Advocacy Director

    Texas Housers
    Published
    February 3, 2021
    Location
    1800 W 6th St, Austin

    Description

    Job announcement: Texas Housers Advocacy Director

    Position is available immediately

    Salary range: $50,000 - $60,000 depending on skills and experience

    Reports to: Texas Housers Co-Directors

    Position description: Texas Housers advocacy director is dedicated to public and governmental advocacy for Texans with low-incomes to have equitable access, regardless of race, national origin, or disability to decent, affordable housing in a quality neighborhood of choice.  In support of the housing advocacy efforts of all our staff, the person in this position develops and advances policies and practices that promote the purpose of the United State Fair Housing Act, namely that government agencies at the local, state and federal levels act to eliminate discrimination and achieve truly integrated communities by dismantling the existing vestiges of Jim Crow era residential racial segregation.

    The advocacy director works closely with our co-directors, communications team, organizers and researchers to coordinate the organization’s work to influence public policy and government actions in ways that benefit the people whose interests we serve.

    About Texas Housers

    Texas Housers/Texas Low Income Housing Information Service, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1988 to work for housing justice across the state of Texas. Today, we are the state’s leading advocate for equity in homes and neighborhoods across racial, ethnic and economic boundaries.  We look for opportunities where we can work with local, grassroots community leaders representing people and neighborhoods seeking to overcome housing injustice or neighborhood inequality through community organizing and collective action.  Our staff engages impacted residents, research housing and neighborhood conditions and the government policies and practices that contribute to inequities. We collaborate with community residents to develop innovative solutions and support the struggle for housing justice. Texas Housers has staff and offices in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas. For more about Texas Housers visit www.texashousers.org

    Required Qualifications & Skills

    • Strong personal commitment and action on behalf of racial, social and economic justice.
    • Skills and commitment to work collaboratively with people with low incomes in their struggle
    • Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public policy, sociology, or related field
    • Experience communicating and negotiating with public officials and stakeholders regarding substantive policy and lawmaking
    • Working knowledge of government housing and community development programs
    • Strong research and analytical skills, including data acquisition, report writing and presentation
    • Experience analyzing and interpreting public policy and legislation

    Preferred (but not required) qualifications and skills

    • Law degree and/or advance degree in public policy
    • Experience with ArcGIS and data mapping
    • Spanish language fluency
    • Training and experience in community organizing and community change campaigns
    • Experience in civil rights and housing advocacy
    • People of color, people identifying as LGBTQ, people who have life experiences of living with limited economic means, those experienced in community organizing and racial justice work are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Roles & Responsibilities

    • Supports grassroots leaders across Texas to assess public policies and interventions to disrupt barriers to equitable access to decent affordable homes and quality neighborhoods.
    • Drafts and advocates the organization’s legislative and policy positions
    • Identifies and acts on opportunities for public comment and coordinates staff and partners in drafting comments and/or making presentations before governmental bodies
    • Maintains presence and relationships with grassroots activists, other advocates, public officials, and partnering organizations
    • In conjunction with Texas Housers senior staff and our communications team, develops expert information and policy solutions to housing and community development problems
    • Advocates on behalf of the organization at the Texas Capitol, city councils, county commissions, as well as supports our staff across the state in doing the same
    • Using Fair Housing and civil rights enforcement statutes, prepares and files complaints with government regulators and law enforcement officials, supports investigations and advocates for their favorable resolution.
    • Coordinates with internal and outside legal counsel on legal strategy and litigation in furtherance of Texas Housers’ mission.
    • Prepares and conducts trainings for grassroots activists and advocates on issues related to housing and community development, including through the Texas Housers Academy
    • Coordinates with research team, as well as performs research, to produce accurate information and reports that support advocacy efforts
    • Travels to work with community leaders and local officials.

    How to apply

    Email a letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position, resume, a writing sample of no more than three pages and three references with their contact information to karen@texashousing.org with the subject “Advocacy director position.” No phone inquires please.

    The position is open now and will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is identified.