Fair Housing Specialist - Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI)
- 08-Apr-2021 to 07-May-2021
- - Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana
- Indianapolis, IN, USA
- $35,000-40,000 to start, dependent on experience, skills, and abilities
- Full Time
- Health, Dental, and Optical Insurance; Paid holidays, annual leave, and personal leave; 403(b) retirement benefit
The Fair Housing Specialist will have responsibility for conducting intake of client allegations and implementing referral and complaint-processing systems. In consultation with the Executive Director and other staff, the Fair Housing Specialist will also conduct fair housing tests in the areas of rental, sales, lending, and accessibility; assist with program design, develop investigative strategies and plans; interview victims of housing discrimination; and conduct training of fair housing testers. The Fair Housing Specialist will also conduct relevant research and participate in other enforcement-related activities as directed by the Executive Director. The Fair Housing Specialist works with FHCCI staff to implement local and regional enforcement programs. The Fair Housing Specialist will cooperate with private law firms and governmental enforcement agencies in legal or administrative actions as needed. Other duties may be performed as assigned.
- Must be professional, articulate, and friendly when assisting people through client intake who may be experiencing extreme housing challenges.
- Must be able to multi-task working on several projects at the same time.
- Ability to focus and pay close attention to details.
- Must be able to write reports, business correspondence, and other organization materials.
- Must be able to perform each essential duty exceptionally with the knowledge, skill, and ability required.
- Ability to access, read, analyze and interpret legal documents, general business periodicals, professional and legal journals, federal and state fair housing statutes and regulations and court cases.
- Must be dedicated to the fair housing rights of all protected classes.
- Excellent written and verbal skills.
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
- Conduct client intake to obtain information needed for investigation and/or referral.
- Recruit and train testers.
- Design fair housing tests and use other investigative tools to determine if unlawful discrimination is occurring.
- Assist in the analysis and evaluation of fair housing investigations with reference to state and federal statutes and case law.
- Work with attorneys as needed.
- Represent the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana as necessary in meetings.
- Remain informed of changes in fair housing regulations, statutes, and ordinances and stay abreast of current legal and administrative decisions/rulings.
- Participate in staff training to ensure maximum efficiency and accuracy of work. Participate in cross-training within the FHCCI to promote teamwork and provide necessary back-up for each position.
- Develop and maintain networking relationships throughout the community, including local, state and federal and nonprofit housing agencies.
- Provide accurate and complete information for grant reporting.
- Safeguard client security and confidentiality.
- Maintain full and accurate files for bona fide complainants and clients.
- Maintain effective communication throughout the organization.
- Exhibit a high level of personal energy and commitment.
- Work as a team to support and further the mission and goals of the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana and its programs.
- Exhibit a high level of personal energy, organization, and commitment to position and FHCCI mission.
- Assume other responsibilities as assigned by the Executive Director.
- Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent experience;
- Demonstrated interest in combating housing discrimination;
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly and possess good analytical, problem solving, and writing skills with strong attention to detail;
- Knowledge of fair housing and other housing laws or ability to obtain knowledge quickly;
- Demonstrate the ability to recruit and manage volunteers/fair housing testers;
- Must be organized, thorough, accurate, and possess proficiency with computer and related needs;
- Possess good teamwork skills and the ability to work with a diverse population;
- Ability to coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously;
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
- Strong written and verbal skills;
- Available to attend evening and weekend meetings as needed;
- Access to reliable transportation; and
- Bi-lingual English/Spanish a plus.
Hours: Position is full time. Hours may vary from week to week as a result of deadlines and position requirements. In-state travel may occur; some out-of-state travel occasionally.
Other: A criminal background check is required due to federal funding requirements and potential involvement in litigation. The above declarations are not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the position described, nor are they intended to be such a listing of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Rather, they are intended only to describe the general nature of the position.
Click the APPLY button to submit the following to the attention of Amy Nelson, Executive Director, to be considered:
- Submit a cover letter of no more than one page explaining your interest in the position and any other information not included elsewhere.
- Submit a detailed resume of current and past positions, dates worked, and duties thereof.
- Submit a writing sample of one page describing what fair housing means to you.
- Submit contact information for three professional references.
- Note: Documents submitted should be in pdf format.
Applications will ONLY be considered if all the above items are received.