THE OPPORTUNITY
The Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston (FHCGB) seeks a culturally-competent, experienced, and strategic Executive Director to help lead this regionally-focused, private nonprofit organization to its next level of growth and development. This is a wonderful opportunity for a talented professional manager with a genuine commitment and demonstrated capacity to ending housing discrimination and addressing systemic causes of segregation. FHCGB is the only private nonprofit organization in Eastern Massachusetts solely focused on ending housing discrimination and promoting open communities. Going into its 15th year, FHCGB is positioned to advance its mission, develop new services, promote equity, and advocate for effective housing laws and policies. The new Executive Director must embody the characteristics and leadership ability necessary to clarify staff roles and responsibilities in a growing organization, set strategy, build capacity, and harness the collective potential of the organization to thrive in the current economic climate and beyond.

ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND
Housing discrimination, in all forms, is illegal, immoral, and debilitating to thousands of Massachusetts residents. FHCGB was established in 1998 by local civil rights and housing advocates and attorneys to eliminate housing discrimination and promote open communities throughout Eastern Massachusetts. The organization serves communities in Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, and Suffolk counties. With a FY'11 operating budget of over half a million dollars, FHCGB currently employs a staff of ten people. Sources of revenue include support from private foundations, corporate contributions, individual donors, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Fair Housing Initiatives Program. The organization is located at 59 Temple Place, #1105, Boston, MA 02111. FHCGB is governed by an active Board of Directors, a number of whom have been with the organization since its inception. Directors bring a strong commitment to the mission and a wealth of knowledge and experience in fighting housing discrimination.

Comprehensive Service Model
FHCGB pursues its mission through a comprehensive service model including the following seven main program areas:

Testing: A program designed to provide a credible picture of how and if discrimination occurs using a controlled method of documenting variations in the treatment of home seekers by housing providers. Volunteer testers are recruited, trained, and maintained as a diversified pool representing all protected classes.

Case advocacy: A program designed to field inquiries from and provide a full case advocacy to people without the knowledge and/or means to advocate for themselves, including representing complainants through state and federal processes and securing pro bono legal counsel if litigation is required.

Training: A program including fee-for-service opportunities designed to train tenant associations, public agencies, realtors, and housing search professionals on fair housing rights and responsibilities.

Community Outreach: Promotes tools and education that prevent and respond to discrimination and guides local advocates in activities designed to make communities welcoming places to live.

Housing Counseling: The housing counseling program provides troubled borrowers with loan reinstatement assistance, including negotiating with lenders and the filing of fair lending complaints if discrimination is alleged. The program also offers classes in fair lending, predatory lending, and first time home buying.

Public Policy Advocacy: Collaboration efforts designed to work with legal, civil rights, and community-based organizations to add fair housing expertise and promote equity in policy debates and advocate for strong and effectively implementable local, state, and federal housing laws and policies.

Research: A program designed to research and document the nature and extent of housing discrimination — including the fair housing impacts of public policies — both internally and externally with area universities.

Strategic Opportunities and Challenges
FHCGB continues to build both a rewarding workplace and a thriving sustainable organization. The new Executive Director will embody the skills and characteristics to support the organization in the following priorities:

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The ideal candidate will have the following professional background and personal/leadership characteristics:

Professional Background

Personal/Leadership Characteristics and Attributes

Compensation
Competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience and comparable nonprofits in Massachusetts


The Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston is an equal opportunity employer, committed to modeling our mission through promoting diversity in the workplace. Candidates of color and Massachusetts residents are encouraged to apply.

CONTACT INFORMATION
In order to apply for this position, please submit cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to apply@bostonfairhousing.org by February 3, 2012.


Job Description

Job Title: Executive Director

Function:

Reports to: Board of Directors

Major Functions/Responsibilities:

Qualifications:

Salary:Commensurate with experience

The Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston is an equal opportunity employer, committed to modeling our mission through promoting diversity in the workplace. Candidates of color and Massachusetts residents are encouraged to apply.

CONTACT INFORMATION

In order to apply for this position, please submit cover letter, resume, and salary requirements electronically to apply@bostonfairhousing.org by February 3, 2012.