Fair Housing Center of Northern Alabama
1820 7th Avenue North, Suite 110
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
(205) 324-0111 / Fax: (205) 320-0238
Fair Housing Specialist 1
The Fair Housing Center of Northern Alabama is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating housing discrimination, promoting open and diverse communities, and ensuring equal access to affordable housing opportunities for all people in Northern Alabama. FHCNA activities include education, advocacy, and enforcement of fair housing laws.
Position Description: Testing is a method of measuring and documenting differences in treatment experienced by home-seekers. The Testing Coordinator is responsible for administering the agency’s testing program as well as advocating for home seekers who have experienced housing discrimination. The testing Coordinator’s primary duty is planning, coordinating and evaluating fair housing testing investigations and recruiting and managing testers.
Salary and Benefits: Full-time position, 40 hours per week. Competitive non-profit salary, depending on experience. This is a grant-funded position with benefits package. Submit by April 3, 2018.
Expected Start Date: April 23, 2018
Responsibilities: The responsibilities of the Testing Coordinator include but are not limited to:
Tester Recruitment, Training and Management:
- Conduct community outreach and related strategies to
provide information about Fair housing rights, gain support for the project and recruit fair housing testers
- Organize and conduct tester trainings utilizing approved methodologies for testing for possible housing discrimination
- Coordinate tester schedules to ensure availability to complete assignments
- Develop and implement initiatives that engage and otherwise courage tester retention
- Recruit and maintain a diverse pool of fair housing testers.
- Investigate individual and systemic cases of housing discrimination and coordinate systemic, audit, and complaint-based tests
- Coordinate fair housing tests by assigning appropriate, qualified and trained testers, designing the tests using approved methodology, debriefing the testers, maintaining and evaluating test data, and reporting test results
- Maintain detailed case records; prepare and present accurate and reliable summaries of findings, recommendations and relevant statistical data
- Develop a working knowledge of mapping software and other methods to identify sites for systemic fair housing investigations
- Create and update tester training and reporting materials as necessary
- Conduct intake of suspected cases of housing discrimination advise clients on housing rights and make appropriate referrals
- Research property owners, tax records, corporate ownership, and other related items as necessary to complete an investigation for enforcement proceedings
- Provide testimony, if needed, at a deposition or at trial regarding all aspects of the testing investigating
- Identify emerging issues and develop programs to appropriately address them
- Keep informed of developments in federal, state, and local laws, regulations, guidelines, and court cases
- Share in organization’s development and administrative tasks and events as needed
- Maintain data systems, meticulous records of activities, and prepare periodic activity reports for funders
- Assist with document preparation in legal proceedings as required
- Attend appropriate training for fair housing / other skills
- Attend community meetings to recruit potential fair housing testers and network with other community groups for referrals and testers
- Conduct community-based education and outreach activities for target geographic areas or constituencies, as needed
- Other projects as determined by the Executive Director
- Passionate commitment to fair housing and civil rights; ability to engage in constructive approaches to persistent problems of discrimination and segregation
- Ability to strategize, plan and implement programmatic initiatives
- Outstanding project management skills; ability to set priorities, manage multiple tasks, and meet deadlines
- Ability to work independently and to support team efforts
- Commitment to going above and beyond to meet all contractual deadlines
- Experience in working effectively and respectfully with individuals from diverse background; skill in dealing with confidential and sensitive issues
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to exhibit consistent patience, tact, and professional composure
- Ability to operate a personal computer and conduct research via the Internet; proficiency with a variety of software programs, including Microsoft Office
- Bachelor’s Degree preferred
- Experience in conducting investigations, volunteer coordinator, or housing or legal advocacy preferred. Fair housing testing experience highly desirable
- Bilingual English/Spanish preferred, but not required
- Attorneys may apply but the position does not require a law degree or license
- Familiarity with the communities in and around Northern Alabama a plus, but not required
This position will require non-traditional work hours for training sessions, agency related meetings, contact with fair housing testers (i.e. evenings and weekends) and attending occasional overnight conferences through the United States. Must have a valid license, reliable transportation and be willing to travel within FHCNA’s service area for tester recruitment, training sessions, testing site decision, tester debriefing and other enforcement activities. Must be able to work out of FHCNA’s office location in Birmingham.
To Apply: Please send cover letter explaining your interest, experience, writing sample, resume, and a list of three references to: Fair Housing Center of Northern Alabama
c/o The Executive Director
1820 7th Avenue North – Suite 110
Birmingham, AL 35203
Criminal background check will be required.
FHCNA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to promoting diversity in the market place.