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Jobs and Internships

The FHJC is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture and encourage applications from qualified individuals without consideration of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. 

All FHJC employees must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (except for those entitled to a reasonable accommodation) and will be required to submit proof prior to the time of onboarding.

Investigative Coordinator

POSITION SUMMARY: The Investigative Coordinator is responsible for conducting tester training, coordinating fair housing and fair lending testing investigations, preserving and controlling evidence, and providing testimony regarding investigations.

REPORTS TO:  Director of Investigations

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Responsible for leading and structuring investigations conducted in response to allegations of housing discrimination.
  • Conducts research, assesses housing markets, and collects background information to develop systemic testing investigations, appropriate testing strategies, and credible tester assignments.
  • Selects testers for each investigation and prepares tester assignments and instructions.
  • Maintains communication with, provides feedback to, and supervises testers throughout the testing process.
  • Collects and assembles test forms and materials obtained by testers during investigations.
  • Reviews all test file materials and prepares preliminary analysis of test results.
  • Regularly meets with Director of Investigations, Intake & Outreach Specialists, and other FHJC staff to obtain information needed to structure investigations in response to allegations and complaints of housing discrimination.
  • Handles, stores, and exercises control over evidence obtained from investigations, and maintains the chain of custody on all evidence, including equipment and recordings.
  • Participates in the recruitment, screening, interviewing, and hiring of testers.
  • Leads tester training sessions as the testers’ trainer and coordinates “practice tests.”
  • Conducts specialized supplemental training for testers who are selected to participate in more complex testing investigations.
  • Serves as tester when needed.
  • Manages multiple investigations and meets project deadlines.
  • Provides testimony regarding investigative activities.
  • Maintains accurate and complete information in paper and electronic files regarding all job duties.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Investigations or Executive Director.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Strong analytical and research skills
  • Highly effective written and oral communications
  • Excellent organizational competence and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently as well as creatively and collaboratively with colleagues
  • Capability to work creatively and effectively with diverse groups of people and organizations
  • Problem-solving capacity
  • Commitment to vigorous enforcement of fair housing and fair lending laws

PREFERRED QUALFICATIONS

  • Understanding of fair housing laws and issues, housing market dynamics, mortgage lending practices, and/or housing subsidy programs
  • Familiarity with communities in New York metropolitan area
  • Previous experience in test coordination, investigative work, housing market research, civil rights advocacy,   and/or paralegal work
  • Knowledge of language(s) other than English
  • BA/BS degree or commensurate experience
  • Valid driver’s license

The salary for the role is $65,000 annually and FHJC provides a comprehensive benefits package.

This full-time position requires work primarily from FHJC’s office.

LOCATION/CONTACT:

Elizabeth Grossman, Executive Director
Fair Housing Justice Center, Inc.
30-30 Northern Blvd. Ste. 302
New York, NY 11101
Website: www.fairhousingjustice.org

TO APPLY: PLEASE SEND A RESUME AND COVER LETTER TO fhjc@fairhousingjustice.org BY MAY 25, 2022 FOR EARLIEST CONSIDERATION.

 

Law Student Internships

(Note: All summer 2022 positions have been filled.)

The FHJC seeks highly motivated law students (1L or 2L) for summer internships to assist the FHJC with federal and state civil rights lawsuits and with cases pending before administrative agencies. Interns work on individual housing discrimination cases by conducting pre-litigation investigations and by researching and analyzing a wide variety of substantive and procedural legal issues. Interns also help with legal research involving systemic discrimination in rental, sales, and mortgage lending on the basis of race, national origin, disability, source of income, sexual orientation, and other protected characteristics under local, state, and federal fair housing laws. The focus of most cases developed with student assistance is on reducing residential segregation and expanding access to publicly assisted and affordable housing throughout the New York region.

Interested candidates should e-mail or fax a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to the attention of FHJC’s Legal Coordinator at:

Fair Housing Justice Center, Inc.
30-30 Northern Blvd., Suite 302
Long Island City, NY 11101
Fax: 212-400-8203
Email: fhjc@fairhousingjustice.org
***No Phone Calls Please***