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Are you passionate about helping your community?   Are you eager to produce high quality, impactful work towards resolving the housing crisis?

The City of Santa Rosa is seeking qualified applicants to join a team of committed, compassionate housing specialists working to build community and preserve the quality of life for Santa Rosa residents.

City staff  will conduct an interactive Zoom Information Meeting on Monday, June 20, 2022 to provide information about the position, the selection process, and answer questions. 
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About the Position: 
Program Specialists provide a variety of highly skilled, specialized professional activities relating to the development, implementation and administration of programs related to housing, community and homeless services, and/or economic development.  Depending on the qualifications of the selected candidates, the positions may be filled at the I or II level. Professional work assignments of a Program Specialist II are performed more independently, require significant prior related work experience and incorporate previously learned practices and principles. The current annual salary ranges are:

Program Specialist I: $78,566 – $95,546 Annually
Program Specialist II:  $91,935 – $111,713 Annually

There is one current opening in the Housing Trust Division in the Housing and Community Services Department. An additional opening is anticipated soon in the Housing Choice Voucher Program in the Housing and Community Services Department.

An eligible candidate list will be developed from this recruitment to fill the openings in Housing and Community Services and may be used to fill future openings in Homeless Services in the Housing and Community Services Department and in Code Enforcement in the Planning and Economic Development Department. If you are interested in any Program Specialist position with the City, you are encouraged to apply at this time.

We are looking for self-starters with demonstrated experience with contract and/or project management and data tracking and reporting, research and analysis; excellent communication skills – oral and written; and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Experience with public speaking and developing and presenting to governing bodies, committees, community and business groups, and members of the public is also desirable.

Current Opening – Housing Trust Division

The ideal candidate for the position in the Housing Trust Division will have experience with real estate transactions, understanding of loan underwriting, and experience reviewing pro formas. The ideal candidate will also have experience administering federal and state housing grant programs which includes the preparation of grant applications, federal and state plans, required monitoring and reporting, and other requirements of grant agencies. Knowledge and experience with Housing Choice Vouchers, Project Based Vouchers, HUD-Veteran’s Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program, and the Family Self Sufficiency Program is beneficial.

Upcoming Opening – Housing Choice Voucher Program

The ideal candidate for the position in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is a collaborative leader with experience supervising a dedicated team of caring professionals in a housing/human services program regulated at the federal or state level. This person must demonstrate a commitment to service, excellent listening skills, and the ability to work independently, showing good judgment in a challenging regulatory environment. Experience with federally-funded Housing Choice Vouchers; inspecting housing units using federal standards; and tracking, analyzing, and reporting voluminous and confidential data to a state or federal agency is desired.  Excellent oral and written communication skills are key, as this person will interact constantly with staff, program participants, landlords, community groups, other City Departments (e.g., Finance, Information Technology), and others.

Selection Process
Applicants possessing the MOST DESIRABLE qualifications based on a screening of application materials including a supplemental questionnaire will be invited to the next steps in the selection process. Please complete a thoughtful, thorough Supplemental Questionnaire submission. Your responses to these questions will be scored using criteria specific to this position. Responses such as “See Resume” may be cause for disqualification.

Required Qualifications

Knowledge of:  Federal, State and local laws, policies, regulations and procedures relating to assignment; financial and real estate procedures, methods and practices; underwriting methods and procedures; methods used in developing cost estimates; building codes and zoning laws; principles of supervision, training, and evaluation.

Ability to:  Understand economic development, local affording housing and community services issues and problems; develop and implement possible solutions; plan and organize workload; analyze and compile technical and statistical data; read, understand and interpret federal, state and local laws, policies, regulations and procedures; understand building specifications, drawings and other construction documents; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; negotiate with building owners, contractors and developers; maintain clear and concise records; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; produce written documents with clearly organized thoughts using proper sentence construction, punctuation and grammar; enter data or information into a terminal, personal computer or other keyboard device; comprehend and draw inferences from written material; work under pressure and meet established deadlines. The ability to speak Spanish is desirable.

Experience and Education:  Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:  Experience – Sufficient years of experience in a professional capacity in a housing, economic development or similar program, or in an urban or municipal planning, architecture or development finance environment, or in a federal or state assistance program, to demonstrate possession of the required knowledge and abilities; Education – Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university  in planning, architecture, public administration, or a related field.


This classification may require the use of a personal or City vehicle while conducting City business. In order to drive, individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely and must possess a valid, Class C, California driver’s license OR be able to demonstrate the ability to travel on scheduled or unscheduled visits to various locations in the City which may or may not be reachable by public transportation.

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