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Fair Share Housing Center
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Cherry Hill, NJ
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Published 16 days ago

Fair Share Housing Center, Inc. (FSHC) is seeking a mission-driven attorney with a commitment

to racial and economic justice for the position of Staff Attorney.

In New Jersey and nationally, decades of racial discrimination and exclusionary public policies

have shut African-American and Latino/a/x families out of communities with outstanding schools

and access to jobs and driven up rents and home prices beyond what many lower-income

families can afford. FSHC has one of the strongest track records of any organization in the

country in confronting these challenges head on through the collaborative effort of our legal and

policy advocacy.

The Staff Attorney will be a key player in a small, tight-knit team of attorneys and policy

advocates that works together to make sure that the promise of New Jersey’s fair housing laws

becomes reality. This position will require an attorney with a diverse range of legal skills,

including litigation, reviewing proposed ordinances and plans to ensure they actually will create

affordable homes, and policy work. The successful candidate will be an attorney with

demonstrated skills in creatively using legal knowledge in a broad range of forums and settings

to protect the rights of lower-income people and people of color.

Organizational Overview

FSHC since its founding in 1975 by plaintiffs, attorneys, and others involved in the landmark

Mount Laurel litigation has fought to dismantle decades of racial and economic discrimination in

local, state, and national policy that excludes people from the opportunity to reside in safe and

decent homes and neighborhoods. FSHC’s work begins with the recognition that exclusionary

land use policies are a form of structural racism that harm and disadvantage lower-income

families, especially families of color; and perpetuate racial and economic segregation.

FSHC, in alliance with strong civil rights, religious, and housing allies, has responded to this

hyper-segregation by enforcing the Mount Laurel doctrine and otherwise advocating for the

development of affordable homes in higher opportunity New Jersey municipalities and

multifaceted work to preserve affordability in gentrifying neighborhoods. Our work has helped

create over 70,000 homes affordable to lower-income families in communities that otherwise

would have excluded them, with 50,000 more anticipated over the next decade.

FSHC has played a critical role in the national fight for fair housing, as counsel in the largest

settlement in the 50-year history of the federal Fair Housing Act, which shifted over a half-billion

dollars in federal disaster recovery funds to support critical needs of communities of color, and

in shaping federal policies around climate change and disaster recovery, affirmatively furthering

fair housing, and federal housing funding. FSHC also has done groundbreaking work to address

housing policies that disproportionately exclude families of color, including passing the first

statewide bill to comprehensively limit criminal background checks in housing.

Position Responsibilities

The position will involve (all percentages approximate and may shift depending on needs):

- Litigation focused on ensuring compliance with fair housing rules, including bringing cases and

litigating through to conclusion when developers and/or municipalities violate past agreements

or court orders setting forth requirements for affordable housing production (50%);

- Reviewing compliance with fair housing settlements through analyzing proposed municipal

ordinances, policies, and plans to make sure they lead to much-needed homes are actually

built; work will include frequent communication with opposing counsel, urban planners, and

community leaders to attempt to resolve issues as they arise (35%);

- Working with community groups and FSHC’s organizing and policy staff to help explain our

legal work and the homes created through it in order to ensure that potential applicants have

information about how to apply to homes, and to respond to issues being raised by civil rights,

religious, and other organizations about fair housing compliance in their communities (15%).

Position Qualifications:

• 4 or more years experience as an attorney (judicial clerkships will be considered towards this

experience level), preferably in an area related to civil rights litigation.

• Experience in working as a lawyer with communities of color on work advancing racial and

economic justice and support for the principles of our work.

• Strong written and oral communication skills.

• Comfort with frequent court appearances.

• Ability to work independently with limited supervision and limited paralegal support.

• Ability to maintain confidentiality.

• A law degree with membership in the New Jersey bar or ability to become a member of the

New Jersey bar in the short term through qualification for admission by motion requirements.

Preferred but not mandatory qualifications include:

• The ability to speak and write in Spanish.

• Experience with affordable housing and related areas (e.g. land use).

• Experience litigating in New Jersey state court.

• Experience supervising less experienced attorneys and/or interns or law students.

Physical demands and travel: This job may require significant amounts of travel throughout New

Jersey often easiest done via driving but which also could potentially be accomplished through

public transit, including the need to sometimes leave early or get back late from court

appearances, with occasional weekend and evening commitments. Currently, most meetings

and court appearances are virtual though it is unclear how long this will continue to be the case.

Fair Share Housing Center, Inc. (FSHC) is seeking a mission-driven attorney with a commitment

to racial and economic justice for the position of Staff Attorney.

In New Jersey and nationally, decades of racial discrimination and exclusionary…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    October 5, 2021
  • Education
    J.D. Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Compensation

USD 65,000 - USD 80,000
Applicants can work remotely a portion of the time

Benefits

high quality employer-paid medical and dental

insurance, group life, generous holiday/vacation/sick leave, paid family leave in accordance with the New Jersey

state program, long-term disability insurance, retirement plan, and travel reimbursement.

high quality employer-paid medical and dental

insurance, group life, generous holiday/vacation/sick leave, paid family leave in accordance with the New Jersey

state program…

Level of Language Proficiency

Preferred but not mandatory: Ability to write and speak in Spanish

Preferred but not mandatory: Ability to write and speak in Spanish

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
510 Park Blvd., Cherry Hill, NJ 08002, United States

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Instructions:

Fair Share Housing Center, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications

from people of color, women and people who identify as non-binary, LGBTQ+ people, and

people with disabilities. Interested applicants should forward a cover letter, resume with three

references, and two writing samples (at least one of which is a legal writing sample). The writing samples must be the applicant’s original work.

Applications will be accepted and interviews conducted on a rolling basis until position filled.

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