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Community Engagement Coordinator

In partnership with Serve Louisiana, GNOFHAC is currently recruiting for an AmeriCorps member to serve as our Community Engagement Coordinator. The priority deadline to apply is June 30th, 2019 but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The Community Engagement Coordinator will:

  • Conduct statewide outreach to expand GNOFHAC’s networks, partnerships, and visibility in various Louisiana communities, both urban and rural.
  • Conduct targeted outreach to groups who experience high levels of housing discrimination (including immigrants and persons with limited English proficiency, people of color, families with children, persons with disabilities, Muslim communities, survivors of domestic violence, LGBT persons, formerly incarcerated and justice-involved individuals, and voucher holders).
  • Assist with planning and conducting GNOFHAC’s annual Fit for a King Fair Housing Summit in January and a series of community events for Fair Housing Month in April.
  • Conducting community engagement related to various projects, such as a current research partnership to study hazard insurance and disaster vulnerability on the Gulf Coast.
  • Assist with a re-branding of GNOFHAC to make more clear the statewide nature of our work.
  • Recruit, train and support outreach volunteers in communities outside of New Orleans to supplement limited staff capacity.

Member Impact:

Corps member’s work will increase the capacity of the only fair housing center in Louisiana to advocate for individuals and families that have been denied housing, harassed, treated unfairly or evicted because of who they are.  Corp member’s work will also help reduce systemic inequalities that are perpetuated by housing discrimination and entrenched segregation, including inequalities in access to quality education, job opportunities, accessible transit options, safe and healthy environments, healthy food and recreation facilities.

 Essential Functions of Position:

  • Develop yearly outreach plan and strategies to effectively reach key constituencies
  • Research potential partner organizations and reach out to share information about GNOFHAC’s work
  • Maintain a database of organizations and key stakeholders contacted
  • Build and maintain relationships with stakeholders in a variety of communities and fields
  • Table at community events to tell people about fair housing and GNOFHAC’s services
  • Organize and conduct community engagement meetings
  • Give “Know Your Rights” presentations to a wide variety of audiences
  • Conduct fair housing workshops with youth
  • Write blog posts, e-newsletters and social media posts
  • Design flyers, PSAs and other outreach materials
  • Evaluate success of outreach initiatives and update as needed
  • Recruit, train and support outreach volunteers
  • Answer phones to conduct intakes and referrals of housing questions and complaints one day per week

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Excellent written and oral communication skills.  Ability to relate comfortably to individuals of different racial/ethnic, economic and cultural backgrounds.  Ability to connect with individuals from diverse backgrounds and explain housing discrimination and systemic inequality in a way that is clear and relevant to their concerns.  Organized.  Ability to multi-task and complete projects in a timely manner under pressure.  Team player.  Knowledgeable about Louisiana communities. 

Required Academic and Experience Qualifications:

Computer literacy with a variety of basic office programs including Word, Excel and others.  Experience with social media marketing, and/or promotional material design a plus.  Demonstrated commitment to fair housing and/or civil rights.

About ServeLouisiana:

Corps Members serve full time for 11 months starting September 1st. Benefits include a living allowance of $14,000, an education award of $6,095, health insurance, student loan forbearance, child care reimbursement, in-depth personal and professional development, and valuable networking opportunities. For more information and to apply, visit www.servelouisiana.org/commit-to-serve/apply-to-serve.    

INTERNSHIPS

Law Clerks

The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) seeks dedicated, motivated, and talented law students for semester-long and summer internships.

Law clerks assist GNOFHAC attorneys with the investigation and litigation of fair housing complaints. Work may involve all aspects of litigation, including client intake, performing legal research, conducting factual investigation, drafting memoranda and motions, analyzing discovery materials, attending court proceedings, and preparing briefs. Law clerks may also assist with community outreach event designed to educate the public about their fair housing rights.

How to Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Elizabeth Owen via email at eowen_at_gnofairhousing_dot_org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Education, Outreach and Policy Internships

The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to ending housing discrimination in Louisiana by:

  • Conducting fair housing investigations
  • Filing lawsuits and complaints against individuals and entities caught illegally discriminating
  • Promoting equitable housing laws
  • Teaching the community about their fair housing rights and responsibilities
  • Intervening on behalf of homeowners facing foreclosure

About the Education & Outreach and Policy Departments

GNOFHAC’s Education & Outreach Department provides Fair Housing education to a wide variety of stakeholders including renters, first time homebuyers, landlords, property managers, real estate agents, developers and government officials. We educate the wider public through social media, print and radio advertisements, and targeted outreach. We also conduct workshops for youth and publish an original children’s book The Fair Housing Five.  GNOFHAC’s Policy Department promotes equitable housing laws and regulations on the local, state, and national levels. Recent victories include the expansion of housing protections for survivors of domestic violence through the passage of the Louisiana Violence Against Women Act in August 2015.

Education, Outreach and Policy Research intern applications are welcomed throughout the year with slots available in the Spring and Fall semesters, as well as over the summer.

Internship Activities

The focus of each internship will be designed in consultation with GNOFHAC staff, taking into account department needs and intern skills and areas of interest.  Tasks might include:

  • Producing and posting relevant content (including text, graphics, and video) to Facebook and other social media
  • Designing advertisements (print, radio, social media), flyers and brochures
  • Helping plan GNOFHAC’s annual Fit for a King Fair Housing Summit, as well as workshops and other events
  • Tabling at community events and other direct outreach
  • Assisting with Fair Housing Five youth workshops
  • Bringing policy related research projects from inception to completion. Projects combine social science skills with project administration (sample projects include research and data collection on the Louisiana state legislature; using U.S. census data to track demographic changes; and mapping opportunity through local land use laws).

Interns should be interested in civil rights, law and policy, history, community education and/or design and marketing. Preferred candidates are tech-savvy, highly organized, and have a basic understanding of federal, state and local government. This is a great way for any social science major to apply classroom skills to real-world challenges.  Ability to work occasional evening and weekend hours preferred.

How to Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Maxwell Ciardullo at MCiardullo_at_gnofairhousing_dot_org.  Applications will be considered as follows:

Spring 2020: Applications due October 30th, 2019; candidates notified November 15th, 2019

Summer 2020: Applications due March 31, 2020; candidates notified April 15th, 2020

Fall 2020: Applications due July 15th, 2020; candidates notified August 1st, 2020