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Employment Opportunities

The Housing Authority is an Equal Opportunity employer.  We offer competitive compensation, an excellent benefits package, and a pleasant work environment. 

Understanding the Hiring Process

PLEASE READ: This document is to assist you in applying for and successfully proceeding through the Housing Authority's recruitment and selection process.  Applications for general employment are always accepted and kept on file for one (1) year.

To begin your job search, first check for vacant positions on the current Job Listing.

The Application

Download a HACA application form.  You must file a Housing Authority application for each position for which you apply. Read and complete the application very carefully. Fill in all required information as it relates to your qualifications. Applications that are illegible may be eliminated from further consideration. For this reason, the form is fillable using Adobe Acrobat and can be saved, printed then emailed or mailed to our office.

As instructed on the application do not substitute "see resume" for a description of your past job duties on the application. Describe the job experience from your background that specifically applies to the requirements of the job for which you are applying. After the final filing date, applications are reviewed to assess levels of training and job experience related to the requirements for the position. A limited number of candidates whose applications demonstrate the best combination of qualifications for the position may be selected to proceed in the testing process.  Possession of the minimum job qualifications does not guarantee entry to the examination.

Most recruitments require that a supplemental questionnaire be completed.  Download the supplemental questionnaire from within the job listing link and fill it out thoroughly.  Your responses are used in the application screening process.

The Examination

The Job Announcement indicates the type of examination and the weight of various components. Examinations are designed for the specific job classification under recruitment and may include one or more of the following components:

  • Review of Applications for Minimum Requirements and Screening
  • Written Test
  • Writing Sample
  • In-Basket Exercise
  • Problem-Solving Situations
  • Performance/Demonstration or Job Simulation Test
  • Oral Interview
  • Assessment Center

Prior to taking an examination(s), you should prepare by doing the following:

  • Review the job announcement, any supplemental questionnaire, and related materials.  Pay particular attention to the part of the announcement that discusses knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Review your qualifications and accomplishments that relate to the position.
  • Review/update your resume.
  • Review questions that could be asked of you in the interview.
  • Think positively and maintain your confidence.

An applicant with a disability should contact the Administrative Services Department (510)727-8517 prior to the closing date of an examination if an accommodation is required. Proper medical documentation must be provided if an accomodation is requested.

Examination Results

Based upon your performance in all components of the examination, you will earn an overall score. You must earn a qualifying (passing) score to have your name placed on the eligible list. Ranking on the list is determined by the order of final qualifying scores.
You will receive written notification of your status. If the exam is held again during the one (1) year period following the exam date, a candidate's rank may change as other candidates are added to the list.

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