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Now Hiring - Community Outreach Coordinator

The County Manager's Office of the County of San Mateo seeks qualified candidates with Cantonese/English bilingual skills for the position of Community Outreach Coordinator.

Working in conjunction with the North Fair Oaks Forward team and modeling the effective outreach efforts of the North Fair Oaks Forward projects, the Community Outreach Coordinator will organize community outreach and engagement efforts and coordinate the outreach work for multiple County departments.  

Focusing primarily on the northern areas of the peninsula, e.g., Daly City, Brisbane, San Bruno, South San Francisco, etc., and focusing on the predominantly Chinese-speaking communities, outreach efforts will be conducted bilingually and will include many opportunities for in-person meetings and interactions. The County is committed to reaching out to our diverse communities and providing resources and services that community members need in order to live happy, productive lives. 

It is an exciting time to be involved!

The Community Outreach Coordinator will work in partnership with the Spanish/English bilingual Outreach Coordinators that are part of the North Fair Oaks Forward team, will report to the Community Affairs Manager, and will work at the direction of the Assistant County Manager.  The Community Outreach Coordinator will also work closely with District One Supervisor Dave Pine and District Five Supervisor David Canepa, and their legislative staff members.  The Community Outreach Coordinator will also work with a diverse range of community leaders, members, and organizations including educators, non-profit organizations, religious groups, business owners, and youth.  The selected individual must be comfortable with people from all walks of life and must be able to comport themselves appropriately.

Responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Maintain strong relationships with community leaders, residents, and business owners throughout the County of San Mateo and especially in the North Peninsula areas
  • Collaborate with various County departments and act as a liaison between the community and public agencies to share information and collect public input
  • Plan, coordinate, and staff a wide range of meetings and events, including during evenings and weekends
  • Translate documents, presentations, and other content from English to Cantonese and vice versa
  • Update websites, social media posts, mass emails, newsletters, and databases
  • Provide assistance and staff support as needed


Minimum requirements:

  • Education:  The successful completion of a Bachelor's degree, preferably in a related field (e.g. Political Science, Urban Planning, Asian Studies, Chinese Languages, etc.)
  • Language Skills:  Oral and written fluency in English and Cantonese
  • Experience:  Any work or volunteer experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and skills
The Ideal candidate will possess:
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects, organize priorities, and manage a flexible schedule
  • Experience working with a diversity of people (e.g. ethnic background, religion, nationality, education level, language, socio-economic status, etc.)
  • Confidence in public speaking in both Cantonese and English
  • Strong written skills in both Cantonese and English
  • Ability to work independently and complete tasks with minimal supervision and work collaboratively as a team member
  • Ability to offer creative solutions or new program ideas for consideration and the ability to think critically about issues and challenge old ideas
  • Experience creating visual and written materials or presentations; some experience in web design and graphic design is preferred
  • Proficient computer skills; e.g. Microsoft Office
  • Commitment to strengthening neighborhoods in the North Peninsula communities
Salary and Benefits:
  • This position is funded for 12-months and could be extended contingent on performance and program needs
  • An annual salary of $41,600.00 or $20.00 per hour is offered and includes County benefits summarized at
  • The position includes a portable 401A retirement plan and is not eligible for a defined benefit County pension


Anyone may apply.  Applications are due by November 8, 2017 at 11:59 pm

Application materials will be reviewed as they are received and those applicants demonstrating the matching skills sets will be invited to an interview during the week of November 13, 2017 (tentative).  The position will ideally be filled by November 30, 2017.

Cantonese/English bi-lingual skills and a bachelor's degree are required for this position.  

To apply for this exciting job opportunity, please go to the County's online application system at  Once there you will complete a portion of the County Employment Application Form.  Then you must attach the following documents in Word or PDF format:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter that describes your interest in the position
  • Responses to these three Supplemental Questions (2 page total limit):
  1. Describe your personal background and overall experience (work, academic, volunteer, etc.), and explain why your background and experience make you a good fit for this position.
  2. Describe a time when strong communication skills (e.g. written, verbal, online, in-person, etc.) helped you succeed in completing a task or achieving a goal.
  3. Explain what the word "community" means to you and describe a past experience that deepened your understanding of community.  Then, if applicable, explain your experience with community outreach and engagement, especially using your bilingual skills.

If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply" button.  If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply.  Incomplete applications, i.e., applications without the three attachments, will not be considered.

For additional information regarding the application process, please call Chet Overstreet at (650) 363-4385.
Final Closing Date for Application Submissions: November 8, 2017 at 11:59 pm

San Mateo County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Analyst: Chet Overstreet (101917) (Outreach Coordinator - Intern/Fellow II - I053)

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Click here to view the full job posting and apply online!