HOME seeks a full-time Accessibility Advocate to help people with disabilities assert their Fair Housing rights.
About us: HOME is Virginia’s premier fair housing and housing counseling organization, offering a variety of programs and services designed to ensure equal access to housing for all Virginians. HOME is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and a HUD‐approved housing counseling agency. HOME enacts its mission through housing counseling and education, fair housing advocacy and enforcement, and research on housing policy.
The Accessibility Advocate position is staffed under HOME’s Center for Fair Housing (CFH). CFH is an investigative team that responds to both individual and systemic allegations of housing discrimination in Virginia.
Job Summary: The Accessibility Advocate (the Advocate) is responsible for assisting HOME in fulfilling its mission of ensuring equal access to housing and furthering its strategic goals by effectively advocating on behalf of victims of housing discrimination. In particular, the Accessibility Advocate provides services to people with disabilities facing housing discrimination because of their disabilities.
-Intake and client management for all complaints of housing discrimination related to disability, including counseling, advocacy for reasonable accommodations and modifications, and making appropriate referral
-Investigation of accessibility issues at new, multifamily residential apartment buildings
-Community engagement on disability-related issues
-Maintenance and expansion of a disability-related referral network
The Advocate is expected to maintain a high level of knowledge about housing and disability laws. This includes fair housing, fair lending, disability-protection laws, and landlord-tenant laws; the theory and practice of fair housing testing; investigations; and administrative and legal procedures, including remedies and their application to real-life situations. The Advocate must also be able to work effectively with diverse people of varying abilities, and to work efficiently, both independently and as a team member.
The ideal candidate is highly organized, able to manage a diverse caseload, and capable of effectively resolving client issues. Candidates are expected to possess strong writing, analytical and organizational skills; maintain the highest standards of confidentiality, care, and integrity in the provision of services, and deliver a high level of productivity with minimal supervision. This position requires some weekend and/or evening availability and occasional travel.
Education Requirements: An undergraduate degree in a related field, or relevant experience in housing, civil rights, or investigations.
-Prior experience working with people with disabilities, personally or professionally – includes having a disability
-Demonstrated passion for social justice and commitment to civil rights values
-Demonstrated ability to effectively manage a diverse client caseload
-Demonstrated ability to write memos, business correspondence and other organizational materials
-Demonstrated ability to research, read, analyze and interpret legal documents; general business periodicals, professional and legal journals, federal and state fair housing statutes, regulations, and court cases
-Demonstrated ability to present information clearly and effectively and respond to inquiries and commentary from housing advocacy and consumer groups, housing industry organizations, members of the public and private sectors, and the general public
-Excellent interpersonal skills and positive attitude
Preferred skills (not required):
-Prior experience with fair housing and/or fair lending testing
-Bilingual in Spanish
-Demonstrated ability to effectively manage complicated, long-term projects
-Flexibility and willingness to commit to successful completion of assigned tasks, projects and programs
Salary and Benefits
HOME provides a competitive benefit package, including vacation, sick leave, health, dental, and retirement
Competitive salary commensurate with experience
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and a short writing sample (max. 500 words) to: HYPERLINK "mailto:email@example.com" firstname.lastname@example.org | Mail: 626 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219 | Fax: 804-354-0690
Deadline: December 4th, by 4PM
No phone calls, please.