Fair Housing Outreach and Education Coordinator

Location

1740 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL, USA

Job Type

Full Time

Overview

Open Communities' mission is to educate, advocate and organize to promote just and inclusive communities in north suburban Chicago. We seek to eradicate housing discrimination, in all forms and against all persons, because of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, disability, familial status, or source of income. To further our goal of equal housing opportunities for all, Open Communities engages in activities that encourage fair housing practices, including housing counseling services, community education, and advocacy to make our communities more welcoming for everyone.

Job Description

The Fair Housing Outreach and Education Coordinator will represent the fair housing department by organizing and, at times conducting workshops and building educational content; coordinating events, collaborations, and general outreach; and building and maintaining relationships with partner organizations. The position will serve as the fair housing department’s frontline representative for all fair housing outreach and education efforts. Specifically, this position will:

• Build content and conduct educational workshops on relevant federal, state, and local fair housing law and related topics;
• Develop and obtain (from HUD and other sources) outreach materials on fair housing – examples can include flyers, factsheets, and PSAs on how to exercise your fair housing rights and responsibilities;
• Conduct outreach to potential partner organizations throughout the Chicago area;
• Maintain and continually foster positive relationships with partner organizations;
• Coordinate with communications, development, and other relevant staff to organize and maintain a robust calendar of workshops and other outreach events;
• Represent Open Communities’ Fair Housing Department at public-facing events and in meetings with partner organizations;
• Ensure proper documentation of outreach and education efforts and work with team members to report on grants;
• Assist with the creation, preparation, inventory, and distribution of physical outreach materials such as mailers, posters, and branded outreach items (shirts, pens, etc.);
• Create and maintain a community partner resource guide;
• Create bi-monthly newsletters
• Work with staff to create staff blogs on a regular schedule.
• Create content and schedule social media posts.

Status

Full-Time

Requirements

Qualifications

This position requires an organized professional with a knack for communication, an ability to coordinate between diverse groups, and, most importantly, a commitment to equity and anti-racism principles. Given fair housing law's deep and complex nature, the role also requires a desire to learn and teach about fair housing rights and responsibilities. Open Communities is also a relatively small nonprofit organization, and staff members must be adaptable to change and comfortable wearing slightly different hats as needed; that being; this role requires the following qualifications:

  • Team player who believes in the mission of nonprofit civil rights work

  • Bachelor's degree is preferred, though relevant nonprofit experience will be considered instead of a degree

  • Minimum of two years experience in education, communications, or outreach

  • Vehicle preferred, though not required (this role will require occasional travel to various communities in the North and Northwest suburbs for events)

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills, including a strong public speaking ability

  • Fair housing or civil rights experience is desired but not required – however, a desire to learn about fair housing is required

  • Ability to craft and design concise, consistent, and appealing digital and printed content

  • Project management experience and a high level of organization and detail orientation

  • Ability to work non-traditional work hours when needed to engage in outreach events or workshops

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, especially Excel

  • Salesforce experience is preferred, though not required

  • Proficiency in Adobe (and/or other design/creative platforms) is strongly preferred

  • Adaptability – as in all small nonprofits, the ability to adapt to changes in the work environment and wearing multiple hats as needed is a must

Working Conditions

Currently, this position operates in a hybrid work schedule, with 3 days in a professional office environment (Tues – Thurs) and 2 days working remote. We currently share office space with the Farmworkers and Landscapers Advocacy Project. This position may also be required to work from multiple locations throughout Cook and Lake Counties. This position requires a flexible schedule, but typical hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM –5:00 PM; however, evening hours, including weekends and holidays, may also be required. Car or access to a vehicle needed for investigations and client appointments when applicable.

Why Work for Us?

• Hybrid Work Schedule
• Full-range of excellent corporate-style healthcare (Insperity) and other benefits
• 401k
• Generous PTO: First year = four weeks of combined PTO, plus 13 additional holidays
• $50/month cell phone allowance

COVID-19 Policy

In response to this new variant and concerns form staff, clients and board members, Open Communities has decided to move forward with a mandatory vaccination policy. As a condition of employment, all full-time, part-time, temporary, seasonal, on-call employees of Open Communities must receive a COVID-19 vaccine. 

 

To be compliant with this requirement, employees must do one of the following: 
• Provide Open Communities with proof of immunization within the specified timeframe. Proof of immunization must include a copy of documentation showing the vaccine was received, but it should not include any personal health information or family medical history information; or 
• Comply with the designated procedure for obtaining a permissible exemption as described in our full policy. If employee has an approved exemption, employee will not be able to work in the office with other vaccinated employees. They must continue to work remote.

Salary

• Hybrid Work Schedule
• Full-range of excellent corporate-style healthcare (Insperity) and other benefits
• 401k
• Generous PTO: First year = four weeks of combined PTO, plus 13 additional holidays
• $50/month cell phone allowance
• Salary range $50,000 - $54,000 depending on experience.