Housing Negotiator-Inspector - Time-Limited & Extra-Help

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Aug 15, 2021
Full Time Clerical and Administrative Support Code Enforcement and Inspections Housing
  • Salary: $30.89 - $37.54 Hourly USD

Job Description

Position Information

Do you possess marketing, negotiation, and property management-related experience?

Join the Sonoma County Community Development Commission (CDC) in its mission to create access to affordable housing!

Starting salary up to $37.54/hour and candidates with English/Spanish bilingual skills are encouraged to apply. An additional $1.15/hour for bilingual positions.*

The County of Sonoma's CDC and Department of Health Services (DHS) have partnered together to provide intensive, personalized housing location assistance to clients being served by the Interdepartmental Multi-Disciplinary Team (IMDT). The IMDT program serves homeless individuals located throughout the County of Sonoma. The program connects our most vulnerable community members with property owners and managers, helping clients rent and live in the private housing market while increasing economic stability for property owners.

As a Housing Negotiator-Inspector on the IMDT you will advocate on behalf of clients with landlords, encourage landlords to rent to clients receiving subsidies by negotiating mutually beneficial financial arrangements, and coordinate with IMDT case managers to ensure comprehensive case management needs of individuals are met. Currently, the CDC is looking for multiple, experienced individuals who have knowledge of tenant/landlord relations, Fair Housing laws and practices, and experience related to:

  • Recruiting and engaging landlords, renter associations, property management companies, and other local housing providers to identify potential rental properties
  • Providing financial incentives to landlords to encourage them to rent to clients receiving subsidies, including reimbursement for additional security deposits and paying for last month's rent, tenant screening reports, and the cost of bringing a unit up to habitability standards
  • Negotiating and implementing housing assistance contracts and leases between property owners and tenants
  • Coordinating with IMDT caseworkers to find appropriate housing and assisting clients with housing applications and vouchers
  • Arranging and advocating on behalf of clients for shared or innovative housing arrangements when appropriate
  • Performing initial housing unit inspections and annual re-inspections of properties for compliance with Federal housing quality standards, including mediating owner and tenant complaints, processing terminations and claims, and assisting landlords in handling appeals
  • Working collaboratively with social workers and various other case managers

These positions require a considerable amount of fieldwork, including driving. Possession of a valid driver's license is required.

What Makes Sonoma County a Great Choice

We offer expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better your community. You can also look forward to a competitive, total compensation package* including:

  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance of up to $500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • A significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
About the Commission

The CDC is dedicated to creating housing opportunities, in thriving and inclusive neighborhoods, for all. It is governed by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, acting as the Commissioners of the CDC, and the Community Development Committee (Committee) which acts as an advisory group to the Commissioners. The Committee reviews and makes recommendations on policy and funding matters to come before the Commission. The CDC's four core service areas include: Ending Homelessness, Homeless & Community Services, Housing & Neighborhood Investments, Program Compliance, and Rental Assistance. The CDC is a separate entity from the County of Sonoma and not within the Sonoma County Civil Service System. To learn more about the Commission's dedication to creating affordable housing for all, please visit the CDC's website .


Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Temporary, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Temporary, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of one calendar year. These employees must be off of work for three months before they can be re-employed on an extra help basis. Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.

This recruitment is being conducted to fill a full-time, time-limited position which is scheduled to expire June 30, 2022, and two temporary, extra-help positions, all of which are located in the CDC. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, and extra-help positions as they occur during the active status of this list. The formal title for these positions is Housing Negotiator/Inspector.

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Memorandum Of Understanding (SEIU MOU) . Bilingual positions require English and Spanish skills at either the basic (conversational) or fluent (reading, writing, and conversational) level. Applicants for bilingual positions must indicate their proficiency level in the required supplemental questionnaire. An examination will be conducted prior to employment to a bilingual designated position to confirm level of skill in this area. Bilingual premium pay of $1.15 per hour will be applied upon the assignment of bilingual work.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and work experience, which provides the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed above. Normally, college course work in public administration, economics, political sciences, mathematics or related field and one year recent experience involving direct leasing and management of properties would provide such an opportunity.

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.

Special Requirement: Designated position may require the ability to speak, read and write a language in addition to English.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: the purpose and processing of a diversity of forms and documents related to leasing and inspection of dwelling; English grammar, vocabulary, spelling, punctuation, and composition.

Thorough knowledge of: accepted principles and practices of appraising and negotiating for lease of residential properties; leasing of rental property, real property management and rental values of both homes and apartments; laws, guidelines, policies and procedures affecting the operations of state and federal leased housing programs.

Working knowledge of: state, federal and local laws and regulations with respect to tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities; laws, ordinances and codes pertaining to the rehabilitation and maintenance of real property; the use of computerized equipment and specific systems used within the agency, the principles of supervision and training.

Knowledge of: economic, sociological and geographic factors affecting housing in Sonoma County.

Ability to: deal effectively and tactfully with realtors, property owners and others in connection with the negotiation of leases; makes accurate appraisals and negotiate leases effectively; read, interpret and apply rules, regulations, policies, and procedures that relate to rental assistance programs; review and determine rental values of property; assemble and analyze data, prepare written reports, and maintain records and make mathematical computations; establish and maintain harmonious and effective working relationships with program clients, property managers, property owners, community groups, other employees and supervisors, staff of other agencies, and the general public; ability to use computerized equipment.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting-a-Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.
The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%). Each application and supplemental questionnaire will be thoroughly evaluated for satisfaction of minimum qualifications and relevance of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position. Candidates possessing the most appropriate job-related qualifications will be placed on an employment list and referred to the department for selection interviews.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: As the largest employer in Sonoma County, the Board of Supervisors has adopted a vaccination and testing policy to help mitigate transmission of COVID-19. All County employees will be required to either have documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination on file or consent to weekly COVID-19 testing.


Applications are accepted online at: www.yourpath2sonomacounty.org . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people. Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

HR Analyst: CG
HR Technician: KC

Closing Date:Continuous

Job Address

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