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Fair Housing Investigatons Coordinator

Company: Greater Bakersfield Legal
Location: Bakersfield
Posted on: September 13, 2019

Job Description:

Under the direct supervision of the Fair Housing Litigator, responsible for: (1) coordination of complaint-based and systemic fair housing investigations, including fair housing testing, resident surveys, witness interviews, etc.; (2) participation in other activities relating to fair housing community education, investigation, and enforcement within the framework of the GBLA Fair Housing Law Project (FHLP). This is a professional staff position that is funded for a specific duration through a grant contract with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and at least five (5) years of relevant work experience; or graduate degree (i.e., master's, Ph.D., J.D.) and at least two (2) years of relevant work experience; or other combination of education and work experience that demonstrates the requisite skills to meet the duties and responsibilities of the position. Ability to understand and apply principles of investigation and law, with particular emphasis on gathering, preserving, and analyzing evidence. Ability to learn and use various Internet and software applications for investigations and reporting. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with others; ability to evaluate people and to obtain information through interview, investigation, and discovery. Prior fair housing experience and English-Spanish bilingual ability (speaking, reading, and writing) are highly desirable. *DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES * Comply with all applicable regulations of HUD, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), State Bar of California, or other funders or regulatory bodies. Assist the Fair Housing Litigator in the development of policies, procedures, and reporting relating to fair housing investigations. Recruit, screen, train, and supervise the activities of volunteer fair housing testers. Promptly investigate FHLP clients' allegations of illegal housing discrimination through fair housing testing, resident surveys, Internet or other research, witness interviews, document review, etc., as directed by the Fair Housing Litigator. Identify housing providers for systemic fair housing testing based on advertising, census or other demographic data, "tips," etc., and conduct systemic investigations through fair housing testing, resident surveys, Internet or other research, witness interviews, document review, etc. Accurately record and analyze data and evidence gathered in fair housing investigations, and report investigation results to other FHLP staff. Maintain confidentiality of investigation procedures to assure program integrity. Prepare, organize, and maintain investigation, tester, and other files; maintain and secure evidence for use in administrative and legal proceedings. Act as custodian of records for fair housing investigations and provide testimony in administrative and legal proceedings as directed by the Fair Housing Litigator. Assure that FHLP meets all grant goals and objectives relating to fair housing investigations. Provide data to FHLP staff for use in preparation of HUD quarterly reports and reports to community partners involved in FHLP's systemic testing program. Participate in fair housing outreach activities for the purpose of recruiting volunteer fair housing testers, community partners for systemic investigations, and educating local residents and housing providers about their fair housing rights and responsibilities. Participate in learning from and collaborating with fair housing investigators and testing coordinators in other organizations in California and elsewhere, as well as seeking ongoing training in fair housing, housing law, and related subjects. Prepare correspondence, reports, training manuals and materials, and other documents necessary to accomplish FHLP goals and objectives. Maintain professional demeanor and work well with a diverse group of people from a broad variety of social, economic, racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. Performs other related duties consistent with the role and function of the position as assigned by the Fair Housing Litigator. Regularly lifts up to 10 pounds and occasionally lifts up to 30 pounds. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. Other duties may be assigned. Bilingual - English/Spanish, desirable Submit Cover Letter, Legal Writing Sample, Resume, and Three Professional References Employment Type: Full Time Years Experience: 1 - 3 years Salary: $25+ Hourly Bonus/Commission: No

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