Texas Housers is hiring an advocacy director to lead in the legislature and work in communities across Texas

Texas Housers is dedicated to public and governmental advocacy for low-income Texans to have equitable access —regardless of race, national origin, or disability— to decent affordable housing in a quality neighborhood of choice. The advocacy director develops and advances policies and practices that promote the purpose of the Fair Housing Act, namely that all levels of government act to achieve truly integrated communities and dismantle the vestiges of Jim Crow residential racial segregation.

We are searching for an advocacy director who will work closely with our staff to coordinate our influence on public policy and government actions in ways that benefit the people whose interests we serve.

Advocacy Director Roles & Responsibilities

  • Support grassroots leaders to assess policies and interventions that open equitable access to decent affordable homes and quality neighborhoods
  • Draft and advocate the organization’s legislative and policy positions
  • Identify and act on opportunities for public comment; coordinate staff and partners in drafting comments and/or speaking before governmental bodies
  • Maintain presence and relationships with grassroots activists, other advocates, officials, and partners 
  • In conjunction with Texas Housers senior staff and our communications team, develop expert information and policy solutions to housing and community development problems
  • Advocate on behalf of Texas Housers at the Texas Capitol, city councils, county commissions, and support our staff across Texas in doing the same
  • Use Fair Housing and other civil rights statutes to prepare and file complaints with regulators and law enforcement, support investigations and advocate their favorable resolution
  • Coordinate with internal and outside counsel on strategy and litigation furthering our mission
  • Coordinate with research team, as well as perform research, to produce accurate information and reports that support advocacy efforts

Required Qualifications & Skills

  • Strong personal commitment and action for 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
  • Research, analytical skills, including data acquisition, report writing / 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 in community organizing and community change campaigns
  • Experience with ArcGIS and data mapping
  • Spanish language fluency

Benefits

  • Health insurance, paid personal time off, paid sick leave
  • Eligible for employer contributions to retirement in third year

Additional Requirements

LEVEL OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: English fluency required, fluency in Spanish preferred

LOCATION: Work must be performed in or near Austin, TX

TRAVEL: Travel to work with community leaders and local officials in Texas

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED: 4-year degree

TIME COMMITMENT – Full Time Schedule

START DATE – September 19, 2022

EDUCATION – 4-Year Degree Required

EXPERIENCE LEVEL – Intermediate

SALARY – $55,000 – USD $65,000

To apply for this role, please visit our Indeed page.

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