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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.

Job Announcement

POSITION: Investigative Coordinator

SUMMARY: The Investigative Coordinator is responsible for coordinating covert fair housing and fair lending testing investigations to observe the ordinary, unvarnished business practices of housing providers. This role also includes conducting tester trainings, preserving, and controlling evidence, as well as providing testimony regarding investigations.

REPORTS TO:  Director of Investigations

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Responsible for leading and structuring undercover 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/General Counsel

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.

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.

This full-time position requires work primarily from FHJC’s office located in Long Island City, Queens.

LOCATION/CONTACT:

Elizabeth Grossman, Executive Director/General Counsel
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. Interviews will not be arranged until a cover letter is submitted.

Law Student Internships

Position: Legal Intern

Summary: The FHJC seeks highly motivated law students (rising 2Ls or 3Ls) for Winter 2022 and Summer 2023 internships to assist with both individual and systemic housing discrimination claims, including those filed in federal and state court and with administrative agencies. Interns play a leading, crucial role in each of these cases, performing the legal research underpinning individual cases’ discrimination claims; conducting intake calls with potential clients; and generating policy research around systemic housing discrimination 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. Cases advanced with interns’ assistance have led to materially positive outcomes, including damages and injunctive relief being granted to those harmed by discriminatory practices.  Interns may also work on policy matters relating to local, state and federal protections against discrimination. FHJC’s goal is that each summer intern will receive at least $5250 for their work. As such, through the Robert A. Martin Legal Fellowship Fund, the FHJC will provide a stipend for students who do not have law school or other funding, or do not have full funding, for public interest summer internships.

Reports To: Legal Coordinator

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct intake calls with complainants experiencing housing discrimination; gather details and documentation about allegations and work with team to assess possibilities for investigation
  • Research and write about legal issues relevant to ongoing or prospective litigation to protect fair housing rights under federal, state, and local laws
  • Research policy issues identified by FHJC as priorities and compose briefs, memos, or other materials to support advocacy mission
  • Participate in post-settlement monitoring of housing providers to ensure compliance with fair housing laws and settlement terms
  • Attend meetings with outside attorneys and lawmakers; observe preparations for negotiations, mediation and settlement conferences, and discussions on litigation strategy

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
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