Fair Housing Manager / Attorney


Job Type

Full Time Contract

Salary

Minimum: $60.00
Maximum: $70.00
Details: Commensurate with Experience.

Published:

04/03/2018

Application Deadline:

04/13/2018

Address

1530 W. Morse
Chicago
Illinois
60626
United States

Description

Fair Housing Program Manager / Attorney


Northside Community Resources (NCR) has an immediate, full-time employment opportunity 

for a Fair Housing Program Manager position in its Fair Housing program.  The individual will

also serve as a  program  attorney  and  will  supervise  the  Fair  Housing  Outreach  &

 Testing  Coordinator and interns.  Candidate must be self-motivated, have a strong work 

ethic, be attentive to details and have good people skills.   They must be comfortable 

working in a team environment and have the ability to engage with Chicago’s diverse 

communities, including members of the immigrant/refugee, LGBTQ and other diverse populations

who may be seeking NCR’s assistance with housing discrimination.


Local,  State  and  Federal  Fair  Housing  laws  prohibit  housing  discrimination  

based  on  several factors including, race, ethnic identity, sex, familial status, 

disability, source of income and other protected categories.  The Fair Housing Program

Manager (FHPM) will work hand-in-hand with NCR’s Housing Director and report to the Executive

Director. The candidate will be responsible for managing the program,  which includes  

operating the program,  reviewing and implementing sound  testing methodology(s),  

supervising  and   assisting   the  Testing  Coordinator  with  conducting outreach,

recruiting and training volunteer testers, as well as coordinating housing tests to 

determine the presence of unlawful housing discrimination.  The FHPM will also be 

responsible for conducting and overseeing  fair  housing  educational  workshops  and  

information  sessions,  distributing  outreach materials and preparing program reporting to

 the agency’s management and its grant funder, the US Dept. of Housing and Urban

Development (HUD).


Job Title: Fair Housing Program Manager / Attorney


In addition to other duties that may be required and as needed to serve NCR’s clients, the FHPM

will have the following responsibilities:


The FHPM will work with NCR’s Director of Housing, Outreach & Testing Coordinator and other NCR

management and staff to help the agency operate its Fair Housing program, conduct fair housing

information outreach, education, investigative and enforcement activities based on local (city,

county and state) and federal fair housing laws. The position’s responsibilities include, but is

not limited to, the following:

-     managing FH program operations;

-     developing investigative strategies and plans;

-     researching and analyzing demographic data;

-     creating strategies for conducting outreach and education on identifying fair housing practices;

-     recruiting and training volunteers, testers, and testing manager(s);

-     supervising staff and program volunteers;

-     conducting systematic tests in the areas of rental housing and accessibility;

-     interviewing victims of housing discrimination;

-     potentially litigating fair housing cases in court and/or conduct administrative actions;

-     working with community based organizations, other fair housing enforcement agencies, attorneys, law firms, pro

bono legal clinics and local, state and federal government agencies;

-     reporting to NCR Executive Director, Board of Directors and grant funding agencies;

-     carrying out other agency tasks as needed or directed by Executive Director.


The FHPM will also conduct analysis and provide status reports of test completion and results to

NCR management and any appropriate local or federal government agencies as required by NCR’s Fair

Housing grant(s). The FHPM will conduct relevant research and participate in other investigate, enforcement and

education-related activities in collaboration with members of the enforcement team, units of local

government and other collaborating community based agencies in the area. The FHPM will also work

with governmental enforcement agencies, private attorneys, law firms and/or other nonprofit/pro

bono legal organizations in legal or administrative actions. The FHPM is also expected to be

present in the community.


Job Type: Full-time.

Location: Chicago, Illinois


Program Areas include the following Chicago North side neighborhoods: Rogers Park, West Ridge,

Edgewater, Uptown, Albany Park, North Park and Lincoln Square. 25%-50% local travel required.


Supervisory: One (1) program staff member (Testing Coordinator) and Volunteers

Immediate Supervisor: NCR’s Executive Director


Qualifications and Experience Requirements:

Law degree with current licensure from the State of Illinois and at least one (1) year of

successful experience in fair housing investigation and enforcement work required. Applicants must

also be in good standing with the Illinois State Bar Association and the Attorney Registration and

Disciplinary Commission. Candidates with other housing work backgrounds may be considered, if they

can demonstrate a high level of competency in fair housing, civil rights advocacy and investigative

experience.


Candidates with a commitment to fair housing, civil rights and social justice, along with an

ability and willingness to work with diverse populations preferred. Experience in conducting

outreach, education and testing involving complex scenarios and relevant legal experience and/or

ability to conduct investigations and enforcement of fair housing is preferred. Candidates must

have excellent written and verbal communication skills, with attention to detail. Candidates must

be proficient with Microsoft Office products and have an intermediate or above average level skills

in using Internet based programs/systems. Ability to conduct research, comprehend and utilize

census and think-tank data is a plus. Supervisory and public speaking experience is a plus.


Language skills preferred (but not required): English and bi-lingual in Spanish, South Asian or

African languages.


Salary Range: $60k/yr - $70k/yr - commensurate with experience. Position includes health benefits (A relocation stipend is not available for this position).


Any special requirements for applicants: Certification in Fair Housing training would be a plus. 

A valid driver’s License and passing a criminal background check is required for this position.


Interested parties can apply for this position by: Submitting a resume and three (3) past/current

job related references to: Mr. Chris Zala, Executive Director by Email: chris@northsidecr.org


Other Information:

This position is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Fair Housing

grant. The current grant term is from 4/01/2017 to 9/30/2018. Post grant period employment in this position is contingent upon the renewal of grant for another 18-month term.


Employment with NCR is at-will, and thus the relationship may be terminated at any time by the

employee or employer with or without cause with or without prior notice.


NCR is dedicated to promoting equal opportunity employment. NCR is committed to providing

reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. We value and

encourage diversity and solicit applications from all qualified applicants without regard to race,

color, gender, sex, age, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status,

sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status,

gender identity or expression, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by

federal, state, or local law. If you are interested in applying for employment with NCR and need

special assistance or an accommodation to apply for a position or engage in any testing or the

interview process, please email chris@northsidecr.org with your request. Determinations on requests

for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.

Benefits

Position includes health insurance benefits. (A relocation stipend is not available for this position)

Level of Language Proficiency

Language skills preferred (but not required): English and bi-lingual in Spanish, South Asian or

African languages is a plus.

Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

J.D.

How To Apply

chris@northsidecr.org

http://www.northsidecommunityresources.org

Interested parties can apply for this position by: Submitting a resume and three (3) past/current

job related references to: Mr. Chris Zala, Executive Director by Email: chris@northsidecr.org


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