Community Development Specialist I - Extra-Help

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
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Posted on June 4, 2021

Community Development Specialists help Sonoma County citizens navigate the policies and regulations used to determine housing program eligibility. As key contacts for providing technical assistance to funded community partners and recipients, they play a vital role in determining the allocation of annual federal funding. Community Development Specialists support the community by promoting and securing the interests of the Commission's housing and development projects. The Commission is looking for individuals with a passion for aiding others in the search for a safe, inviting community to make home.

The ideal candidate will possess experience:

  • Assessing, interviewing, evaluating, and maintaining client caseloads
  • Preparing informational graphs, charts, reports, financial statements, forms, deeds of trust agreements, legal documents, and other instruments
  • Processing, preparing, and submitting payment requests according to contractual or government funding guidelines
  • Administering contractual agreements with funding partners and recipients
  • Assisting in the preparation and compilation of annual grant reporting documents encompassing multiple partnerships


Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Temporary, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Temporary, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of one calendar year. These employees must be off of work for three months before they can be re-employed on an extra help basis. Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.

This recruitment is being conducted to fill a temporary, extra-help position in the Community Development Commission. An employee in this class is an employee of the Sonoma County Community Development Commission which is a separate entity from the County of Sonoma and not within the Sonoma County Civil Service System. This employment list may also be used to fill future extra-help as they occur during the active status of the list.



Minimum Qualifications


Education and Experience: Any combination of training and experience that would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally this would include academic course work in public administration, business, accounting, or related courses


Normally, one year of full-time paid experience performing responsible clerical or general administrative support duties.

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: basic mathematics; English grammar, vocabulary, spelling, punctuation and composition; methods and techniques used in researching, proofing, evaluating, gathering information; organizing and presenting data in a report format to the public; purpose and processing of a diversity of forms and documents related to federally assisted housing programs.

Ability to: follow oral and written instructions; establish, organize, revise and maintain program and project files; establish and maintain harmonious and effective working relationships with clients, other employees, supervisors, community organizations, and the general public; analyze situations and adopt effective courses of action within established procedures; communicate effectively verbally and in writing with individuals from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds; learn and perform assigned technical tasks and routines; maintain confidentiality of restricted information; maintain records and prepare reports or correspondence; use electronic information equipment and department specific systems; enter data accurately; work independently in performing assignments and in resolving problems within established procedures; function effectively in a system with strict guidelines and constant changes; monitor standard contracts for service, including processing reimbursement requests; and effectively organize and manage assigned workload.


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.