Real Estate Assets Division Manager

County of San Mateo
Salary: $119,954 - $149,968/Annually

Combine your love of real estate with service to the community.

The Real Property Division of the County Manager's Office is seeking well-qualified candidates for the position of Real Estate Assets Division Manager. The Real Property Division serves County departments and other agencies by acquiring real property and managing the County’s leased space needs. The Division defines facility needs, identifies appropriate alternatives, negotiates acquisition agreements and leases on competitive terms, and administers agreements throughout the term of the lease. Additionally, the Division provides right-of-way acquisition services and real property expertise.

The County’s real property interests include a hospital and medical facilities, office campuses, correctional facilities, airports, and over 16,000 acres of parks and open space, in addition to public works facilities, rights of way and public service easements. 

The Real Estate Assets Division Manager (Manager) will be a true leader with the vision of a strategic thinker and the expertise and enthusiasm to be involved in the day-to-day workings of the office. Extensive real estate and property appraisal experience are critical to success. Technical expertise involving, e.g., easements, drainage, rights-of-way, is also critical. In addition, the ability to manage multiple leases and multiple projects is a must. The Manager should have experience negotiating leases with large commercial property management companies and small property owners.

The Manager will be involved in all aspects of office operations, including analyzing needs, searching for properties for purchase or lease, and determining creative and cost-effective ways to use and rehabilitate property. The Manager will also direct a small, yet highly-effective team of Real Property Agents and will work with County departments to help them assess and accurately determine their space needs. The Manager will need to understand what projects and challenges should be handled in-house, and when external subject matter experts should be brought in for consultation.

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Has managed a diverse portfolio of leased/owned office space, preferably in the public sector.
  • Can make well-reasoned recommendations on real estate matters to the County leadership and the Board of Supervisors.
  • Has experience with the unique requirements of public sector real estate transactions.
  • Is honest and ethical.
  • Can lead a productive team.
  • Has managed multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Communicates clearly and succinctly both verbally and in writing.

A typical way to qualify is equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in business administration, public administration, accounting, real estate law or a related field, along with five years of increasingly responsible work experience in a public sector or closely-related venue, which includes one or more years of supervisory or management experience in the appraisal, purchase, sale and/or management of real property.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2019

To apply for this exciting opportunity the materials listed below must be electronically submitted in PDF format using the County’s online application system at: Emailed submissions or incomplete application materials will not be accepted. Application materials should include a current resume, cover letter expressing interest in the position, and responses to the following topics/questions:

  • Describe your experience purchasing property, negotiating leases and managing property. Be sure to include any experience in the public sector.
  • Describe a time you successfully resolved a real estate challenge for a client. What was the challenge? How was it resolved?       

For questions or additional information please visit our brochure: or contact: Chet Overstreet, Personnel Analyst, at (650) 363-4385.



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