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Community Development Commission Assistant Executive Director

County of Sonoma
SANTA ROSA, CA Full time
Posted on September 26, 2017

The County of Sonoma Seeks An Executive Leader To Advance Our Critical Affordable Housing, Homeless Services, and Rental Assistance Programs.

The Community Development Commission (CDC) Assistant Executive Director (ED) plays a critical, executive leadership role in delivering a complex suite of housing programs in furtherance of County strategic priorities related to improving access to stable housing. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Assistant ED oversees all of the agency's program areas, and represents CDC and the County in various high-profile public forums.

Salary: $117,734.45 - $143,113.83 Annually

 For more information & to apply online, visit or call 707-565-2331.

EOE Apply by 10/24/17!

Assistant Executive Director Responsibilities

The Assistant Executive Director is responsible for successfully overseeing agency operations and will:

  • Plan, organize, and manage the work of program managers and staff in order to ensure effective administration of all programs
  • Analyze programmatic performance and recommend service delivery improvements, in order to achieve greater impact and serve higher numbers of low and moderate income residents
  • Work closely with the CDC Controller to ensure programmatic budgets are appropriately analyzed, tracked, and reported
  • Build solid working relationships with crucial stakeholders within the department, the County, and the community, to achieve shared strategic priorities
  • Represent the agency on relevant committees and in public forums, conferring with advisory bodies and stakeholders in a manner that engenders trust and furthers the partnerships necessary to improve outcomes
  • Work independently and be skilled at keeping the Executive Director appropriately informed
  • Assume and discharge the duties of the Executive Director, in their absence

Ideal Candidate Profile
To be successful in this position, ideal candidates 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 engaging with the private sector and other levels of government to deliver quality housing resources
  • 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 information to diverse audiences
  • Proven problem-solving and collaborative skills, with the ability to continually assess new opportunities to leverage resources to adjust the department's organizational structure to effectively meet strategic objectives

What Makes Sonoma County a Great Choice

In addition to generous starting pay, expansive opportunities for growth and development, being part of a challenging and rewarding work environment that offers continuous training and education, and the satisfaction of knowing that you are working to better the communities of our region, you can look forward to some excellent benefits.

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.