Fair Share Housing Center

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Employment Opportunities

  • Staff Attorney

    Fair Share Housing Center, Inc. (FSHC) is seeking a mission-driven attorney with a commitment to racial and economic justice for the position of Staff Attorney. In New Jersey and nationally, decades of racial discrimination and exclusionary public policies have shut 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 confronting these challenges head on. Our work has helped create 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. The Staff Attorney will be a key player in a small, tight-knit team that works together to make sure that the promise of New Jersey’s fair housing laws becomes reality for lower income families, including families of color too often excluded from decent and affordable homes. This position is for a recent law school graduate or a lawyer with a few years of experience, and it will involve working with more experienced attorneys to review compliance with fair housing settlements and attending court hearings to ensure that commitments to produce affordable homes turn into reality. The position is an ideal one for a lawyer who wants to develop document review, writing, and litigation skills and offers room for growth in handling more complex court matters over time.

    Organizational overview FSHC is dedicated to dismantling 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 (all percentages approximate and may shift depending on needs):
    - Working closely with a Senior Staff Attorney to review compliance with fair housing settlements and to offer comments and revisions to proposed municipal ordinances, policies, and plans to ensure that much-needed homes are actually built; work will also include frequent communication with opposing counsel, urban planners, and other people involved in cases to attempt to resolve issues as they arise (50%);
    - Litigation including regularly participating in court hearings throughout New Jersey to implement fair housing plans and to pursue remedies when plans are not implemented (40%);
    - Working as part of our team to shape overall strategy on fair housing compliance and enforcement and integrating legal work, community engagement, and public policy (10%).

    Position Qualifications: Qualified candidates must have:
    • Strong written and oral communication skills.
    • Comfort with frequent court appearances.
    • Support for and understanding of the principles of our work.
    • Ability to work independently with limited supervision.
    • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
    • Demonstrated experience with and interest in applying legal skills for work advancing racial and economic justice.
    • The ability to travel within New Jersey during the workday (including the need to sometimes leave early or get back late from court appearances in other parts of the state), with occasional weekend and evening commitments.
    • A law degree with membership in the New Jersey bar or ability to become a member of the New Jersey bar.

    Preferred but not mandatory qualifications include:
    • The ability to speak and write in Spanish.
    • Experience with affordable housing and related areas (e.g. land use).
    Physical demands: This job requires significant amounts of travel throughout New Jersey that is probably often easiest done via driving but which also could potentially be accomplished through public transportation, if driving is a challenge for the candidate. The job does not involve any other unusual physical demands.

    Compensation
    $50,000-$60,000 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 are open to considering applicants who would be based in another part of New Jersey several days a week.

    How to Apply
    Fair Share Housing Center, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from people of color, women and people who identify as non-binary, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. Interested applicants should forward a cover letter, resume with references, and two writing samples (at least one of which is a legal writing sample) via e-mail to jobs@fairsharehousing.org as soon as possible. The writing samples should be the applicant’s original work. Applications will be accepted and interviews conducted on a rolling basis until position filled.

  • Senior Staff Attorney

    Fair Share Housing Center, Inc. (FSHC) is seeking a mission-driven attorney with a commitment to racial and economic justice for the position of Senior Staff Attorney. In New Jersey and nationally, decades of racial discrimination and exclusionary public policies have shut 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 confronting these challenges head on. Our work has helped create 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. The Senior Staff Attorney will be a key player in a small, tight-knit team that works together to make sure that the promise of New Jersey’s fair housing laws becomes reality for lower-income families, including families of color too often excluded from decent and affordable homes. This position will require an attorney with a diverse range of legal skills, including litigation, reviewing proposed ordinances and plans to ensure they are actually workable in creating affordable homes, and policy work. The successful candidate will be an attorney with demonstrated skills in dealing with complex and fastchanging situations and using legal knowledge in a broad range of forums and settings to protect the rights of lower-income people and people of color.

    Organizational overview FSHC is dedicated to dismantling 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 (all percentages approximate and may shift depending on needs):
    - Work with other Senior Staff Attorneys and Staff Attorneys to review compliance with fair housing settlements and to offer comments and revisions to proposed municipal ordinances, policies, and plans to ensure that much-needed homes are actually built; work will also include frequent communication with opposing counsel, urban planners, and other people involved in cases to attempt to resolve issues as they arise (40%);
    - Litigation focused on ensuring compliance with fair housing rules, including bringing cases and litigating through to conclusion when developers and/or municipalities violate past agreements or court orders setting forth requirements for affordable housing production (35%);
    - Working with community groups and FSHC’s community engagement team to help explain our legal work and the homes created through it in order to ensure that potential applicants have information about how to apply to homes, and to respond to issues being raised by civil rights, religious, and other organizations about fair housing compliance in their communities (15%);
    - Working as part of our team to shape overall strategy on fair housing compliance and enforcement and integrating legal work, community engagement, and public policy (10%).

    Position Qualifications: Qualified candidates must have: • 5 or more years experience as an attorney, preferably in an area related to civil rights litigation, and preferably with experience in New Jersey state court.
    • Experience in working as a lawyer with communities of color on work advancing racial and economic justice.
    • Experience supervising less experienced attorneys and/or significant experience supervising interns or law students. • Strong written and oral communication skills.
    • Comfort with frequent court appearances.
    • Support for and understanding of the principles of our work.
    • Ability to work independently with limited supervision.
    • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
    • The ability to travel within New Jersey during the workday (including the need to sometimes leave early or get back late from court appearances in other parts of the state), with occasional weekend and evening commitments. • A law degree with membership in the New Jersey bar or ability to become a member of the New Jersey bar.

    Preferred but not mandatory qualifications include:
    • The ability to speak and write in Spanish.
    • Experience with affordable housing and related areas (e.g. land use).
    Physical demands: This job requires significant amounts of travel throughout New Jersey that is probably often easiest done via driving but which also could potentially be accomplished through public transportation, if driving is a challenge for the candidate. 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 are open to considering applicants who would be based in another part of New Jersey several days a week.

    How to Apply
    Fair Share Housing Center, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from people of color, women and people who identify as non-binary, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities.

    Interested applicants should forward a cover letter, resume with references, and two writing samples (at least one of which is a legal writing sample) via e-mail to jobs@fairsharehousing.org as soon as possible. The writing samples should be the applicant’s original work. Applications will be accepted and interviews conducted on a rolling basis until position filled.

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.