Housing Specialist I

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
Posted on January 20, 2023
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Starting salary up to $29.32/hour ($61,194/year), a cash allowance of $600/month, and a competitive total compensation package!* 
The CDC is currently recruiting to fill a position at either the I or II levels. If you are interested in being considered at both levels, you must apply to the separate, concurrent recruitments being conducted for each level.

What We Offer

The County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing your contributions work to better our shared community. You can also look forward to flexible work arrangements and excellent benefits* including:

  • A hybrid telework schedule that meets the needs of our staff, department operations, and the communities we serve may be available depending on the assignment
  • 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
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County paid 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance of up to $500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • 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
  • With time and good performance, the opportunity for advancement to Specialist II (salary up to $33.33/hour)

Become a Housing Specialist

CDC Housing Specialists help Sonoma County Housing Authority clients navigate policies and regulations that are used to determine housing program eligibility. As key contacts for housing program recipients and community partners, Housing Specialists play a vital role in helping clients determine their initial and ongoing eligibility for rental assistance programs.

As the ideal candidate to join our team, you bring your empathy and passion for aiding others in need, your ability to build strong relationships with client households, and your experience:

  • Communicating with and serving a wide variety of diverse clientele by phone and in-person
  • Assessing, interviewing, evaluating, and maintaining client caseloads
  • Determining and re-determining client eligibility
  • Reviewing financial documentation and calculating income
  • Researching, proofing, evaluating, and gathering information to present data in a report format
  • Organizing work with conflicting deadlines and attention to detail

The CDC is dedicated to creating homes, in thriving and inclusive neighborhoods, for all. Join us and bring your can-do attitude and commitment to supporting others to the CDC. 

The CDC is currently recruiting to fill a Housing Specialist position at either the I or II levels. The employment list established from this recruitment will be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help positions as they occur during the active status of this list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment. 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 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. 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.