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Community Engagement Specialist
This is a full-time temporary position that may lead to full-time exempt employment, depending upon resources.
DEFINITION: Under the direction of the President/CEO or his designee, the Community Engagement Specialist is responsible for the development, promotion, and implementation of an effective outreach and community engagement program for the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center on a specific fair housing assessment project and other tasks as assigned. The Community Engagement Specialist is directly responsible for: (a) the development, management, documentation, and implementation of outreach activities to residents, real estate professionals and other community stakeholders; (b) the engagement with existing community organizations or networks to ensure maximum reach of the project; (c) the collection and analysis of comprehensive data; (d) proactive promotion and marketing of the project, equal housing opportunity and the mission of the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center. The Community Engagement Specialist may also be assigned to assist with the implementation of activities conducted under various other program components of the MVFHC including special initiatives, HUD/Fair Housing Initiatives Programs (FHIP), local projects, and other agency workload.
The Community Engagement Specialist is required to maintain a basic level of knowledge about housing laws, particularly fair housing law; to be able to work with diverse people of varying abilities; and to work effectively both independently and as a team member. The Community Engagement Specialist is expected to possess and maintain superior writing, analytical and organizational skills. The Community Engagement Specialist will maintain the highest standards of confidentiality, care, and integrity in the provision of services and deliver a high level of productivity with minimal supervision. In addition, the Community Engagement Specialist will serve as a resource person for the President/CEO of the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center. Travel throughout the Fair Housing Center’s service delivery area is also required.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE AND QUALIFICATIONS:
The successful applicant must possess thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of public relations and communications programs and/or marketing campaign strategies. The successful applicant will also have an assertive, upbeat and outgoing personality and be capable of effectively engaging people one-on-one and in groups.
Candidate must have superior verbal, written communication, and analytical, skills. Candidate must be able to work with a diverse community. Also must be able to exhibit patience, tact and respect when dealing with the public, other MVFHC staff members, and the MVFHC board. She/He/They must be able to conduct small and large group presentations; must have excellent public speaking and interpersonal skills. Experience with computers required—thorough working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint, required. She/He/They must be a self-starter and able to function with minimum supervision to perform tasks in a timely fashion; must also be able to function as a team player.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Minimum of B.S., B.A. in appropriate discipline (Liberal Arts, Public Relations, Sociology, Urban Studies, etc.) and/or equivalent work experience in community organizing preferred. Experience in a social service or public entity desirable.
Candidate must have a desire to work on behalf of civil rights protections; have a desire to work and interact with, as well as demonstrate respect for individuals and groups without regard to race, religion, sex, color, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression, military status, familial status, or disability.
This position requires non-traditional work hours for planning and implementation of outreach activities as well as research, consulting, and advocacy activities (i.e., Saturday mornings or early evening, weekdays).
THE MIAMI VALLEY FAIR HOUSING CENTER, INC. (MVFHC)
Mission: The Miami Valley Fair Housing Center’s mission is to eliminate housing discrimination and ensure equal housing opportunity for all people in our region.
MVFHC is the only private, non-profit fair housing organization in the Miami Valley area. MVFHC is a community-based non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The agency is funded and supported by Federal, Local and Community Development Block Grant monies as well as private contracts, individual/corporate membership and fundraising income. MVFHC works to eliminate discriminatory housing practices; educate the public about housing discrimination laws, discriminatory housing practices, and the availability of legal remedies for such discriminatory practices. Services include, but are not limited to: fair housing advocacy; education and outreach; technical assistance; housing discrimination complaint intake; fair housing planning; complaint investigation and enforcement referrals and special projects as funded under the Fair Housing Initiatives Programs or other funds. In addition, MVFHC educates housing industry professionals about fair housing law compliance through cooperative relationships with the Dayton Area Board of REALTORs®, the Greater Dayton Apartment Association, and the Kettering Board of Community Relations in order to expand equal housing opportunities in the Miami Valley.
The Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. MVFHC is a barrier-free, drug-free and smoke-free workplace.
Position open until filled.
Please send cover letter explaining your interest in this position and resume via regular mail or email to:
Jim McCarthy, President/CEO
The Miami Valley Fair Housing Center is currently seeking honest, well-organized individuals of all ages, sex, races, and nationalities to assist us in fulfilling our mission to prevent housing discrimination in the Miami Valley area. We are hiring part-time housing discrimination testers to staff our testing corps. The program includes a paid training session, excellent part-time pay, and flexible work times that are coordinated to your school or work schedule.
To participate in our program, YOU MUST:
You can read about our testing program online, and you can also fill out an application online or download an application form. If you have questions about applying, please call us at 937-223-6035. Please mention this ad on our web site as the source of your inquiry.
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