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Development Officer - Policy and Planning (Housing Department)

Development Officer - Policy and Planning (Housing Department)

Development Officer - Policy and Planning (Housing Department)

City of San Jose
San Jose, CA

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Development Officer - Policy and Planning (Housing Department) - (2200075)
About the Department

The City of San José, the Capital of Silicon Valley, is one of the nation's best-managed cities. It’s the tenth largest City in the United States and the third largest city in California. San José is the center of cultural, government, and economic activity for the region. The employees of the City of San José are well-respected as being part of a high-performing organization and have embraced the following values: Integrity, Innovation, Excellence, Collaboration, Respect, and Celebration. The City's Housing Department is seeking an individual whose values align with these values.

The City of San José’s Housing Department is a leader in the production of affordable housing and in serving the community’s many affordable housing and tenant needs. Its mission is “To strengthen and to revitalize our community through housing and neighborhood investment.” The Housing Department has an operating budget of approximately $18.5 million annually and 92 employees. The Housing Department is committed to creating and supporting a diverse work environment with a staff that values inclusion.

The Department’s Policy Team is focused on providing high-quality, well-informed policy development and analysis that supports the Department’s functions. The Policy Team Manager reports to the Department’s Division Manager overseeing Policy, Grants Management, and the Housing and Community Development Commission. In September 2020, the City Council adopted the Team’s Citywide Residential Anti-Displacement Strategy, a multi-year plan centered on community voice with 10 multi-pronged recommendations to support housing production, preservation and tenant protections. The Policy Team is currently preparing a robust Assessment of Fair Housing and strategies to support the next Housing Element cycle. In addition, in May 2021, the City Council adopted the Diridon Affordable Housing Implementation Plan. This Plan also takes a “3Ps” approach and will drive several new policy initiatives and programs for this future neighborhood centered at the City’s rebuilt central transit station.

In addition, core functions of the Policy Team are to track State and federal legislation to advocate for the city’s interests, help to implement the State’s laws on housing production, preservation and tenant protections, assist other Department workgroups on GIS mapping and data needs, spread best practices and housing industry information, and do other special projects as assigned.

Positions & Duties

The Development Officer position in the Housing Department's Policy and Planning section is responsible for managing research, analyses, reports, and recommendations on key housing policy issues, including: affordable housing funding sources and tools, equitable approaches to housing and economic development, systemic inequality, land use planning, sustainability, social impacts, legislation, regional issues, fair housing, and other areas as necessary. In addition to research and analyses, this person will plan, attend, and conduct community meetings, workshops, outreach, and education activities to achieve the Department's goals. The Development Officer should be comfortable speaking in public, communicating with key stakeholders, and accurately representing Department and City key priorities and messages. The Development Officer should possess excellent written and verbal communications skills, and the ability to develop high-quality presentations with an eye for excellent graphics and effective ADA-compliant visual communication techniques in conjunction with communications staff. This position reports to a Senior Development Officer.

The ideal candidate for this position will bring experience working with constituents in an elected official’s office; participating in the State or federal legislative process; conducting qualitative and quantitative research; producing written decision or research memos operating housing programs and policies. The selected Development Officer will be responsible, versatile, and responsible for successful delivery of a range of activities, working in a self-starting and highly collaborative manner, including to:

  • Review, analyze, and make recommendations regarding State and federal legislation, working closely with the City Manager’s Office of Intergovernmental Relations, staff in other City Departments, the City’s external lobbyists, and the City's State and federal representatives;
  • Provide information and thought leadership on analysis of the Department’s programs and policies and proposed legislation from a racial [CK1] equity lens;
  • Review and analyze potential and existing policies as they relate to the work of the Housing Department using a racial equity analysis, and assist the Team to seek approval of new policies and priorities as needed;
  • Prepare persuasive and well thought-out draft Council Memos, studies, and quantitative/GIS analysis;
  • Oversee and assist with preparation of reports as needed, including the Housing Element Annual Performance Report, the Assessment of Fair Housing, the Consolidated Plan, and quarterly housing statistics reports;
  • Collect and analyze data effectively to support Department programs and policy work, including federal Census data and GIS mapping tools;
  • Provide best practices research on strategic topics of interest to the Department;
  • Collaborate with other City departments, stakeholder groups, and citizens to gather feedback that informs policies relating to housing and community development;
  • Design and help facilitate public meetings and stakeholder meetings to elicit meaningful feedback and build relationships with the community;
  • Create and edit website pages, e-blasts, letters, and other communication vehicles to convey the City's interest in and support of programs and policies;
  • Work closely with the Policy Team Manager to drive implementation of actions included in the Department's policy-oriented workplans such as the Housing Element;
  • Work with staff in the Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement, the Department of Transportation, and other City departments on development-related policies, procedures, reports, EIRs, fair housing, and other initiatives related to housing;
  • Prepare presentations for the Director, Deputy Directors, and Division Manager, and make presentations as requested; and,
  • Attend trainings, attend forums, and monitor legislative proceedings to effectively transfer knowledge to the Director, Deputy Directors, Division Manager, and other Department and City senior managers.

The ideal candidate for this position will be a thoughtful individual who combines analytical abilities, strong communications skills, an inquiring mind, an ability to collaborate with a diverse set of people, comfort with a dynamic environment, a desire to help vulnerable residents in our community, a strong interest in racial and other equity issues, and motivation derived from knowing that you are making a difference.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments, including time-limited overstrength positions. If you are interested in employment in this job classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.


Minimum Qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Planning, Housing, Geography, Economics, Business Administration, Public Administration, Political Science, Sociology or related field.

Experience: Four (4) years of increasingly responsible directly related work experience, including one (1) year performing work of a similar nature and level as a Development Specialist with the City of San José.

Acceptable Substitution: Additional related experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Licenses or Certificates: Possession of a valid State of California driver’s license may be required for some assignments.

Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San José will not prepare or file a labor condition application with the Dept. of Labor.

Temporary employees, contractors, student and graduate interns, and part-time unbenefited employees who have not completed 1040 hours are ineligible to apply.


The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. This position is eligible to manage other staff, which may include interns or fellows. Desirable competencies for this position include:

Job Expertise - Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies, and federal and state rules and regulations. Demonstrates knowledge of current issues facing lower-income households, trends in affordable housing finance and development, policy issues relating to housing and homelessness, moderate-income housing programs and policies, and legislative processes at the State and federal levels. Experience with policy-oriented research having practical applications. Familiarity with affordable and market-rate housing finance principles, practices, and programs. Familiarity with municipal financing tools and other financing used for community development, including Low Income Housing Tax Credits, tax-exempt bond financing, New Markets Tax Credits, and federal, State, and local financing sources. Demonstrated ability to translate complex policies and ideas into understandable reports and presentations.

Analytical Thinking - Approaching a problem or situation by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach.

Collaboration - Develops networks and builds alliances with diverse people; engages in cross-functional activities.

Communication Skills – Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people’s ideas and thoughts.

Multi-Tasking - Can handle multiple projects and responsibilities simultaneously; has handled a wide variety of assignments in past and/or current position(s).

Social Awareness – Demonstrates the ability to read or sense other people’s emotions and how they influence the situation of interest or concern; demonstrates empathy and organizational awareness.

Supervision - Sets effective long and short-term goals based on a good understanding of management practices; establishes realistic priorities within available resources; provides motivational support; empowers others; assigns decision-making and work functions to others in an appropriate manner to maximize organizational and individual effectiveness.

Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills - Develops effective relationships with coworkers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.

Selection Process

The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application, resume and responses to the Job Specific Questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process. Additional phases of the selection process will consist of one or more interviews.

You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions in the online application process:

1. Have you completed a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Planning, Housing, Real Estate Development, Geography, Economics, Business Administration, Public Administration, Political Science, Sociology or related field? If yes, please indicate the college or university and the field in which you obtained your degree.

2. Do you have four (4) years of directly related work experience? If yes, please describe your work experience in implementing and/or managing a housing-related program. Detail where you obtained your experience and the duration in which you performed these duties.

3. Do you have work experience with managing affordable housing production programs? If so please describe your experience working with affordable housing development, loan underwriting, and financing.

4. Do you have experience collaborating with multiple stakeholders in support of the development of affordable housing? If so, please describe your experience.

5. Describe your experience that has prepared you for the position to which you're applying. In your response, include details that demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications. Additionally, provide examples that highlight your skills and experience beyond the minimum qualifications.

The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application, resumé, and responses to the Job Specific Questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process. Additional phases of the selection process will consist of up to three interviews.

You must answer the job-specific question in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration.

If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Hsin-Ping Lee at

COVID-19 Vaccine: Per Santa Clara County Public Health recommendations and the City’s COVID19 Mandatory Vaccination and Testing Policy, the City is requiring all employees starting on or after August 24, 2021, to provide proof of vaccination as a condition of employment absent a documented medical and/or religious exemption. Please let us know immediately if you believe that you have a medical and/or religious exemption so can be provided information on how to submit an exemption request and commence the interactive process. Please be advised that if you have not received your final vaccine dose or have not been vaccinated but plan to do so, you will need to provide proof of vaccination prior to your start date.

Additional Information

  • Link to Benefits page
  • Link to Department website

To apply, please complete an application via the City of San Jose’s website at The application deadline is on Wednesday, March 10, 2022 at 11:59 PM. Please allow adequate time to complete the application and submit before the deadline or the system may not save your application. If your online application was successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic confirmation email to the email address you provided. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THE CONFIRMATION, please email and we will research the status of your application. Please contact Human Resources at (408) 535-1285, or if you have any questions.

Job: Property, Development Related
Organization: Housing
Schedule: Full-time
Employee Status: Regular
Job Type: Standard
Job Posting: Jan 18, 2022, 4:31:04 PM
Minimum Salary: 93,683.20
Maximum Salary: 114,150.40
Bargaining Unit 1: City Association of Management Personnel

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