2913 Program Specialist

Recruitment #TEX-2913-108917

Introduction


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.


Who We Are
Through the provision of coordinated, compassionate, and high‐quality services, the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH) strives to make homelessness in San Francisco rare, brief, and one time. The Department provides assistance and support to homeless and at‐risk youth, adults and families to prevent imminent episodes of homelessness and end homelessness for people in San Francisco. Services including outreach, homelessness prevention, emergency shelter, drop‐in centers, transitional housing, supportive housing, short‐term rental subsidies, and support services to help people exit homelessness. For more information about the department, please visit our website at https://hsh.sfgov.org/.

What We Do
San Francisco is a pioneer in homeless services and a leader in providing supportive housing as a permanent exit from homelessness. The Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH), founded in 2016, is a national leader in the movement to end homelessness by developing a coordinated, equity-driven, client-focused system of compassionate services while piloting innovative models, and implementing best practice solutions with measurable results. HSH’s Homelessness Response System (HRS) oversees and implements a system of care that serves 14,000 people daily. Major programs include: street outreach and service connection through the Homeless Outreach Team (SFHOT); 3,000-bed shelter system for adults and families including shelters for members of the LGBT community and survivors of domestic violence; Navigation Centers that provide temporary shelter to chronically homeless individuals using a low-barrier entry model; rapid rehousing rental subsidies for families, adults, seniors and transitional aged youth; the Problem Solving/Diversional programs including the Homeward Bound program which has helped 11,000 individuals return to stable housing in their city of origin; and robust supportive housing programs over 8,000 units which provide permanent housing and services to formerly homeless individuals and families.

Appointment Type
Temporary Exempt (TEX), this position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and incumbents are considered “at will” and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer. This position has an anticipated duration of six (6) months.

What You’ll Be Doing
Under general supervision, the Program Specialist performs a variety of specialized technical duties that may include investigating, reviewing, evaluating, training, screening and coordinating the activities of various programs of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Services. Positions in this job code are responsible for carrying out specialized functions for an assigned program and performing specialized duties which require a comprehensive knowledge of Federal, State, Local and Departmental policies, procedures, rules and regulations. 

Training and Policy Development Duties:

  • Provides training, individual coaching and consultation as needed for employee development.
  • Conducts community and department presentations on program services.
  • Evaluates and determines training needs for the assigned program while monitoring how new or revised programs and regulations may impact current training programs.
  • Writes and edits training materials, interactive online resources, presentation media, hard copy formats, technical reports, handbooks and procedural memos to ensure they reflect the latest policies and regulations.
  • Interprets, verifies and analyzes program policies and procedures to ensure they comply with new or revised Federal, State, and Local regulations. Provide feedback to State or Federal officials regarding new or proposed policies and procedures, audit findings, and case reviews.
  • Provides advice, guidance and recommendations to Department staff and the general public on upcoming and existing Department services and program policies and procedures.
  • Attends meetings, chair committees and consult appropriate stake holders or experts to gain knowledge related to the production of training and policy materials and/or review audit findings as a County or Department representative Communicate meeting outcomes to relevant program staff.
  • Participates in screening, interviewing, and recommending hiring of staff members. 

Prevention and Problem Solving Program Specialist Duties:

  • Develops professional relationships with non-profit service providers to ensure project compliance, successful execution and to provide necessary assistance, including training and technical assistance.
  • Helps support innovative initiatives and housing models based on qualitative and quantitative data, aimed at preventing and ending the homelessness of the youth, family and individuals.
  • Engages in the analysis of qualitative/quantitative data and reviews reports to diagnose problems, define community needs, evaluate existing programs and solutions, and use findings to provide recommendations for quality improvement of Problem Solving and Homelessness Prevention Assistance programs.
  • Collaborates with various community stakeholders, including not for profit agencies, community representatives, underserved populations, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, state officials and other intergovernmental partners to assess needs, design programs complying with federal, state and local expectations.
  • Develops and leads training and professional development work for staff involved in Problem Solving and/or Homelessness Prevention Assistance programs, including civil servants and non-profit employees with diverse experience and expertise.
  • Participates in the development, implementation and quality control of Problem Solving and/or Homelessness Prevention Assistance programs in the ONE system.

Essential Duties involve the following physical skill and work environment:
Ability to work in a typical office environment; most positions involve the physical activities of sitting, standing, and lifting 5-10 lbs., and the ability to travel to different sites and conduct home visits. May require hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity for data entry and extensive VDT exposure.

Minimum Qualifications

Experience
Three years of experience in the Social Services field performing duties in the area of eligibility determination, case management, data management, employment services or training.

License and Certification
Some positions require possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver’s license  

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.

  • At least (1) year of experience in a training and/or QA role (preferably both)
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • At least (1) year of professional experience working with supportive housing, people experiencing homelessness, and/or homeless response systems.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

One year full-time employment is equivalent to 2,000 hours (2,000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40 hour work week). Any overtime hours that you work above 40 hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time employment.

How To Apply

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

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.

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).

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 recruitment analyst, Sadia Afandi, by telephone at 628-652-7802, or by email at sadia.afandi@sfgov.org.

Resumes may be attached to the application; however, resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.

Verification
Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found here.

Verification of qualifying experience, when requested, must be documented on the employer's business letterhead and must include the name of the applicant, job title(s), dates of employment, description of job duties performed, and signature of the employer or the employer’s authorized representative. Experience claimed in self-employment will only be accepted if supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license and experience comparable to minimum qualifications above. Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupation and total earnings must be submitted. Employees of the City and County of San Francisco may submit performance evaluations showing duties performed to verify qualifying City experience. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee's class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules. Verification may be waived if impossible to obtain. The applicant must submit a signed statement explaining why verification cannot be obtained. Waiver requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Failure to provide the required verification, or request for waiver when requested may result in rejection of application.

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco. Make sure your application and any attachments to the application submitted at the time of filing are complete and accurate and include details on all experience, education, training and other information that qualifies you for this recruitment. Failure to submit a complete and accurate application at the time of filing may result in your ineligibility for this recruitment or inability to receive full credit for scoring purposes. Any new information concerning work experience, education, training and other information that is submitted after the filing deadline may not be used for scoring or considered to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Selection Procedures

The selection process will include evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate the qualifications of candidates. If this becomes necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to participate in the oral/performance interview.

Tuberculosis Screening
Prior to appointment, applicants may be required to take a tuberculosis (TB) screening test.

 

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.

Conclusion

Reasonable Accommodation Request
Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable accommodation here.

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 the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.

Copies of Application Documents
Applicants are advised to keep copies of all documents submitted. Submitted documents become a permanent part of the exam record and will not be returned. The hiring department may require applicants to submit the same documents and/or additional documents at a later date.

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.

General Information Concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures
Important employment information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained online here or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Issued: 3/4/21
Carol Isen
Acting Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID #: 108917
HSH/SA/628-652-7802

 

Benefits

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.

For more information about benefits, please click here.

 



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