City of Garland, TX

  • Fair Housing Specialist

    Location US-TX-Garland
    Posted Date 6 days ago(6 days ago)
    Job ID
    2018-5471
    # of Openings Remaining
    1
    Department
    Fair Housing
    Job Family
    Program Coordinator
    Min
    USD $51,563.00/Yr.
    Mid
    USD $65,666.00/Yr.
    Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Job Code Category
    Other
  • Position Summary

    Responsible for assisting in the coordination and facilitation of Fair Housing Initiatives (FHIP) and Fair Housing Assistance Programs (FHAP) as awarded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The role will be responsible for reviewing, analyzing, evaluating, investigating and processing complaints of discrimination; conducting conciliations, negotiations and mediations researches; and interpreting and applying law. Also, responsible for providing educational information and resources.


     


     

    Essential Job Functions

     


    Community Outreach



    1. Establish, engage and maintain relationships with community leaders, real estate professionals, lenders, neighborhood outreach partners committees and applicable legal entities interested in providing a "Fair Housing" establishment within the City of Garland.

    2. Plan, organize and conduct housing counseling, education and financial literacy workshops (financial literacy, homebuyer, fair housing workshops, and mortgage default). Maintain client records for submission to HUD.

    3. Develop presentations in various languages, including English and Spanish.

    4. Conduct training to ensure that City departments and housing contractors are knowledgeable of procedures, processes and requirements.

    5. May provide support for the Summer Food Nutrition Program.


    Investigations



    1. Investigate reported violation complaints of Fair Housing statues and regulations relating to Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 as amended. Gather facts including interviewing all parties and witnesses involved and reviewing all pertinent documents to determine if allegations are valid.

    2. Make cause or no-cause recommendations to the Fair Housing Administrator and City Attorney’s Office for consideration in prosecution of cases for alleged housing discrimination.

    3. Communicate with landlords, their attorneys, City attorneys, federal agencies and private organizations to investigate cases and explain liabilities. Prepare reports and other paperwork, documents investigations and maintain files to develop comprehensive documentation of cases.


     


    Conciliations


     



    1. Draft conciliation agreements between complainant and respondent for administrator's approval in accordance with the policies/procedures and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Consult and collaborate with City Attorney's Office for advice and consent on drafting the terms of conciliation agreements.

    2. Inform complainants and respondents of conciliation process. Plan and direct negotiation conferences between disputing parties to reach a negotiated agreement.

    3. Mediate claim(s) between complainant and respondent. Monitor actions of conciliating parties to ensure compliance with federal, state and local fair housing laws and regulations, as well as compliance with terms agreed.

    Preferred Knowledge - Abilities & Skills

    Education/ Experience:     




    • Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Public Administration, Communications, Human Relations, Sociology, Pre-Law or related field of study



    • 2-3 years progressively increasing responsibility of work in investigating and processing complaints, community outreach, conducting educational training and/or agency performance monitoring



    • Experience with conducting fair housing investigations



    • Bilingual in Spanish preferred



    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:



    • Comprehensive knowledge of the Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) and Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP)

    • Comprehensive knowledge of local, state and federal housing laws and regulations

    • Comprehensive knowledge of Fair Housing laws and legal processes

    • Comprehensive knowledge of mediation techniques and methods of negotiation

    • Understanding of tenant/landlord issues and related laws

    • Ability to conduct presentations

    • Ability to communicate effectively both written and orally

    • Ability to work effectively with public officials, citizens and staff members

    • Ability to operate personal computer software programs such as word processing spreadsheet applications, data base applications and graphics

    • Ability to perform research, prepare technical and professional reports and conduct presentations

    Licenses & Certifications

    Valid Class C Texas driver's license

    Physical Tasks & Working Conditions

    The incumbent works in a typical office environment and in the field; occasional exposure to unpleasant environmental conditions or hazards. Frequent outside work required. Subject to work evenings and weekends.

    Competencies

    Models Organizational Values
    Customer Focus
    Communication
    Adaptability/Flexibility
    Results Focus/Project Management

    Minimum Education & Work Experience

    Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Public Administration, Communications, Human Relations, Sociology, Pre-Law or related field of study
    2 years progressively increasing responsibility of work in investigating and processing complaints, community outreach, conducting educational training and/or agency performance monitoring
    Or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.

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