9774 - Senior Community Development Specialist I

Office of Racial Equity Community Engagement & Program Specialist

Recruitment #PEX-9774-107148


This recruitment has been amended and reissued to reflect the corrections in the Minimum Qualifications for this position. Applicants who submitted their applications during the original recruitment period of 9/29/2020 through 10/26/2020 need not reapply and will be included in the applicant pool.


We Value Equal Employment Opportunity! 

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.     


 Appointment Type

Permanent Exempt appointment not to exceed three (3) years – This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.  

The Office of Racial Equity

In July 2019, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors created the Office of Racial Equity (ORE) as a division of the Human Rights Commission. The ORE will guide a citywide plan to address the history of structural and institutional racism in San Francisco’s delivery of services to the public and in its internal HR practices and systems. The ORE will collaborate with all city departments to create targeted strategies to advance racial equity and will also provide analysis on the racial equity impact of proposed ordinances pending at the Board of Supervisors in key policy areas. Most importantly, ORE will utilize a multi-method approach to facilitate public engagement and restorative justice processes, building trust and accountability in the communities most harmed by policy decisions. It is incumbent upon the Office of Racial Equity to work closely with San Francisco’s racially diverse communities, the Mayor’s Office, city departments, and the Board of Supervisors to implement data driven strategies that make an impact.

About the Position

The Human Rights Commission seeks a Community Engagement and Programs Specialist of the Office of Racial Equity who is results-oriented, maintains high cultural competency and experience working in a fast-paced environment, and building trusted relationships with resilient communities.  The ORE Community Engagement and Programs Specialist will ground truth and meaningfully connect ORE’s work in multi-racial, multilingual communities to support the Office’s work to eliminate racial disparities in employment, housing, criminal justice, economic advancement, health, transit, education, homelessness and other social outcomes. The Specialist will play a critical role in supporting the mission and vision of the Office of the Racial Equity by supporting administrative, programmatic, and community engagement efforts that empower the community voice and strengthen relationships between the ORE and the city.

Essential duties:


  • Regularly serve as coordinator between ORE and CCC (COVID-19 Command Center) to ensure racial equity is embedded in citywide COVID-19 response;
  • Work in partnership with San Francisco resilient communities on a variety of associated issues, including racial disparities in employment, housing, criminal justice, economic advancement, health, transit, education, homelessness and other issues.
  • Support and lead ORE community outreach and engagement processes while also building capacity among stakeholders to take the lead in shaping their best futures. Convene, coordinate and track ORE community engagement initiatives; provide weekly status updates on assigned projects and monthly program status reviews; maintain productive communication, and compile community feedback;
  • Provide support for community stakeholders, including the development and presentation of reports and other documentation, one-on-one interactions, outreach to organizations, public forums, and may staff community advisory committees;
  • Attend all external virtual and in-person ORE meetings and community convenings, and other meetings as needed to take minutes, track action items, present written comments, and gather feedback;
  • Supports the development and implementation of key ORE legislative mandates including, but not limited to: Citywide Racial Equity Frameworks, Racial Equity Action plans, Citywide Racial Equity index and scorecards, and related racial equity dashboards, reports and data.
  • Provides information and referrals, and responds to inquiries by city departments, community-based organizations, and individuals;
  • Assist with maintaining and updating ORE social media and website materials;
  • Provide administrative support, ad hoc research, and programmatic tasks to support the organization and ORE Director as needed. 

Minimum Qualifications

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification.  Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.

1.    Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university AND three (3) years of administrative/professional experience in community development, housing development, workforce development, finance, education, social work, children/youth work, or criminal justice; OR

2.    Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the following fields: public or business administration, urban planning, government, social work, education, finance or criminal justice AND two (2) year of administrative/professional experience in community development, housing and/or housing development, workforce development, finance, education, social work, children/youth work, criminal justice; OR

3.    Possession of a Master's degree from an accredited college or university in public policy, planning, social work, public administration, finance, education, criminal justice, or business administration; AND one (1) year of administrative/professional experience in community development, housing and /or housing development, workforce development, finance, education, social work, children/youth work, or criminal justice; OR

4.Possession of a Juris Doctor degree from an accredited college or university AND one (1) year of administrative/professional experience in community development, housing and/or housing development, workforce development, finance, education, social work, children/youth work, or criminal justice.


Verifiable administrative/professional experience involving community development, housing and/or housing development, workforce development, finance, education, social work, children/youth work, or criminal justice may substitute for the educational requirement in Minimum Qualification #1 on a year-for-year basis.

Desirable Qualifications:

The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring:

  • Strong facilitation skills, community outreach experience, and experience working multicultural communities.
  • A strong background working with organizations rooted in racial justice, including organizations that incorporate a racial equity lens in their approach to topics such as gender inequities, reproductive justice, LGBTQI rights, the rights and advocacy for undocumented communities, workers, persons with disabilities, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated persons, unsheltered and marginally housed persons, and indigenous persons; Excellent community organizing and rapport building skills, including maintaining relationships and communicating compassionately and effectively with diverse people in diverse environments, including grassroots community organizations, government institutions and advocacy organizations;
  • Strong, proven experience in planning, designing and facilitating of workshops and community-based meetings;
  • Experience and knowledge of San Francisco’s racially diverse communities and the institutional and structural racism faced throughout the city’s history, including, but not limited to, anti-Blackness and anti-immigrant sentiments.
  • Knowledge & fluency in racial equity principles and practices, and have a strong ability to speak to the intersectional impacts of racism;
  • Proven ability to multitask, complete projects on time, and be able to adapt to changing priorities;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to present complex and sensitive issues to senior management in a persuasive manner.
  • Ability to effectively handle multiple projects and demands within deadlines.
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills, including leading complex projects and coordinating teams.
  • Excellent written communication and experience with social media platforms.
  • Bilingual. 

How To Apply

In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice.  As a result, Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement.

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Nathaniel Cleveland, by email at nathaniel.cleveland@sfgov.org or by phone (415) 557-4877. 

Selection Procedures

Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience and education. Additional mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidate’s qualifications. Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to continue in the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement in the process.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience, at any point in the application, examination or departmental selection processes. Verification of work experience typically must be on the employer’s letterhead, and must include the applicant’s name, job title, description of job duties, dates of service, and signature of the employer. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456.

Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification from this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco. 

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


General Information About Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process

Terms of Announcement: Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#announcementsdefinitions

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Reasonable Accommodation Requests:

Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#applicantswithdisabilities

Appointment Type: Temporary Permanent Exempt (PEX)

Issued: 9/29/2020

Carol Isen

Acting Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: PEX-9774-107148
HRC / NC / (415) 557-4877


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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