HOUSING SPECIALIST I
In addition to performance-based merit increases, this position
is scheduled to receive salary range increases on the following
Effective July 2, 2021 - 2.5% increase
Effective July 1, 2022 - 3.5% increase
Mandatory Employee Retirement Contributions will decrease on the
Effective July 2, 2021 - 1.2% decrease
Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on
position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications,
subject to appropriate authorization.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
This recruitment is being held to establish an open eligible
list to fill current/future Housing Specialist I positions within
the OC Housing Authority.
DEADLINE TO APPLY
This recruitment will remain open on a continuous basis for a
minimum of five (5) business days, until the needs of the County
are met. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply
ORANGE COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY (OCHA)
Orange County Housing Authority administers federally funded
programs to provide monthly rental assistance to qualified tenants
in privately owned rental housing. OCHA is a division within OC
Community Resources (OCCR).
For more information on OC Community Resources click here.
For more information on the County of Orange click here.
The immediate vacancies are for Bilingual
English/Vietnamese-Speaking. Candidates being considered for
bilingual positions, will be required to take and successfully pass
a bilingual exam prior to job offer. An additional $0.40 is paid
for positions requiring bilingual skills.
The eligible list established from this recruitment will also be
used to fill any non-bilingual speaking positions as vacancies for
the classification should arise.
The Housing Specialist I is a trainee class in the Housing
Specialist series and is considered an entry level position. There
is no permanent status at the Housing Specialist I level.
Incumbents are expected to demonstrate progressive proficiency by
performing work with increasing independence in order to advance to
the Housing Specialist II level after one (1) year of
Incumbents learn to perform a variety of office and/or field
duties involved in providing housing assistance to low income
households under the United States Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD) Housing Choice Voucher Program (and similar
subsidized housing programs).
The Orange County Housing Authority is divided into four (4)
* Occupancy Section * Leasing/Inspection Section * Special
Housing Programs * Administration
The general responsibilities and duties associated with this
position include, but are not limited to, the following:
* Determine initial and ongoing eligibility as it pertains to
agency and federal regulations * Interpret and apply regulations,
policies, and procedures * Conduct interviews and program
orientation briefings in group and/or one-on-one settings * Collect
required documentation from applicants, participants and landlords
* Calculate rental assistance payments and repayment arrangements *
Perform Housing Quality Standard (HQS) inspections * Perform
leasing related activities
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & CORE COMPETENCIES
The ideal candidate will possess experience related to housing
programs as well as working knowledge/experience of interpreting
and applying local policy and federal regulations. The ability to
speak, read, and/or write in Vietnamese is highly desirable.
In addition, the ideal candidate will possess knowledge and/or
experience in the following core competencies:
* Possession of housing industry knowledge * Ability to
interpret, understand, apply and explain housing laws, regulations,
policies, etc. * Compose documents, and correspondence that are
technically accurate * Collection, aggregation, calculation and
analysis of data * Principles and procedures of office practices,
modern office technology, computerized record keeping, and business
math * Ability to use Microsoft Office software
* Accurately apply regulations and/or policy and follow
procedures to solve challenges * Provide the highest quality
service to the public by addressing concerns timely, accurately and
Analysis & Problem Solving
* Take initiative to identify and solve problems * Compile
facts, data and input prior to making important decisions * Act
decisively and demonstrate good judgment
Organization & Planning
* Organize, plan and structure workload(s) in a manner, which
maximizes productivity while ensuring excellent quality *
Prioritize workload(s) in accordance with deadlines and
Department/County goals/initiatives * Manage time efficiently
Oral & Written Communication
* Effectively communicate orally and in writing * Communicate
technical and complex information in a clear and easy to understand
manner * Compose correspondence for a wide-range of audiences *
Create and conduct informative presentations
Please click here to view the minimum qualifications for Housing
Human Resource Services (HRS) screens all application materials
for minimum and/or desirable qualifications. After screening,
applicants who meet the minimum and/or desirable qualifications
will be referred to the next step in the recruitment process. All
applicants will be notified via email of their status in the
Online Exam | Multiple Choice (Weighted 100%)
An online exam consisting of job-related questions will be
administered. Candidates who pass this test will be referred to the
next step. This is a standardized test and there are no study
Online Exam Dates:
Week of April 19, 2021
Week of May 3, 2021
Week of May 17, 2021
Week of May 31, 2021
* Schedule subject to change at any time.
Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedures above
may be modified. Candidates will be notified of any changes in the
Once the assessment has been completed, HRS will establish an
eligible list of candidates. Candidates placed on the eligible list
may be referred to selection interview to be considered for present
and future vacancies.
Special Note: For a Bilingual Vietnamese-Speaking position a
language proficiency exam may be administered at the selection
Veterans Employment Preference
The County is committed to providing a mechanism to give
preferential consideration in the employment process to veterans
and their eligible spouses and will provide eligible participants
the opportunity to receive interviews in the selection process for
employment and paid internship openings. Please click here to
review the policy. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Email is the primary form of notification during the recruitment
process. Please ensure your correct email address is included in
our application and use only one email account.
NOTE: User accounts are established for one person only and
should not be shared with another person. Multiple applications
with multiple users may jeopardize your status in the recruitment
process for any positions for which you apply.
Candidates will be notified regarding their status as the
recruitment proceeds via email through the GovernmentJobs.com site.
Please check your email folders, including spam/junk folders,
and/or accept emails ending with "governmentjobs.com" and
"ocgov.com." If your email address should change, please update
your profile at www.governmentjobs.com.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Click here for additional Frequently Asked Questions.
Questions? For specific information pertaining to this
recruitment, contact Freddy Jimenez at 714-480-2863 or by email at
Orange County, as an equal employment opportunity employer,
encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.