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Director of Fair Housing

HOME is Virginia’s premier fair housing and housing counseling organization, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation offering a variety of programs and services. Through our advocacy, we helped homeowners, renters, landlords, and real estate professionals know both their rights and responsibilities. HOME was founded in 1971 to fight discrimination in housing access. Many of our victories are well known, setting Supreme Court precedents and providing national impact.

The mission of the HOME is to ensure equal access to housing for all people. HOME enacts its mission through fair housing, extensive research, housing counseling and education, fair housing advocacy and housing policy. Everyone has a right to choose where to live free from discrimination. HOME investigates instances of discrimination in the housing industry, enforces the law through fair housing complaints or court, and empowers individuals to advocate for their rights. For 50 years, we have used our voice to educate, develop laws through legislatures, and even use the court system to protect against unfair housing practices of all sorts. We are recruiting strong leadership to serve as our Director of Fair Housing promoting the mission and directing our fair housing program.

Job Summary:
The Director of Fair Housing manages and leads HOME’s fair housing staff, enforcement work, including intake and processing of allegations of discrimination, fair housing testing and other evidence gatherings, initiating and managing all systemic investigations, and fair housing outreach and education. The ideal candidate will consult and advise on HOME’s fair housing investigations, including the development of systemic investigative activities to help ensure the strength and legal soundness of the evidence.

The Director of Fair Housing will work across all HOME departments to determine the fair housing implications of all programs and address them accordingly. The director will manage the fair housing staff and educate external partners on fair housing laws, including legislative and case law changes across the country. This function requires close monitoring of national, state, and local trends in housing issues, including in sales, rental, lending, zoning, and accessibility contexts. This position also provides direct supervision to a cross-functional team of fair housing investigators, intake coordinators, and testing coordination that is responsible for maintaining the highest quality of customer service for fair housing complaints and cases. This position will require other duties as assigned.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Manage the fair housing intake function to assure all allegations of discrimination are timely and properly processed and addressed. Manage the fair housing testing function to assure ironclad testing protocol from recruitment, through training, execution of tests, and analysis of results.
  • Manage and direct all fair housing investigations.
  • Maintain quality control across all fair housing functions.
  • Expand contexts and markets in which HOME can test for fair housing compliance.
  • Develop and implement systemic investigations into fair housing problems across the state. This function requires data gathering and analysis, and the development of systems by which to effectuate strong, fair-housing-based analysis.
  • Consult regularly with the President/CEO and/or VP/COO on the status of fair housing cases, including presentation of suggested action plans to move forward on potential claims.
  • Provide technical assistance to members of the housing industry or the like who have questions about their fair housing responsibilities.
  • Work with HOME staff in other departments to assure they have adequate fair housing training to issue spot fair housing issues in their day-to-day work.
  • Stay abreast of fair housing trends and developments nationwide and use this knowledge to continually train the fair-housing team.
  • As necessary, develop and implement campaigns or other projects in which HOME’s fair housing perspective is valuable and timely.
  • Co-manage HOME’s Legal Advisory Committee.
  • Assist in identifying funding opportunities for HOME’s enforcement and advocacy activities. Oversee applications for such funding and oversee the management of any relevant grant funds received.
  • Assist with communications about fair housing activities, including press, social media, advertisements, and the like.
  • Manage the administration of the HUD FHIP PEI Grant and HOME’s Accessibility Fund.
  • The Director of Fair Housing will work with the Director of Grants and Administration for reporting function, including to grantors, governments, partners, and other agencies as needed.

Qualifications:
The ideal candidate must possess a commitment to fair housing and civil rights and the ability to work with a diverse population. Have five or more years of progressively responsible work directly related to Fair Housing, including at least two years in a managerial/supervisory capacity. A bachelor’s degree is required, and an advanced degree is preferred in a related field.

The ideal candidate should possess qualities to positively represent the values and goals of the HOME. The incumbent must have investigative experience and strong verbal communication skills. Strong formal writing skills (formal arguments, contract reporting, business letters, etc.). In addition to, the ability to think analytically and creatively and to problem-solve and manage a complex workload and respond to multiple priorities.

In addition, all employees of HOME are expected to meet these general qualifications:

  • Strong commitment to social justice.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • The ability to communicate complex issues, data, and concepts clearly.
  • The ability to function effectively within and/or high performance, cross-divisional work teams.
  • The ability to coordinate key program activities across programs.
  • Willingness to participate in fund development activities and effectively manage key constituent relationships and provide the necessary client data and information to HOME.
  • The ability to act independently and proactively.
  • The ability to adapt to changing circumstances.
  • Exercise sound judgment and diplomacy.
  • The ability to manage multiple projects.
  • The ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism, confidentiality, and substantial contact with the public.

Desired Competencies:

  • Knowledge of and experience with local, state, and/or federal Fair Housing laws, regulations, programs, and organizations.
  • Knowledge of and experience with HUD Programs, including Testing (Private Enforcement Initiative), Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing), and Education and Outreach.
  • Knowledge of and experience with contract compliance and reporting requirements; investigating and filing discrimination complaints.
  • Successful history of managing grants and contracts; grant writing; fundraising; and project development.
  • Experience performing research and compiling statistics.
  • Community advocacy experience, specifically regarding issues relevant to housing discrimination.
  • Prior experience recruiting, supporting, evaluating, mentoring, and motivating staff.
  • Excellent writing and public speaking skills.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and their resume to [email protected] include Director of Fair Housing in the subject line. HOME is focused on employee engagement and committed to a healthy, diverse inclusive work environment. We offer a competitive benefits package including free downtown parking.

HOME is an equal opportunity employer with an accessible workplace and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, creed, disability, national origin, gender identity, political or union affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, or other non bona-fide job requirements.

We offer a competitive salary package commensurate with experience. This position will close on Friday April 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

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Staff Accountant

The Staff Accountant serves to further the mission of HOME by working independently on routine and assigned bookkeeping and accounting tasks, as directed by the Accounting and Benefits Manager or the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The Staff Accountant is responsible for compiling all accounts payables and receivables, recording transactions and accruals, and preparing weekly payments of invoices. All work is performed collaboratively with and in support of other services offered by HOME. All work is performed within a systems-based framework. Work is performed with timeliness, accuracy, completeness, and effectively, to the highest ethical standards, and in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles for non-profit entities and in accordance with HOME’s mission, values, and universal standards. The incumbent will perform other duties as assigned under the direction of the Accounting and Benefits Manager or CFO.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

    1. Record Keeping
      • Maintain finance department filing systems in good order, including vendor files (the financial assistant does the vendor files) and all other departmental records such as cash journals, files of checks on hold, receipt books, journal entry files, tax filings, service contracts, leases, procurement records, equipment warranties and maintenance agreements, accounting system ledgers and journals, payroll records, time sheets, leave records, personnel files, and any other files designated by the Accounting Manager or CFO.
      • Maintain records in a secure manner that makes them readily accessible to finance department personnel, auditors or grantors. Ensures that all finance department personnel know the arrangement and location of records specified above.

 

    1. Accounts Payable
      • Responsible for the security and replenishment of all blank check stock.
      • Verifies all accounts payable invoices for accuracy and proper documentation.
      • Makes sure that all bills are paid on time.
      • Assists employees and processes employee expense requests and other check requests.
      • Enters Accounts Payable invoices into MIP and gives batch to Accounting Manager to verify.
      • Posts Accounts Payable batches after approval.
      • Generates all Accounts Payable checks.
      • Get signatures on Accounts Payable checks.
      • Supervises the release of all Accounts Payable checks. Separates checks, cancels invoices, mail bills and gives invoices to the Accounting Manager to file; responsible for the security of all issued checks that have not been released for payment.
      • Enter Credit Card Statements into Excel spreadsheet. Make Check Requisition.
      • Send out tax exemption certificates to vendors and w-9’s.
      • Handle vendor inquiries.
      • Responsible for issuing year-end IRS form 1099’s.

 

  1. General Accounts Receivables and Mortgage Loan Receivables
    • Assists Accounting Manager in keeping client A/R information for all down-payment assistance programs current, including Access database and MIP.
    • Works with Accounting Manager to make sure A/R mortgage accounts stay in balance with subsidiary ledgers.
    • Keeps all cash receipts current in MIP and excel spreadsheet by making entries no less than weekly.
    • Reviews, reconciles and records payments received by EFT, PayPal, or credit card.
    • Keeps Accounting Manager and CFO informed of cash balance in agency operating account no less than weekly.
    • Makes bank deposits (Remote Deposit) at least weekly.
    • Reconciles all bank accounts in subsidiary ledger.
    • Writes and keys Transaction journal entries into MIP for other transactions for the bank accounts as needed.
    • Process copies of contributions at least weekly in FR50 and notify the Development Director.
    • Creates new FOH invoices for MIP.
    • Updates funding reports.
    • Reconciles contributions monthly with Development Director.
    • Reconciles FOH balances in June and December with the Accounting Manager.

 

Qualifications
An associate degree from an accredited college or university in accounting or finance plus one to two years of accounting experience in a non-profit environment. Bachelor’s Degree in accounting or finance preferred. Proficient with Windows, Outlook, internet access and MS Office Suite including Word, Excel, and SharePoint. Experience with proprietary software such as MIP preferred. The candidate must demonstrate experience in knowledge of accounting theory and practices for non-profits. Able to perform general bookkeeping functions including double-entry accounting (debits, credits), and reconciliations. Understands the chart of accounts, trial balance, and balance sheet.
Primary Competencies

  • The ability to think analytically and creatively and to problem-solve and manage a complex workload and respond to multiple priorities.
  • Flexibility and willingness to commit to successful completion of assigned tasks, projects and programs.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and positive attitude.
  • Able to maintain professional working relationships with staff, community, and regulatory officials.
  • Able to perform complex mathematical calculations.
  • Able to appropriately use proprietary software.
  • Able to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Ability to exercise sound business judgment.

 

In addition, all employees of HOME are expected to meet these general qualifications:

  • Strong commitment to social justice
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to communicate complex issues, data and concepts clearly
  • The ability to function effectively within and/or high performance, cross divisional work teams
  • The ability to coordinate key program activities across programs
  • Willingness to participate in fund development activities and effectively manage key constituent relationships and provide the necessary client data and information to HOME
  • The ability to act independently and proactively
  • The ability to adapt to changing circumstances
  • Exercise sound judgment and diplomacy
  • The ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism, confidentiality and substantial contact with the public

 

Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. (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 to ensure equal housing access for all people through extensive research, housing counseling and education, fair housing advocacy and housing policy.

HOME is focused on employee engagement and committed to a healthy, diverse inclusive work environment. We offer a competitive benefits package including free downtown parking.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and their resume to [email protected] include Staff Accountant in the subject line. HOME is an equal opportunity employer with an accessible workplace.

This position will close on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

 


 

HOME is an equal opportunity employer with an accessible workplace.

All HOME employees are expected to exemplify the following universal performance standards and principles:

Eliminating Racism: Exemplify HOME’s commitment to social justice and to the dismantling of racism in all activities.

Commitment to Fair Housing: Regardless of their position, cooperate fully in assisting the Center for Fair Housing in the investigation of housing discrimination when requested.

Commitment to Fund Development: Cooperate fully in appropriate fund development activities of the agency, including the appropriate management of key constituent relationships.

Leadership: Demonstrate integrity; take initiative; look for and accept responsibility; be a creative problem solver; recognize the contributions of others and help build consensus. Staff members are also expected to maintains a positive attitude and keep personal issues out of the workplace.

Teamwork: In recognition of the matrixed nature of HOME, demonstrate a commitment and ability to effectively work in a variety of work teams; establish and maintain effective working relationships; show respect for and support others and work cooperatively. Each staff member is expected to utilize a wide variety of skills across programmatic lines and appropriately and effectively coordinate activities with other departments.

Communication: Effectively and positively communicate with a variety of people in the workplace.

Professionalism: Adhere to established personnel policies and work standards. Maintain a professional demeanor; handle difficult situations with tact and diplomacy; listen to others; maintain excellent oral and written self expression; represent themselves and the organization well in public.

Customer Service: Demonstrate a commitment to, maintain high standards and practices of top quality customer service and adhere to the customer service standards established by the organization.

Knowledge and Skills: Demonstrate a high degree of technical knowledge relative to the position; maintains a high degree of knowledge about HOME and it programs and look for ways to enhance skills. Each staff member is expected to have a basic working knowledge about the use of technology including computers and voicemail.

Planning/Analysis/Decision Making: Demonstrate the ability to anticipate and solve problems, weigh consequences and make appropriate decisions.

Use of Time: Is punctual, makes good use of time while in the office and does not spend excessive work time on personal matters.

Flexibility: Demonstrate a willingness to try new approaches, able to compromise, responds to unscheduled requests.

Reliability: Can be relied upon by co-workers and supervisors to complete tasks well and on time, works independently.