendations.
  • Oversee future direct reports assigned to this position as the department grows, while ensuring a high-quality work product.
  • Manage, coach and mentor assigned staff to maintain a high-performing team.

Background Profile

  • Direct experience with land use and urban planning.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of public policy, SDHC functions and activities, city planning and development services.
  • Skilled at managing multiple projects simultaneously, with the ability to work independently.
  • Well-developed communication skills, with the ability to prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, policies, procedures and other written materials.
  • Ability to work collaboratively to help team members achieve their goals while keeping the best interests of SDHC and the people SDHC serves paramount.
  • Takes a customer service-based approach in all they do, whether dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, elected officials, or SDHC staff; politically savvy.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

All SDHC employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID as a condition of employment. Candidates who receive a conditional job offer and wish to make a request for accommodation will be provided with more information. SDHC will review requests for medical or religious accommodation on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.

For more information or to apply, please contact:

Sarah Thompson, Director
Blair Search Partners
1855 First Avenue, Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92101