Fair Share Housing Center

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Employment Opportunities

  • Housing Access Coordinator

    Fair Share Housing Center, Inc. (FSHC) seeks a passionate, innovative and mission-driven individual with community organizing experience and interest to serve as a full-time Housing Access Organizer.

    In New Jersey and nationally, decades of racial discrimination and exclusionary public policies have kept African-American and Latinx families out of communities with outstanding schools and access to jobs and driven up rents and home prices beyond what many lower-income families can afford. As a result of many years of work by FSHC and its allies, about 50,000 homes affordable to lower-income families will be built over the next decade, many in communities that have excluded those families for decades. The Housing Access Organizer will work with FSHC staff and its allies to ensure fair access to these homes as they are built, working with community groups to ensure that families, especially families of color, and people with disabilities know about and have the opportunity to apply to live in these homes. The Housing Access Organizer will also work with FSHC legal and policy staff to make sure that state and local governments and developers follow laws that require fair access to these applications and non-discrimination in the application process.

    The Housing Access Organizer will report to the Director of Community Engagement of FSHC.

    This job is an opportunity for the right candidate to play a critical role in breaking down generations of systemic racism and exclusion that has made New Jersey one of the most racially and economically segregated states in the country, even though it is also one of the most racially diverse states in the country. Our work for decades has served as a model for policy nationwide and in other states and we hope that this work will do the same.

    Organizational overview

    The mission of FSHC is to dismantle decades of racial and economic discrimination in New Jersey and nationally that excludes people from the opportunity to reside in safe and decent housing and neighborhoods. FSHC challenges discrimination — particularly as it affects people of color through systemic racism — through local, state, and national policies on land use, housing, disaster recovery, and climate change.

    FSHC has a proven track record dating back to 1975, when plaintiffs, attorneys, and others involved in the landmark Mount Laurel litigation formed FSHC. The doctrine has resulted in 150,000 low- and moderate-income New Jerseyans having a place to live in high-opportunity neighborhoods with good jobs and effective schools.

    FSHC’s work begins with the recognition that exclusionary land use policies are a form of structural racism; harm and disadvantage lower-income families, especially families of color; and perpetuate racial and economic segregation. FSHC, in alliance with strong civil rights, religious, and housing allies, has responded to this hyper-segregation by enforcing the Mount Laurel doctrine and otherwise advocating for the development of affordable homes in higher opportunity New Jersey municipalities, especially for families. And FSHC has played a critical role in the national fight for fair housing, as counsel in the largest settlement in the 50 year history of the federal Fair Housing Act, which shifted over a half-billion dollars in federal disaster recovery funds to support critical needs of communities of color and as a key participant in shaping federal policies around climate change and disaster recovery, affirmatively furthering fair housing, disparate impact, and the low income housing tax credit program.

    Position responsibilities

    The position will involve:

    • Developing relationships with local and statewide allies, housing counselors, administrative agents, housing liaisons, and other groups that can share information about affordable homes to individuals and families seeking affordable housing with an emphasis on groups working with communities that have historically had the least access to these homes;

    • Educating those organizations and people about newly developed affordable homes and newly available affordable homes

    • Educating those organizations and people about the affirmative marketing and application processes and rights of lower-income families for affordable homes;

    • Coordinating with FSHC legal and policy staff on enforcement of existing regulations and advocacy for improvements in those regulations that ensure fair access and non-discrimination in applying to affordable homes;

    • Building and maintaining a list, in coordination with FSHC legal and policy staff, of application processes and deadlines for affordable homes;

    • Working with the Director of Community Engagement on coalition building work with civil rights, religious, and community organizations to help shape state and national policy on racial justice and access to affordable housing.

    Position qualifications

    Qualified candidates must have proven success in:

    • Developing and maintaining relationships with community stakeholders;

    • Participating in efforts at policy or legal change through legislative, administrative, or legal advocacy.

    • Working collaboratively with colleagues and community stakeholders.

    • Public speaking.

    • Writing, including communications, policy briefings, blogs, and educational materials.

    • Managing project schedules and activities to ensure that all requirements are met, deliverables are completed and reporting is timely.

    Qualified candidates shall have:

    • A demonstrated commitment to racial justice.

    • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, although experience in a field related to housing or racial justice may be substituted for education.

    • A minimum of one to two years of relevant experience,

    • The ability to travel within New Jersey and out of state and the ability to attend weekend and evening meetings.

    • Experience in handling and belief in the importance of dealing with issues that generate public controversy.

    Preferred but not mandatory qualifications include:

    • Experience with affordable housing.

    • The ability to speak and write in Spanish.

    • Experience with social media.

    • Experience with public interest law, legislative lobbying, government, planning, or related fields.

    • A valid driver’s license.

    Physical demands: This job requires a significant amount of driving which could potentially be accomplished through taxi etc if driving is a problem for the candidate. The job does not involve any other unusual physical demands.

    Compensation

    $35,000-$45,000 annually depending on a candidate’s background and skills. FSHC provides an excellent benefits package including high quality employer-paid medical and dental insurance, holiday/vacation/sick leave, paid family leave in accordance with the New Jersey state program, long-term disability insurance, retirement plan, and travel reimbursement.

    Location

    The position will be based at FSHC’s offices in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, with much of the work outside the office. We may be open to someone who would work remotely part-time.

    How to Apply

    Fair Share Housing Center, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from people of color, women, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. Interested applicants should forward a cover letter and resume via e-mail to jobs@fairsharehousing.org.

  • Director of Racial Justice Policy

    Fair Share Housing Center, Inc. (FSHC) seeks a passionate, innovative and mission-driven individual to serve as a full-time Director of Racial Justice Policy.

    In New Jersey and nationally, decades of racial discrimination and exclusionary public policies have kept African-American and Latinx families out of communities with outstanding schools and access to jobs and driven up rents and home prices beyond what many lower-income families can afford. These disparities in recent years have gained increased national attention due to organizing around racial justice and new research showing the multigenerational impacts of housing discrimination and exclusionary zoning. FSHC has one of the strongest track records of any organization in the country in taking on these challenges head on. Our work has created over 70,000 homes affordable to lower-income families in communities that otherwise would have excluded them, with 50,000 more anticipated over the next decade. We have shaped both state and national policy on racial justice and fair housing, including through the largest case ever brought nationally in the 50 years of the federal Fair Housing Act, which resulted in over half a billion dollars benefiting communities that otherwise would have been excluded from Superstorm Sandy recovery.

    The Director of Racial Justice Policy will play a leadership role in charting the next generation of state and national policy to address critical issues of racial justice, fair housing, climate change, and disaster recovery, coordinating FSHC’s work in this area and collaborating with a diverse range of other groups on the state level and nationally.

    This position will report to the Associate Director of FSHC.

    Organizational overview

    The mission of FSHC is to dismantle decades of racial and economic discrimination in New Jersey and nationally that excludes people from the opportunity to reside in safe and decent housing and neighborhoods. FSHC challenges discrimination — particularly as it affects people of color through systemic racism — through local, state, and national policies on land use, housing, disaster recovery, and climate change.

    FSHC has a proven track record dating back to 1975, when plaintiffs, attorneys, and others involved in the landmark Mount Laurel litigation formed FSHC. The doctrine has resulted in 150,000 low- and moderate-income New Jerseyans having a place to live in high-opportunity neighborhoods with good jobs and effective schools.

    FSHC’s work begins with the recognition that exclusionary land use policies are a form of structural racism; harm and disadvantage lower-income families, especially families of color; and perpetuate racial and economic segregation. FSHC, in alliance with strong civil rights, religious, and housing allies, has responded to this hyper-segregation by enforcing the Mount Laurel doctrine and otherwise advocating for the development of affordable homes in higher opportunity New Jersey municipalities, especially for families. And FSHC has played a critical role in the national fight for fair housing, as counsel in the largest settlement in the 50 year history of the federal Fair Housing Act, which shifted over a half-billion dollars in federal disaster recovery funds to support critical needs of communities of color and as a key participant in shaping federal policies around climate change and disaster recovery, affirmatively furthering fair housing, disparate impact, and the low income housing tax credit program.

    Position responsibilities

    The position will involve:

    • Advocacy at state and national levels for policies that promote racial and economic integration in housing. FSHC regularly meets with elected officials on the state and national level, Congressional and state legislative staff, and key leaders of other state and national advocacy groups. The Director of Racial Justice Policy will play a critical role in shaping, setting up, and following up on these conversations to drive FSHC’s policy agenda, including representing FSHC at national convenings and meetings.

    • Policy development of proposals on the state and national levels for policies that promote racial and economic integration in housing. The Director of Racial Justice Policy will also drive policy research and development for key issues involving racial justice, access to housing, fair disaster recovery and climate change policy, and related issues. The Director will produce policy proposals in coordination with FSHC’s legal and organizing staff and board and playing a leadership role in advocating for and developing those proposals into actual policy. In this work, the Director will work closely with FSHC’s Director of Community Engagement on coalition building work with civil rights, religious, and community organizations to ensure policy development is shaped by community leaders.

    • Development of written and oral communications regarding FSHC’s work, including through meeting with current and potential funders of policy work and testimony at public hearings and meetings. FSHC has repeatedly testified before Congress, HUD Secretaries and other HUD leaders, and the New Jersey Legislature and various state task forces. FSHC also has played a national and state leadership role in working with major national and state funders in both funding its own work and helping shape broader funder strategies for this work. The Director will play a critical role in this work.

    • Working with peer organizations throughout the country on policy development and implementation. FSHC has long collaborated with similar organizations in other states and nationally and is often asked for input in shaping other state and national policies on issues such as state fair housing policies and disaster recovery work. The Director will play a key role in this work and developing these relationships.

    Position qualifications

    Qualified candidates must have proven success in:

    • Leading efforts at policy or legal change through legislative, administrative, or legal advocacy.

    • Working collaboratively with colleagues and community stakeholders.

    • Public speaking.

    • Writing, including policy briefings, blogs, funder communications, and/or educational materials.

    • Managing project schedules and activities to ensure that all requirements are met, deliverables are completed and reporting is timely.

    • Developing and maintaining relationships with community stakeholders, funders and partners, including state and local government, academic institutions, local businesses, and other non-profits.

    Qualified candidates shall have:

    • A demonstrated commitment to racial justice.

    • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, although experience in a field related to housing or racial justice may be substituted for education. Candidates with legal, public policy, and planning degrees or experience are encouraged to apply.

    • A minimum of six years of relevant experience,

    • The ability to travel within New Jersey and out of state and the ability to attend some weekend and evening meetings.

    • Experience in handling and belief in the importance of dealing with issues that generate public controversy.

    Preferred but not mandatory qualifications include:

    • Experience with affordable housing.

    • The ability to speak and write in Spanish.

    • Experience with social media.

    • Experience with public interest law, legislative lobbying, government, or related fields.

    • A valid driver’s license.

    Physical demands: This job requires some driving which could potentially be accomplished through taxi etc if driving is a problem for the candidate though many required meetings could be done via public transportation. The job does not involve any other unusual physical demands.

    Compensation

    $65,000-$80,000 annually depending on a candidate’s background and skills. FSHC provides an excellent benefits package including high quality employer-paid medical and dental insurance, holiday/vacation/sick leave, paid family leave in accordance with the New Jersey state program, long-term disability insurance, retirement plan, and travel reimbursement.

    Location The position will be based at FSHC’s offices in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, with much of the work outside the office. We may be open to someone who would work remotely part time.

    How to Apply Fair Share Housing Center, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from people of color, women, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. Interested applicants should forward a cover letter and resume via e-mail to jobs@fairsharehousing.org.

Internships

  • Ronald B. Evans, Sr. Opportunity Housing Internship Program

    Fair Share Housing Center is proud to announce the creation of the Ronald B. Evans, Sr. Opportunity Housing Internship Program. In his memory and in his name, and in keeping with his example of being devoted to the City of Camden and the creation of inclusive communities through the Mount Laurel doctrine, we have created a program that will provide internship opportunities during the summer within our organization for high school and college students from Camden.

    About Ron Evans
    Ronald B. Evans, Sr. was born in 1931 in Camden. He resided in his much-loved city until his death, serving his community and its residents as a relentless civil rights advocate for racial and economic disparities through housing and employment initiatives.

    Ron’s fundamental belief was that every person was called to serve others, and he committed his own life to justice. He is remembered for sentiments like “everybody has the responsibility in life-and God has sent me on a mission, this mission is to help fight for equality, inspire others and serve the community.”

    Ron served for 40 years as a member and ultimately chairman of the Board of Fair Share Housing Center, where he helped ensure the promise of the Mount Laurel doctrine is satisfied. For more information about Ron, please click here.

    About the Internship Program
    As a way to honor its namesake, the Ronald B. Evans, Sr. Opportunity Housing Internship Program will provide opportunities every summer for high school and college students from Camden to work with Fair Share Housing Center. The internship will provide students with experience in a professional work setting in which they will work closely with lawyers, the outreach coordinator, and other staff. The positions will include both work in the office and opportunities for learning outside the office in meetings and in courtrooms.

    Application Process and Qualifications This internship is open to high school and college students from Camden. We are particularly interested in working with students who have an interest in civil rights advocacy, public interest law, and urban planning. Internships will run for 10 weeks from early June through the end of July/early August. This is a paid internship.

    Applications for the internship program will be available March 1, 2016. Please contact Donna Gomez at donnagomez@fairsharehousing.org or 856-665-5444 for an application or with any questions.

  • Work-Study or Unpaid Internship

    Fair Share Housing Center offers several college and graduate-level internships for students with a background in law or urban planning. Our interns gain extensive experience in legal and planning research and policy development in a closely supervised environment. Responsibilities are substantial: past interns have worked under attorney supervision to investigate municipal compliance with fair housing laws and opportunities for development of mixed-income developments near transit, which has included legal and municipal research, attending and testifying at public meetings, drafting legal documents, and attending policy and court proceedings. Interested interns may also have the opportunity to work on projects that integrate legal work with community organizing and/or housing development with FSHC’s partner organizations. Additionally, our recent work has been focused on concerns with equitable rebuilding post-Superstorm Sandy and the disbursement of federal and state funding. Interns will play an important role in this work with opportunities that could include analysis of federal and state law, policy development, data analysis, and community and media outreach. We are looking for interns with strong analytical and writing skills who are interested in researching opportunities for developing affordable housing near transit, working with us to draft court documents, and assisting us in our continuing Superstorm Sandy efforts.

    Application Process and Qualifications: Some background in civil rights, land use, or housing work is preferred. We are particularly interested in working with students who have an interest in a career in public interest law or urban planning. Fair Share Housing Center is an equal opportunity employer and particularly encourages applications from women and people of color. Internships are unpaid however we can provide funding through local university work-study programs. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, the names and phone numbers/emails of at least two references, and a writing sample to lauradenker@fairsharehousing.org.

    Deadline: We accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the year.

  • Summer Legal Internship

    Every summer, Fair Share Housing Center hosts legal internships. Interns gain extensive experience in legal research, writing, and policy development in a closely supervised environment. Responsibilities are substantial: past interns have worked with attorneys to investigate municipal compliance with fair housing laws, researched opportunities for development of mixed-income developments near transit, drafted court documents including briefs for the state Appellate Division and Supreme Court. Interested interns also may have the opportunity to work on projects that integrate legal work with community organizing and/or housing development with FSHC’s partner organizations. We are particularly interested in hosting summer interns who may wish to develop applications for public interest fellowships with us post-graduation; FSHC has recently hosted an Equal Justice Works Fellow. Fair Share Housing Center also accepts a limited number of interns during the school year.

    Application Process and Qualifications: Some background in the land use or housing field is preferred, ideally including course work in land use, civil rights law, and/or administrative law. We prefer 2Ls but have also had 1Ls in the past. Fair Share Housing Center is an equal opportunity employer and particularly encourages applications from women and people of color. Applicants are encouraged to find outside funding from public interest programs at their law schools. Summer internships will run from early May through the end of July/early August. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, the names and phone numbers/emails of at least two references, and a writing sample to lauradenker@fairsharehousing.org.

    Deadline: We expect to fill positions for the summer no later than March.

  • College Summer Internship

    Fair Share Housing Center offers several college and graduate-level internships for students with a background in law or urban planning. Our interns gain extensive experience in legal and planning research and policy development in a closely supervised environment. Responsibilities are substantial: past interns have worked on a pilot project sponsored by national foundations to help lower-income families find housing in high-opportunity towns with good schools and jobs; they have also worked with attorneys investigate municipal compliance with fair housing laws, up to and including learning how to draft legal documents under attorney supervision. Interested interns may also have the opportunity to work on projects that integrate legal work with community organizing and/or housing development with FSHC’s partner organizations. We are looking for interns interested in researching opportunities for developing affordable housing near transit. We are also looking for interns who can work with us on drafting court documents.

    Application Process and Qualifications: Some background in civil rights, land use, or housing work is preferred. We are particularly interested in working with students who have an interest in a career in public interest law or urban planning. Fair Share Housing Center is an equal opportunity employer and particularly encourages applications from women and people of color. Applicants are encouraged to find outside funding from public interest programs at their schools.

    To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, the names and phone numbers/emails of at least two references, and a writing sample to lauradenker@fairsharehousing.org.

    Deadline: We expect to fill positions for the summer in March or April.

  • Summer Planning and Policy Internship

    Every summer, Fair Share Housing Center hosts internships for students who are passionate about planning and the public-interest sector. Interns can gain extensive knowledge and analytical experience through writing and policy development in a closely supervised environment. Responsibilities are substantial with opportunities to work with attorneys to investigate municipal compliance with fair housing laws, research opportunities for development of mixed-income developments near transit, advocate and participate in awareness events throughout the state, draft newsletters, blogs, and press-releases, and gain an understanding of the operations of a non-profit. Interested interns also may have the opportunity to work on community organizing and/or housing development with FSHC’s partner organizations.

    Application Process and Qualifications: Some background in the land use or housing field is preferred, ideally including course work in land use, civil rights law, and/or administrative law. We are particularly interested in working with students who have an interest in a career in public interest law or urban planning. Our work covers the entire state and students who have strong ties to New Jersey or can connect to the state-specific challenges facing income-based housing in New Jersey are preferred, but not required. Fair Share Housing Center is an equal opportunity employer and particularly encourages applications from women and people of color. Applicants are encouraged to find outside funding from public interest programs at their schools. Summer internships will run from early May through the end of July/early August. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, the names and phone numbers/emails of at least two references, and a writing sample to lauradenker@fairsharehousing.org.

    Deadline: We expect to fill positions for the summer in March.