Placer Employment Opportunities

Housing Specialist

Recruitment #2020-11747-01


Placer County is comprised of over 1,400 square miles of beautiful and diverse geography, ranging from the residential and commercial areas of South Placer, westward through the historic foothill areas of Auburn, Foresthill, and Colfax, and to the County's jewel of the North Lake Tahoe basin.  Placer is a great place to live, work, play and learn.  For more information about Placer County, please visit



The Housing Section of the Community Development Resource Agency is seeking a full time Housing Specialist. The Housing Section performs several Housing functions. Over the past 20 years, County and the former Redevelopment Agency-sponsored housing efforts have provided assistance to over 600 affordable housing units, involving both new construction and renovation projects. Current housing activities include, managing a housing loan and investment portfolio of more than $33 million dollars, partnering with for profit and non-profit housing developers to build new affordable units, launching an ADU resource center, and generally supporting a wide variety of efforts to create affordable housing opportunities in our County. 


Placer County offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees. The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change.  Applicants should inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department.

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For more information regarding the benefits Placer County has to offer please visit Placer County’s Human Resources website.


To plan, organize, and perform difficult and complex administrative, technical, and professional duties pertaining to the production and monitoring of housing construction and the County's housing rehabilitation programs; market housing programs in targeted areas; assist with the preparation and implementation of the Placer County Housing Element, and perform related work as required.


Receives general direction from assigned supervisory or management personnel. May exercise direct supervision over professional, clerical or technical staff.


Duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Inspect housing units and monitor work for compliance with the development agreement or loan.
  • Oversee the loan portfolio to ensure compliance with loan terms.
  • Monitor and report on the Housing program portfolio pursuant to the requirements of the grant, loan or State and federal regulations.
  • Develop and administer a County-wide grants management program.
  • Review all development housing proposals in the unincorporated areas of the County and recommend developer obligations and mitigation measures.
  • Manage escrow closings for housing loans to ensure compliance with local, State and federal regulations.
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual financial, and monitoring reports to meet State and federal guidelines.
  • Inspect rehabilitation work; approve and process payment requests; prepare and process lien releases; and record documents as required.
  • Coordinate with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments on matters related with housing, population/employment forecasting and land use, air quality and transportation policies affecting the County's Housing Element's programs and policies.
  • Conduct compliance monitoring of County housing policies regarding employee housing currently required pursuant to active and proposed entitlements including developer agreements.
  • Identify funding sources (e.g. grants, loans) for housing projects and housing programs throughout the County.
  • Market Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and other housing programs by creating and distributing fliers, placing advertisements in papers, talking to developers to promote programs and reach out to potential applicants.
  • Market and coordinate funding of various federal and State homebuyer and housing rehabilitation programs to ensure successful implementation.
  • Research and analyze the feasibility of the adoption of a consolidated plan that will allow the County to transition to entitlement status for federal funds.
  • Work with County departments in determining housing policy and program implementation including the preparation of new housing elements.
  • Analyze housing legislation and case law affecting the County's housing programs.
  • Coordinate grant programs, weatherization, loan funds for rehabilitation program elements.
  • Prepare necessary reports and documents for loan review.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with State, federal, private, and public agencies, co-workers, other County employees, and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Represent the County to outside agencies and organizations; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees, and provide technical assistance as necessary.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience:  Four (4) years of professional experience in Community Development, Economic Development, Planning, or a Housing Agency involving planning, development, financing, negotiation, and implementation and monitoring of development agreements and contracts with developers.

Training:  Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in finance, economics, planning, public administration, or closely related field.

License or Certificate: 
May need to possess a valid driver’s license as required by the position. Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • Affordable housing programs including development, rehabilitation, public/private finance, redevelopment, and other related programs.
  • CDBG and other State and federal housing assistance programs, and related application policies and procedures including reporting requirements.
  • Housing processes and activities; working knowledge of the technical components of redevelopment as related to housing finance programs.
  • Advanced principles of financial administration, including public and private budgeting, financial forecasting, and financial analysis.
  • Land use regulations and procedures and other laws directly affecting housing including State Housing and Community Development laws and the California Environmental Quality Act.
  • Principles and practices of land development project management.
  • Pertinent local, State and federal rules, regulation and laws.
  • Principles and practices of policy development and implementation.
  • Principles and practices of business correspondence and report writing.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training, and personnel management.
  • Principles and practices of project administration and supervision, resources allocation, planning and budget procedures and techniques.

Ability to:

  • Manage housing development projects.
  • Plan, organize, and direct a comprehensive integrated County affordable housing program including development, rehabilitation, and other related activities.
  • Prepare, analyze and administer a program budget.
  • Plan, organize, and secure public and private financing required for housing development projects.
  • Interpret, analyze and explain complex financing and housing programs.
  • Effectively negotiate and administer contracts and agreements.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Prepare Requests for Proposals and Qualifications from qualified developers for affordable housing projects and review related responses from developers.
  • Inspect and evaluate potential housing sites and construction activity.
  • Supervise, direct, organize, prioritize and evaluate the work of others.
  • Communicate effectively and persuasively in both oral and written form.
  • Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in course of work, such as professionals in the housing and financing industries, public officials from all levels of government and the general public.
  • On a continuous basis, analyze budget and technical reports; interpret and evaluate staff reports; interpret and apply laws, regulations and codes; observe performance and evaluate staff; problem-solve related issues; recall various rules, and explain and interpret policy.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at a desk and in meetings for long periods of time. Intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation.


Training & Experience Rating (100%)

Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant’s education, training, and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula. Scores from this evaluation will determine applicant ranking and placement on the eligible list.


Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination (which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation), sign a constitutional oath, and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation (which may include a voice stress analysis and/or a polygraph), and/or be bonded. Additionally, positions in law enforcement classifications and those supporting law enforcement functions will be required to complete a conviction history questionnaire prior to or during the interview process. Applicants for positions with access to Medi-Cal billing software or who are licensed providers must clear the Federal Exclusion List, credentialing, and social security verification. Failure to clear these requirements may result in an employment offer being withdrawn.


The eligible list resulting from this recruitment may be certified as a substitute list for a substantially similar classification.  For this purpose, a substantially similar classification is one at a lower level in the same classification (example: entry level vs. journey level) and/or a similar classification (similar work performed, similar training and experience qualifications required). If you are contacted for an interview by a County department, you will be informed of the classification and other relevant information. If you choose not to interview for a substantially similar classification, you will remain on the eligible list for which you originally applied.


Placer County offers an expedited process for qualifying certain applicants for interviews. Candidates currently employed, or employed within the last year, by a public agency operating under a personnel civil service or merit system may be eligible to be placed on a Public Agency Eligible List and certified as eligible for appointment to a similar job assignment without going through the examination process. For more information on the Public Agency Eligible List, to download forms, or to apply, please click here.


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment, discrimination, and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer, and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, physical disability (Including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.

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