This position is for a post-disaster Infrastructure Equity Analyst and Housing Project Manager to assess post-disaster (Hurricane Harvey) housing and infrastructure rebuilding needs in Texas lower-income communities. The person in the position will develop, promote and advocate innovative, socially and environmentally responsible and resilient approaches to rebuilding housing and public infrastructure, including our award-winning RAPIDO housing (see: www.RAPIDOrecovery.org).
The position will be based in Austin, Texas, and will require regular travel between Austin, Houston, South, and Southeast Texas. This position is funded through a two-year grant with the possibility, but not a guarantee, that funding for the position will be extended.
The Post-disaster Infrastructure Equity Analyst and Housing Project Manager will be part of and share responsibilities with our statewide team of researchers and policy experts. We are seeking a person with self-confidence and humility, intelligence, organizational and analytical abilities, a commitment to racial and economic justice and a person who can be both a leader and a team player.
- Working with low-income community organizations to research, investigate, educate, analyze and advocate community post-disaster housing and infrastructure needs and solutions;
- Coordinating with stakeholders and impacted populations to move the disaster rebuilding project forward;
- Educating and promoting effective disaster recovery practices to policymakers, media, disaster survivors and the general public; and
- Working to ensure that equitable infrastructure is provided with disaster rebuilding funds to protect and produce resilient disaster vulnerable communities.
The Post-disaster Infrastructure Equity Analyst and Housing Project Manager will serve as a liaison between disaster survivors, government agencies and our partners with whom we have developed RAPIDO over a decade. Our key partners include disaster survivor advocacy coalitions, RAPIDO lead designer bcWorkshop and local community development corporations. The project manager will become familiar with the government administration of disaster recovery funds as well as the ins and outs of post-disaster rebuilding in a community context.
Our values emphasize problem solving through planning, critical systems analysis and change and community leadership. The person selected for this position will work both equally on analysis, demonstration projects and especially on grassroots community education and engagement.
PREFERRED COMPETENCIES (NOT ALL REQUIRED)
- Commitment to social, economic, and racial justice.
- Experience in grassroots community outreach, education and engagement.
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
- Strong skills in research, policy analysis and the use of social and traditional media to effectively engage in grassroots education and outreach.
- Critical thinking and problem solving.
- Educational background and/or experience in housing development, civil engineering, disaster rebuilding, public administration and public policy, government, or municipal and neighborhood planning.
- Familiarity with contemporary social science research in housing policy, urban and rural sociology, economics, African-American or Mexican-American studies or related areas.
- Knowledge of affordable housing, environmental science and public infrastructure issues and problems facing communities vulnerable to flooding and natural disaster.
- Excellent organization, time management and project management skills.
- Ability to work effectively and diplomatically with peers, attorneys, civil servants, neighborhood leaders, media, and public officials.
(Lead responsibility with support from other staff):
- Coordinate, document, and expand innovative disaster recovery housing and infrastructure models.
- Manage and promote housing and infrastructure demonstration projects.
- Support local governments to pre-plan for future disaster recovery.
- Break down barriers between federal, state and local governmental programs and regulations that impede implementation of housing and infrastructure.
- Other duties as assigned.
(Responsibilities shared with our other team members):
- Assess the short and long-term housing and infrastructure needs of disaster survivors, including the social and physical vulnerability of low-income communities of color to flooding and hurricanes.
- Inventory and assess the characteristics, geographic distribution and effectiveness of existing government housing and infrastructure serving low-income disaster survivors and communities of color.
- Assess the equity of the allocation of government funding for disaster recovery for communities of color.
- Identify and advocate effective programmatic solutions to meet short and long-term housing and public infrastructure needs of disaster survivors.
- Identify, engage, educate and support grassroots, low-income neighborhood leaders on issues of fair housing, affordable housing, public infrastructure, community development and environment.
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 twelve member staff of professionals are committed to racial and economic justice in housing, community, environment and disaster recovery.
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, including equitable post-disaster rebuilding.
Visit our website at www.texashousers.org to learn more about our team, mission, values and work.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested candidates should submit via email to Karen Paup at firstname.lastname@example.org:
- 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