Affordable Housing and Finance Specialist

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
Posted on September 3, 2021
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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.