Current Job Openings: 

Fair Housing Analyst

Fair Housing Analyst will provide support to HOPE’s fair housing enforcement division. The Fair Housing Analyst will work on systemic investigations through a wide variety of investigative tasks such as test coordination, FOIA requests, surveying, and compiling and analyzing statistical data. The Fair Housing Analyst will additionally assist HOPE’s clients in brief advocacy and resolution assistance and work with HOPE’s staff on other enforcement activities such as drafting letters and fair housing complaints.

Fair Housing Analyst Full Job Description

Background: HOPE Fair Housing Center (HOPE), established in 1968, is the oldest fair housing center in Illinois. HOPE works to create greater housing opportunities for all. We ensure everyone has the chance to live in the community and home of their choice free from discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, familial status, sexual orientation, age or any other characteristics protected under state or local laws. HOPE accomplishes this through public policy, education, outreach, advocacy, enforcement, training, and community development.

HOPE is a small team of nine talented and passionate full-time staff with a proven record of advancing civil rights within the region. The team is fortunate to be supported by a pool of volunteers, a varying number of interns, consultants, and a regional and national network of allies working together in the fight for fair housing. HOPE is committed to fostering a flexible, productive, professional, and collaborative work environment that supports professional growth and goal obtainment for all staff.

Position Overview: The Fair Housing Analyst will provide support to HOPE’s fair housing enforcement division. The Fair Housing Analyst will work on systemic investigations through a wide variety of investigative tasks such as test coordination, FOIA requests, surveying, and compiling and analyzing statistical data. The Fair Housing Analyst will additionally assist HOPE’s clients in brief advocacy and resolution assistance and work with HOPE’s staff on other enforcement activities such as drafting letters and fair housing complaints.

Reporting to the Associate Director of Enforcement of HOPE, the Fair Housing Analyst will have the following areas of work:

  • Supporting HOPE’s case work by: Assisting with case work and advocacy for HOPE’s clients such as providing referrals and counseling on options and remedies available, drafting reasonable accommodation request letters, mediating quick resolutions, drafting fair housing complaints, maintaining client records and files and updating HOPE’s database as needed
  • Conducting testing and other investigation activities such as: Completing market and entity reviews which may include demographic mapping, examining public records, reviewing housing providers’ advertisements and policies, and understanding market requirements in preparation for civil rights investigations; Coordinating fair housing tests to assess compliance with fair housing laws through comprehensive gathering of facts; Interviewing of parties and witnesses involved in fair housing allegations and review of pertinent documents; Conducting on-line and on-site assessments of housing developments for compliance with fair housing and accessibility laws
  • Managing investigations from start to finish while maintaining communication with all involved staff/parties/partners, coordinating investigation components, engaging in ongoing analysis of fair housing issues and making recommendations for enforcement as necessary
  • Compiling data and summaries for regular reporting of HOPE’s enforcement activities
  • Professionally and effectively representing HOPE in a variety of forums, as assigned
  • Participating in other enforcement or education related activities as determined by the Deputy Director
  • Staying abreast of emerging fair housing topics, civil rights regulatory changes, and best practices in serving victims of housing discrimination
  • Some travel will be required to represent HOPE at trainings and events, as well as to attend trainings for professional development
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Working Conditions:
•This position requires flexibility in schedule, duties, or unexpected events/circumstances that may occur, so tasks not specified here may be required to successfully execute the position.
•This position follows a typical Monday – Friday work schedule but is flexible and is subject to the needs of the organization, including occasional nights or weekends.
•HOPE offers a partial remote work option. Must be willing to travel to and work on-site at HOPE’s office in Wheaton, IL, according to HOPE’s Remote Work Policy (a minimum of twice a week).
•This position will require regular virtual engagements with external partners and will require reliable access to a quiet and professional workspace when choosing to work remotely.
Successful Candidate will Demonstrate:
•Passion for HOPE’s mission and its core values of innovation; housing equity, justice, and fairness for all; community reinvestment; solidarity with and accountability to communities served by HOPE
•Strengths around creativity, resourcefulness, persistence, and self-reflection
•Proclivity to risk-taking and a willingness to fail, learn, and adapt
•Preference towards a non-directive, client and staff-led relationship
•Openness to new approaches to HOPE’s work, delivery of services, and engagement with clients and communities
•Openness to regular, 360-degree feedback and an environment of mutual accountability
•Ability to engage a diverse community of people
•Commitment to confidentiality, integrity, and professionalism

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience in conducting intake, investigations, community organizing, database management a plus;
  • Possess or capable of developing a strong understanding of:
    • Fair housing statutes
    • Complaint investigation best practices
    • State and federal administrative complaint and legal processes
    • Landlord/tenant laws and issues
    • Various additional legal concepts pertaining to fair housing
    • Strong attention to detail with keen analytical and time management skills
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Ability to timely meet specific contract requirements
    • Ability to represent HOPE effectively in a professional manner
    • Demonstrated commitment to fair housing and/or civil rights
    • Strong technology-related skills including familiarity with Microsoft Office, online databases, and ability to navigate the internet
    • Bilingual skills a plus but not required

Accountability: The Fair Housing Analyst is accountable to and supervised by HOPE’s Associate Director of Enforcement

Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time (40 hours a week) exempt position that includes fully covered health and dental insurance, life insurance, and IRA matching up to 3% and generous paid time off. The starting annual salary is between $50,000 and $60,000 and depends on relevant experience.

Start Date: This position is anticipated to begin July 2024 and may be eligible to start sooner depending on applicant availability.

To Apply: Interested parties may e-mail their cover letter and resume to info@hopefair.org. No calls please.

Women, people of color, LGBTQ, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.
HOPE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. A conviction record screening is required: however any hiring decision made as a result of a conviction record will be made using an individualized assessment and the applicant will have an opportunity to provide additional information to demonstrate the conviction record is not relevant to this employment opportunity. The position will remain open until filled.

Apply Via…

CALL US

Hours

Monday - Friday
9 am to 5 pm CST