Housing and Community Development Specialist I

California Department of Housing and Community Development

Sacramento, CA - Work from Home

Salary: $6061.00 - $7587.00 per Month

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Position: JC-350608 - Telework Option - HCD Specialist - Tribal Affairs

Job Duties

The Department’s Division of Housing Policy Development (HPD) develops, promotes, and implements innovative housing and community development policies, practices, and partnerships to create and preserve affordable and healthy housing opportunities for all Californians. The division identifies California’s housing needs and develops policy recommendations to meet those needs; prepares and implements various guiding housing policy documents for the state; and administers state housing element law.

Under the general direction of the Fair Housing Manager II, the Housing and Community Development Specialist I (HCDS I), for Fair Housing Tribal Affairs is responsible for supporting the California Indian Assistance Program (CIAP) team project management, procedure and implementation documentation, tribal outreach and engagement, as well as furthering CIAP’s mission to provide comprehensive, individualized technical assistance to tribal governments, tribally designated housing authorities, tribal non-profits, and other tribal partners both in the planning, funding, and construction of affordable housing, and supporting the expansion of community development within California tribal communities.

Through technical assistance (TA) and internal advocacy, the HCDS I, Tribal Affairs builds the capacity of HCD staff to implement AB 1010’s inclusion of tribes in HCD’s funding programs by establishing and updating department procedures with program staff, and recommending changes to program requirements that remove barriers to tribal participation and balance department legal requirements.

The HCDS I, Tribal Affairs will support documentation of implementation efforts, ensure complete data on tribal awards, TA, tribal outreach and engagement. This position supports department communication of CIAP implementation progress and facilitates outreach and engagement with California Native American Tribes. This role supports change management initiatives, while broadening our housing work to actively be inclusive of tribes and coalitions across the state.

The HCDS I, Tribal Affairs also serves as a conduit with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders, and at times, including other state agencies and department staff implementing related tribal housing programs. This role represents the Department, provides updates on implementation activities, shares best practices and makes recommendations to CIAP and program management.


  • Experience and/or exposure to legislative, regulatory, or other governmental policy
  • Knowledge of local planning and housing development, housing legislation, or housing data and research
  • Experience and/or exposure to legislative, regulatory, or other governmental policy making
  • Strong communication (written, verbal and inter-personal), relationship management, and coalition building skills
  • Experience presenting to public audiences, working with a variety of stakeholders, and supporting outreach and sustained long-term engagement
  • Experience conducting policy analysis, including research and using complex data
  • Experience preparing materials such as policy briefs, papers, and technical assistance documents
  • Experience documenting and updating department process and procedures
  • Project management experience, including project planning tools, task management, collaboration, time management, problem solving, organizing successful work projects, and demonstrating resilience over a longer implementation time horizon.
  • Knowledge and experience supporting organization change management.

Essential Functions

Serve as Division’s policy expert responsible for providing expertise, policy analysis, and compliance with state housing laws, rules and regulations. Effectively prepare and present written briefs, reports, talking points, technical documentation and presentations, for internal and external communications and events. Coordinate and assist executives and leaders in responding to technical aspects of the program and responding to stakeholder questions and inquiries.

Interpret and analyze complex data from governmental agencies, internal departmental data, and other data sources, reports, surveys, and special projects to support policy and program development and evaluation. Design, develop and maintain research databases and files. Develop and analyze reports and infographics using a variety of databases and present findings. Assist management in measuring past and potential decisions, activities and outcomes.

Implement policy initiatives to strengthen existing laws, rules and strategies for implementing new or revised policies and programs in support of policy and program priorities. Manage projects and provide oversight of teams including Department staff and consultants to implement projects, initiatives and programs. Maintain effective communication with executives and leaders regarding the progress of the projects, initiatives and programs.

Independently develop presentations in support of Departmental activities and functions. Provide technical assistance and consultation to a broad range of constituencies and gather stakeholder input through workshops, surveys, and public comment. Represent the Department as a member of external committees, inter-agency efforts, advisory bodies and other groups addressing assigned area of expertise as authorized and directed by division management.

Other duties as assigned.

Posted January 19, 2023, 10:18 AM PST

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