Fair Housing Intake and Grant Coordinator

Posted by: The Equal Rights Center

Washington, DC, US

The Equal Rights Center (ERC) is a civil rights organization that identifies and seeks to eliminate unlawful and unfair discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations in its home community of Greater Washington D.C. and nationwide. The ERC’s Fair Housing Program processes complaints of housing discrimination from individuals, advocates on their behalf if necessary, and conducts civil rights testing and education & outreach in the Greater Washington, D.C. region. Additionally, the program conducts fair housing testing nationally. The program is looking for a Fair Housing Intake and Grant Coordinator committed to both excellent job performance and civil rights.

Essential job duties will include:

  • Providing integral support to the ERC’s Fair Housing Program in its investigation of individual complaints of discrimination and systemic testing for discrimination.
  • Administering fair housing grants, including coordinating activities and preparing reports for federal fair housing grants.
  • Coordinating the ERC intake program.
  • Conducting intake interviews with fair housing complainants and engaging in follow-up communication with complainants as necessary.
  • Engaging in advocacy efforts on behalf of individual complainants, including drafting and submitting requests for reasonable accommodations and/or modifications on behalf of ERC clients.
  • Assisting fair housing complainants with filing fair housing complaints with HUD or local Fair Housing Assistance Programs.
  • Conducting research, including property records and corporate filings.
  • Compiling information for reports and publications.
  • Coordinating, conducting, and reporting on community based education and outreach activities.
  • Assisting with tester recruitment and screening.
  • On a limited basis, coordinating some civil rights testing.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications, Skills, and Knowledge:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or equivalent professional experience;
  • A demonstrated interest in civil rights or social justice issues;
  • Strong critical thinking and analytic skills;
  • A high degree of professionalism, including a demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team with multiple projects and strict deadlines;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as organizational and time management skills;
  • Experience and proficiency interacting effectively and compassionately with diverse people from different backgrounds and with differing abilities;
  • Proficiency with basic office technology, including Microsoft Office.

Preferred Qualifications, Skills, and Knowledge:

  • At least two years of professional experience;
  • Experience as a civil rights tester and/or experience coordinating civil rights tests (especially fair housing testing)
  • Completion of NFHA’s Fundamentals of Fair Housing School or other specialized fair housing training
  • Bilingual or multi-lingual abilities are a strong positive
  • Knowledge of the Greater Washington DC region

Salary and Benefits:

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Benefits: Health and dental insurance; life insurance; long-term disability insurance; 403(b); Metro SmartBenefits pre-tax deduction program; paid Federal holidays; vacation, personal, and sick leave.

Application Procedure:

Please email a cover letter and resume to employment@equalrightscenter.org with subject line “Fair Housing Intake and Grant Coordinator”. Make sure to submit a full application package.

The position is open until filled but interviews will begin in late June.

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