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Texas Housers is searching for a Community Equity Analyst in South Texas to engage in housing justice research and action

Texas Housers’ San Antonio/South Texas regional office is seeking a driven, organized, and passionate 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 potentially require occasional travel to Corpus Christi, South Texas, and the Border region for work in neighborhood rights, fair housing research and advocacy, 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 are a self-starter who loves to engage with community, 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.

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES

  • 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
  • Strong research, data aggregation, and analytical skills
  • Driven individual who is eager to take initiative on projects
  • 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 public policy (especially in the fields of housing and community development) strongly preferred
  • 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
  • Creative touch/detail oriented to create visually pleasing (and accessible) outreach materials and reports, strongly preferred 

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, civil rights or a related field.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Identify and solve systemic problems of 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.
  • Create and sustain campaigns with community leaders around important housing issues. Do so via a variety of outreach, informative events, materials, meetings and relationships. 
  • Assist in tracking the expenditure of state and local Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) programs and evaluating their ability to prevent evictions across Texas
  • Conduct independent research advocating for equitable affordable housing development, environmental justice awareness, and disparate impacts on low-income individuals.
  • 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.
  • Maintain strong relationships with public officials and progressive local organizations.
  • Research and interpret data in response to requests from neighborhood leaders, attorneys, public officials and the media.
  • Develop learning modules for education of neighborhood leaders and tenant rights advocates on issues of housing justice. 
  • Other duties as assigned. Responsibilities shift as policy develops and communities re- prioritize.

BENEFITS

Paid health insurance,  vacation, sick time. Eligible for retirement contributions in third year on job.

COMPENSATION

$46,000 – $56,000

Texas Housers is Texas’ leading low-income housing and community development research and policy organization. We have offices in Houston, San Antonio and Austin. We partner with grassroots groups in low-income communities of color to win fair, affordable and quality living conditions.

HOW TO APPLY

Submit a single email (no phone calls please) with:

  • cover letter
  • resume
  • references (3)
  • writing sample (a maximum of four pages)

to Karen Paup at karen@texashousing.org. Reference “San Antonio Community Equity Analyst” in the subject line. This is the sole method of applying for this position.

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