Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Assistant Deputy Director, Community Development Agency

Housing and Community Development Option

Recruitment #21-2953-01


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 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. Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

Applications and supplemental questionnaires will only be accepted on-line.





Currently, Alameda County is recruiting for a full-time position of Assistant Deputy Director, in the Community Development Agency, Housing and Community Development Department.

The Alameda County Housing and Community Development Department (HCD) mission is to ensure that all residents have decent, safe and affordable homes in communities where they will thrive.  We do this by focusing federal, state and local funding to the development of housing and programs that benefit the county's homeless, disabled populations and low-income households.

·  Expanding the supply of affordable housing for lower income renters and owners.

·  Preserving the county's housing stock through rehabilitation and repair assistance programs.

·  Serving the needs of the homeless community.

·  Revitalizing low-income neighborhoods by improving parks, sidewalks, public accessibility improvements, and constructing neighborhood-serving facilities.    

For more information about HCD, please visit the website at  



Under general direction, the Assistant Deputy Director, CDA (working title:  Assistant Housing Director), is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Affordable Housing Division in the Community Development Agency’s Housing and Community Development Department, acts as HCD Director in his/her absence only when assigned, and performs related assignments as required. The selected candidate will be responsible for carrying out and supervising professional work in affordable housing development, including the supervision of subordinate managers and staff in this Division.  Work in this Division includes project review, underwriting, implementation, monitoring and ensuring compliance of new housing developments utilizing Federal, State and local funding for affordable housing development; oversight of housing programs such as first-time homebuyer and housing rehabilitation programs; and policy and legislative recommendations.  Responsibilities will also include other program and project planning, budget development and tracking, preparation of grant applications, assessment of environmental reviews, public relations, record keeping, preparation of required reports, and other duties as required. 



In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications stated below, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated a track record of success in the following areas:

-Knowledge of Federal, State, County and other local regulations, government mandates, funding sources, organization structures as they relate to the affordable housing development industry.

 -Ability to work collaboratively with commissions, boards, the public, diverse agencies and other program administrators.

-Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate HCD’s mission, vision and values in public settings -The ability to adapt easily to varied and changing priorities.

-Provide effective leadership.

-Effectively manage budgets and financial resources -Manage human resources.

-Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

-Decision making. 




The equivalent of two years of full-time experience as Senior Planner, Senior Code Enforcement Investigator, Economic and Civic Development Manager, Healthy Homes Manager, Housing and Community Development Manager, Bonds and Finance Manager or equivalent or higher-level class in the Alameda County classified service.  (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)  



The equivalent of three years of full-time experience as a Deputy Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures in the Alameda County classified service.  



Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.



The equivalent of five years of full-time increasingly responsible professional level experience in a public agency that included at least two years of responsible supervisory and administrative experience.


NOTE:   A Master's degree in planning; public or business administration; environmental, political, or social science; economics; marketing; environmental, social or urban studies; public health; public protection; real estate; agriculture; public policy; sociology; or a related field from an accredited college or university may be substituted for the equivalent of two years of the non-supervisory experience.  If Master’s degree is in a related field, applicant must show academic nexus to Specialty Designation.  


License: Must possess a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.  


Special Requirement:  Must be willing to participate in evening meetings and weekends.



In-depth knowledge of the affordable housing industry, housing programs and how to develop new programs and evaluate their outcomes. 

-Ability to plan, develop and implement effective housing development programs based on community needs, available resources and county priorities and policies

-Knowledge of the social and political issues influencing affordable housing program administration

-Thorough knowledge of Housing development financing and project management skills, including ability to develop and analyze budgets, cash flow/operating proformas, financial sources and uses statement, proformas

-Principles and practices of the interrelationships between various governmental agencies involved with housing and community development

-Ability to evaluate regulatory requirements and translate them to written agreements

-Ability to coordinate and evaluate the work of a professional team performing housing development programs, including the ability to teach feasibility, loan underwriting and closing, and construction phases of a multi-family or single-family affordable housing project.

-Knowledge of Multi-family housing development procedures including planning approval and building permit approval processes

-Knowledge of real estate markets, and their impacts on housing programs and policies and ability to evaluate housing policies and update based on changes in the housing market conditions 

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


The most qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, methods, and procedures of urban planning, economic development redevelopment and contemporary community development, including utilization of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, economics, environmental or public health and social services.
  • Physical, social, economic and legal implications involved in city and regional planning redevelopment, lead poisoning prevention, housing and community development, including the development of urban and suburban environments, safe housing and aesthetic needs.
  • Laws and regulations related to land use, housing and community development, homelessness and laws such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act.
  • Federal, State and local requirements for Pesticide Use Enforcement, Weights and Measures, Agricultural Pest Detection, Pest Exclusion and Pest Eradication.
  • Pertinent State, municipal and county housing, real estate and enforcement laws.
  • Principles, practices and techniques of budgeting.
  • Public relations.
  • Effective organization, administration and personnel management and training.
  • Research methods, including statistics.
  • Relocation planning, environmental, case management and lead remediation techniques.
  • Program development.
  • Federal and State reporting requirements.
  • Mediation, validation and consensus building.

Ability to:

  • Plan, organize, and administer the work of a division within a functional department of a community development agency.
  • Interpret and apply zoning, land use, and other code-enforcement regulations and planning concepts to unusual or difficult land use problems.
  • Interpret and apply public health and lead poisoning policy regulations to health providers and community groups.
  • Interpret and apply agricultural and weighing and measuring laws, regulations and policies to clients and consumers.
  • Solve problems.
  • Analyze and review staff reports and recommendations on community development projects.
  • Work effectively with commissions, boards, medical providers, community based organizations and private organizations concerning matters of real property uses, related planning functions and lead poisoning issues.
  • Coordinate independent community development and environmental and public health studies of a difficult and complex nature.
  • Establish good working relationships with staff, community groups and government agencies.
  • Conduct public hearings and act as hearing officer.
  • Provide effective leadership.
  • Manage human resources.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Interpret and apply Federal, State and County regulations for administering programs.


THE EXAMINATION WILL CONSIST OF the following steps: 1) A review of candidates' applications to verify possession of minimum requirements. A review of candidates’ Supplemental Questionnaires will be used to further screen for minimum qualifications.Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process. 3) An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises. CANDIDATES MUST ATTAIN A QUALIFYING RATING ON EACH PORTION OF THIS EXAMINATION. 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 many 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 website,

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email 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

5:00 PM Thursday, March 4, 2021

Review of Minimum Qualifications

Monday, March 15,2021

*Panel Interview

Monday and Tuesday April 5 and 6, 2021

*The combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.


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 statutes. 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 statutes.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


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)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • 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
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • 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.

* Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.


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Debra Robinson, Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda



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