Website Alameda County Housing and Community Development Department

HCD seeks highly motivated and experienced professionals to immediately fill vacant positions of Housing and Community Development Specialist II (HCDS II).


Under general supervision, the HCDS II is responsible for the performance of professional duties which involve technical and analytical work in housing and community development programs and projects, including social service, homeless, community development and housing program activities or service-enriched housing programs.


The ideal candidate will have a background in affordable housing and have strong analytical skills, excellent writing skills, the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively, be organized and detail-oriented, comfortable with public presentations, and have sensitivity to working with people of different cultures and economic backgrounds.

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

  • Technical experience in financing affordable housing, including financial and feasibility analysis experience;
  • Experience with asset management, loan portfolio, and/or knowledge of property management;
  • Experience with policy and program development in the housing field and knowledge of the affordable housing industry;
  • Ability to clearly convey information and ideas through a variety of media to groups and individuals;
  • Ability to use collaborative relationships to facilitate public policy in the affordable housing field;
  • Ability to set and monitor goals for projects and programs;
  • Being a high energy, responsive, and motivated team player with excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Facilitation skills to ensure that meetings serve business objectives while using appropriate interpersonal styles and methods;
  • Excellent computer skills, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook.


Either 1:  The equivalent of one-year full-time experience as a Housing and Community Development Specialist I in the Alameda County classified service.

Or 2: Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.  A degree in a field related to community development such as city, regional or urban planning, business administration, economics, public administration, public policy, public health, political science, social work or urban studies is preferred but not required.

AND: The equivalent of two (2) years full-time experience working in a local government or community-based organization performing similar work to the Housing and Community Development Specialist II classification such as program development, policy analysis, grant or contract management, planning, and administrative work.

NOTE: A Master’s degree, or higher, may be substituted for one (1) year of experience in Pattern 2.

Special Requirements: Incumbents are 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 development
  • Contractual agreements required in residential real estate financing
  • Community Development Block Grant Programs and other related federal and state programs
  • Homeless programs and funding sources
  • California State/landlord/tenant laws
  • Environmental review process
  • Data gathering and assessment techniques related to housing need, market conditions, development costs, etc.
  • Bond compliance requirements
  • Computer skills including word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation programs

Ability to:

  • Properly interpret and make decisions 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 judgment
  • Identify community needs
  • Develop proposals, monitor progress and evaluate performance
  • Reason logically and creatively and utilize a variety of analytical techniques to resolve complex housing issues
  • Plan and organize
  • Demonstrate interpersonal sensitivity
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Develop and make oral and written presentations 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
  • Demonstrate leadership


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 wellbeing.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Welfare Benefits

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Insurance
  • Dental – PPO & DHMO Insurance
  • 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.



1.       A review of candidates’ applications 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.       A review of candidates’ Supplemental Questionnaires to select the best-qualified applicants to continue in the process.

3.       An oral interview 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.

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,


This job is posted on the Alameda County jobs board found at the above address. Under current recruitments, scroll down to the “Housing and Community Development Specialist II” position.

  • All applicants must complete an online application and submit all materials in response to this open position through the online system.
  • 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 June 27, 2022. Applications will only be accepted on-line. Postmarks are not accepted.  Failure to submit the Application or Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

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:

Position Opens:                                                    June 3, 2022

DEADLINE FOR FILING:                                    June 27, 2022


PANEL INTERVIEWS:                                        Week of August 15, 2022


Maria Tabora | Human Resources Analyst

Human Resource Services, County of Alameda

(510) 272-6463

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