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Community Development Commission Assistant Executive Director

County of Sonoma
Santa Rosa, CA Full-time
Posted on July 25, 2019

Community Development Commission Assistant Executive Director

$132,302.55 - $160,812.61 Annually
Santa Rosa, CA
Job Type
Community Development Commission (CDC)
Job Number
8/15/2019 11:59 PM Pacific

Position Information


The County of Sonoma seeks an executive leader to advance our critical affordable housing, homeless services, and rental assistance programs.

Starting salary up to $77.05/hour ($160,812/year), a cash allowance of $600/month, and a competitive total compensation package!*
The Community Development Commission (CDC) Assistant Executive Director plays a critical leadership role in the strategic prioritization and delivery of a complex suite of housing programs that improve access to stable housing. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, this position oversees all of the CDC's program areas and represents the Commission and the County in various high-profile public forums.

The Assistant Executive Director also successfully manages CDC operations and:
  • Plans, organizes, and manages the work of program managers and staff to ensure effective administration of all programs
  • Analyzes programmatic performance and recommends service delivery improvements that will achieve greater impact and serve higher numbers of low and moderate income residents
  • Works closely with the CDC Controller to appropriately analyze, track, and report on programmatic budgets
  • Builds solid working relationships with crucial stakeholders within the department, County, and community as they work together to achieve shared strategic priorities
  • Represents the agency in public forums, conferring with advisory bodies and stakeholders in a manner that engenders trust and furthers partnerships necessary to improve outcomes
  • Assumes and discharges the duties of the Executive Director in their absence
  • While working independently, is skilled at keeping the Executive Director appropriately informed
The Ideal Candidate

To be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will possess the following characteristics and competencies:
  • Strong leadership and management skills gained through multiple years of experience working in multifaceted organizations
  • An understanding of the role of local government in delivering quality housing resources by engaging with the private sector and other levels of government
  • Proven problem-solving and collaborative skills, with the ability to continually assess new opportunities to leverage resources and effectively meet strategic objectives
  • Confidence in engaging with elected officials, members of the public, business executives, and non-profit service providers
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and an ability to convey complex ideas clearly and concisely to diverse audiences
Key Dates*
  • Initial selection interviews are tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, September 4th and Thursday, September 5th, 2019
  • Final selection interviews are tentatively scheduled for mid-September, 2019
*This time-frame has been established to assist candidates with arranging availability around these days; however these dates are tentative. Candidates should plan according to these dates unless notified otherwise.

What Makes Sonoma County a Great Choice

In addition to becoming part of a challenging and rewarding work environment that offers the satisfaction of knowing that your work improves Northern California communities, you can also look forward to some excellent benefits*, including:
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $1,700 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • 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
*Salary is negotiable commensurate with experience, salary history, and requirements. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice.

When you join the County of Sonoma, you'll also have the freedom to explore the beauty of our county; with its picturesque coastline, majestic redwoods, historic towns, fine dining, award winning wineries, and a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities. Please visit and for additional information about the community.

The formal title of this position is Assistant Executive Director CDC. This position is in 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.


Minimum Qualifications


Education: Any combination of education and/or training which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college of university with academic course work in planning, public administration, business administration, economics, or closely related courses would provide such an opportunity.
Experience: Any combination of training and experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally five years of full-time, professional, in community development, finance, realty. Housing authority, redevelopment, planning or closely related experience, including at least one year in an administrative, management, or supervisory capacity.
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.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


Comprehensive knowledge of: the principles, methods, and techniques of public administration with particular emphasis on federal funding and regulations to Community Development Commission activities.
Considerable knowledge of: principles, practices, techniques of general management; modern personnel and financial administration; management practices and procedures required to assist in planning, organizing, and directing a Community Development Department; and city and county agencies which have a coordinative relationship with the Community Development Commission.
Working knowledge of: written and oral communications, involving language mechanics, syntax, and English composition.
Ability to: plan, direct, organize, coordinate, supervise, train, and evaluate professional and technical employees engaged in Community Development activities; exercise initiative and act with considerable independent judgment; determine work priorities and effectively coordinate and schedule the necessary personnel and other resources; direct the development and implementation of effect training and performance evaluation programs; assist in preparation and administration of the annual budget for the Community Development Department , using modern public agency budgeting principles, practices, and techniques; develop and update departmental rules, regulations, and policies; deal tactfully, convincingly, and effectively with departmental personnel, government officials, representation of specific interest groups, and the general public; determine appropriate research methodology for project studies and ensure that analysis is complete and accurate; direct the preparation of difficult, complex, and specialized projects; effectively assemble, organize, and present in written and/or oral form reports containing alternative solutions and recommendations; advise citizen groups and various boards and commissions orally and in writing concerning specific programs and projects.


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.
This selection procedure will consist of the following examinations:
  1. Your application and responses to the supplemental questionnaire will be reviewed for possession of the minimum qualifications, and to evaluate coursework, training, experience, knowledge and abilities which relate to this position. This process will determine your score and rank on the employment list. Applicants must attain a minimum passing score of at least 70% on the Application and Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination to be placed on the employment list.
  2. Candidates that place in ranks 1-3 will be referred to an initial selection interview by a panel of subject matter experts. The initial selection interviews are tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, September 4th and Thursday, September 5th, 2019
  3. Candidates identified as best meeting the needs of the organization will be invited to a final selection interview in mid-September, 2019.
Reference interviews and a background investigation will then be conducted on one or more finalists prior to a final selection. An offer is expected to be made by late-September with an anticipated start date in October, 2019.

Due to the selection procedure listed above, it is important that you make every attempt to clearly describe your qualifications for this position. We recommend that you list all employers and positions held within at least the last 15 years in the work history section of your application and to include history beyond 15 years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, please list each position separately. In addition, be sure to respond thoroughly and clearly to the supplemental questions at the end of this job bulletin. The information you provide in your application and supplemental material will determine your score and rank on the employment list.

Resumes can be submitted or inserted into the online application; however they will not be accepted in lieu of a fully completed job application and supplemental question responses.

For questions about this recruitment, please contact Colleen Goetz at 707-565-1701 or
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.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted on-line at: Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people. Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.
HR Analyst: CG
HR Technician: EP


County of Sonoma (CA)
575 Administration Drive, Suite 116B

Santa Rosa, California, 95403
(707) 565-2331