Monday, July 6, 2020

Housing and Community Development Specialist I

Recruitment #19-2964-03


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION. The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application.  Applications will only be accepted on-line. Postmarks are not accepted. Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.



1. Copy of your college course work transcript.  If your Bachelor’s Degree is in a related field, must show academic study nexus to housing and community development.


COMPUTER PRINTOUTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  FAILURE TO SUBMIT ALL OF THE MATERIAL LISTED ABOVE WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM THIS RECRUITMENT. All of the above material must be uploaded to the online application through the "Resume" tab; please upload and submit only one (1) PDF that contains all of the above material.  DO NOT try to upload multiple documents.  Document must be attached by 5:00pm on the Last Day for Filing.



The Alameda County Community Development Agency's mission is to enhance the quality of life of Alameda County residents and plan for the future well-being of the County's diverse communities; to balance the physical, economic and social needs of County residents through land use planning, environmental management, neighborhood improvement, and community development, and to promote and protect agriculture, the environment, economic vitality and human health. To learn more about the Alameda County Community Development Agency, visit the website


Under close supervision, the Housing and Community Development Specialist I (HCDSI) is responsible for the performance of professional work which involves technical and analytical work in homeless programs and performing related duties as required.

HCDS I performs the less complex professional functions of homeless programs and projects. The more complex aspects of homeless projects are either performed by higher-level Housing and Community Development Specialists, or under their close supervision. Upon completion of one year as a Community Development Specialist I, incumbent will be evaluated for potentially flexing up to a Community Development Specialist II.


In addition to meeting the minimum qualification for this classification, the ideal candidate will also demonstrate knowledge of program monitoring and evaluation methods, and have strong analytical skills, take initiative and show good judgement, ability to handle a variety of projects at once, and will demonstrate interpersonal sensitivity in working with multiple stakeholders.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated a track record of success in the following areas:

  • Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Demonstrate the ability to be organized and perform detail-oriented work.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop collaborative relationships to facilitate work goals.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity when working with people of different cultural backgrounds.
  • Demonstrate the ability to quickly identify issues, problems, and opportunities and be able to choose an effective course of action for developing solutions.

Please CLICK HERE for the full job description.



Either I
The equivalent of one-year full-time experience as a Housing and Community Development Technician I in the Alameda County classified service (non-classified includes District Attorney's Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts).
The equivalent of six months full-time experience as a Housing and Community Development Technician II in the Alameda County classified service (non-classified includes District Attorney's Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts).
Possession of a Bachelor's, or higher degree, from an accredited college or university with a major in city, regional or urban planning, public administration, public policy, real estate, economics, sociology, or a closely related field.  If Bachelor's degree is in a related field, applicant must show academic study nexus to housing and community development.
One-year full-time program development, planning or administrative experience in a housing, community development, homeless or related service-enriched housing program.

Special Requirements:
Incumbents may be required to possess and maintain a valid California Driver's License and may be required to drive in the performance of duties.Incumbents may be required to attend night and/or weekend meetings.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.



The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:
  • Principles of program planning and implementation and community development.
  • Program monitoring and evaluation methods.
  • Housing finance and real estate development.
  • Development and preservation of affordable housing.
  • Federal, State and other resources for economic, community, and/or affordable housing development.
  • Contractual agreements required in residential real estate financing.
  • Community Development Block Grant Program and other related federal and state programs.
  • California State landlord/tenant laws.
  • Environmental review process.
  • Data gathering and assessment techniques related to housing needs, market conditions, development costs, etc.
  • Bond compliance requirements.
  • Computer skills including word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation programs.
Ability to:
  • Properly interpret and make decision in accordance with appropriate laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Use evaluation criteria and management information tracking systems.
  • Monitor progress and evaluate performance.
  • Take initiative and show good judgement.
  • Identify community needs.
  • Develop proposals,monitor progress and evaluate performance.
  • Reason logically and creatively and utilize a variety of analytical techniques to resolve complex issues.
  • Plan, organize and demonstrate interpersonal sensitivity.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Develop and make oral and written presentation to groups and organizations of various sizes.
  • Meet deadlines.
  • Handle a variety of projects at once, while following through and completing projects.
  • Work effectively with the public.
  • Learn specialized software programs.



1) A review of candidates' application and supplemental questionnaire to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process;

2) An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.



We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components. Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position.

Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work. To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via e-mail with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:





Deadline For Filing:

Monday, October 21, 2019

Review of Minimum Qualifications and Supplemental Questionnaire:

November 3, 2019

Civil Service Panel Interviews:

November 13 and 14, 2019



Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statues. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statues.


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.



All notices related to County recruitments for which you have applied will be sent/delivered via email. Please add and as accepted addresses to any email blocking or spam filtering program you may use. If you do not do this, your email blocking or spam filtering program may block receipt of the notices regarding your application for recruitments. You are also strongly advised to regularly log into your County of Alameda online application account to check for notices that may have been sent to you. All email notices that will be sent to you will also be kept in your personal online application account. You will be able to view all of your notices in your online application account by clicking on the 'My applications' button on the Current Job Openings page.

Please take the steps recommended above to ensure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received, or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please go to our website at You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the bulletin for the recruitment for which you have applied.

Debra Robinson-Harris, Human Resources Analyst III
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
(510) 272-6437

Alameda County has a diverse workforce, that is representative of the communities we serve, and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance and business need. Alameda County does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors protected under federal, state and local law. Alameda County celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive, and welcoming workplace environment.