Texas Housers is looking for four talented and dedicated people to work for housing justice with our team. The job announcements, which contain instructions for applying, are posted on Idealist.org and are linked and summarized below.
South Texas co-director for fair housing, community development and environmental justice (San Antonio/Austin)
The position will be based in Austin or San Antonio, and will serve the southern part of Texas, including the cities of Austin, San Antonio, El Paso, Laredo and Corpus Christi. The position involves regular travel across South Texas and work hours occasionally outside traditional business hours. The position requires a valid drivers license.
In addition of working across the broad range of housing, environmental justice and low-income community development issues, the position is expected to be heavily engaged in research and monitoring and oversight of Hurricane Harvey disaster recovery efforts.
This position is funded through a two-year grant with the possibility, but not a guarantee that funding for the position will be extended.
The individual we seek will work closely with local public interest attorneys, grassroots neighborhood leaders and organizations representing low-income people and neighborhoods. The new Texas Housers South Texas office will be part of a statewide team of researchers and policy experts working out of our offices in Austin, Houston, the Lower Rio Grande Valley and Northwest Texas.
Community navigator to investigate and advocate equitable disaster recovery in Texas
Hurricane Harvey damaged or destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes in Texas. Many of the worst impacted are people with low-incomes and communities of color. It is essential that their ongoing experiences in recovering from the disaster inform public and private efforts intended to help them.
We seek a dedicated, creative, compassionate person to be a community navigator for people and neighborhoods who are recovering from Hurricane Harvey outside of Houston (areas include, but are not limited to, Beaumont, Victoria, Orange, and Port Arthur). This person will listen to survivors and community leaders, identify what is working and what is not working in the disaster recovery program and help incorporate voices of impacted populations in the decisions of government agencies and elected officials. The objective is to make the recovery process work better for the hurricane survivors. The community navigator will attend public meetings in the state and in local jurisdictions and facilitate opportunities to make community voices heard in policy decisions related to state recovery programs and funding allocations.
We have advocated equitable disaster recovery through four major hurricanes in the past 10 years. We have seen people of color with low-incomes often be left behind in the recovery. We want to fix that. Over the next several years, we will research, advocate and organize to lift up the voices of communities so their needs and voices are heard and met.
We work closely with neighborhood organizations, community organizers, faith-based groups, community development corporations, civil rights organizations, national advocacy organizations and others in our work.
This is a three-year, grant-funded position.
Extensive travel across the hurricane impacted regions of Texas will be required, centered in the most directly impacted areas. These areas include Rockport, Victoria, the counties outside Houston and the Southeast Texas region of Beaumont-Port Arthur. Work hours will vary and will include evening and weekend work.
Storyteller for hurricane recovery justice (Houston)
Hurricane Harvey damaged or destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes in Texas. Many of the most impacted are people with low-incomes. It is essential that their ongoing experiences in recovering from the disaster inform public and private efforts intended to help them.
We seek a dedicated, creative, compassionate person, a skilled, strategic communicator and storyteller to give voice to the recovery needs and experiences of hurricane survivors in our Houston office. We are looking for someone who can listen to survivors, community leaders, government agencies, elected officials, researchers and policy experts to bring context and clarity to the ongoing chaos of disaster recovery in order to make the recovery process work better for the hurricane survivors.
Hurricane Harvey disaster recovery equity analyst
We are seeking a disaster recovery analyst who will work to promote fair housing, environmental justice, neighborhood equity and civil rights during the Hurricane Harvey recovery. This position will involve working with public interest legal services attorneys, advocates, local governments, and community organizations to provide research and information needed to effect change through advocacy, public participation, administrative enforcement, and legal actions. A qualified candidate will be comfortable communicating and working with these diverse stakeholders, conducting accurate research and data analysis under sometimes short deadlines, and receiving support and feedback from Texas Housers staff on work products.