Employment Opportunity – Test Coordinator

New Jersey Citizen Action Education Fund, NJCAEF, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that works to empower low- and moderate-income people through research, education and training on public policy issues important to working families and seniors. NJCAEF is a HUD designated fair housing organization, ensuring compliance of the fair housing act, throughout New Jersey through education and testing investigations.

Position Summary:  NJCAEF, a HUD-designated Fair Housing Agency, is hiring a paid full‐time Test Coordinator who’s primary responsibility is to plan, coordinate and evaluate fair housing testing investigations and maintain all documentation relating to complaint allegations and investigations. The Fair Housing Testers, working under the direction of the Test Coordinator, help make sure people are not being denied housing because of their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability or familial status. In conjunction with the Test Coordinator, the trained testers investigate housing discrimination in Essex, Hudson, Union, Mercer, Somerset, Middlesex, Ocean and Monmouth counties.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Recruit, hire, train and maintain a diverse pool of fair housing testers
  • Coordinate fair housing tests by assigning appropriate, qualified and trained testers
  • Coordinate tester schedules to ensure completion of assignments
  • Design tests using approved methodology, briefing and debriefing testers
  • Investigate individual and systemic cases of housing discrimination and coordinate systemic, audit, and complaint-based tests
  • Maintain and evaluate test data, and report test results
  • Maintain detailed case records; prepare and present accurate and reliable summaries of findings, recommendations and relevant statistical data
  • Organize and conduct tester trainings utilizing approved methodologies for testing for possible housing discrimination
  • Conduct community outreach and related strategies to provide information about fair housing rights, gain support for the project and recruit fair housing testers
  • Develop a working knowledge of mapping software and other methods to identify sites for systemic fair housing investigations
  • Create and update tester training and reporting materials as necessary
  • Assist with other NJCAEF programs and events

Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred
  • Passionate commitment to fair housing and civil rights; ability to engage in constructive approaches to persistent problems of discrimination and segregation
  • Ability to strategize, plan and implement programmatic initiatives
  • Ability to work independently and to support team efforts
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills,  
  • Ability to be self‐directed, develop and maintain priorities and conduct multiple tasks in a given timeframe.
  • General computer skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Office (e.g., MS Word, Excel, Outlook), and other word processing and database applications.
  • Ability to become proficient in the areas of fair housing, fair housing legislation and fair housing issues

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • 2 or more years of experience working with low‐ and moderate‐income individuals and communities
  • Must own a car and have a valid driver’s license and insurance
  • Ability to work some night and weekend hours as needed.

Compensation:

Competitive salary ranging from $42,000 – $45,000 with comprehensive health care, dental, vacation, and other benefits.  Position based in our Highland Park office.

Email cover letter and resume to:

Candace Harper, Director of Fair Housing Enforcement

Email: candace@njcitizenaction.org

Visit our website www.njcitizenaction.org

NJCAEF is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Women and people of color are encouraged to apply!