Senior Community Development Specialist - English & Bilingual (English/Spanish)

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Nov 28, 2021
Full Time Community and Economic Development
  • Salary: $66,913.07 - $81,335.07 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

Join the Sonoma County Community Development Commission (CDC) and support our efforts to create affordable housing access for all!

Multiple positions available, including bilingual (English/Spanish).

Starting salary up to $38.97/hour ($81,335/year), a cash allowance of $600/month, and a competitive total compensation package!*

What We Offer

When you join the CDC, you become part of a challenging and rewarding work environment where you gain the satisfaction of knowing that you are working to better your community. You can also look forward to a competitive total compensation package, including*:
  • Bilingual premium pay* is an additional $1.15/hour on top of the hourly pay rate for bilingual positions
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance of up to $500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • A significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range

Become a Senior Community Development Specialist

The CDC is dedicated to creating homes, in thriving and inclusive neighborhoods, for all. As a Senior Community Development Specialist, you will perform highly specialized technical work related to the data analysis, development, administration, and performance monitoring of your assigned CDC projects and programs. Additionally, you will support efforts to engage CDC partners and mobilize community member participation in projects by communicating effectively verbally and in writing with individuals from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. The ideal candidates for these positions will have a passion for creating housing opportunities, superb interpersonal skills, and be skilled at building and fostering working relationships. They will also possess:

  • The ability to interpret federal regulations, local policies, and laws and an interest in conducting research
  • Excellent time management skills, attention to detail, and an aptitude for efficiently managing competing demands
  • A proven track record of exercising excellent judgment and a common-sense approach to addressing challenging customer service situations
  • Familiarity with ensuring housing program compliance and the Homeless Management Information System
  • Excellent presentation skills and experience performing public outreach and/or providing educational training

Currently, the CDC is recruiting for one English position on the Ending Homelessness Team and one Fluent (reading, writing, and conversational) Bilingual (English/Spanish) position in the Housing Authority. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list.

Ending Homelessness Team -

As a driving force on the CDC's Ending Homelessness Team, you will support the Continuum of Care (CoC) Coordinator by diligently working to align and integrate the CDC's homeless services systems with other County department/agency systems of care. You will also be responsible for providing administrative support to the CoC and Safety workgroups, including coordinating and documenting CoC Board meeting activities and acting as the membership's web posting administrator. Additionally, you will:

  • Support efforts to engage Safety Net partners in the Coordinated Entry System and work to mobilize community member participation in the annual Homeless count
  • Assist in the development and application of data-sharing agreements, and provide analysis, writing, and coordination of grant applications related to the CoC Program and County-wide Safety Net efforts
  • Organize training sessions for providers regarding the application of Housing First, Harm Reduction, Client-Centered Care, and other evidence-based practices, which are crucial to meeting Safety Net and state and federal program requirements
Housing Authority -

As a leader in the Housing Authority, you will oversee the Family Self Sufficiency program which combines education, training, and case management to low-income families to overcome barriers to employment. You will also administer and coordinate the day-to-day activities of four CoC and Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance programs that serve clients exiting homelessness. Additionally, you will:

  • Oversee difficult caseloads and act as a primary technical resource for your colleagues
  • Engage and coordinate with outside supportive services to better serve clients
  • Explain policies and regulations, including changes regarding admission requirements, selection of tenants, occupancy standards, assistance payment reporting requirements, housekeeping, and other responsibilities to applicants, tenants, and property owners
  • Conduct outreach and increase the accessibility of program services for the CDC's Spanish speaking clientele

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Memorandum Of Understanding (SEIU MOU) and our Employee Benefits directory. Bilingual positions require English and Spanish skills at either the basic (conversational) or fluent (reading, writing, and conversational) level. Applicants who wish to be considered for bilingual positions must indicate their proficiency level in the required supplemental questionnaire. An examination will be conducted prior to appointment to a bilingual designated position to confirm level of skill in this area. The Sonoma County Community Development Commission is a separate entity from the County of Sonoma and not within the County's Civil Service System.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and work experience which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally this would include academic course work in public administration, business, accounting, real estate, finance or related courses and three years of full-time experience as a Community Development Specialist II or equivalent position.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Special Requirement: Designated positions may require the ability to speak, read and write a language in addition to English.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of: the purpose, process and concepts of processing documents related to Community Development Programs; federal assistance programs; real estate transactions; loan application procedures; grant program funding; commonly used documents related to specialized program areas; methods and techniques used in researching, proofing, evaluating and gathering information; organization and presentation of data in reports to the public; computerized equipment and specific systems used within the agency; English grammar, vocabulary, spelling, punctuation and composition; public welfare and community resources available to low income groups; instructional techniques and methods.

Ability to: work independently in performing most assignments and in resolving problems; provide training and direction to lower level staff; establish and maintain harmonious and effective working relationships with clients, other employees and supervisors, community organizations and representatives, the general public, and state and federal agencies; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; assist in management of multi-faceted programs; independently manage multiple projects of a multi-faceted program; organize, coordinate, analyze and synthesize the work of varied and changing work groups including staff of municipalities, County departments, local and state agencies, community organizations, lenders, title companies, real estate agents, developers and/or others; function as lead for a program and/or multiple projects of a program; use computerized equipment; analyze and evaluate program effectiveness and make recommendations; make oral and written presentations to groups and organizations of various size; establish, organize and manage departmental files; prepare clear and concise written reports.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting-a-Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.


Responses to supplemental questions may be scored using position-specific criteria. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient and therefore may not be scored.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's application and supplemental questionnaire for satisfaction of minimum qualifications (pass/not pass); and for educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position. Each applicant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of work history, related experience, and achieved level of education and/or training as described in the application and responses to the supplemental questions.

Candidates demonstrating possession of the minimum qualifications will be placed on an employment list in order of most qualified to least qualified based on the achieved score received in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination. Scores may be adjusted based on such factors as number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, past practice, and natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: As the largest employer in Sonoma County, the Board of Supervisors has adopted a vaccination and testing policy to help mitigate transmission of COVID-19. All County employees will be required to either have documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination on file or consent to weekly COVID-19 testing.


Applications are accepted online at: . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

HR Analyst: CG
HR Technician: KC

Closing Date:Continuous

Job Address

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