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The Tennessee Fair Housing Council has an immediate opening for a Staff Attorney. Please email your resume, cover letter, and 2 writing samples to kathy@tennfairhousing.org.

Position Information:

STAFF ATTORNEY JOB DESCRIPTION

The Tennessee Fair Housing Council (the Council) has an immediate opening for a Staff Attorney. The Council is dedicated to eliminating housing discrimination and promoting housing choice for all people through education, advocacy, and enforcement of fair housing laws. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, the Council is a private non-profit organization established in 1995. The Council provides direct client services to Davidson and seven surrounding counties; and education and outreach across the State of Tennessee.

SALARY RANGE: Depends on Experience

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Executive Director

JOB DESCRIPTION: The staff attorney is responsible for investigating, evaluating, and litigating housing discrimination cases based on race, color, religion, national origin, disability, familial status, sex and other factors in court and at administrative agencies; and landlord/tenant cases in state court. The staff attorney assists with advocating for policy and legislative change to affirmatively further fair housing, and participates in outreach and education efforts.

The staff attorney works with the Intake Specialist to interview and screen potential clients, negotiates settlements with housing providers, and works with the test coordinator to identify cases in which evidence could be developed through testing. The staff attorney assists the Executive Director with quarterly reports to funders. Other duties may be assigned as necessary.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
• Law degree from an accredited school of law
• Licensed in Tennessee or the ability to become licensed within six months

SKILL REQUIREMENTS:
• Highly motivated, and capable of working in a busy environment.
• Excellent critical thinking and analysis skills.
• Ability to analyze complex data and investigative results.
• Capacity to work without close supervision, manage an active and robust caseload with short timelines.
• Attention to detail, highly organized, and able to maintain accurate records.
• Excellent writing skills with proficiency in Word, Excel, and Outlook.
• Demonstrated oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively to a diverse audience.
• Demonstrated desire to work on behalf of civil rights protections.
• Excellent negotiation skills.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• Experience in writing legal documents such as briefs, motions, and complaints.
• Knowledge of fair housing laws and Tennessee landlord/tenant laws.
• Experience working in the non-profit environment, especially those funded by multiple grants.
• Volunteer management, social work, or sociology experience.
• Client/Case Management experience.
• Proficiency in Spanish.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Perform and/or manage functions related to the provision of client services, which may include: intake, investigation, counseling, conciliation, coordination of tester activities, compiling case records and tester report referrals to enforcement agency or cooperating attorney, and follow-up after referral.
• Analyze and evaluate complaints in reference to state and federal statutes and case law.
• Assist in planning and presenting the Council’s annual Fair Housing Event.
• Represent the Council and Council’s clients in state and/or federal litigation, including drafting court filings, conducting discovery, and appearing in court.
• Maintain case management system on all cases and calls for legal proceedings and grant reporting, as well as detailed time-keeping records for multiple grants.
• Track and support relevant legislation, laws, regulation, and administrative guidance and keep staff abreast of changes to relevant laws.
• Manage partnerships with local and national co-counsel, and coordinate with federal agencies in investigations and enforcement.
• Develop and maintain networking relationships within the community and other organizations.
• Safeguard clients’ security and confidentiality.
• Work as a team and support the mission and goals of the organization and programs.
• Provide accurate, complete, and timely information for grant reporting and management.
• Assist the Executive Director with Grant Reporting.
• Other duties as assigned.

BENEFITS/COMPENSATION:
Salary is dependent on experience. Generous insurance package with health, dental, and vision coverage. Personal leave earned at the rate of 2 days/month, 10 paid holidays, and free onsite parking. Office hours are M – F 9:00am – 5:30pm but occasional weekends and nights may be required. Occasional travel may be required. The anticipated start date for this position is late July 2019.

Please send resume, cover letter, and two recent writing samples to kathy@tennfairhousing.org. Use the subject line “TFHC Staff Attorney”. No phone calls please.

The Tennessee Fair Housing Council is an equal opportunity employer.
We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact Kathy@tennfairhousing.org.