Texas Housers has spent more than 30 years building Texas’ foremost housing policy research and advocacy organization. Our statewide team of analysts and policy experts in locations such as Austin, Houston, Fort Worth, and San Antonio partner with local grassroots groups in low-income communities of color all over Texas to win fair, affordable, and quality living conditions.
Our San Antonio satellite office is seeking a driven, organized, and thoughtful person to support community efforts for just and inclusive housing policies. As San Antonio develops its affordable housing policy, Texas Housers is dedicated to working with community groups and activists to monitor local entities’ progress and work together to promote fair housing through research and advocacy.
San Antonio is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation, and with growth comes increased displacement risk that disproportionately impacts low-income communities of color. This position will require occasional travel to Corpus Christi, South Texas, and the Border region for work in neighborhood rights, fair housing policy, and public housing tenant outreach and education. This is an 18 month grant-funded position with a possibility (but not guarantee) of continuing beyond 18 months.
If you love to engage with community and solve problems, make housing more fair and inclusive, and have an inquisitive mind with a thirst for knowledge and justice, this job could be a great fit for you.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Work to identify and solve problems or economic, ethnic and racial inequality in housing and neighborhoods in San Antonio and surrounding areas.
- Identify, engage, educate, and support grassroots, low-income neighborhood leaders on fair housing, affordable housing, community development, public infrastructure and environmental issues that impact their lives and communities.
- Develop learning modules for education of neighborhood leaders on issues of housing justice
- Research, identify, collect data and document fair housing, affordable housing, community development, public infrastructure and environmental issues.
- Monitor public policies, neighborhood conditions and issues, events, actors and trends in San Antonio including policy changes, government meetings, grassroots advocacy groups.
- Leverage the expertise of neighborhood leaders with low incomes, academics, government officials, community leaders and Texas Housers staff to assess issues and identify solutions.
- Research and interpret data in response to requests from neighborhood leaders, attorneys, public officials and the media.
- Other duties as assigned. Responsibilities shift as policy develops and communities re- prioritize.
- Fluent in Spanish, with native fluency strongly preferred
- Commitment to social, economic, and racial justice
- Experience in grassroots community outreach, education and engagement
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Superior research, data aggregation, and analytical skills
- Experience presenting and discussing data with a range of audiences from community members to public officials
- Critical thinking and problem solving ability
- Strong computer literacy skills
- Education background and/or experience in civil rights law, public administration and public policy (especially in the fields of housing and community development) and/or municipal and neighborhood planning
- Familiarity with contemporary social science research in housing policy, urban and rural sociology, economics, African-American or Mexican-American history or related areas.
- Knowledge of affordable housing, environmental, public infrastructure and other issues facing low-income communities
- Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) strongly preferred
- Excellent organization, time management and project management skills
- Self-starter who is eager to take initiative on projects
Preferred competencies (not possessing these should not preclude an applicant):
- Four-year degree (advanced degree in relevant discipline desirable)
- Fluency in writing Spanish
- Familiarity with issues facing low-income communities of color
- Familiarity with fair and affordable housing, community development, civil rights
- Background in social work, adult education, community organizing, history, ethnic studies, urban planning, sociology or a related field.
- Health insurance
- Sick time
- Eligible for retirement contributions in third year on job.
How to Apply
This is an immediate job opening. The position will be filled as soon as a qualified applicant is identified hired. If you are interested you are urged to apply immediately.
Submit a single email (no phone calls please) with:
- cover letter
- references (3)
- writing sample (a maximum of four pages)
Address this email to Karen Paup at email@example.com. Reference “Community Equity Analyst” in the subject line.