Texas Low Income Housing Information Service, or Texas Housers, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation established in Austin in 1988. We have offices in Austin, the Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Houston. Our office operating out of downtown Houston is composed of a five member team of professionals committed to racial and economic justice. Texas Housers is a dynamic organization which responds to problems and opportunities identified by grassroots community leaders. We seek opportunities to apply our skills and resources to develop model solutions to solve critical housing and community development problems.
Visit our website at www.texashousers.org to learn more about our team, mission, values and work.
We seek a housing and neighborhood equity planner/analyst committed to racial equity in the provision of housing and public infrastructure, fair housing, disaster recovery and environmental justice. The position is based in Houston and will work in the greater Houston metro area. The planner/analyst will work with leaders and residents of low-income communities, public interest attorneys, advocates, local governments, and community organizations to provide planning, research and information needed to effect change through advocacy, citizen civic engagement, administrative enforcement and legal actions. A qualified candidate will be comfortable communicating and working with these diverse stakeholders, conducting accurate research and data analysis under sometimes short deadlines, and working as part of a team.
Desired Qualifications & Skills
- Formal education and personal commitment to overcoming the problems of social and physical inequality facing low-income neighborhoods of color.
- Graduate degree with major in urban planning, public administration, disaster recovery, environmental science, ethnic studies or related field.
- Neighborhood planning and participatory skills (see an example of one neighborhood plan at http://www.sunnysideplan.org).
- Community outreach, community organizing, community meeting facilitation skills.
- Comfortable searching for, acquiring, and working with datasets from the Census Bureau and other governmental institutions.
- Attention to detail in all communications, data handling, and work products.
- Knowledge of governmental institutions, politics and processes and community organization dynamics.
- Strong communication, writing and graphic skills.
- Proficiency using ArcGIS.
- Able to manage and execute multiple projects as part of a team.
Roles & Responsibilities
- Support leaders of low-income neighborhoods at assess and develop plans to address challenges and inequities with regard to housing, public infrastructure, disaster vulnerability, and environmental blight.
- Support grassroots community organizations to plan and execute campaigns to secure from government equal treatment for their communities.
- Use ArcGIS perform analyses and create maps related to housing, racial demographics, socioeconomics, provision of infrastructure, environmental justice, and policy analysis.
- Search government and organizational websites to acquire data, public meeting details, and other information related to this work.
- Monitor state and local government plans related to housing and low-income neighborhoods, e.g., Fair Housing, consolidated housing and disaster recovery plans and environmental impact statements.
- Submit and track public information act requests.
- Prepare reports, neighborhood plans, policy analysis, one-pagers, presentations, and other work products as requested to support our team and our partners.
- Maintain effective communication with TxLIHIS staff, government agencies, legislative staff, and our community partners.
Interested candidates should submit via email to Karen Paup at email@example.com:
- a one page cover letter summarizing your interest in and qualifications for the position;
- your resume;
- a writing sample not to exceed three pages;
- two examples of your GIS skills; and
- 3 professional references
- Paid sick time.
- Paid vacation.
- Accrued retirement benefits vest after two years.
- English fluency required
- Spanish fluency strongly preferred
MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED: